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  • CD (13 juillet 2011)
  • Nombre de disques: 6
  • Format : Coffret
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN : B000002OYT
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Disque : 1

  1. Breakdown
  2. American girl
  3. Hometown blues
  4. Anything that's rock 'n' roll
  5. I need to know
  6. Listen to her heart
  7. When the time comes
  8. Too much ain't enough
  9. No second thoughts
  10. Baby's a rock 'n' roller
  11. Refugee
  12. Here comes my girl
  13. Even the losers
  14. Shadow of a doubt (a complex kid)
  15. Don't do me like that
  16. The waiting
  17. A woman in love (it's not me)
  18. Something big
  19. A thing about you
  20. Insider
  21. You can still change your mind

Disque : 2

  1. You got lucky
  2. Change of heart
  3. Straight into darkness
  4. The same old you
  5. Rebels
  6. Don't come around here no more
  7. Don't come around here no more
  8. Make it better (forget about me)
  9. The best of everything
  10. So you want to be a rock & roll star
  11. Don't bring me down
  12. Jammin' me
  13. It'll all work out
  14. Mike's life/ mike's world
  15. Think about me
  16. A self made man

Disque : 3

  1. Free fallin' - Tom Petty
  2. I won't back down - Tom Petty
  3. Love is a long road - Tom Petty
  4. Runnin' down a dream - Tom Petty
  5. Yer so bad - Tom Petty
  6. Alright for now - Tom Petty
  7. Learning to fly
  8. Into the great wide open
  9. All or nothin'
  10. Out in the cold
  11. Built to last
  12. Mary jane's last dance
  13. Christmas all over again

Disque : 4

  1. Casa dega
  2. Heartbreaker's beach party
  3. Trailer
  4. Cracking up
  5. Psychotic reaction
  6. I'm tired joey boy
  7. Lonely weekends
  8. Gator on the lawn
  9. Make that connection
  10. Down the line - Tom Petty
  11. Peace in l.a.
  12. It's rainin' again
  13. Somethin' else
  14. I don't know what to say to you
  15. Kings highway

Disque : 5

  1. On the street - Mudcrutch
  2. Depot street - Mudcrutch
  3. Cry to me - Mudcrutch
  4. Don't do me like that - Mudcrutch
  5. I can't fight it - Mudcrutch
  6. Since you said you loved me
  7. Louisiana rain
  8. Keeping me alive
  9. Turning point
  10. Stop draggin' my heart around
  11. The apartment song
  12. Big boss man
  13. The image of me
  14. Moon pie
  15. The damage you've done - Tom Petty

Disque : 6

  1. Got my mind made up - Tom Petty
  2. Ways to be wicked
  3. Can't get her out
  4. Waiting for tonight - Tom Petty
  5. Travelin'
  6. Baby, let's play house
  7. Wooden heart
  8. God's gift to man
  9. You get me high
  10. Come on down to my house
  11. You come through
  12. Up in mississippi tonight - Mudcrutch

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Par scotty le 20 janvier 2004
Format: CD
Respect d'abord pour les fans de Tom Petty et ses Heartbreakers: tout y est et plus. Les amateurs trouveront des versions inédites de titres parus sur des albums précédents, des chansons entièrement inédites - on se demande pourquoi tant la qualité est présente... Et puis un livret très fourni non avare d'anecdotes sur l'enregistrement ou la naissance des morceaux.
Respect aussi pour ce géant du rock américain encore trop méconnu en France au fil de l'écoute de ces 6 CD qui composent ce coffret.
Chapeau Mister Petty!!!
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Beau coffret un peu brouillon à mon goût tout se mélange avec des "live" qui cassent
la chronologie dommage (pourquoi ne pas avoir consacré un album entier en public?).
Sinon Tom est un artiste complet, perfectionniste on trouve des perles sur chaque album
et des morceaux très moyens aussi (il faut le reconnaître).
En conclusion mieux vaut acheter les premiers albums (sa meilleure période à mon goût voir Damn the Torpedoes), c'est plus cohérent et moins bordélique que ce coffret.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Instant Tom Petty collection! 6 août 2000
Par Rob Damm - Publié sur
Format: CD
For most people, I'm guessing these 92 tracks are all the Tom Petty you are going to need. The first three discs are really faultless-- some of the best pop music ever committed to tape. The rest of the box is aimed squarely at folks who already own much of his catalog-- it's chockfull of rareities, alternate takes, remixes and so forth.
Buying this set is really a no-brainer. If you don't have much Petty: i.e. greatest hits, and maybe and album or two, you NEED this. And odds are, it's all you'll need. If you have all the standard issue Petty discs, you can still look foward to 40% worth of the box dedicated to stuff you probably haven't heard. The most compelling reason,though, to own this set, for the hardcore fan is the sound quality. The regular issue Petty discs are fairly terrible: especially the older stuff... the 20-bit HDCD mastering on these new discs KILLS the standard versions and sounds *almost* as good as the out-of-print (and very pricey) Mobile Fidelity pressings. This box is incredibly cheap and provides many hours of listening, enjoy.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A one-of-a-kind collection from a perfect American pop-rock band. 13 novembre 2005
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Please note that I am not under 13, but did not feel like disclosing unvital information


It's almost inevitable that a band with a long and successful career will release a box set. This six disc offering from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is their fulfillment of that prophecy.

Playback, released in 1995, chronicles the band's career on MCA records. Fifty songs from the Heartbreakers' 1976 self-titled debut through their 1993 Greatest hits compilation can be found here.

That's just the first three CDs. The fourth disc features fifteen B-sides of singles. The final two CDs contain previously unreleased tracks and studio outtakes, including some songs recorded by Mudcrutch- the first lineup that would become the Heartbreakers. There isn't much point in any further introduction, so I'll jump right into the music:


Disc One - The Big Jangle

The Big Jangle covers the Heartbreakers first four albums: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (1976), You're Gonna Get It (1978), Damn the Torpedoes (1979), and Hard Promises (1981). The original lineup of the band is present, with original bassist Ron Blair and drummer Stan Lynch. Blair would leave the group following Hard Promises. Here we can find the Heartbreakers defining their sound as they clawed their way up from humble beginnings to the platinum success of Damn the Torpedoes.

Two classic rock staples, "Breakdown" and "American Girl" can be heard as the first two tracks of the box set. The slow and bluesy "Breakdown" is instantly recognizable as one of Petty's best songs, but it is the rocking "American Girl" that really shows the band doing what they do best. These are two of the best songs from an otherwise uninspired first album. "Hometown Blues" is a carryover from the Mudcrutch days. It features Duck Dunn on bass, who would later play with the Blues Brothers. "Anything That's Rock `N' Roll" is the song that landed the band on the charts in England, although I think it is a generic song. Regardless, it is an important track in Heartbreakers history.

On the band's second album, You're Gonna Get It, they found a formula that really worked for them. Abandoning the radio friendly pop sound of their debut, they open up and just plain rock on that album. You can hear damn near the whole album on this first disc of the box set. Two big FM radio hits from the album, "I Need to Know" and "Listen to Her Heart" can be found here. "I Need to Know" is one of my favorites by the Heartbreakers because of the fast guitars that give the song an almost punk rock feel. "Listen to Her Heart" is a fine song that features some great guitar interplay between Tom Petty and Mike Campbell.

"When the Time Comes" is one of the better songs from You're Gonna Get It. The straightforward rock beat of the song really showcases the attitude of the album. "Too Much Ain't Enough" is a great, fast rock song similar to "I Need to Know". The rhythm sounds really cool, and Mike Campbell adds one of his best guitar solos. "No Second Thoughts" is an interesting track because it is mostly acoustic guitars set to a drum loop. Tom Petty does is best Bob Dylan impression on this tune, because you can't understand a single word. Petty gives a strong vocal performance on "Baby's a Rock `N' Roller", but the poor production makes this song difficult for me to like.

Damn the Torpedoes produced four hit singles: "Refugee", "Here Comes My Girl", "Even the Losers", and "Don't Do Me Like That". "Refugee" rivals "Free Fallin'" or "Mary Jane's Last Dance" as the band's most popular song. It's the in your face organ sound that really makes this song stand out and not the band's guitar playing. I've always liked "Here Comes My Girl" for its odd chord progression and the way Tom Petty speaks the lyrics over it. The song builds up to an incredible chorus and bridge section and is a testament to Petty's songwriting skills.

"Even the Losers" should be Petty's theme song. He always writes songs from the point of view of the underdog. On this song he speaks in a manner that anyone can easily understand. "Even the losers get lucky sometimes," he defiantly states in chorus as if to say that he didn't plan his career's success. One of the little known songs from Damn the Torpedoes is "Shadow of a Doubt (A Complex Kid)". This is a great song that definitely deserves a listen. The fifth song from that album that is heard on the box set is the keyboard driven "Don't Do Me Like That". This song misrepresents the attitude of the album, but is nonetheless a great song as well as being the Heartbreakers first big hit nationally.

One of my favorite Heartbreakers albums is Hard Promises. It takes the edge and feel of their previous two records and goes in a different direction. This was Petty's attempt to free himself of the formula that everyone expected him to follow. The result is an album full of music with balls. The only song that most people know from that album is the stellar "The Waiting". As the opening track on that album, it sets you up for an intense musical journey. An even better song is the heart wrenching "A Woman in Love (It's Not Me)". Petty gives one of his best vocal performances of his career, and the lyrics are some of his most honest:

"Time after time,

night after night

She would look up at me

And say she was lonely

I don't understand the world today

I don't understand what she needed

I gave her everything

She threw it all away on nothin'

She's a woman in love

And he's gonna break her heart to pieces

She don't wanna see

She's a Woman in love,

But it's not me"

Another fine song from Hard Promises is the haunting "Something Big". It is just so dark and brooding that it sounds unlike anything the band had ever tried before (but that was the whole point of the album). "A Thing About You" is much more lighthearted than the previous song. It is one of the fast pop songs that Petty is so well known for. "Insider" is an incredible song that features Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks (of Fleetwood Mac fame) doing harmony vocals. Another deeply emotional song from that album is the beautiful "You Can Still Change Your Mind". Oddly enough it was mostly written by guitarist Mike Campbell, who's best known for composing such rocking tracks as "Runnin' Down a Dream" and not one of the group's best ballads.

Song Selection:

1. Breakdown (from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers)

2. American Girl (from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers)

3. Hometown Blues (from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers)

4. Anything That's Rock `N' Roll (from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers)

5. I Need to Know (from You're Gonna Get It)

6. Listen to Her Heart (from You're Gonna Get It)

7. When the Time Comes (from You're Gonna Get It)

8. Too Much Ain't Enough (from You're Gonna Get It)

9. No Second Thoughts (from You're Gonna Get It)

10. Baby's a Rock `N' Roller (from You're Gonna Get It)

11. Refugee (from Damn the Torpedoes)

12. Here Comes My Girl (from Damn the Torpedoes)

13. Even the Losers (from Damn the Torpedoes)

14. Shadow of a Doubt (A Complex Kid) (from Damn the Torpedoes)

15. Don't Do Me Like That (from Damn the Torpedoes)

16. The Waiting (from Hard Promises)

17. A Woman in Love (It's Not Me) (from Hard Promises)

18. Something Big (from Hard Promises)

19. A Thing About You (from Hard Promises)

20. Insider (from Hard Promises)

21. You Can Still Change Your Mind (from Hard Promises)

Top picks: I Need to Know, Even the Losers, A Woman in Love (It's Not Me), You Can Still Change Your Mind, Refugee


Disc Two - Spoiled & Mistreated

Spoiled & Mistreated covers the band during its most experimental, but also their most problematic time of their career. Howie Epstein was hired to replace original bassist Ron Blair. Epstein's backing vocals have really added a lot to the albums that he's contributed to. There was a three year period (1983-1985) where the band was having difficulties creatively and the result was Tom Petty broke his hand during the recording of the Southern Accents album. This was also a period of time of a relative lack of commercial success for the group.

Long After Dark was a fairly successful album, although it is one that Petty himself is not fond of. I rather like it, myself. It manages to be dark and moody like Hard Promises, but the band managed to regain some of their pop roots. The melodic synthesizer driven fanfare of "You Got Lucky" was the only hit single from the album. One of the better guitar parts of that album can be heard on "Change of Heart". The band doesn't really hit their stride on Long After Dark until "Straight Into Darkness". Everything about this tune is great from Petty's vocals to the jangly guitars. "The Same Old You" is a fairly standard Heartbreakers tune similar to the vibe of their first two albums. This group of songs isn't quite a fair representation of the album, as two of the best songs from Long After Dark, "Deliver Me" and "Wasted Life", aren't included.

Tom Petty had originally planned for Southern Accents to be a solo album. It was also meant to be a two LP set. However, he was unable to get the sounds in his head to appear on the tape the way they were supposed to. Unable to get a satisfactory mix on "Rebels" is what pushed him over the edge and made him punch the wall. He went back to what made the original demo of the song so good, and the simpler approach to playing is what makes this song so great. To hear the band at their most eccentric, check out "Do Come Around Here No More". A hugely successful single, this song was co-written with Eurhythmic Dave Stewart.

The reason Southern Accents sounds so schizophrenic is that Petty was being pulled in so many directions at once. He was working on his solo album, a Heartbreakers album, and even wrote a song for a movie soundtrack. The song "The Best of Everything" was never used on the soundtrack, but Robbie Robertson's production on the tune was what lead to other songs such as "Make It Better (Forget About Me)". The best song from Southern Accents is the emotional title track. Most of the song consists of Petty's vocals and piano accompanied by a string section. After Petty's hand smashing incident, the best songs from all the various studio sessions were combined into one album. That meant a lot of great songs weren't included (such as "The Apartment Song" that was later found on Full Moon Fever), but you can hear many of those songs on later discs in the box set.

The same year the band released Southern Accents a live album was also released. Pack Up the Plantation consisted of only a few of Petty's popular singles. Instead, it contained various cover songs. The first of those tracks is the Byrds' "So You Want To Be a Rock & Roll Star". The band really sounds excellent on this live recording, but the song is fairly weak. Petty owes a lot of his sound to the Byrds, but everything the Heartbreakers play is much better than anything the Byrds could ever do. A heavy version of the Animals' "Don't Bring Me Down" is the other representative of Pack Up the Plantation on the box set. This is a much more fitting cover song for the band to play, although it doesn't really stand out as much as some of the other songs from the live album.

The band makes up for those two bland live tunes with a collection of great songs from their most underrated album, Let Me Up (I've Had Enough). Although the band's least successful album, it is one their rock oriented offerings. That album's opener, "Jammin' Me", is included here. This ranks right up there as one of my favorite Heartbreakers songs. It was co-written with Bob Dylan, the beginning of a long association between the band and Dylan. "It'll All Work Out" takes a much subtler approach than the guitar intensive previous track. Mike Campbell gives a grand performance on acoustic guitar and mandolin on this song.

"You got me in a corner

you got me against a wall

I got nowhere to go

I got nowhere to fall

Take back your insurance

baby nothin's guaranteed

Take back your acid rain

let your TV bleed

You're jammin' me

You're jammin' me

Quit jammin' me

Baby you can keep me painted in a corner

You can walk away, but it's not over

Take back your angry slander

take back your pension plan

take back your ups and downs

of your life in raisin-land

take back Vanessa Redgrave

Take back Joe Piscopo

Take back Eddie Murphy

Give `em all some place to go"

"Mike's Life/Mike's World" is an interesting forty-second instrumental. It was originally an unnamed interlude between "It'll All Work Out" and "My Life/Your World" on the Let Me Up (I've Had Enough) album. Another great rocking tune from that album is "Think About Me". Here you can hear the band at their most free and unrestrained. "A Self-Made Man" is a Heartbreakers folk song of sorts. Although I think "Runaway Trains" would have been a better song from the album to include here than this song, it has a fun quality about it that I can't quite describe. The closest comparison I can draw for this song would be Petty's "Spike" from the Southern Accents album.

Song Selection:

1. You Got Lucky (from Long After Dark)

2. Change of Heart (from Long After Dark)

3. Straight Into Darkness (from Long After Dark)

4. The Same Old You (from Long After Dark)

5. Rebels (from Southern Accents)

6. Don't Come Around Here No More (from Southern Accents)

7. Southern Accents (from Southern Accents)

8. Make It Better (Forget About Me) (from Southern Accents)

9. The Best of Everything (from Southern Accents)

10. So You Wanna Be a Rock `N' Roll Star (from Pack Up the Plantation)

11. Don't Bring Me Down (from Pack Up the Plantation)

12. Jammin' Me (from Let Me Up (I've Had Enough)

13. It'll All Work Out (from Let Me Up (I've Had Enough)

14. Mike's Life/Mike's World (from Let Me Up (I've Had Enough)

15. Think About Me (from Let Me Up (I've Had Enough)

16. A Self-Made Man (from Let Me Up (I've Had Enough)

Top Picks: Rebels, Don't Come Around Here No More, Jammin' Me, It'll All Work Out, Straight Into Darkness


Disc 4 - The Other Sides

The Other Sides is a collection of songs that were released as B-sides to singles. Most of the songs are studio outtakes or tracks that were intended for release on an album, but got left off at the last minute. Five of the tracks were recorded live and are an interesting look at the band playing material in concert that had never been released on an album.

Written during the Damn the Torpedoes era, "Casa Dega" captures all the greatness of that era. This is a great song that should have been on an album. The bass and drums have an almost R&B feel to them, while the guitars and vocals remind me of the song "Amanda" by Boston. The hilarious calypso styled "Heartbreaker's Beach Party" is one cool song. The band shows their sense of humor here, as well as their ability to allow themselves to not take their music too seriously. Originally slated to be on the Southern Accents album, "Trailer" is one of the best songs on this disc. The country twang of the guitars and Petty's harmonica playing make this song sound a lot like something Neil Young would write.

The band did a cover of Nick Lowe's "Cracking Up" that was released as a B-side. This is a good rock song, with a guitar riff that reminds me of CCR. Drummer Stan Lynch gets to expand his role in the band by singing lead vocals on the band's live version of Count Five's "Psychotic Reaction". Lynch's vocals sound surprisingly strong and he is backed up by a very solid performance by the entire band. The band sounds very tight throughout the various tempo changes of the song. Another fine live song from that same night is Van Morrison's "I'm Tired Joey Boy". Usually Van Morrison annoys me, but the Heartbreakers do a fantastic rendition of an otherwise generic song.

The third live track from the Too Good to Be True EP is Charlie Rich's rockabilly tune "Lonely Weekends". The Heartbreakers have an uncanny ability to make this irritating sh*tkicking song sound good. Another rockabilly tune that Petty wrote during the Hard Promises era is "Gator on the Lawn". This forgettable track was inspired by a gator eating a dog that was owned by one of Petty's friends in Florida. One of the best of the B-sides included on this disc is "Make That Connection", a fantastic blues song leftover from the Let Me Up (I've Had Enough) studio sessions. "Down the Line" is the funky B-side of "Free Fallin'". It has a lot of the same vibe from the Full Moon Fever album, but this track offers nothing substantial.

"Peace in LA" is a track that was written during the LA riots. Four hours after it was written, it was getting played on the radio. The remix heard on this disc features a lot of sound samples and other extras not heard on the `A-side'. What's most interesting to note is Howie Epstein and his girlfriend are sampled describing smoke and fire over the phone to the band. "It's Raining Again" is a minute and a half blues number that is essentially a soundcheck improv recorded during the Damn the Torpedoes sessions. One of the better songs heard on this disc is a live version of Eddie Cochran's "Somethin' Else". This great rock song was recorded during the band's first rise to stardom back in 1978.

"I Don't Know What to Say to You" was recorded during one of the first Heartbreakers sessions following the breakup of Mudcrutch. This song demonstrates Petty's ability to improvise lyrics without making it sound like he's making it up. John Sebastian plays a baritone guitar part on this track. He's best known for composing the theme to Welcome Back, Kotter. The final B-side to be heard is a live acoustic version of Into the Great Wide Open's "King Highway". I prefer this mellow version to the rock version heard on that album.

"When the time gets right I'm gonna pick you up

And take you far away from trouble, my love

Under a big ol' sky, out in a field of green

There's gotta be something left for us to believe

Oh, I await the day, good fortune comes our way

And we ride down the Kings Highway

No you can't hide out in a six gun town

We wanna hold our heads up, but we gotta stay down

I don't wanna end up in a room all alone

Don't wanna end up someone that I don't even know

Lover, I await the day, good fortune comes our way

And we ride down the Kings Highway"

Song Selection:

1. Casa Dega (B-side of Don't Do Me Like That)

2. Heartbreaker's Beach Party (B-side of Change of Heart)

3. Trailer (B-side of Don't Come Around Here No More)

4. Cracking Up (B-side of Make It Better (Forget About Me))

5. Psychotic Reaction (live) (from UK EP Too Good to Be True)

6. I'm Tired Joey Boy (live) (from UK EP Too Good to Be True)

7. Lonely Weekends (live) (from UK EP Too Good to Be True)

8. Gator on the Lawn (B-side of A Woman In Love (It's Not Me))

9. Make That Connection (B-side of Jammin Me)

10. Down The Line (B-side of Free Fallin')

11. Peace In LA (Peace Mix) (B-side of Peace in LA)

12. It's Raining Again (B-side of Refugee)

13. Somethin' Else (live) (UK B-side of Even the Losers)

14. I Don't Know What to Say to You (B-side of Listen to Her Heart)

15. Kings Highway (live) (German B-side of Something in the Air)

Top Picks: Trailer, Psychotic Reaction (live), Make That Connection, Peace in LA (Peace Mix), Kings Highway (live)


Disc 5 - Through the Cracks

Through the Cracks contains fifteen previously unreleased tracks. The first five songs were recorded by Mudcrutch, the band that Tom Petty, Mike Campbell, and Benmont Tench headed to Hollywood with. Two of the songs were recorded between Mudcrutch and the Heartbreakers, which are essentially Tom, Mike, and several studio musicians. The rest of the tracks are outtakes from several of the band's 80s albums. This disc is much more consistent and enjoyable than the disc of B-sides.

The first track from this disc is a Benmont Tench composition titled "On the Street". This was recorded live with no overdubs at all, so you can tell that the band was exceptionally well rehearsed in their early days. This was on the demo tape that won Mudcrutch their record deal. The only record that Mudcrutch ever released was a single called "Depot Street". This is another good example of Petty's budding talent from way back in 1974. "Cry to Me" is a brilliant blues number that was recorded in Oklahoma as the guys were moving out west to make it big. In fact, I like these Mudcrutch songs better than some of the tracks that made it onto the Heartbreakers' first album.

One of the Heartbreakers' biggest hits from their third album, Damn the Torpedoes, was "Don't Do Me Like That". This song was actually written and recorded five years before that album came out, during the Mudcrutch era. The version that Mudcrutch recorded is every big as good as the one that would be released years later. "I Can't Fight It" is the most rocking Mudcrutch tune included on this disc. At this time, Petty was still developing his song writing style and it shows. But, this song has every bit of Petty's usual attitude in great amounts.

After Mudcrutch broke up, Petty worked with some studio musicians before the Heartbreakers formed. There were several famous musicians that he worked with, including Donald Dunn (of the Blues Brothers and Booker T and the MGs), Al Kooper (worked with a number of musicians, including Jimi Hendrix), and Jim Gordon (who co-wrote "Layla" with Eric Clapton). Two songs from those sessions are including here. The first, "Since You Said You Loved Me" is a sappy ballad, but is nonetheless a great song. "Louisiana Rain" is another song that would resurface on Damn the Torpedoes. It has always been one of my favorite Heartbreakers songs, but this version is even better. It has a rough quality to the recording that gives the song a live feel, and the original lyrics fit the song a little better.

Well it was out in California

by the San Diego sea

that was where I was taken in

by a aging boardwalk queen

And She nearly drove me crazy

with all those charming toys

but I know she didn't really

mean a thing to those sailor boys

South Carolina

stuck out its arms for me

right up until everything went black

somewhere on Baker Street

It was just some mean old poison

that I took up my nose

thank god for the lovely mother

who had angels at the door

Louisiana rain is falling just like tears

Running down my face washing away the years

Louisiana rain is soaking through my shoes

I will never be the same when I reach back for you"

"Keeping Me Alive'" is an unused song from the Long After Dark sessions. This is a really good song that is reminiscent of the Everly Brothers. Another song from that era is "Turning Point". This song is a sort of Buddy Holly meets 70s rock hybrid and manages to be a decent song in the process. If you've heard "Stop Dragging My Heart Around" with Stevie Nicks singing, you'll want to hear the original version with Tom Petty singing it. It is still a great song, but Petty's vocals are much more emotional and honest. One of the best outtakes on this disc is the original version of "The Apartment Song" which was first recorded for Southern Accents, but never used until Full Moon Fever in 1989. Stevie Nicks also sings harmony on this song.

The band recorded a version of Jimmy Reed's "Big Boss Man" during the tumultuous Southern Accents sessions. This is perhaps the best version of this song that I've heard, except for maybe the Steve Miller Band's. What's most interesting about this track is that the band's usual bassist Howie Epstein is playing acoustic guitar. Benmont Tench, who usually plays keyboards for the band, is manning the bass. "The Image of Me" is an old Conway Twitty song that was also recorded for Southern Accents. The band sounds really good here, although I'm not a big fan of country music. "Moon Pie" isn't really a song, it's just a minute's worth of the band screwing around in the studio while waiting for someone to plug in a wire. In 1986 the band recorded "The Damage You've Done" for Let Me Up (I've Had Enough). The version included here is original incarnation of this song, which is yet another country song. Oddly enough, I like this better than the studio version.

Song Selection:

1. On the Street

2. Depot Street

3. Cry to Me

4. Don't Do Me Like That (Mudcrutch version)

5. I Can't Fight It

6. Since You Said You Loved Me

7. Louisiana Rain (original version)

8. Keeping Me Alive

9. Turning Point

10. Stop Draggin' My Heart Around (demo)

11. The Apartment Song (demo)

12. Big Boss Man

13. The Image of Me

14. Moon Pie

15. The Damage You've Done (country version)

Top Picks: Don't Do Me Like That (Mudcrutch version), Louisiana Rain, Big Boss Man, Stop Draggin' My Heart Around (demo)


Disc 6 - Nobody's Children

The sixth CD of the set includes twelve other previously unreleased songs. Most of them are rocking recorded between 1986 and 1993, although one of the tracks is from the Mudcrutch era.. Two of the songs were later given to other artists, and one was recorded with the Bangles on background vocals. This disc is split between hard rocking tunes and country songs. The rock songs are among Petty's best, but I don't really like country music. Although there are some great moments on the CD, it is probably the weakest overall disc of the set.

The 1986 outtake "Got My Mind Made Up" is the original version of the song that the band eventually gave to Bob Dylan. It is typical of the band's rock songs, complete with Tom Petty harmonica solo. "Ways to Be Wicked" is one of the best tracks on the disc. This version was recorded in 1986, although the song was originally written for Damn the Torpedoes. This song was also given to another band; this time it was Lone Justice. "Can't Get Her Out" is a fantastic song that should have made the Let Me Up (I've Had Enough) album. The band sounds incredible here, especially Mike Campbell's guitar solo and Benmont Tench's organ playing. Stan Lynch also delivers a fierce drumming performance.

The Bangles sang on "Waiting For Tonight". Recorded during a break in the Full Moon Fever sessions, this is one of the best non-album Tom Petty tracks I've heard. It would have been a fine addition to the Full Moon Fever album, and it's a shame this song was relegated to the box set. "Travelin'" is another dive into country music that I really could do without. The band does manage to play a country song and make it sound good, but it's just a genre that I don't care for. "Baby, Let's Play House" is an Elvis cover tune. This was from the same session that produced "Mary Jane's Last Dance".

"Wooden Heart" is another Elvis cover. This is a much better song than "Baby, Let's Play House". It manages to be a pretty decent ballad. Although I don't really care for Elvis's music, the Heartbreakers manage to make this song sound great. "God's Gift to Man" is a fantastic improvised outtake recorded before Petty began work on the Wildflowers album. This song has one of Mike Campbell's trademark guitar riffs. It is an all-around solid song. Another incredible outtake from the same era was "You Get Me High".

"Come On Down to My House" is a fast and heavy song that was influenced by Nirvana. Petty had begun to feel that the band was in a rut and wanted to do something a little wild. This is definitely a little wild. It's also a great song that should have been released on an album, but it was played quite a bit on tour. Lenny Kravitz worked on "You Come Through" nine years after it was originally recorded. I'm not a big fan of Kravitz, although the funky vibe of this song does sound pretty cool. The last song of the box set is an old Mudcrutch song, "Up In Mississippi Tonight". It was the first song Mudcrutch ever recorded in the studio. Although it was recorded three years before the Heartbreakers ever played together, Petty and Campbell's talents were evident.

Song Selection:

1. Got My Mind Made Up (original version)

2. Ways to Be Wicked

3. Can't Get Her Out

4. Waiting for Tonight

5. Travelin'

6. Baby, Let's Play House

7. Wooden Heart

8. God's Gift to Man

9. You Get Me High

10. Come On Down To My House

11. You Come Through

12. Up In Mississippi Tonight

Top Picks: Come On Down To My House, God's Gift to man, Waiting For Tonight, Can't Get Her Out


This box set is an extensive look at an undeniably great rock and roll band. This set contains all of their best songs and a few surprises as well. The unreleased tracks and B-sides make it a must own for Tom Petty fans. More casual fans of the band would probably be better off with Greatest Hits. However, this box set can usually be found at a great price. Through the band's website [...] I found Playback for thirty bucks. Considering that's about the price of two regular CDs, I'd say I got a good deal.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Almost perfect 17 juin 2006
Par cincinnatusalong - Publié sur
Format: CD
I have to start by pointing out that the Amazon "reviewer" has nary a clue when it comes to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers because anyone who thinks "By 1980 their best music was behind them" is sadly mistaken. They have continued to make great rock n' roll for thirty years, and with a new release coming out in July are still going strong. Not only do they continue to rock and grow as a band and as artists, they make meaningful songs that protest the dying of radio and the fun of music due to the corporate takeover of radio.

As for the release itself, it is filled with hits, demos, B-sides, live songs and that is what a boxset should be. It is too bad it doesn't include songs from "Wildflowers" and the other CDs that have come out since, but there's the rub with artists who continue to produce the goods. There are some songs left out that should have been included (that could be said for any boxset though), particularly, for me anyhow, "The Wild One, Forever;" "You're Gonna Get It;" "Spike;" "It Ain't Nothin' to Me;" "Stories We Could Tell" (what a gem this one is!) and "Girl on LSD" (leaving this amusing tune off when it is so hard to find was a travesty!). My only other wish was that the live songs were drawn from unreleased material and included a couple more cuts. All in all though, this boxset is not only well worth the money, it is a treasure for any fan of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. Enjoy, and long live these gone gators!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Everything and the kitchen sink, too! 8 mars 2000
Par Un client - Publié sur
Format: CD
Playback is a tour de force for any rock fan. You don't have to be a fan of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers to appreciate this six-disc set. In fact, it may help convert you to believing that Petty and his bandmates are one of the major pioneers in rock and roll and an enduring act that is hard to replicate or resist. This boxed set is chock-full of goodies. Most boxed sets include the artist's major hits and then some throwaway cuts or barely passable "hits." No such filler exists here. Discs One through Three are packed with all of the hits and concert favorites that are as fresh and infectious as when the band burst on the scene in 1976. Where you really get your money's worth and hear the band air it out is in Discs Four through Six. The collection of songs on these three discs are mostly unreleased (especially in stellar compact disc sound). Sprinkled judiciously over these discs are some live tracks, unreleased gems, retooled or remixed versions of songs that became classics later, a few cover tunes and a handful of funny, lighthearted melodies. Standing out in the group are Stan Lynch's searing vocal rendition of "Psychotic Reaction" (originally by The Count Five), the fantastic "Trailer" (left off of Southern Accents), a wacky country version of "Damage You've Done" (released in a more rock-friendly format on Let Me Up I've Had Enough), the trippy "You Get Me High" and a great driving-in-the-car rocker titled "Travelin'". This is just the tip of the iceberg, folks! Included is a large booklet of musings by Petty and the band on each track in the set. In the booklet, the origins of some of the songs are revealed, studio anecdotes are revisited and the backstory of the band is explored. This isn't just some fluffy picture book, it has a bevy of information that any fan cannot live without. For under fifty dollars, you get the definitive collection of Petty material up to 1992. Do not pass this up!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A must for Petty & Heartbreakers fans, ok for casual fans too 8 septembre 2006
Par Andrew Furst - Publié sur
Format: CD
This boxed set is a somewhat odd hybrid: the first 3 CDs are essentially a "best of" collection from Petty's albums on MCA (with the Heartbreakers and solo) circa 1976-1993; the final 3 CDs are previously unreleased Petty material: B-sides, demos, live recordings, and some work from Petty's earlier band "Mudcrutch". When this boxed set was released, the two disc "Through the Years" anthology did not exist; now that it does however, that collection may be the better buy for those wanting an overview of Petty & the Heartbreakers's work/hits ("Through the Years" also includes the hit single version of "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" of Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, this collection has that song, but as a demo version without Stevie). On the other hand, this collection is deeper (3 CDs worth of "hits" vs. 2 CDs), and includes a very interesting/important booklet about Petty and the band - valuable for both existing fans and potential ones.

The last 3 discs are definitely valuable for fans who have all the existing Petty/Heartbreakers MCA albums. Just because you have all the original albums, don't think that this boxed set isn't worth your money (due to the price and redundancy of the first three discs with what you already own). Many of the "extra" Heartbreakers songs are excellent, particularly "Casa Dega", "Keeping Me Alive", "Trailer", "Ways to be Wicked", and "Waiting for Tonight" (which was later deemed worthy of the "Through the Years" anthology). Also included are some very humorous songs, with great musicianship as well: "Heartbreakers Beach Party", "Gator on the Lawn", "Moon Pie" and "The Damage You've Done (Country Version)". And there's much, much more on those 3 CDs: some wonderful live performances (sadly too few live songs here though, just seven in total, and only one live version of a Petty authored song), including an incredibly moving slow/acoustic take on "King's Highway"; some very interesting demo and pre-Heartbreakers ("Mudcrutch") songs, one of which is the surprisingly good "On the Street" written by Heartbreaker Benmont Tench (and sung by Petty). Also very interesting to hear the Mudcrutch songs with Randall Marsh, who was quite a good, creative drummer. I'm a huge fan of Stan Lynch and like his drumming even more than Marsh's (I find Marsh's creative drumming a bit distracting from the song, while I find Lynch's creative drumming flows a bit more WITH the song), but there's no denying Marsh's ability, and he's fun to hear on those songs. There are very few songs I don't care for on the last 3 CDs (the Lenny Kravitz collaboration "You Come Through" isn't my cup of tea), really only about 2 or 3 songs total that I wouldn't miss if they were deleted.

Now back to those first 3 CDs, they aren't completely irrelevant to people who already have all the MCA Petty albums. For one thing, the singles "Christmas All Over Again" (a cool song, which I've actually heard playing in the malls at Christmas) and "Peace in LA" (not great, but well-meaning) are found there. Also there's Mike Campbell's instrumental demo for My Life/Your World (called "Mike's Life/Mike's World" on the CD here) which is interesting, even though the version with lyrics found on "Let Me Up" is better, and not found in this set. In fact, the "Let Me Up" album is not well-represented here, too many great songs from that one are missing ("Runaway Trains", "The Damage You've Done", and many, many more). But that's the thing about Petty/Heartbreakers albums - there are so many great songs on the albums (usually ALL the songs are good) that you can't possibly have all the good songs on a collection. For another example - even though a lot of songs are taken from "Your Gonna Get It" here, this collection still misses "Hurt" and "Magnolia", yet both of those are absolutely fantastic songs. A final note to those who think the first 3 CDs are pointless for those who have the albums from which they have been taken - the songs here are mastered in HDCD, which is usually but not always the case for the existing CD catalog. So if you have an HDCD capable disc player (those are rare these days), you'll probably enjoy the sound quality of the versions on the three discs here more than on the original CDs.

And one more comment about the booklet - this on it's own wouldn't be worth the approx. $50 price, but it's definitely worth a great deal to Petty fans. Not only has a great explanation of how Petty got started and how the band got together, but also some great pictures, and a full notation of the musicians, recording date, etc. for each song (no printed lyrics though). Again, if you are a major fan of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, get this set (assuming you can part with about $50), case closed. And for the casual/new fan, this is a great introduction.
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