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Ratings and reviews for Anthology - Through The Years [2 CD]

Ratings and reviews for Anthology - Through The Years [2 CD]
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Artist(s): Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Tom Petty & Heartbreakers, TOM & THE HEARTBREAKERS PETTY
Release Date: 10/31/2000
Theatrical Release Date: 10/31/2000
Binding: Audio CD
Format: Original recording remastered
Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Number of Discs: 2
Studio: UTV
Manufacturer: UTV
Product Group: Music
Genre: Rock
Sales Rank: 659
Description: 34 gems from 1976-1993, sequenced and remastered by Petty! The newly recorded Surrender is here (and only here!) with hits, solo tracks and tunes not included on 1993's Greatest Hits ; includes Stop Dragging My Heart Around (with Stevie Nicks); Free Fallin'; Don't Do Me Like That; A Woman in Love; So You Wanna Be a Rock and Roll Star; Jammin' Me; Don't Come Around Here No More; Into the Great Wide Open; Refugee , and more!
UPC: 008817017723

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amazon logo Journey Through Petty's Past
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers have already released two hits collections, 1993's single disk Greatest Hits and 1995's six-cd box set Playback. While the Greatest Hits was a nice collection, it left out a number of the band's hits and the Playback collection was really for hardcore fans. This Anthology collection is the perfect medium between the two. It has just about every great Heartbreakers song with a couple of Petty's solo hits sprinkled in without the alternative takes and unreleased tracks that clutter up a box set.
49 of 52 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo not so good
only a few good songs.
should have made this a single cd, not a double.
1 of 33 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Great Compilation, Great Sound, Great Track Selections!
The problem with anthologies, especially those of still-performing artistes, is that you have to have a cut-off point and unless everything post cut-off totally sucks, you're bound to leave off some of the artiste's best work. That's why this album doesn't even pretend to call itself "Best of", "Greatest" etc; firstly because such an album title already exists for Tom Petty and secondly, this album very appropriately calls itself "Anthology" for that's what it is: a chronological representation of what Tom Petty has done up to a point in time.

What's the solution? Either wait for "Anthology Part 2" or like me, get this brilliant album and get the whole albums after this. You won't be doing justice to yourself being satisfied with only 2 or 3 tracks from "Wildflowers" anyway as that brilliant album is already a rock classic in the making and you really need to hear the whole album to appreciate just how good it is.

As for this album, the 34 tracks that are on 2 discs are very well selected and you even get the hard to find duet with Stevie Nicks, "Stop Dragging My Heart Around" here too. The sound quality of this remastered album is also very good seeing as how especially on disc one, the state of the old original masters cannot have been very good and you can only improve upon the master which is also why the sound quality on the later tracks on disc two sound a lot better.

The one downer seems to be the cardboard packaging that opens out into 3 folds with a booklet pasted on the second fold. It seems to me that they could have come up with a better quality design for such a great compilation and thankfully the old adage, "you can't judge a book by it's cover" certainly holds true here.

I see one reviewer complained about 2 discs being more expensive than one but unless you can tell me how you are going to fit 34 tracks onto one disc and seeing as how there are no filler tracks here which would make a second disc superfluous, I really don't know what there is to complain about except for the great value for money that this album really is.

Highly recommended for all Petty fans who want a sampler of what Petty has done before they became fans because of his work after "Full Moon Fever" but don't want to go back and get all the old albums.
31 of 32 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Really good collection with almost all the Petty you need
It's funny how labels find ways to repackage a band's music long after they've departed for another company, and that's exactly what we have here. Petty left MCA for Warner, leaving the concise and almost perfect "Greatest Hits" collection as his final release. Then, they opened up the vaults and released a massive 6-CD set, "Playback," which had 3 CD's of hits and favorites, plus another 3 CD's of B-sides, live cuts, and rarities. Now, they've come out with this 2-CD set that's something of a compromise between the two.

It collects most of the stuff from "Greatest Hits" (except for the nice but unessential cover of "Something In The Air"), and adds on another 17 songs. Petty's made enough great enough music to fit a comprehensive and definitive two disc collection, and this comes close to being that. There are plenty of welcome additions, mostly songs that, while lesser-known, stand as some of his best work: "A Woman In Love," "Rebels," "Best of Everything," "Straight Into Darkness," "Jammin' Me," and "It'll All Work Out" are included, and such solid albums as "Hard Promises," the really good but underrated "Southern Accents," and "Let Me Up" (which was completely overlooked in the "Greatest Hits" CD) finally get decent representation.

However, there are a few great songs that were missed ("Louisiana Rain," his first great ballad, should be here), and what's a bit more bothersome is the inclusion of a few lesser songs that, while aren't bad, don't really sustain the high standard set by those classic singles. There's also the 'previously unreleased' song, which is often a scam to get fans to buy a CD that already repeats material they already own. Petty pulled the neat trick of making one of the two new tracks on "Greatest Hits" into a great hit in it's own right. However, while "Surrender" on this set isn't bad, it's no "Mary Jane's Last Dance," and I don't think it's worth buying this set just to get "Surrender."

Still, if you're looking for a bit more than one CD of hits, and aren't willing to look through some his better albums (most of which are good, but all of which have a little filler), then this may be the best bet for you.

27 of 30 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo DOn't need this, Tom !!
I don't buy compilations anymore. as a matter of fact, I donated all of them I had in my collection to friends of mine. When an artist like TOm, still active, releases a lot of compilations ( in the worst style of Eagles, The Who, Jethro Tull, ABB) something is wrong. A great artist (like the others I mentioned here) doesn't need that, but they are forced to accept it by the hungry record companies !! I had enough of it all !! This compilation, even having some of Tom 's best tunes, is awful. I prefer to spend my money buying classic albuns like HARD PROMISES.
1 of 22 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo The reissue machine churns away...
Tom Petty's years with MCA have already been well-compiled with the succinct Greatest Hits and the generous-yet-reasonably-priced Playback box. In addition, the original albums remain readily availible. But I guess MCA (now Universal) is hoping that there's somebody out there who hasn't heard enough of this material already. On the plus side, you get "Rebels" and "Jammin' Me", two classics that missed the cut for Greatest Hits. On the minus side, "Something Big" and "Kings Highway" remain conspicuously absent. If Universal really felt compelled to do another Petty compilation, they should've licensed a few of his recent songs and done it right. The low-ish rating here is not for the quality of the material, but for the shallowness of the concept.

I guess Tom can take solace in not having been subjected to the humiliation of a "millenium collection" (yet).

12 of 16 people found this review helpful.
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Anthology: Through The Years/MCA

This new 2 CD set Anthology: Through The Years/MCA collects 35 classics from Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers MCA years. All 17 of the 18 songs that make up the Greatest Hits CD issued in `93 are all here excluding "Something In The Air". This new set adds 17 more songs including "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around with Stevie Nicks and the new song "Surrender" that was written in `77 but not recorded until 2000. This is most likely the selling point to get this CD set, since this is the only place you can get it. A nice 11 page booklet filled with Petty & Co. info/photos rounds out the packaging. Whether you are a new fan or just discovering the band this collection strikes a perfect balance between the Greatest Hits & the Playback box set.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Another botched remaster
The song selection should be good for a casual fan like me but I give it two stars for the remastering quality for an average of three. Chalk this one up to the growing list of poor remasters, a list that includes recent compilations by some big names such as Pearl Jam and The Who. Like those remasters, this Tom Petty Anthology plays harsh, brittle, and thin and the midrange has been swept under the rug. To be fair, the previous one-disc Greatest Hits compilation wasn't all that stellar in the sound quality department either, but it was easier on the ears than this mess.

The people below who've commented on the "superb" sound quality have likely been swayed by the crispness of the over-cranked treble. Try listening to Free Falling at medium high volume for more than ten minutes and tell me if you don't get a headache from it. Someone please remaster this again: smooth out the treble and bloom out the midrange a lot more. The bass seemed fine to me.
6 of 13 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo free fallen into greatness
i just baught this today and my first impression as i listen to this is that tom petty is a first class artist this is way above the single greatest hits cd it has some awesome songs that just make you feel good i would highly recomend this to anyone for just a good time listen rock on tom
1 of 11 people found this review helpful.
The Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Anothology is a long overdue double CD of hits and standout tracks up to 1990, with one new track.

This compilation effectively expands on the "single CD" greatest hits which left off "Jammin' Me", "Waiting For Tonight", "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around", etc. which are all included here. It is also more accessible than the massive 6 CD "Playback" Box set. The songs all sound great and most stand up real well today and that includes the overplayed hits like "Free Fallin" and "Refugee".

My only 2 complaints are, that it would have been great if it covered their entire recording career up to 2000 and including such albums as "Wallflowers" and "Echo", but due to record company restraints, this is impossible now. Then, where are great songs like "Out in The Cold" and the holiday favorite "Its Christmas All Over Again". Those would have been icing on the cake, had they been included here.

If you are looking for a nice 30+ tracks of Tom & friends highlights this is it, the booklet isn't much, but the music really shines through. Highly Recommended.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful.

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