14 Songs, 1 Hour, 11 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Despite their reputation as a seminal rock ’n’ roll band of the ’70s, ‘80s, and onward, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers never released a classic double-LP live album during their prime. Even 1985’s Pack Up the Plantation: Live! was initially seen as a video release and a live album second, leaving off many important tracks (weirder, the CD version that appears here cuts two additional tracks). What exists is good, though, and there’s always the exhaustive The Live Anthology for anyone who wants a more representative live experience. Just over half of these performances are from Los Angeles’ Wiltern Theater in 1985. The cover of The Searchers’ “Needles & Pins” and “Insider,” both with Stevie Nicks, are from the LA Forum in 1981. A cover of John Sebastian’s “Stories We Could Tell” is from London's Hammersmith Odeon in 1980, while the cover of Gerry Goffin and Carole King’s “Don’t Bring Me Down” is taken from the Paradise Theater in Boston in 1978. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Despite their reputation as a seminal rock ’n’ roll band of the ’70s, ‘80s, and onward, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers never released a classic double-LP live album during their prime. Even 1985’s Pack Up the Plantation: Live! was initially seen as a video release and a live album second, leaving off many important tracks (weirder, the CD version that appears here cuts two additional tracks). What exists is good, though, and there’s always the exhaustive The Live Anthology for anyone who wants a more representative live experience. Just over half of these performances are from Los Angeles’ Wiltern Theater in 1985. The cover of The Searchers’ “Needles & Pins” and “Insider,” both with Stevie Nicks, are from the LA Forum in 1981. A cover of John Sebastian’s “Stories We Could Tell” is from London's Hammersmith Odeon in 1980, while the cover of Gerry Goffin and Carole King’s “Don’t Bring Me Down” is taken from the Paradise Theater in Boston in 1978. 

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Customer Reviews

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Her’s What Bugs Me...

Dave from Fernley,

I would like the whole LP. This is the CD edit. It’s missing two songs. Boo.

About Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

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 the Torpedos was their commercial breakthrough, selling over two million copies; it couldn't have come at a better time, since Petty filed for bankruptcy before its release.

During the '80s, Petty sold consistently well, as he expanded his sound with the release of each album. In 1989, he released his first solo album, Full Moon Fever, which became his biggest hit yet. That momentum carried over into the next Heartbreakers release, 1991's Into the Great Wide Open, which went platinum. As they were preparing their next album, the group released a greatest-hits album in 1993 which contained the hit single, "Mary Jane's Last Dance." Greatest Hits was the last album the group released on MCA Records. In 1994, Petty began a new contract with Warner Bros, releasing Wildflowers toward the end of that year; Wildflowers became another multi-platinum success for him. In 1995, MCA Records released a five-disc box set called Playback. In the summer of 1996, Petty & the Heartbreakers released Songs and Music from She's the One. The Rick Rubin production Echo followed three years later. 2002 saw the release of The Last DJ, a scathing attack on the corporate greed inherent in the music business. It was followed in 2006 by a Petty solo album, Highway Companion. Another Heartbreakers album, Mojo, appeared on Reprise Records in 2010. Returning to their rehearsal space, The Clubhouse, in 2011, Petty & the Heartbreakers spent time demo'ing and recording what would become their 13th studio album. The harder, rockier, Hypnotic Eye was scheduled for a July 2014 release. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

  • ORIGIN
    Gainesville, FL
  • GENRE
    Rock
  • FORMED
    1975

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