November 25, 2009

Tom Petty: 27 Years of Live Music

Do you still remember your first time? The first CD I ever bought was by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. From the first chorus off 1991's Into The Great Wide Open—the effortlessly irresistible "Learning To Fly"—I was hooked. Never the most innovative or original, Tom Petty has nevertheless left an indelible mark on rock and roll as an unwavering anchor of simplicity and authenticity. Recording 10 albums with little more than the same five chord structures, Petty is in many ways the everyman's genius. His 51 song Live Anthology, released this past Monday, encapsulates his and the Heartbreakers' best moments from the last 27 years: a must have bookend for die-hard fans and a welcome mat to a younger generation. From quiet acoustic numbers ("Wildflowers") to screaming sing-alongs ("Breakdown") and obscure covers ("Friend of the Devil"), it's a dynamic collection from one of rock and roll's most consistently great sons.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - "Even The Losers" (from Live Anthology)

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