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Anthology: Through the Years

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

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Album Review

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.

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Timeless Rock!

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
3. Refugee
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!

Great Album

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.

Biography

Formed: 1975

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Since 1976, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers have been one of America's finest rock & roll bands ever, combining the ringing guitars of the Byrds with the gritty rhythmic drive of the Rolling Stones. Petty's tales of American losers and dreamers were simple and direct, but emotionally charged. The Heartbreakers were a lean, tight band that could handle hard rock & roll and melodic pop equally well. The group gained critical attention and solid sales with their first album, but 1979's Damn...
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