Highway Companion CD (2006)

Artist: Tom Petty

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Tom Petty's third album without the Heartbreakers, 2006's Highway Companion, finds the revered singer-songwriter reuniting with fellow Traveling Wilbury Jeff Lynne (formerly of Electric Light Orchestra) for the first time since their fruitful late-1980s/early-'90s collaborations, which yielded Full Moon Fever (Petty's initial solo outing) and Into The Great Wide Open. The resulting record recalls the former disc in particular, albeit with a shimmering 21st-century sound, helping Petty's ever-charming, traditionally minded aesthetic to sound fresh three decades into his career. Highlights of Companion include the hard-edged "Saving Grace," the gentle "Square One," and the twangy "Big Weekend," which wonderfully showcase the rock, folk, and alt-country sides of this dynamic artist, respectively. As on past joint projects, Lynne's more ornate inclinations are perfectly tempered by Petty's no-frills approach, allowing the latter's distinctively plaintive vocals to rise over the surprisingly straightforward arrangements. Arguably Petty's best album since '94's revered Wildflowers, Highway Companion is an assured set of songs by one of America's finest rock artists.

Specifications

Label Warner Bros / Wea
SKU 202751271
UPC 093624428527
UPC 14 00093624428527
Format CD
Release Date 7/25/2006
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Author Tom Petty
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Technical Info
Engineer Ryan Ulyate; Steve McGrath; Ryan Ulyate
Producer Tom Petty; Jeff Lynne; Tom Petty; Mike Campbell; Jeff Lynne
CatalogID 9362442852
Lable Name American Recordings (USA)
Released 07/24/2006
Original Release 2006
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 43m : 46s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00093624428527
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Tom Petty (vocals, guitar, harmonica, electric piano, keyboards, drums, background vocals); Tom Petty (bass guitar); Jeff Lynne (guitar, autoharp, keyboards, bass guitar, background vocals); Mike Campbell (guitar, vibraphone).
Audio Mixer: Ryan Ulyate.
Recording information: Bungalow Palace; Shoreline Recorders, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographer: Danny Clinch.
Tom Petty's third album without the Heartbreakers, 2006's HIGHWAY COMPANION, finds the revered singer-songwriter reuniting with fellow Traveling Wilbury Jeff Lynne (formerly of Electric Light Orchestra) for the first time since their fruitful late-1980s/early-'90s collaborations, which yielded FULL MOON FEVER (Petty's initial solo outing) and INTO THE GREAT WIDE OPEN. The resulting record recalls the former disc in particular, albeit with a shimmering 21st-century sound, helping Petty's ever-charming, traditionally minded aesthetic to sound fresh three decades into his career. Highlights of COMPANION include the hard-edged "Saving Grace," the gentle "Square One," and the twangy "Big Weekend," which wonderfully showcase the rock, folk, and alt-country sides of this dynamic artist, respectively. As on past joint projects, Lynne's more ornate inclinations are perfectly tempered by Petty's no-frills approach, allowing the latter's distinctively plaintive vocals to rise over the surprisingly straightforward arrangements. Arguably Petty's best album since '94's revered WILDFLOWERS, HIGHWAY COMPANION is an assured set of songs by one of America's finest rock artists.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.94) - 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "His songs are filled with images of motion, travel and the road; the sharpest writing appears in the cryptic, evocative 'Down South'..."
Entertainment Weekly (p.67) - "[T]hese songs are, in their melancholic way, quite excellent, with Petty demonstrating a creative joie de vivre even when spinning tales decidedly lacking in joie." -- Grade: A-
Q (p.110) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[The album] has the reassuring purr of a vintage Cadillac being given its annual spin along a coast road."
Q (p.116) - Ranked #81 in Q Magazine's "100 Greatest Albums of 2006."
Uncut (p.84) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "There's no doubt he's re-energised. Musically and textually, this instant classic introduces the theme of motion, locating HIGHWAY COMPANION on a highway that leads nowhere certain."
No Depression (p.118) - "HIGHWAY COMPANION is a polished, patient work by an artist who still loves a good twang but is too honest to hang on to old poses..."
Artist Bio
Tom PettyThomas Earl "Tom" Petty (born October 20, 1950) is a popular American musician, known for his album-oriented, classicist rock'n'roll. He has also produced numerous hit singles, such as "American Girl", "Free Fallin'", "Into the Great Wide Open" and "Mary Jane's Last Dance", most of which remain heavily played on mainstream radio. Despite this success, Petty is also a vocal critic of the modern recording industry, and the disintegration of independent radio stations.Petty has been supported by his band The Heartbreakers for the majority of his career. He has occasionally released solo work, as is the case with his most recent effort, 2006's Highway Companion, on which he performed most of the backing instrumentation himself.
Disc 1
1 Saving Grace
2 Square One
3 Flirting With Time
4 Down South
5 Jack
6 Turn This Car Around
7 Big Weekend
8 Night Driver
9 Damaged By Love
10 This Old Town
11 Ankle Deep
12 Golden Rose, The
Product Attributes
Artist Petty,Tom
Label Warner/reprise/maverick
Music Format Compact Disc
Quotes
Sven Philipp - Billboard Showing a growing disillusionment with the promise of freedom, Highway Companion, Petty's first solo effort in 12 years, is also his most personal and heartfelt to date

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