Anthology: Through the Years

Anthology: Through the Years

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by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
     
 
There's something to be said for getting the balance right, as borne out by this sharp double-disc chronicle of the 17 years Tom Petty spent on MCA Records. Far more expansive than his previous Greatest Hits album -- itself a multi-platinum seller -- and not as overwhelming as the everything-plus-the-kitchen-sink

Overview

There's something to be said for getting the balance right, as borne out by this sharp double-disc chronicle of the 17 years Tom Petty spent on MCA Records. Far more expansive than his previous Greatest Hits album -- itself a multi-platinum seller -- and not as overwhelming as the everything-plus-the-kitchen-sink Playback, this collection gives fans a focused view of the Heartbreakers at their most vital. All of the band's staples are represented, and the more or less chronological sequencing makes it easy to trace Petty's development from edgy tough guy ("Breakdown") to pure-pop purveyor ("Here Comes My Girl" and "The Waiting") to wry storyteller ("Mary Jane's Last Dance"). The extended live version of "So You Wanna Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star" showcases the power the Heartbreakers possess in concert, while offbeat inclusions such as "The Wild One, Forever" prove the band knows its way around a studio as well. The 34-song set ends with the seething "Surrender," a song Petty wrote in the '70s but didn't get around to recording until summer of 2000 -- proof that good things come to those who wait. Through the Years is accompanied by a booklet containing an essay by Almost Famous director Cameron Crowe and reminiscences from fellow Traveling Wilburys George Harrison and Jeff Lynne.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/31/2000
Label:
Mca
UPC:
0008817017723
catalogNumber:
170177
Rank:
7992

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Breakdown
  2. American Girl
  3. Hometown Blues
  4. The Wild One, Forever
  5. I Need to Know
  6. Listen to Her Heart
  7. Too Much Ain't Enough
  8. Refugee
  9. Here Comes My Girl
  10. Don't Do Me Like That
  11. Even the Losers
  12. The Waiting
  13. A Woman in Love (It's Not Me)
  14. Stop Draggin' My Heart Around
  15. You Got Lucky
  16. Straight into Darkness
  17. Change of Heart

Disc 2

  1. Rebels
  2. Don't Come Around Here No More
  3. The Best of Everything
  4. So You Want to Be a Rock & Roll Star
  5. Jammin' Me
  6. It'll All Work Out
  7. Love Is a Long Road
  8. Free Fallin'
  9. Yer So Bad
  10. I Won't Back Down
  11. Runnin' Down a Dream
  12. Learning to Fly
  13. Into the Great Wide Open
  14. Two Gunslingers
  15. Mary Jane's Last Dance
  16. Waiting for Tonight
  17. Surrender

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers   Primary Artist,Track Performer
George Harrison   Vocals
Tom Petty   Guitar,Harmonica,Keyboards,Vocals
Phil Seymour   Background Vocals
Mike Campbell   Bass,Guitar
Jim Keltner   Drums
Benmont Tench   Keyboards,Vocals
Ron Blair   Bass
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Bass
Howie Epstein   Bass,Vocals
Steve Ferrone   Drums
Stan Lynch   Drums,Vocals
Dave Stewart   Coral Sitar
Scott Thurston   Guitar

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer
Jeff Lynne   Producer
Tom Petty   Composer,Producer
Robbie Robertson   Producer
Mike Campbell   Composer,Producer
Bill Bottrell   Producer
Denny Cordell   Producer
George Drakoulias   Producer
Jimmy Iovine   Producer
Rick Rubin   Producer
Noah Shark   Producer
David A. Stewart   Composer

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Anthology: Through the Years 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
The Heartbreakers are one of the great American bands. So why don't I rate this higher? Writing. Petty is a good but not great songwriter. None of the songs here reaches the level of true greatness in the way a few Dylan, Springsteen, or Neil Young songs do.Consistency does not make for transcendence. I think the RS Record Guide rating of 3 1/2 stars is about right. However, if like me, one Petty/Heartbreakers collection is all you need, this is probably your best bet.
justrn More than 1 year ago
Given as anniversary gift to husband, and he enjoys listening to the tracks while he works at computer or in the car. Nice selection.
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