Anthology: Through the Years
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
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For the fan that wants more than the superb single-disc Greatest Hits yet doesn't want to delve into actual albums or the exhaustive, rarities-heavy box set Playback, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and MCA Records offered the double-disc Anthology: Through the Years in the fall of 2000. This set basically offers all the singles and album rock radio favorites, with a couple of odd selections here and there and one new song, "Surrender." There are a few omissions — "Make It Better (Forget About Me)" isn't here, for instance — but not enough to really be noticeable, especially since this consolidates the bulk of Petty's great songs and plays very, very well. Greatest Hits might have a slight edge to Anthology because of its conciseness, but this double-disc set illustrates that Petty's catalog was deeper than just the hits.
No matter what your age or taste in music, I think anyone with any taste in music can appreciate these songs. I don't think there are any really bad songs on here, but these would be my top 5.
1. Learning To Fly
2. Runnin' Down A Dream
4. Don't Do Me Like That
5. Free Fallin'
I also love Breakdown, American Girl, Mary Jane's Last Dance, and I Won't Back Down, by the way!
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Great music - no matter your age - Tom is timeless!
This is one of the greatest compilation albms ever made. All tracks are wonderful, but my favorites are "Running Down a Dream", "Free Fallin'" and "Learning to Fly." Definately get this album if you have any respect for rock.
Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s
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