Anthology-Through The Years (2000)
|Artist: 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
|ANTHOLOGY: THROUGH THE YEARS includes the previously unreleased "Surrender" and "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" (with Stevie Nicks).|
|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).|
|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).|
|Producers include: Denny Cordell, Rick Rubin, Jeff Lynne, Jimmy Iovine, Noah Shark.|
|Recorded between 1976 and August 2000. Includes liner notes by Cameron Crowe.|
|Digitally remastered by Joe Gaswirt (OceanView Mastering, Los Angeles, California).|
|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).|
|Audio Mixers: George Drakoulias; Jim Scott .|
|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.|
|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..."|
|David A. Stewart|
Bo Diddley | Bob Dylan | Buddy Holly | Chuck Berry | Creedence Clearwater Revival | Del Shannon | Roy Orbison | The Animals | The Beatles | The Buckinghams | The Byrds | The Hollies | The Kinks | The Lovin' Spoonful | The Rolling Stones | The Searchers | The Yardbirds
Blue Rodeo | Bob Seger | BoDeans | Bruce Hornsby | Bruce Springsteen | Cheap Trick | Dave Edmunds | Dire Straits | Dwight Twilley | Gene Clark | Greg Kihn | Huey Lewis | J. Geils Band | Joe Henry | John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band | John Hiatt | John Mellencamp | Kevin Costner | Lindsey Buckingham | Little Village | Los Lobos | Maria McKee | Marshall Crenshaw | Melissa Etheridge | Nick Lowe | Richard X. Heyman | Robbie Robertson | Rockpile | Rod Stewart | Roger McGuinn | Scott Miller | Southside Johnny | Stevie Nicks | T-Bone Burnett | The Artful Dodger (UK) | The Black Crowes | The Blasters | The Call | The Iron City Houserockers | The Jayhawks | The Records | The Searchers | The Smithereens | The Textones | Willie Nile
Associated Artists and Works
|Unchained ~ Cash, Johnny|
|Heartbreakers (Tom Petty) (The)|
|Release Date : 10/31/2000|
|Original Release Date : 2000|
|Catalog ID : 1701772|
|Label : MCA (USA)|
|Number of Discs : 2|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00008817017723|
- "...It's hard to imagine a better summary of the Heartbreakers' 25-year career." - Rating: A
- 4 stars out of 5 - "...Conatins most [of his essential tracks], and more, including '81s Stevie Nicks duet..."
- 4 stars out of 5 - "...A century of great American music from a great American institution..."
BioTom 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).