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Editors’ Notes

Tom Petty’s second solo album features Rick Rubin's modest production style. Coming after Petty's animated and densely harmonic work with Jeff Lynne, Wildflowers has a distinct sound of its own that works well with another strong batch of Petty tunes. All Heartbreakers except drummer Stan Lynch appear on the album, with guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Mike Campbell coproducing and cowriting the essential “You Wreck Me” and “Don’t Fade on Me.” Petty uses the solo route this time to strip down the sound in places where a full band would be overkill. The title track is a brilliant exercise in economics and further evidence of Petty’s ingenious vocal phrasings. “You Don’t Know How It Feels” became the album’s key single, and its arrangement is as smart as the song itself. In fact, much of Petty’s songwriting has benefitted over the years from a solid backing band and producers (including himself) who have best understood how to turn his simple, effective rock ’n’ roll songs into pop singles that are as exciting in their era as the heroes Petty looked up to were in their eras.

Customer Reviews

American Classic

One of my favorite records of all time. Please reissue on vinyl ;)

I know how it feels...TO ROCK

This album is amazing.You wreck me and You don't know how it feels are are amazing songs!

One of my all time favorite albums

This is my favorite Tom Petty album by far. Some of the songs I could listen to again and again. Very soulful music.

Biography

Born: October 20, 1950 in Gainesville, FL

Genre: Rock

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

Upon the release of their first album in the late '70s, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers were shoehorned into the punk/new wave movement by some observers who picked up on the tough, vibrant energy of the group's blend of Byrds riffs and Stonesy swagger. In a way, the categorization made sense. Compared to the heavy metal and art rock that dominated mid-'70s guitar rock, the Heartbreakers' bracing return to roots was nearly as unexpected as the crashing chords of the Clash. As time progressed, it...
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