Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers - The Live Anthology (4 Disc Box Set)

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It's a commonly held opinion among fans and band alike that Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' lone live album, 1986's "Pack Up the Plantation," didn't quite capture the group at its peak, so there has been a long-standing need for another live set, which 2009's "Live Anthology" finally provides. Like its closest cousin, Bruce Springsteen's "Live 1975-1985," "Live Anthology" almost overcompensates for the long wait by offering almost too much music, cherrypicking highlights from 1978 to 2007. In its simplest incarnation, Live Anthology is a super-affordable, four-disc box set running 48 tracks, which is eight cuts longer than Springsteen's box, plenty long enough for most fans, but in its deluxe version, available only through Best Buy, there's an additional CD, plus two previously unreleased DVDs -- a 1978 New Years Eve concert from Santa Monica, a documentary called 400 Days shot during the Wildflowers tour -- a Blu-Ray edition of all 62 tracks on the five-CD version, a vinyl copy of the 1976 Official Live 'Leg LP, plus a book and lithograph, along with other assorted bonuses. Certainly, the deluxe edition lives up to its billing, offering enough extras to justify its price tag, but the standard edition is plenty generous as it is, serving up enough consistently strong music from throughout the decades, ranging from expert covers of Willie Dixon and the Grateful Dead to deep treasures from the Heartbreakers catalog. Apart from the tendency to favor performances that stretch on a little too long with jamming -- something that is a matter of taste, as some prefer energy to improvisations -- if there's any flaw to the set, it's how it goes out of its way to prove the band's consistency by skipping through the decades, letting a version of "Louisiana Rain" from 1972 sit next to a 1997 cover of "Green Onions" and "Melinda" from 2003. This certainly goes a long way to illustrating that Petty & the Heartbreakers always delivered the goods, but it's somewhat at the expense of forward momentum; it's hard not to wish that it was arranged chronologically, to be able to hear the raw energy give way to easy skill, but that's just nitpicking -- any way you look at it, this "Live Anthology" offers an overdose of prime rock & roll. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi


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Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
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1, Ladies And Gentlemen..., Nightwatchman, Even The Losers, Here Comes My Girl, A Thing About You, I'm In Love, I'm A Man, Straight Into Darkness, Breakdown, Something In The Air, I Just Want To Make Love To You, Drivin' Down To Georgia, Lost Without You, Refugee, 2, Jammin' Me, The Wild One Forever, Green Onions, Louisiana Rain, Melinda, Goldfinger, Surrender, Dreamville, Spike, Any Way You Want It, American Girl, 3, Diddy Wah Diddy, I Want You Back Again, Wildflowers, Friend Of The Devil, A Woman In Love (It's Not Me), It's Good To Be King, Angel Dream (No.2), Learning To Fly, Mary Jane's Last Dance, Mystic Eyes, 4, Runnin' Down A Dream, Oh Well, Southern Accents, Crawling Back To You, My Life/Your World, I Won't Back Down, Square One, Have Love Will Travel, Free Fallin', The Waiting, Good Good Lovin', Century City, Alright For Now
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Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers - The Live Anthology (4 Disc Box Set) is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Set! I have always been hesitant purchasing any CD that is "LIVE" simply because I may get great music but vocals barely audible or vice versa. Not the case with this set. Great set with all Tom Petty's hits plus some. Great purchase.
Date published: 2012-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tom Petty LIVE Anthology This 4 CD set is awesome........all the best of Tom Petty's work performed "live" at different venues, I would say it is a "must have" for all Petty fans, Walmart had it for a fair price and their standard delivery was inexpensive and pretty fast......... Purchase with confidence, well worth the price
Date published: 2010-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great box set for Tom Petty fans. Great album set. Lots of hit songs.
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great mix of songs!
Date published: 2012-03-06
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