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Something for everyone,
This review is from: Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Live Anthology - 4CD (Audio CD)
With nearly 40 years work under his belt Gainesvilles finest continues to rock his audiences. This rather huge collection may seem haphazard at first glance but is really well put together and allows for a real range of styles and emotions from concerts all over the US as well as Toronto & London although it is not completely without flaws. With 30 years of recordings to play with it's not surprising that the quality and performances vary so much but what is perhaps a little unexpected is the fact that one or two classics are missing,('Don't come around here no more' for one), and that the well known singles that the non-fan would be likely to head for are given such poor representation here. The Version of 'Learning to fly' is quite touching but 'Wont back down' is pretty weak and 'Free fallin', surely the most famous Petty track, is downright awful. He warbles and it's pretty tuneless. John Meyer's live version remains the one to beat.
A pity really as there are some real gems here. Petty has covered quite a few songs by other singers and he always seems to add something worthwhile & the true is same here. 'Goldfinger' may be a bit potty but 'Something in the air', 'Green onions' & in particular a great menacing version of Fleetwood Macs 'Oh well' are welcome additions. As is often the case with live versions Petty has the opportunity to extend certain tracks and introduce some great musicianship and allow a song to unfold at a more leisurely pace. 'Breakdown', 'Spike' & 'It's good to be king' all take their time and are all the better for it.
The mastering of these performances is clear and weighty and there's a good sense of depth although at times the sound of an audience is allowed to intrude a little too much.
For the Tom Petty fan this represents a huge collection with some fine performances that have been generally well recorded and add depth to any collection. For the non-fan just browsing this is a bit of a mixed bag. If you're hoping for a live 'Best of' then this is going to disappoint but if you want to hear a fine musician playing a lot of stuff you've probably never heard before then this is well worth your time. If you like Neil Young, Bob Dylan or Joe Walsh then Tom Petty is likely to be a name to add to your list of must have's.There are some excellent versions here, certainly enough to make this rather expensive lay-out a good purchase. If you do decide to take a chance then head straight to 'Lost without you'. It's a great indicator of just how subtle & beautiful many of the tracks here are.
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Initial post: 4 Dec 2009, 11:34:11 GMT
A fine review, more eloquent than I could have put it myself.
Posted on 8 Dec 2009, 14:34:06 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Dec 2009, 20:27:11 GMT
Good review but the CDs are very short too, which is unacceptable in my view. As was Amazon sending out the initial copies at £22.98 each then 2 or 3 days later dropping the price by a fiver - very naughty!
Posted on 5 Feb 2012, 00:19:45 GMT
Gary Longden says:
Fair comment- but I really like "Goldfinger" and can do without "Don't Come Around No More". I would have loved to see "Too Much Aint Enough" in place of the crass "Century City" and the wonderful "Casa "Dega"
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