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.

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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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Featuring Tom Petty
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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.
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Artist Petty,Tom
Label Warner/reprise/maverick
Music Format Compact Disc
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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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