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Audio CD, Audiobook, Box set, 23 November 2009
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 13.21 x 14.2 x 2.11 cm; 142.03 Grams
- Manufacturer : REPRISE
- Original Release Date : 2009
- Label : REPRISE
- ASIN : B002P4VUNU
- Number of discs : 4
- Best Sellers Rank: 9,453 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The Live Anthology is a multiple-disc set of recordings drawn from thirty years of live performances. The collection brings together material from 1978-2007 culled from hundreds of hours of live concert recordings covering every era of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' tours and represents the best tracks as chosen by producers Tom Petty, Mike Campbell and Ryan Ulyate.
The producers made no fixes or overdubs, letting the newly mixed original recordings showcase the invention, spontaneity, craft, and the musicianship that has made Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers among the most celebrated live performers of their time. Along with powerful interpretations of their own classic hits and originals, The Live Anthology features the band tackling some of their best-loved cover material, from classics to obscure beauties to unexpected adaptations. The theme from Goldfinger, the Zombies' 'I Want You Back Again,' the Grateful Dead's 'Friend of the Devil,' early Fleetwood Mac's 'Oh Well,' Booker T. and the MGs' 'Green Onions,' James Brown's 'Good, Good Lovin' and many more. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers travel wide, paying their musical debts through song and showing just how confidently the band moves across genres and over time.
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By Lloyd Morgan on 21 September 2020
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As I said, there is no chronological nature to the album and there are all sorts of rarities thrown in - covers of Booker T & The MGs' "Green Onions", Willie Dixon's "I Just Want To Make Love To You", Bobby Womack's " I'm In Love", Van Morrison's "Mystic Eyes", Thunderclap Newman's "Something In The Air" and, interestingly, the theme from "Goldfinger". Most of the Petty favourites are here - "Free Fallin'", "American Girl", "Refugee", "I Won't Back Down" and "Breakdown". A personal favourite is the riffy, rocking "Jammin'" Me". "Good, Good Lovin'" is a corker too. Checkout out the beautiful, sad tones of "Louisiana Rain" as well.
Petty always liked a bit of a jam, and there are some extended versions in places, but that is live albums for you, it adds to the live feeling of the recordings, in my opinion, as opposed to functional note-perfect replicas of the songs' studio versions. It also highlights just how good The Heartbreakers were, musically. Whether you dip into this for a rocking half hour, or you play it for longer, this is a highly invigorating, quality live compilation.
have', if you can find one, or if you can afford it, there's a similar pack that also contains a DVD of these shows, so that'd be good, but it's way beyond my pocket, I'm afraid. Anyway, highly recommended!