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Nice greatest hits collection,
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This review is from: Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' music has been with us for a long time. Their first album came out in 1976, featuring songs such as "American Girl" and "Breakdown." Over time, the group's body of work expanded and included some classic songs. This CD, including many of their greatest hits, chronicles the career of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers nicely.
Some illustrative cuts:
"American Girl": Recorded in 1976. Petty's inimitable voice is in good form here. The band plays with a tight sound and a hard edge.
"Breakdown": This represents a softer sound, and the song is filled with poignant lyrics. One line comes to mind:
"It's alright if you love me;
It's alright if you don't."
"Refugee": This is one of Tom Petty's iconic songs. The music is hard driving, Petty's voice is in good form, and he captures emotions as he sings.
"Don't Do Me Like That": Another signature song of Petty and the group. . . . Keyboards add a nice touch to the song. Signature lyrics:
"Someone's gonna tell you lies,
Cut you down to size.
Don't do me like that
. . . .
Well I love you, baby,
Don't do me like that."
All in all, a nice slice of the greatest hits of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. I'm not someone deeply immersed in the music of this body of work, I concede, but, to twist what Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart once said of pornography: "I can't define great music, but I know it when I hear it."
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Initial post: May 27, 2008 8:31:30 AM PDT
Matthew G. Sherwin says:
Posted on May 27, 2008 9:51:49 AM PDT
' Groovin' guy says:
Tom Petty, I haven't thought about his music in a while but it's a nice reminder.
In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2008 10:43:39 AM PDT
ol' nuff n' den sum says:
Great review, Steven! Nicely organized and informative. Tom Petty's music works for me. This CD is like an old standby in my collection. It's versatile, because it fits many moods.
Posted on May 28, 2008 4:10:25 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 28, 2008 4:10:43 PM PDT
I don't have this, but I do love listening to Tom Petty-- to me his music always sounds fresh-- even the stuff that's 30 years old. Great review!
Posted on May 28, 2008 8:20:01 PM PDT
Karen Joan says:
Ooooo. I want this!
In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2008 9:08:05 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 28, 2008 9:08:59 PM PDT
Exile On My Street says:
One disc is not enough for Petty but, as you point out, this IS great music and well worth a listen!
Posted on May 28, 2008 9:38:47 PM PDT
Judy K. Polhemus says:
Interesting review, Steve.
In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2008 5:55:09 PM PDT
James E. Egolf says:
This is a good review, but I do not remember the music.
Posted on May 31, 2008 5:03:44 PM PDT
Linda Bulger says:
I didn't care for Tom Petty in the late 70s but about ten years ago I got interested in his music. His creativity got to me and I have most of these tunes already. Nice review, Steve -- I think you captured him very well.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2008 3:54:35 PM PDT
I love Tom Petty! Great review! I love your twisted quote from Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart. I went 3 years to law school and that was probably the best quote and made constitutional law interesting.