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Greatest Hits [Original recording remastered]

Tom PettyAudio CD
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Some time in the last few years Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers took a left turn. Maybe it was when Petty woke up in the night with the idea of reuniting his first band, Mudcrutch, to cut the album they never got a chance to make back in the early 70s. Maybe it was when the Heartbreakers assembled the mammoth multi-disc The Live Anthology, which detailed thirty years of concerts. Maybe it ... Read more in Amazon's Tom Petty Store

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  • Audio CD (May 20, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: May 20, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B0011V7P0A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (307 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,719 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. American Girl
2. Breakdown
3. Listen To Her Heart
4. I Need To Know
5. Refugee
6. Don't Do Me Like That
7. Even The Losers
8. Here Comes My Girl
9. The Waiting
10. You Got Lucky
11. Don't Come Around Here No More
12. I Won't Back Down
13. Runnin' Down A Dream
14. Free Fallin'
15. Learning To Fly
16. Into The Great Wide Open
17. Mary Jane's Last Dance
18. Stop Draggin' My Heart Around -with Stevie Nicks

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2008 reissue of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Greatest Hits, originally released in 1993, has gone on to be the best selling collection in the band's four decades and counting career. Over seven times platinum, this collection now has been remastered, updated, and improved with the inclusion of the classic duet with Stevie Nicks, 'Stop Draggin My Heart Around,' in place of their cover of Thunderclap Newman's 'Something In The Air.'

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101 of 105 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE: You MAY already own this! May 20, 2008
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Do not be fooled by this newest "Greatest Hits" collection released for Tom Petty as it is the same as the package released in 1993 with one minor and one major exception. Additionally, the proclamation that this contains 'EXTRA TRACKS' is completely misleading.

The minor exception is that they have simply changed the cover and the major exception is that they REPLACED the last track on the first Greatest Hits ("Something in the Air") with the Petty/Nicks collaboration "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around." Hence, there are no EXTRA tracks, but simply a substitute of one for another! "Something in the Air" was an exclusive track and cannot be found on any other Tom Petty collection. Adding "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" as the last track also interrupts the chronological order of the first 17 songs, as it was released in 1981 and follows his 1993 track "Mary Jane's Last Dance." As of this writing, the first Petty hits collection is still in print and about two bucks cheaper. However, I cannot imagine the record companies keeping both available.

As far as the songs go, both of these collections include Petty's biggest hits up to 1993 such as "Refugee," "Don't Do Me Like That," "The Waiting," and "I Won't Back Down" and it is second only to the two disc anthology titled "Anthology: Through the Years" which I would recommend over this one if you prefer a more comprehensive overview of Petty's work as that collection includes his hits up to the year 2000 and has everything that is on here at a very good price.

If you already own the first "Tom Petty's Greatest Hits" you can always just download "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" if you need that song. As far as a one disc collection goes I cannot imagine one being more thorough than this one. Minus one star, however, for the redundancy and misleading information regarding 'extra tracks.'
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
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The first greatest hits collection by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers covering from 1977 to 1993 does omit some material, such as "Jammin' Me" from 1987's Let Me Up, but on the whole, serves to demonstrate their impact on the late 1970's through early 90's music scene. Key[]=original studio album.
Petty's first single, "American Girl" defined the sound he brought to American music. The title character was "raised on promises/she couldn't help thinking that there/was a little more to life." It also regained popularity as the song Buffalo Bill's victim was jamming to in Silence Of The Lambs. [Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers]
The downbeat "Breakdown" from the same album, is a statement of connection from a man to a woman.
"Listen To Her Heart" throws verbal punches at the wrong kind of man with designs for a girl, and that opening guitar is wonderful, especially as the drums kick in. Petty really socks it to me: "She's gonna listen to her heart/It's gonna tell her what to do/She might need a lot of loving/But she don't need you." [You're Gonna Get It]
The "is she free or isn't she free?" dilemma is explored in the rockingly engaging but poignant "I Need To Know": "I need to know(I need to know)/Because I don't know how long/I can hold on/And if your makin' me wait/If you're leadin' me on/I need to know(I need to know)." [You're Gonna Get It]
Tom Petty's signature tune, taken from Damn The Torpedoes, is hands-down my favourite. The narrator comforts a girl who's had a rough, tumble-down life and surmises "Somewhere, somehow, somebody must have/Kicked you around some/Tell me why you wanna lay there/Revel in your abandon" And the message in the chorus: "You see, you don't have to live like a Refugee.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
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Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Greatest Hits pulls together 18 great tracks from one of rock's most legendary yet still underrated groups, covering Petty's career from 1976 up through 1993. Of course, Petty has released several classic albums since this GH CD was released, but this album provides fans unfamiliar with the consistency and strength of Petty's early years the chance to see that something good did indeed emerge from the musical doldrums of the 1970s. Petty's whiffs and raw, throaty vocals were a proverbial breath of fresh air during the days of disco. At the time, the music was characterized as new wave, if you can imagine that, but the heart of Petty's music has always been in America's heartland; while he has successfully incorporated a number of musical stylings over the years, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers remain the embodiment of classic rock 'n' roll.
The band's 1976 self-titled debut album barely made a ripple in America until the band found success in the UK - then, America took notice of the first single Breakdown and the rock classic American Girl. You're Gonna Get It was released in 1978 and supplies the tracks Listen To Her Heart and I Need to Know. Much greater success was waiting in 1979 when Damn the Torpedoes saw the light of day, and this GH collection features four unforgettable tracks from that breakthrough album: Refugee, Don't Do Me Like That, Even the Losers, and Here Comes My Girl. It's hard to believe Refugee maxed out at number 15 in the US charts, as the song was all over the airwaves at the time. These four songs reflect the growth and maturation of Petty & the Heartbreakers as they truly began to establish a rock 'n' roll legacy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Buy
This has all the best songs I recall Tom Petty did over the years. Best buy if you want all of his biggest hits from years ago.
Published 2 days ago by Richard B Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Music
Anything by Tom Petty is amazing but having the best of Tom Petty is even better! I
Would recommend to any music lover for sure!
Published 10 days ago by Armi
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Great CD, great music. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers know how to play and perform. Would love to see in concert.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Petty Greatest Hits MP3
How can anyone who has Petty's Greatest Hits album fail to rate it 5 stars. The man is a genius with his singing and lyric writing. I liked every single song on this album. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Bobby
5.0 out of 5 stars very satisfied
Great inspirational music, purchased it for my son who is going through boot camp. Liked the song lyrics "Stand my ground and I Won't back down"
Published 17 days ago by susannwxyz
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Petty, you rock
I bought 3 of these! 2 for gifts and one for myself. Love Tom Petty. Awesome CD. Great selection of songs.
Published 26 days ago by Heather Fear
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is up there in my favorite bands.Amazing greatest hits album! This album included all of my favorites and was worth every penny!
Published 29 days ago by Kaybird
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent album. One of my favorites from Tom Petty
Tom Petty was one of my favorite artists. I think this may have been his best album. I would recommend it.
Published 1 month ago by John Kempton
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome disc , full of Petty's best
I've always loved Tom Petty, so purchasing this disc was a no brainer.
The price was excellent and I also got an instant download to Cloud and
my Kindle. Read more
Published 1 month ago by carol
5.0 out of 5 stars Just like new
I took a chance on the used CD but it is in nearly new condition. It's amazing to have so many great songs on one album.
Published 2 months ago by Diane Bevacqua
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Is there a need for this release?
The place to start would be to look at who owns the publishing rights to "Something in the Air". If that is different from most of Petty's current catalog in print, there's your answer. If not, then someone decided they didn't like something about the song and didn't want it out there... Read more
Jul 31, 2012 by Michael C |  See all 2 posts
Why re-release this? Why replace an exclusive track?
Agreed. There is no need for this release. The record company is doing it for one reason and it's called GREED. Since TP is no longer on MCA, I'm sure he has no say in the release. Why pay $13 for Greatest Hits when you can buy Anthology: Through the Years for $14 on AMAZON or $9.72 at WALMART... Read more
May 4, 2008 by James H. Morgan |  See all 4 posts
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