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'Echo' is another top album from Tom Petty. It has a more melancholy, down beat feel to it than previous albums, probably due to his recent divorce, and I found it took a few listens to get a feel for it. This isn't one to judge on first listen and is definitely a grower. Songs like the album opener 'Room at the Top' are great straight off the bat and get better and 'Swingin' is excellent, especially with Howie Epsteins descending background harmonies on the chorus. Unfortunately this album was around the time of his drug addiction and he isn't in the album photos due to missing the flights to the shoot. The title track is superb and the album closer 'One More Day One More Night' is a perfect way to end this underrated and overlooked gem. Give it a try and give it a chance to grow, you won't be disappointed as long as you don't expect the exuberance of 'Full Moon fever' or Tom's early career. A different, but equally worthy addition to his catalogue.

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VINE VOICEon 13 September 2005
I can't believe this album is not near the top of the TP bestseller order. It's arguably his best work, easily on a par with Full Moon Fever and Into the Great Wide Open. The production quality is a great improvement on the aforementioned titles, with an open, natural and more rough-edged sound, where you can really hear the amplifiers crackling and the guitar strings being struck. The classic, gorgeous twelve-string Rickenbacker and Telecaster mix is predominant here, with just a few acoustic breathers - a perfect TP mix to my mind. The opener, Room at the Top, illustrates this perfectly: a few quiet, plaintive lines from TP and then the whole band storms in like a jet plane that suddenly came from nowhere - with a few savage guitar lines from Mike Campbell before the plane disappears over the horizon and it all goes quiet again - for a little while! There's no single best track on this album. I'd struggle to choose between tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12 ... and 14. See what I mean? Every one a cracker - great melodies, great playing and some striking lyrics too - you can hear TP smiling on Counting on You as he pleads "I want you - to drive my Eldorado - I want you - to fly my aeroplane" and on the swaggeringly arrogant Swingin', with the half-spoken lines "And he went down - swingin! - like Glen Miller / And he went down - swingin! - like Tommy Dorsey / And he went down - swingin! - like Sonny Liston!". This album rocks - takes the occasional pause for breath - then rocks again. And it deserves a top five bestseller placing - not languishing down at no. 12 for goodness sake! You know what you have to do.
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on 11 March 2000
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers return with a new studio album which is of course the usual best. This is a big improvement of 1996's She's The One album which was slightly below par, but there has never been a time when Tom and the boys have delivered any crap. Echo has plenty on offer. It has great rock numbers - Won't Last Long, Free Girl Now and of course the awesome Swingin'. And of course the ballads - Lonesome Sundown, the Title track Echo and the magnificent closing track One More Day, One More Night. It's hard to pick highlights from the album so you'll just have to judge for yourself.
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on 5 June 2012
Excellent albumn with some great track songs. A truly great band which deserves its place on the rock and roll hall of fame.
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on 25 January 2015
Musically Tom Petty intentionally keeps his music simple. He doesn't believe in complicated chord sequences. Indeed you could argue that his music is predictably simple. You can pretty much guess the next chord or melody line. On the other hand his lyrical turn of phrase is masterful. Put the two together and you have a truly winning formula which works, in fact improves, time after time. This 1999 album is smack in the middle of a great run which started with Full Moon Fever and continues today with his latest piece of magic, Hypnotic Eye. Another Petty gem.
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on 1 March 2012
An excellent album, it's been on the player since I received it. An absolute must for all Tom Petty fans.
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on 19 November 2013
I only had two of his albums from the late 1980's and early 1990's until I listened to "The Last DJ", "Wildflowers" and "Highway Companion". My Tom Petty collection tripled immediately, Echo being my last aquisition. Now my house has a Tom Petty echo. Petty was one of the Travelling Wilburys of course, the others being George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Roy Orbison. Del Shannon before he died was also a member. Petty's sound is a bit Byrdsy which I like.
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on 28 March 2013
An interesting album for several reasons. The infamous cover shot, with only four people on it, as Howie Epstein didn't turn up for the shoot, just part of the ongoing drug problem that finally claimed him. Scott Thurston is there, though, as the extra guitarist, but there's no drummer, Steve Ferrone having just taken the seat from Stan Lynch, who was well into the process of leaving the band. Also, a song written by - and sung by - Mike Campbell, something that you would NEVER have expected given the guitarist's vocal silence up to this point. For me, although maybe not one of their best releases, it buys its worth purely with the opener "Room At The Top", which is an immense song.
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on 24 December 2012
This is a great C D by Tom I had not heard of it and it took me by surprise. the sound is fuller than ever , the lyrics meaningful and both exciting and whimsical. If you like Tom you'll love this.
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on 5 September 2015
Half a dozen good tracks, the rest are pretty ordinary.
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