Anthology: Through the Years

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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"....
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/31/2000
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008817017723
  • Catalog Number: 170177
  • Sales rank: 10,400

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Primary Artist, Track Performer
Tom Petty Indexed Contributor, Guitar, Harmonica, Keyboards, Vocals
George Harrison 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
Luther Campbell Composer
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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Misses True Greatness

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great for Tom Petty fans

    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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