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Anthology: Through The Years Double CD, Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (4 Jun 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B000050HSI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,251 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. BreakdownTom Petty 2:40Album Only
Listen  2. American GirlTom Petty 3:32Album Only
Listen  3. Hometown BluesTom Petty 2:12Album Only
Listen  4. The Wild One, ForeverTom Petty 2:59Album Only
Listen  5. I Need To KnowTom Petty 2:22Album Only
Listen  6. Listen To Her HeartTom Petty 3:02Album Only
Listen  7. Too Much Ain't EnoughTom Petty 2:54Album Only
Listen  8. RefugeeTom Petty 3:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Here Comes My GirlTom Petty 4:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Don't Do Me Like ThatTom Petty 2:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Even The LosersTom Petty 3:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The WaitingTom Petty 3:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. A Woman In Love (It's Not Me)Tom Petty 4:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Stop Draggin' My Heart AroundStevie Nicks 4:03Album Only
Listen15. You Got LuckyTom Petty 3:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Straight Into DarknessTom Petty 3:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Change Of HeartTom Petty 3:18£0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. RebelsTom Petty 5:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Don't Come Around Here No MoreTom Petty 5:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Best Of EverythingTom Petty 4:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. So You Want To Be A Rock 'N' Roll StarTom Petty 3:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Jammin' MeTom Petty 4:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. It'll All Work OutTom Petty 3:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Love Is A Long RoadTom Petty 4:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Free Fallin'Tom Petty 4:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Yer So BadTom Petty 3:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. I Won't Back DownTom Petty 2:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Runnin' Down A DreamTom Petty 4:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Learning To FlyTom Petty 4:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Into The Great Wide OpenTom Petty 3:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Two GunslingersTom Petty 3:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Mary Jane's Last DanceTom Petty 4:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Waiting For TonightTom Petty 3:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. SurrenderTom Petty 2:54£0.79  Buy MP3 

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2CD-ANTHOLOGY-EAN 008817017723

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The most striking thing about Through the Years, the two-disc overview of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, is the powerful case it makes for its creators as the most consistent band of not only their era, but of all time. Think of another rocker who can claim to have created a quarter century of recordings that, when ranked on a ten-point scale, never dip below a solid seven? Indeed, while disc 1 reflects a marginally more aggressive mindset than disc 2, it wouldn't be difficult to imagine the discs being switched; maturity has yet to induce lethargy for Petty and the boys. Offering more of an overview than the 19-track Greatest Hits, Through the Years serves up 34 selections, nearly every one a classic rock staple. From 1976's "Breakdown" through to the collection's only new offering, 2000's "Surrender", this retrospective never flags.--Steven Stolder

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Jun 2006
Format: Audio CD
This album is probably the best place to start in your love affair with Tom Petty. Once you hear his music there's no going back. He has a wonderfully distinctive voice and can play both rocking upbeat songs, as well as laid back chilled out ones. There are so many brilliant songs on this compilation, it would be hard to pick out any one for special mention. Needless to say I highly recommend it!

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Poolan on 11 July 2006
Format: Audio CD
I came to Tom Petty later than I should have after enjoying all of his great singles from American Girl to Into The Great Wide Open without really taking on board how good he is and has been. I discovered him more fully when I bought this very enjoyable collection because I felt I should own 'Don't Come Around Here No More, I Won't Back down and all of the others at last. Once I was hooked as I am sure you will be, I found that as I investigated his albums more, I was dealing with one of the most consistent, high quality songwriters of the last 20 years. Every Petty album merits investigation and this Anthology gives you enough of a flavour to lead you onto the rest of his almost exclusively excellent work. Most of the hits are here but many of his best tracks are there to be discovered on his albums. Great music, excellent lyrics and storytelling and a lot of humour as well - plus a truly great band, The Heartbreakers, who have backed numerous other musicians including Bob Dylan. You should also read the fascinating 'Conversations with' book available here on Amazon for an insight into his craft - not your average biography and a great read.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Verma on 23 Jan 2001
Format: Audio CD
Tom Petty remains one of America`s prime rock writers - his observations of Everyday American life have won him a large & loyal following worldwide.
This collection improves on Greatest Hits ( 93 ) because it is a double disk, and contains 1 unreleased track - Surrender.
It contains all the classics - Free Fallin`, American Girl, Into The Great Wide Open and Refugee.
If you are interested in Tom Petty, or want an overview of his career, this is worth buying.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Feb 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is a fabulous compilation of the work a great rock musician spanning over 25 years. Not only is the double CD excellent value given the number of tracks (34) but it is crammed full of great traditional American rock sounds. It's always nice when an artist has his/her own unique sound. Tom Petty has such a sound. The smooth guitar riffs coupled with his 'worldly wise' voice are unmistakeable. The inherent quality of the music and the 'catchiness' of the tunes, when combined with the honesty yet defiance as evidenced in the lyrics appeals to the free spirit without ever becoming too ponderous.
The first CD contains his early material with the second CD containing classic tunes familiar to many such as 'Into the Great Wide Open', 'Free Fallin' and 'I Wont Back Down'. Becoming acquainted with his earlier material is equally as rewarding as singing along to the more recent and familiar hits.
The evolution of Petty's sound is unmistakeable as between the two eras yet Petty never completely loses touch with his original style nor are there any tracks which reflect any 'experimental' era in the artist's career. There is therefore a 'like one, like them all' certainty with the album.
Check out especially 'Mary Jane's Last Dance' and 'Refugee' for a exponents of rock 'coolness'. Petty weaves his guitar magic into a tapestry of great songs the shelf life of which will endure on your CD rack for many many years.
Its time to venture into the 'great wide open'
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. R. Martin on 23 Dec 2006
Format: Audio CD
The fact that this is the first review I have been moved to right since I was in school (I'm now 21) demonstrates just how highly I rate this. I'd seriously never really heard of Tom Petty until about 2 months ago, out of curisoity I borrowed it off a friends Dad and was blown away at how awesome this stuff is. Easily the best double album I own as there is literally not a bad track, the only time I reach for the skip button is when I don't have time to listen to the whole thing and find myself being drawn to some tracks that I just have to listen to!!

Favourite tracks: 1,4,6,9,10,17,21,26,30,31,33 But 'Two Gunslingers' would have to be my favourite track, if I had to pick one.

The only problems are: On 2 discs which as a rule I can't stand as usually there is too much for one sitting (this is excused as its so good)And now I gotta go spendin a fortune buying the rest of his back catalogue!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 1 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is an excellent compilation album of many of the best tracks recorded by one of the finest rockers of the last 30-odd years. Tom Petty was (and is) always around and enjoyed by a lot of people in the know but he never became a real first-rank star, and I think that's a shame because he's a true Great, in my view. It's not just me, either: Petty formed the Travelling Wilburys with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne. The respect of musicians of that stature really means something.

The songs here show that he can rock with the best of them and play the blues with authority, but his real quality shows in the songs which no-one else in the world could have made: it's a long list, but Refugee, Don't Come Around Here No More and Free Fallin' are obvious examples with their imaginative lyrics, really singable tunes, great chord sequences and a personal, quirky take on various aspects of life. If you ask me (which you didn't, I know) his true greatness shows in Learning To Fly, with the same four simple chords over and over again, questionable lyrics, little melody to speak of and deceptively simple production (partly due to Jeff Lynne). In other hands it could be banal, forgettable trash but it's brilliant - one of my favourite tracks ever. It takes a really fine musician to do that.

Anyway, enough. If you already know and like Tom Petty you won't need me to tell you all this. If you don't know him well this is a great album to start with. Don't hesitate - you can't go wrong here. It's a brilliant album.
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