Monday, October 02, 2017

RIP Tom Petty

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were one of the great American Rock and Roll bands of the last 40 years.  Petty & band were able to mix their love of Beatles/Byrds jangle with modern American Rock and make it a wholly original sound.  I've often felt that Petty was underrated in the canon of Rock and Roll stars.  His catalog is ripe with deep cuts that are ready to be rediscovered.  At their peak Petty & the Heartbreakers were a breath of fresh air to hear on Top 40 radio.  I saw Petty (with Joe Cocker opening) in concert in 2006 and still marvel at how many great songs he had and played that night.

Below are just some of my favorite Petty tracks covering his entire career:

American Girl
Change of Heart
Christmas All Over Again
Crystal River (w/Mudcrutch)
Don't Come Around Here No More
Don't Do Me Like That
End of the Line (w/Traveling Wilburys)
Even The Losers
Face In The Crowd
Free Fallin'
Free Girl Now
Handle With Care (w/Traveling Wilburys)
Have Love Will Travel
Here Comes My Girl
I Need To Know
I Won't Back Down
Into The Great Wide Open
It's Good To Be King
Jammin' Me
Kings Road
Last Night (w/Traveling Wilburys)
Learning To Fly
Listen To Her Heart
Make It Better
Mary Jane's Last Dance
Room at the Top
Runaway Trains
Runnin' Down A Dream
Saving Grace
Southern Accents
Stop Draggin' My Heart Around  (w/Stevie Nicks)
Think About Me
Time To Move On
Trailer (w/Mudcrutch)
Tweeter and the Monkey Man (w/Traveling Wilburys)
Walls (Circus)
Ways To Be Wicked
Woman In Love
Yer So Bad
You Don't Know How It Feels
You Got Lucky
You Wreck Me

People keep calling Petty a great singles artist, which he was, but don't always mention his albums.  The ones below are my favorites:

Damn The Torpedoes
Hard Promises
Full Moon Fever
Into The Great Wide Open
Live Anthology
Southern Accents
Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1

Also check out the 2007 Documentary, Runnin' Down A Dream.  At nearly 4 hours it's a definitive look at his career, up to that point.

3 of my favorite Tom Petty covers:
Ways To Be Wicked - Lone Justice   (1985)
Never Be You - Rosanne Cash (1985)
Rebels - Drive-By Truckers  (2004)

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