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"The Great Lost Europe 72 Track" and more...,
This review is from: Mudcrutch Extended Play Live EP (Audio CD)
Rolling Stone called the 15 minute version of "Crystal River" (adding 6 minutes to the studio version) "the great lost Europe 72 track"...not that there's anything wrong with that.
Let's face it...Tom and Randall and Mike and Benmont and Tom KNEW they were channeling the Dead on this track...and performed live, I refuse to see anything other than Jerry beaming a 1000-watt smile from Rock & Roll Heaven.
"Extended Play Live" isn't a stand-alone masterpiece...it is a COMPANION piece to Mudcrutch. I really don't believe you can have one without the other.
Tom Petty really accomplished the impossible here. In his "Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers" career, he attained...and maintained...success far above and beyond most of his "peers."
He released a few "solo albums"...Full Moon Fever, Wildflowers, and Highway Companion.
In doing so, he placed himself squarely among visionaries such as Neil Young and Frank Zappa, musicians who spent their lives in search of the SOUND, ignoring the players and more importantly ignoring the LABELS.
From all reports, Tom is having fun in Mudcrutch. That's great. He deserved it. He's EARNED it. Keep on rockin' in the free world, Tom.
Maybe the next CD will be from "Mudcrutch." Maybe it will be from "Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers." Maybe it will be another "solo" effort.
But...in paraphrasing Hank Williams Jr....leave that boy alone and let him sing his songs. He's worth it.
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Initial post: May 9, 2016 2:20:41 PM PDT
J. Gregory Crabtree says:
I think Crystal River reminds me of The Byrds, from the "Untitled" years.
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