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The Live Anthology (4 CD)

Tom Petty & the HeartbreakersAudio 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 & the Heartbreakers Store

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  • Audio CD (November 23, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Label: Reprise Records
  • ASIN: B002P4VUNU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,437 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Nightwatchman - Tom Petty
2. Even The Losers - Tom Petty
3. Here Comes My Girl - Tom Petty
4. A Thing About You - Tom Petty
5. I'm In Love - Tom Petty
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Diddy Wah Diddy
2. I Want You Back Again
3. Wildflowers
4. Friend Of The Devil
5. A Woman In Love (It's Not Me)
See all 10 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Jammin' Me
2. The Wild One, Forever
3. Green Onions
4. Louisiana Rain
5. Melinda
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Runnin' Down A Dream
2. Oh Well
3. Southern Accents
4. Crawling Back To You
5. My Life/Your World
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Editorial Reviews

The Live Anthology is a multiple-disc set of recordings drawn from thirty years of live performances. The collection brings together material from 1978-2007 culled from hundreds of hours of live concert recordings covering every era of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' tours and represents the best tracks as chosen by producers Tom Petty, Mike Campbell and Ryan Ulyate.
The producers made no fixes or overdubs, letting the newly mixed original recordings showcase the invention, spontaneity, craft, and the musicianship that has made Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers among the most celebrated live performers of their time. Along with powerful interpretations of their own classic hits and originals, The Live Anthology features the band tackling some of their best-loved cover material, from classics to obscure beauties to unexpected adaptations. The theme from Goldfinger, the Zombies' 'I Want You Back Again,' the Grateful Dead's 'Friend of the Devil,' early Fleetwood Mac's 'Oh Well,' Booker T. and the MGs' 'Green Onions,' James Brown's 'Good, Good Lovin' and many more. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers travel wide, paying their musical debts through song and showing just how confidently the band moves across genres and over time.

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101 of 105 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars PETTY PROVES HE BELIEVES IN ROCK AND ROLL November 23, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Four discs-66,55,53,53 minutes each approximately. The discs are in individual cardboard holders,which are slipped into an open side of the cardboard box. The booklet lists venues,dates,and who played on the individual tracks. There is an introduction written by Petty about the making of this box set. The sound (newly mixed),from various venues across 30 years,is uniformly good. The retro style packaging is perfectly in keeping with Petty's approach to music-when a well made and assembled vinyl album made a true r&r statement for an entire (including Petty) generation of listeners.

In this day and age of over-priced "deluxe" releases/re-releases,even of admittedly great r&r,this collection stands apart. Not only are all the tracks heard here chosen by Petty,guitarist Mike Campbell,and their producer,the tracks cover 30 years of TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS in concert. Great music,nice packaging,and a low price make this worth owning. Petty and his band are one of the few groups still playing music that matters. Listen to any track on this collection,and you'll have all the proof you need,no matter if the song is well known,or a live rarity. Their musical sound and approach have changed little over 30 years. Their combination of influences of Dylan/BYRDS,and rootsy garage rock,combined with a bit of the British Invasion sound,have served as the foundation for their sound from the beginning. And that's what gives their music backbone. On these tracks the band effortlessly switches across musical styles,from originals to covers,all with that sound they've played from the beginning.

All the tracks on this set are on an equal footing,from ballads to all out rockers. Long time listeners of the band will need little proof of the great music here.
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95 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too Much Ain't Enough November 24, 2009
By Donovan
Format:Audio CD
As told in the liner notes, this set was distilled from 3,509 tracks from 169 shows spanning the band's history. I got the collectors edition of this set which is available from the Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers web site (or from Best Buy) for $99, and includes all tracks in this standard 4-CD edition, plus:

* A fifth disc with the following tracks
1) Think About Me
2) Down South
3) I Need To Know
4) Billy The Kid
5) I'd Like To Love You Baby
6) Image Of Me
7) Born In Chicago
8) Like A Diamond
9) The Last DJ
10) No Second Thoughts
11) Ballad Of Easy Rider
12) Don't Come Around Here No More
13) Too Much Ain't Enough
14) County Farm

* A blu-ray disc with all 61 tracks in crazy high fidelity audio quality

* Two DVDs - one of the "400 Days" documentary focused on the 1995 studio sessions and tour for the Wildflowers album, and one of the NYE 1978 Santa Monica show

* Vinyl reproduction of a 1976 live set with four tracks

* A bigger "liner notes" book, and some reproduced backstage passes on a sheet of cloth

So is the standard four-CD set offered here worth it? For under $20 (and less than one-fifth the cost of the deluxe version), you get 47 tracks amounting to about 4 hours of music.

For the key songs that made Petty and the band famous (Breakdown, American Girl, Refugee, The Waiting, Here Comes My Girl), this set delivers red-hot versions that rival the studio albums recorded mostly around the time the songs were new and the band had everything to prove. I've heard many live versions of these songs, and the ones included here do not disappoint.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BANG FOR YOUR BUCK! November 23, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Petty has time and time again proven his loyalty to his fan base. Not only releasing great albums one after another but in these retrospective box sets. I became a huge Petty fan after a friend recommended the running down a dream box set that I bought new for $15 that included 4 discs! And now he puts out 4 disc box of live cuts, ones not filled with the greatest hits only but great album tracks and awesome renditions of some superb covers. The sound quality on this is amazing, I know there is a version with the music on a blu-ray but I can't imagine the tracks sounding any better. This is a home run for the die hards and the casual fans alike. Under $20 for all this music is outrageous. At least in the throw away age of digital music Petty and the heartbreakers are keeping the album format alive with these sweet offerings. One of the greatest live sets available.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great boxset for an awesome price November 23, 2009
Format:Audio CD
What an awesome boxset. From start to finish there are many great tracks. Opening with "Nightwatchmen", a "Breakdown" which includes a short "Hit The Road Jack", covers of "I'm The Man", Thunderclap Newman's "Something In The Air" & the Dead's "Ripple". I can go on listing every song, but they are all excellent. The sound is crisp and the selections combine all of the hits with many other obscure tracks. Then the price....4 discs for this cheap. I recently bought the Rolling Stones "Get Your Ya' Ya's Out" 40th Anneversary box, and although good, all 4 discs cost more than double the Tom Petty box and all 4 discs are only half full of music (unlike the Petty box). Whether a diehard or a casual Tom Petty fan, this is a must have!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Are established artists. Part of the discography of my youth. Excellent choice! Recommend to anyone who is looking for good music
Published 1 month ago by Nelson Pfaltzgraff
5.0 out of 5 stars Petty Fan
If you are a fan you will like this package and you must like live music where everything is not perfect
Published 1 month ago by Robert T.
4.0 out of 5 stars sounds great
Excellent live sound and different acoustic guitar on lovable Petty classics. Can get a bit lengthy. Overall a great "play and walk away" album.
Published 1 month ago by Jason barrett
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps me smiling
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are modern music icons. This live anthology captures them so well and they make making great music seem so easy!
Published 2 months ago by Darrin
5.0 out of 5 stars All the praise is warranted!
I found a web site where I could hear samples so I knew I would like this. That and I really wanted the extended version of its good to be king after hearing the live version on... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Neldiebear
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Album - A Must Own for Tom Petty Fans
First and foremost, this album is the best Tom Petty album out there and rocks. I can think of few live albums better recorded or that have the depth and range of emotion as this... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Trieste 54
5.0 out of 5 stars powerful
Great Tom !! Excellent anthology not thinking only in greatest hits
we are waiting for the Heartbreakers here in Uruguay ...
Published 3 months ago by gonzalo albertoni
5.0 out of 5 stars damn good
and I am not even a huge Petty fan. all the classics and then some and all about this set is outstanding
Published 3 months ago by A Humble Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Something to look forward to.
I have been a Tom Petty fan from the beginning. It's great to have some of his best songs together in one set.
Published 3 months ago by Liz
5.0 out of 5 stars Just like being there...
I last saw Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers when they performed in Gainesville in 2006. That concert was included in their "Running Down A Dream" film project (also a... Read more
Published 3 months ago by ben1950
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Wait for the deluxe version!
Deluxe is available for pre-order at Best Buy's site: $119.99 (on SALE!) Gonna have to pass on that one. $100 for the extras is just not worth it, unfortunately.
Oct 13, 2009 by Personal Robot |  See all 41 posts
deluxe or not?
You get a 5th disc and 2 dvds...also but not essential is a vinyl LP concert not included anywhere else and the bluray version which will probably be inconsquential for 99% of the people who purchase this...and it's 100$ you have to ask yourself i'm a total tom petty nut or just a modest tom... Read more
Nov 27, 2009 by the Poet of yesterday |  See all 3 posts
track list?
As far as I know it hasn't come out yet. But im sure in November when it's closer to the release date the track list will be released.
Oct 16, 2009 by Yoshi |  See all 9 posts
anybody else got the deluxe version?
It's WELL worth the $80 I paid for it (with $20 PayPal rebate) from Best Buy.
Nov 25, 2009 by Galley |  See all 9 posts
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