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Format: CD
Sku: 60445429
UPC: 008817017723
UPC 14: 00008817017723
Release Date: 10/31/2000
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Breakdown ~ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
2. American Girl ~ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
3. Hometown Blues ~ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
4. Wild One Forever, The ~ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
5. I Need To Know ~ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
6. Listen To Her Heart ~ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
7. Too Much Ain't Enough ~ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
8. Refugee ~ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
9. Here Comes My Girl ~ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
10. Don't Do Me Like That ~ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
11. Even The Losers ~ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
12. Waiting, The ~ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
13. Woman In Love, A (It's Not Me) ~ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
14. Stop Draggin' My Heart Around - (previously unreleased, with Stevie Nicks) ~ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
15. You Got Lucky ~ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
16. Straight Into Darkness ~ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
17. Change Of Heart ~ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Disc 2
Song Title
1. Rebels ~ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
2. Don't Come Around Here No More ~ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
3. Best Of Everything, The ~ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
4. So You Want To Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star ~ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
5. Jammin' Me ~ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
6. It'll All Work Out ~ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
7. Love Is A Long Road ~ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
8. Free Fallin' ~ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
9. Yer So Bad ~ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
10. I Won't Back Down ~ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
11. Runnin' Down A Dream ~ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
12. Learning To Fly ~ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
13. Into The Great Wide Open ~ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
14. Two Gunslingers ~ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
15. Mary Jane's Last Dance ~ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
16. Waiting For Tonight ~ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
17. Surrender - (previously unreleased) ~ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
A two-disc set from 2000, Anthology: Through the Years features some of the all-time greatest songs from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, including "American Girl," "Free Fallin'," and "Runnin' Down a Dream."

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote ANTHOLOGY: THROUGH THE YEARS includes the previously unreleased "Surrender" and "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" (with Stevie Nicks).
Muze PNote Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Tom Petty (vocals, guitar, harmonica, keyboards); Mike Campbell (guitar, bass); Benmont Tench (keyboards, background vocals); Howie Epstein (bass, background vocals); Ron Blair (bass); Stan Lynch (drums, background vocals).
Muze PNote Additional personnel: Stevie Nicks (vocals); Scott Thurston (guitar); David A. Stewart (Coral sitar); Donald "Duck" Dunn (bass); Steve Ferrone, Jim Keltner (drums); Jeff Lynne, George Harrison, The Bangles (background vocals).
Muze PNote Producers include: Denny Cordell, Rick Rubin, Jeff Lynne, Jimmy Iovine, Noah Shark.
Muze PNote Recorded between 1976 and August 2000. Includes liner notes by Cameron Crowe.
Muze PNote Digitally remastered by Joe Gaswirt (OceanView Mastering, Los Angeles, California).
Muze PNote Personnel: Tom Petty (vocals, guitar, harmonica, keyboards); Benmont Tench (vocals, keyboards); Stan Lynch (vocals, drums); Howie Epstein, George Harrison (vocals); Mike Campbell , Scott Thurston (guitar); Dave Stewart (coral sitar); Jim Keltner, Steve Ferrone (drums); Phil Seymour (background vocals).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: George Drakoulias; Jim Scott .
Muze PNote Neatly fitting in between 1993's GREATEST HITS and the 5-CD PLAYBACK box set that came out two years later, this 34-track collection is a chronological tour of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' MCA Records material. The consistent quality found throughout this two-CD set that's bookended by the sinister-sounding "Breakdown" and chiming "Surrender"(a song Petty wrote in the '70s but didn't get around to recording until August 2000) boggles the mind.
Muze PNote Tight playing and a palpable sense of passion from the four-piece Heartbreakers transform songs like "Even the Losers", "Rebels" and "Mary Jane's Last Dance" into rock & roll manna. Elsewhere, this Floridian singer-songwriter's sharp eye for pop culture ("Jammin' Me") and storytelling mastery ("Into the Great Wide Open," "Two Gunslingers") become pleasantly recurring characteristics. The inclusion of a scorching live version of the Byrds' "So You Wanna Be a Rock 'N' Roll Star" show Petty and company to be as potent on stage as in the studio. By the end of this musical tour it's hard to argue with the lofty statement Cameron Crowe makes in his liner notes calling Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers "...the greatest and most consistent American band of the last twenty-five years..."

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Stevie Nicks
Muze Guest Artist George Harrison
Muze Guest Artist Jeff Lynne
Muze Guest Artist David A. Stewart
Muze Guest Artist The Bangles

Artist Overview

With chiming Rickenbacker guitars and a voice that echoed both Bob Dylan and Roger McGuinn, Tom Petty and his band, the Heartbreakers, were one of the most exciting bands to emerge from America during the mid-'70s, marking a return to the virtues of classic rock & roll on a rock scene dominated by heavy metal and progressive bands. They continued to enjoy commercial success in the '80s, thanks in part to a series of stunning videos that found popularity on the emerging MTV. In 1988, Petty joined Jeff Lynne, George Harrison, Roy Orbison, and Bob Dylan in the highly successful Traveling Wilburys supergroup. The following year Petty released the solo Full Moon Fever, containing the sublime Top Ten hit "Free Fallin'," before rejoining the Heartbreakers for Into the Great Wide Open in 1991. Petty has since combined solo work, notably 1994's beautiful Wildflowers acoustic set, with band projects. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Fm
Muze Music Compilations Bella Donna
Muze Music Compilations Timespace-Best Of Stevie Nicks
Muze Music Compilations Rattle & Hum
Muze Music Compilations Bocephus Box Set (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations American III: Solitary Man
Muze Music Compilations Timeless-Hank Williams Tribute
Muze Music Compilations Will The Circle Be Unbroken: Vol. 3
Muze Music Compilations Elizabethtown, Vol. 1
Muze Music Compilations Elizabethtown, Vol. 2
Muze Music Compilations Crystal Visions - The Very Best of Stevie Nicks
Muze Music Compilations Crystal Visions: Very Best Of Stevie Nicks (CD/DVD)
Muze Music Compilations Best Of Rock Roll Hall Of Fame Plus
Muze Music Compilations 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration

Associated Artists and Works

Unchained ~ Cash, Johnny
Heartbreakers (Tom Petty) (The)
On, Pickin'
Pickin' On

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 10/31/2000
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2000
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 1701772
Music Label Name Label : MCA (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 2
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00008817017723

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly (12/1/00, p.102)
- "...It's hard to imagine a better summary of the Heartbreakers' 25-year career." - Rating: A

Q (8/01, p.154)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "...Conatins most [of his essential tracks], and more, including '81s Stevie Nicks duet..."

Uncut (2/01, p.80)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "...A century of great American music from a great American institution..."


Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Not many artists can match Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' long record of commercial success along with a simultaneous period of creative growth and critical acclaim.

In April 1996, Petty received UCLA's George & Ira Gershwin Award For Lifetime Musical Achievement. Previous recipients of the university's award include Ray Charles and Ella Fitzgerald. Petty was the first artist of the rock era to earn this distinction. "I may not own any George and Ira Gershwin records," said Petty at the ceremony, "but I'm honored to be here and I want to thank my fans for showing up at my concerts from time to time."

In 1999, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers received their own star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, an honor that acknowledges both their musical achievements and their humanitarian involvement with such organizations as Greenpeace, the National Veteran's Foundation, USA Harvest, Rock & Wrap It Up, and AmFAR (the American Foundation for AIDS Research).

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers--hailing from Gainesville, Florida before officially forming in Los Angeles--kicked the musical doldrums of the mid-'70s in the face with their 1976 self-titled debut album. It featured a stripped-down-but-accomplished brand of rock that blended jumpy rhythm & blues rhythms, ringing guitars and keyboards, over which Petty grabbed listeners by their throats with his disarmingly blunt lyrics and extremely direct vocal style. Still, it took America a full year to catch up to the album.

1978's follow up, You're Gonna Get It!, proved the debut album's intensity was no fluke. Marking the band's first gold album, it featured the singles "Listen to Her Heart" and "I Need to Know." Success followed success (including Tom's debut solo album and his appearances as a member of The Traveling Wilbury's, as well as more hits with The Heartbreakers).

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