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Few rock ’n’ roll bands from the ‘70s survived the ‘80s and were positioned to clean up in the ‘90s like Tom Petty and his Heartbreakers. Petty has always had a knack for writing radio-friendly rock ’n’ roll singles, and Greatest Hits is a masterful showcase from beginning to end. Even the new recordings issued with this album—a cover of Thunderclap Newman’s “Something in the Air” and Petty’s own “Mary Jane’s Last Dance”—turned out to be commercially viable. If you lived through this era, you’ll recognize the flow of this chronologically assembled collection. For others, it’s a mind-boggling set of classic tunes. The Byrds-like “American Girl,” the sultry “Breakdown” and “Listen to Her Heart,” and the flat-out rocker “I Need To Know” represent the earliest years, while “Refugee” and the three songs that follow symbolize Petty’s definitive commercial breakthrough. “The Waiting” was a solid follow-up. “I Won’t Back Down,” “Runnin’ Down a Dream,” and “Free Fallin’” took Petty solo, while “Learning to Fly” and “Into the Great Wide Open” proved the band weren't done either.

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I was hit with amazing hits!

Tom petty is a a musical genius.Thats all I need to know!

Duh

Tom Petty + greatest hits = as good as albums get.

Amazing artist

Just catching up on some tunes to get ready for upcoming concert. Petty is amazing... "Running Down a Dream" is one of the best.

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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