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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.

Track Listings

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
  6. I'm A Man - Tom Petty
  7. Straight Into Darkness - Tom Petty
  8. Breakdown - Tom Petty
  9. Something In The Air - Tom Petty
  10. I Just Want To Make Love To You - Tom Petty
  11. Drivin' Down To Georgia - Tom Petty
  12. Lost Without You - Tom Petty
  13. Refugee - Tom Petty

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)
  6. It's Good To Be King
  7. Angel Dream (No. 2)
  8. Learning To Fly
  9. Mary Jane's Last Dance
  10. Mystic Eyes

Disc: 3

  1. Jammin' Me
  2. The Wild One, Forever
  3. Green Onions
  4. Louisiana Rain
  5. Melinda
  6. Goldfinger
  7. Surrender
  8. Dreamville
  9. Spike
  10. Any Way You Want It
  11. American Girl

Disc: 4

  1. Runnin' Down A Dream
  2. Oh Well
  3. Southern Accents
  4. Crawling Back To You
  5. My Life/Your World
  6. I Won't Back Down
  7. Square One
  8. Have Love Will Travel
  9. Free Fallin'
  10. The Waiting
  11. Good Good Lovin'
  12. Century City
  13. Alright For Now

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 23, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Label: Reprise Records
  • ASIN: B002P4VUNU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,296 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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112 of 116 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Jefferson TOP 100 REVIEWER on 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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104 of 110 people found the following review helpful By Donovan on November 24, 2009
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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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Joseph D. Beullens on 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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Woolybugger on November 23, 2009
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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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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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