51 Songs, 3 Hours 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s taken Tom Petty more than 30 years to finally issue a comprehensive live collection. 1986’s Pack Up the Plantation was a snapshot of the band at that time and place, but The Live Anthology shuffles through the years to present The Heartbreakers in their finest light. “Here Comes My Girl” never sounded tougher. “I Won’t Back Down” is given a subtler arrangement with the band’s limited support. Covers such as Willie Dixon’s “Diddy Wah Diddy” and “I Just Want to Make Love to You,” Van Morrison’s “Mystic Eyes” (turned into an audience participation number), Booker T. & The M.G.s' “Green Onions,” and The Grateful Dead’s “Friend of the Devil” toss a line toward the history and tradition that have informed the band’s playing since the beginning. Thrown together with a long list of classics performed in full workout mode—“American Girl,” “Breakdown,” “Refugee,” “The Waiting,” “Runnin’ Down a Dream,” “Wildflowers,” “Free Fallin’”—The Live Anthology is an excellent career retrospective where new energy and life is breathed into Petty’s most durable brand of rock 'n' roll.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s taken Tom Petty more than 30 years to finally issue a comprehensive live collection. 1986’s Pack Up the Plantation was a snapshot of the band at that time and place, but The Live Anthology shuffles through the years to present The Heartbreakers in their finest light. “Here Comes My Girl” never sounded tougher. “I Won’t Back Down” is given a subtler arrangement with the band’s limited support. Covers such as Willie Dixon’s “Diddy Wah Diddy” and “I Just Want to Make Love to You,” Van Morrison’s “Mystic Eyes” (turned into an audience participation number), Booker T. & The M.G.s' “Green Onions,” and The Grateful Dead’s “Friend of the Devil” toss a line toward the history and tradition that have informed the band’s playing since the beginning. Thrown together with a long list of classics performed in full workout mode—“American Girl,” “Breakdown,” “Refugee,” “The Waiting,” “Runnin’ Down a Dream,” “Wildflowers,” “Free Fallin’”—The Live Anthology is an excellent career retrospective where new energy and life is breathed into Petty’s most durable brand of rock 'n' roll.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
38 Ratings
38 Ratings
justinryan0823 ,

Fantastic live album!

Amazing live album! There are so many great renditions on this, definitely recommend purchasing if you are a Petty fan as this is great quality sound and set list.

whatever?__???? ,

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Best Live Anthology

TP & The Heartbreakers; this anthology doesn't just have the greatest hits- it is a finely combed thorough collection of live cuts- with Tom narrating. From Spike where Tom tells of the story's namesake and has the crowd howl with him - to the live cut of Southern Accents in Gainesville - 'my mom's here's tonight too'. The Mystic Eyes live cut ebbs and flows and looses the audience, 'wouldn't it be great if just for one moment everything was alright ...I want to give you a moment where everything is alright'. That's what TP was about - and this anthology is priceless. For some reason Tom and the Heartbreakers - and Mudcrutch too could transport you to a moment, where everything was alright. Ever so grateful for this live collection- today more than ever.

MamaCalifornia ,

RIP Tom

Rest In Peace Tom. Thank you for the music.

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