|Artist: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers|
|Released in 1995, Playback is a six-disc box set that includes B-sides and previously unreleased rarities from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.|
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|PLAYBACK is a career retrospective spanning Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' stay at MCA Records. It includes a collection of Petty's best-known material, as well as tracks recorded by his first band, Mudcrutch, solo demos, 27 previously unreleased songs, B-sides and live cuts.|
|Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Tom Petty (vocals, guitar); Mike Campbell (guitar); Benmont Tench (keyboards); Howie Epstein (bass); Stan Lynch (drums, background vocals).|
|Additional personnel includes: Lenny Kravitz (vocals, bass, drums); Stevie Nicks (vocals); Jimmy Iovine (spoken vocals); George Harrison (acoustic guitar, background vocals); Jeff Lynne (guitar, synthesizer, bass); Tom Leadon, David A. Stewart (guitar); Scott Thurston (slide guitar); Charlie Sousa, Marty Jourard (saxophone); Lee Thornburg (trumpet); Al Kooper (piano); Ron Blair, Donald "Duck" Dunn, Emory Gordy (bass); Randall Marsh, Jim Gordon (drums); Phil Jones, Chris Trujillo, George Drakoulias (percussion); The Bangles, Marilyn Martin (background vocals).|
|Producers include: Tom Petty, Mike Campbell, Rick Rubin, Jeff Lynne, Jimmy Iovine.|
|Engineers include: Shelly Yakus, Don Smith, Richard Dodd.|
|Recorded between 1976 & 1993. Includes liner notes by Bill Flanagan.|
|All tracks have been digitally remastered using HDCD technology.|
|Personnel: Tom Petty (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, 12-string guitar, harmonica, electric piano, bass guitar, cymbals, background vocals); Dave Stewart (vocals, guitar, sitar, synthesizer); Lenny Kravitz (vocals, bass guitar, drums); Stan Lynch (vocals, drums, percussion, waterphone, background vocals); Jeff Lynne (guitar, acoustic guitar, piano, electric piano, synthesizer, bass guitar, timpani, bells, background vocals); Scott Thurston (guitar, 6-string bass); Jeff Jourard, Tom Leadon (guitar); Ron Blair (acoustic guitar, bass guitar); George Harrison (acoustic guitar, background vocals); Jimmy Ripp, Robbie Blunt, Kevin Dukes (acoustic guitar); Tim Pierce (electric guitar); Gayle Levant (harp); Daniel Rothmuller (cello); Charlie Sousa (saxophone, bass guitar); Mike Turre, Harold Todd, Molly Duncan, Phil Kenzie (saxophone); Dave Plews, Lee Thornburg, Michael Hunter (trumpet); Jim Coile, William Bergman, Dick Braun, Kurt McGettrick, John Berry, Jr. (horns); Benmont Tench (piano, electric piano, harmonium, organ, synthesizer, hand claps, background vocals); Al Kooper (piano, organ); Alan Weidel (piano); Mitchell Froom (harpsichord); Garth Hudson (organ); Gary Chang, Scott Humphrey (synthesizer); Howie Epstein (bass guitar, background vocals); Donald "Duck" Dunn, Emory Gordy (bass guitar); Jim Keltner (drums, maracas, tambourine, percussion); Randall Marsh (drums, hand claps); Steve Ferrone (drums); Noah Shark (maracas); Bobbye Hall (tambourine); Chris Trujillo, George Drakoulias, Brad Dutz (percussion); Clydene Jackson, Sharon Celani, Debbi Peterson, Julia Waters, Marilyn Martin, Maxine Willard Waters, Michael Steele, Phil Seymour, Richard Dodd, Stevie Nicks, Susanna Hoffs, Vicki Peterson (background vocals).|
|Audio Mixers: Don Smith ; Noah Shark; George Drakoulias; Max Reese ; Jim Scott ; Mark Linett; Mike Shipley; Richard Dodd; Roger Linn; Shelly Yakus; Bill Bottrell.|
|Liner Note Author: Bill Flanagan.|
|Recording information: Cherokee Studios, Hollywoo; Leon Russell's Home, Encino, CA; Shelter Studios, Hollywood, CA; Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, CA.|
|Photographers: Lynn Goldsmith; Annie Leibovitz; Robert Matheu; Martyn Atkins; Robert Sebree; Joel Bernstein.|
|Arranger: Jerry Hey.|
|PLAYBACK spans 20 years of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' career, from 1973 to 1993. Disc one, titled "The Big Jangle," features Petty's popular early songs, such as "Breakdown," "Refugee" and "The Waiting," and is as close to rock & roll perfection as you're likely to come.|
|Packed with more than 90 songs PLAYBACK is the definitive Petty document. In addition to his many hits, PLAYBACK features a few oddball cuts. There's a hilarious live version of The Count Five's "Psychotic Reaction," sung by drummer Stan Lynch, as well as a demo version of Petty's hit "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around," sans Fleetwood Mac vocalist, Stevie Nicks. Another bonus to Petty fans is the inclusion of excellent historical liner notes penned by lauded music critic Bill Flanagan.|
Associated Artists and Works
|Unchained ~ Cash, Johnny|
|Heartbreakers (Tom Petty) (The)|
|Release Date : 11/14/1995|
|Original Release Date : 1995|
|Catalog ID : MCAD 611375|
|Label : MCA (USA)|
|Number of Discs : 6|
|Studio/Live : Mixed|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00008811137526|
- 8 - Very Good - "...Petty's pure rock is always there as an option, shining up your backyard when you're sick and tired of trends and experiments....It's the voice of a rock pack-rat into everything from Elvis to Nirvana..."
- 4 Stars - Excellent - "...One of the most intuitively coherent of American heartland rock'n'roll groups....The Heartbreakers' back catalogue has strength, depth and longevity..."
- Tied for #7 on the Reissues list of Village Voice's 1995 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll.
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).