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Ratings and reviews for The Live Anthology (4 CD)

Ratings and reviews for The Live Anthology (4 CD)
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Price: $24.98 $19.20 (27% off)
Trade In Value: $1.10
Artist(s): Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
Release Date: 11/23/2009
Binding: Audio CD
Format: CD, Box set, Live
Number of Discs: 4
Studio: Reprise Records
Manufacturer: Reprise Records
Product Group: Music
Genre: Rock
Sales Rank: 698
Description: The Live Anthology is a multiple-disc set of recordings drawn from thirty years of live performances. The collection brings together material from 1978-2007 culled from hundreds of hours of live concert recordings covering every era of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' tours and represents the best tracks as chosen by producers Tom Petty, Mike Campbell and Ryan Ulyate.
The producers made no fixes or overdubs, letting the newly mixed original recordings showcase the invention, spontaneity, craft, and the musicianship that has made Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers among the most celebrated live performers of their time. Along with powerful interpretations of their own classic hits and originals, The Live Anthology features the band tackling some of their best-loved cover material, from classics to obscure beauties to unexpected adaptations. The theme from Goldfinger, the Zombies' 'I Want You Back Again,' the Grateful Dead's 'Friend of the Devil,' early Fleetwood Mac's 'Oh Well,' Booker T. and the MGs' 'Green Onions,' James Brown's 'Good, Good Lovin' and many more. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers travel wide, paying their musical debts through song and showing just how confidently the band moves across genres and over time.
UPC: 093624983699

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Four discs-66,55,53,53 minutes each approximately. The discs are in individual cardboard holders,which are slipped into an open side of the cardboard box. The booklet lists venues,dates,and who played on the individual tracks. There is an introduction written by Petty about the making of this box set. The sound (newly mixed),from various venues across 30 years,is uniformly good. The retro style packaging is perfectly in keeping with Petty's approach to music-when a well made and assembled vinyl album made a true r&r statement for an entire (including Petty) generation of listeners.

In this day and age of over-priced "deluxe" releases/re-releases,even of admittedly great r&r,this collection stands apart. Not only are all the tracks heard here chosen by Petty,guitarist Mike Campbell,and their producer,the tracks cover 30 years of TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS in concert. Great music,nice packaging,and a low price make this worth owning. Petty and his band are one of the few groups still playing music that matters. Listen to any track on this collection,and you'll have all the proof you need,no matter if the song is well known,or a live rarity. Their musical sound and approach have changed little over 30 years. Their combination of influences of Dylan/BYRDS,and rootsy garage rock,combined with a bit of the British Invasion sound,have served as the foundation for their sound from the beginning. And that's what gives their music backbone. On these tracks the band effortlessly switches across musical styles,from originals to covers,all with that sound they've played from the beginning.

All the tracks on this set are on an equal footing,from ballads to all out rockers. Long time listeners of the band will need little proof of the great music here. If for some reason you aren't to familiar with the band,and want a lot of their greatest songs ("Breakdown","Refugee","American Girl",etc.),along with some great covers (THUNDERCLAP NEWMAN's "Something In The Air",BOOKER T. AND THE M.G.'S "Green Onions",just two examples),with the added electricity of a live performance-this is it. With hundreds of hours of live material to choose from,distilled down to four discs,a lot of musical ground is covered. Arguably some listeners will wish a certain song was included (personally I would like to hear more Dylan/BYRDS covers),but overall,this is an outstanding overview from one of the few long time bands that still matters.

For anyone who wants to hear music that is important,but more importantly,exciting and visceral,and that guarantees a good time,this is the set to get. Still,listening to this great music makes you wonder-what more great music is still left on the reels? But this collection goes a long way in satisfying that craving (like mine) for a generous overview of TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS doing what they do best-performing great r&r in front of an audience. With that inimitable sound the band has built on all these years,you get the feeling that this band believes in the power and redemption of basic r&r. This set is even better than the 2 CD set released by Immortal,taken from a concert in 2003,in Chicago.

Do your head a favor and purchase this wonderful collection soon. And then sit back and listen to some music from one of the few long time bands that can still rock and roll.
84 of 88 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Too Much Ain't Enough
As told in the liner notes, this set was distilled from 3,509 tracks from 169 shows spanning the band's history. I got the collectors edition of this set which is available from the Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers web site (or from Best Buy) for $99, and includes all tracks in this standard 4-CD edition, plus:

* A fifth disc with the following tracks
1) Think About Me
2) Down South
3) I Need To Know
4) Billy The Kid
5) I'd Like To Love You Baby
6) Image Of Me
7) Born In Chicago
8) Like A Diamond
9) The Last DJ
10) No Second Thoughts
11) Ballad Of Easy Rider
12) Don't Come Around Here No More
13) Too Much Ain't Enough
14) County Farm

* A blu-ray disc with all 61 tracks in crazy high fidelity audio quality

* Two DVDs - one of the "400 Days" documentary focused on the 1995 studio sessions and tour for the Wildflowers album, and one of the NYE 1978 Santa Monica show

* Vinyl reproduction of a 1976 live set with four tracks

* A bigger "liner notes" book, and some reproduced backstage passes on a sheet of cloth

So is the standard four-CD set offered here worth it? For under $20 (and less than one-fifth the cost of the deluxe version), you get 47 tracks amounting to about 4 hours of music.

For the key songs that made Petty and the band famous (Breakdown, American Girl, Refugee, The Waiting, Here Comes My Girl), this set delivers red-hot versions that rival the studio albums recorded mostly around the time the songs were new and the band had everything to prove. I've heard many live versions of these songs, and the ones included here do not disappoint.

Before the track list for this set was announced, I just hoped they would include angry, edgy vintage performances of songs like Straight Into Darkness and A Woman In Love (It's Not Me), and they did.

With those bases covered, the set proceeds to stretch out on tracks that reveal the musicianship of the Heartbreakers, in covers, extended renditions (It's Good To Be King: 12:15), and full-on improvisations (Lost Without You). At first glance, you might wonder how tracks like Melinda, Goldfinger, or Like A Diamond managed to edge out some of Petty's more celebrated songs, but the value is revealed on hearing - a great keyboard part or guitar solo, or just an instance when the band all fell in together beautifully. One gets the idea that a large part of the reason for this set (or at least its length) is to let Tom Petty share with the world some of the moments when he felt the Heartbreakers really shone bright.

That said, there are a number of well-known Petty songs that did NOT make it into this set. These include:

Rockin' Around (With You)
Listen To Her Heart
Don't Do Me Like That
Something Big
King's Road
You Got Lucky
Change of Heart
Love Is A Long Road
Face In The Crowd
Yer So Bad
Into The Great Wide Open
You Wreck Me
Cabin Down Below

This set also carefully sidesteps live tracks that have already been released in other collections like the Playback box set (Psychotic Reaction, King's Highway), and doesn't touch Pack Up The Plantation (which I REALLY hope will be restored and re-released in its entirety as a DVD/CD combo - please?)

If any weakness could be found in this set, for me it would be the fact that I'd like to hear more of the older recordings. Many tracks in the set are post-2001, and the samples we get of tracks from 1981 (ie Nightwatchman) sound utterly fantastic. I'll probably find myself repeating those more often, and skipping tracks like I'm A Man, or Mystic Eyes.

Also, I'm surprised that more Fillmore tracks weren't included, like the epic version of Mary Jane's Last Dance (which rivals the shorter version included here), or the blazing cover of the Stones' It's All Over Now. And was there no viable recording of Hang On Sloopy?

And the final criticism - I feel bad saying this, but - Steve Ferrone's drumming (while technically very adept) just doesn't hit me in the heart like Stan Lynch's. Stan had a soulfulness that brought out the power and pathos of the songs. And the years when the band had both Stan and Howie, and those harmonies came through - it was unlike anything else. Fortunately you can hear them both on a number of these tracks.

All things considered, this is a beautiful gift to fans, offered at a pretty amazing price - whichever edition you choose.
79 of 84 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo BANG FOR YOUR BUCK!
Petty has time and time again proven his loyalty to his fan base. Not only releasing great albums one after another but in these retrospective box sets. I became a huge Petty fan after a friend recommended the running down a dream box set that I bought new for $15 that included 4 discs! And now he puts out 4 disc box of live cuts, ones not filled with the greatest hits only but great album tracks and awesome renditions of some superb covers. The sound quality on this is amazing, I know there is a version with the music on a blu-ray but I can't imagine the tracks sounding any better. This is a home run for the die hards and the casual fans alike. Under $20 for all this music is outrageous. At least in the throw away age of digital music Petty and the heartbreakers are keeping the album format alive with these sweet offerings. One of the greatest live sets available.
29 of 30 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Could be better
Not as good as this could have been. I should have known because of the "Live" in the title.
0 of 20 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo I was Dissed by this one.
For me this set is a great disappointment. T.P.s attempt at blues type ring shouts and lousy Gregorian chanting makes me rather listen to coyotes sing. The selection of songs leaves one disappointed. I see this as a sign that T.P. is finally reaching a point in his career that is waning. Repops like these are a sure sign that his best days and songs are behind him.
Highway Companion and that Mudcrutch cd were OK but nothing to write home about.

0 of 15 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Could Have Been Even Better
No doubt there's a ton of great music here at a great price. However, why is there less than an hour on 3 of the 4 discs? They could have put another hour plus of music on 4 discs or fit it on 3 discs and made it an even better bargain.
4 of 12 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Great boxset for an awesome price
What an awesome boxset. From start to finish there are many great tracks. Opening with "Nightwatchmen", a "Breakdown" which includes a short "Hit The Road Jack", covers of "I'm The Man", Thunderclap Newman's "Something In The Air" & the Dead's "Ripple". I can go on listing every song, but they are all excellent. The sound is crisp and the selections combine all of the hits with many other obscure tracks. Then the price....4 discs for this cheap. I recently bought the Rolling Stones "Get Your Ya' Ya's Out" 40th Anneversary box, and although good, all 4 discs cost more than double the Tom Petty box and all 4 discs are only half full of music (unlike the Petty box). Whether a diehard or a casual Tom Petty fan, this is a must have!
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Qualified 5-star review - mucho bang for your buck if you're a big TP&HB fan
Qualified 5-star review - bang for your buck

I'm going to assume that if you're even inclined to search for and/or buy a four-cd box set of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers live material, that you're already a big-to-huge fan. With that stipulation in mind, I'll give this set a five-star review, due to the following:

1) The Music - generous running time on the four (4) cd's (somewhere around 4 hours of music, though I wonder if they could've packed even more onto these, as the discs run around 55 min each?). Anyway, lots of well known tunes, VERY interesting/choice covers, semi-obscurities, and other assorted gems from over the years.
2) Good cross section of years - shows span from 1980 thru up to a couple of years ago, though I wish there was more material from the early days/earlier gigs.
3) Nicely packaged - durable cardboard slipcase with little cardboard jackets, and Sheperd Fairey artwork.
4) Pretty relatively consistently good sound quality - the songs are NOT arranged chronologically (read the liner notes from TP as to why) but it's overall pretty seamless, if you get into the flow. I'll defer to artist's prerogative as to song choices.
5) MIKE CAMPBELL - the heart of this band - maybe the most underrated guitarist in rock history. He gets many moments to shine, as does the band as a whole - plenty of songs give the band the room to stretch out a bit.
6) This release cuts the "Pack up the Plantation" set - the band sounds much more lively here.

The only con I find here is that despite the song selections, everyone is going to find one or more tunes that are their favorites, that didn't make the cut. Again, I defer to artist's choice, and trust that TP&HB's had their reasons for what's in and what's not.

Overall, an admirable archival release, at a hard-to-resist price, and one that I really wish other similar artists (Bruce, Seger, Jackson Browne, etc) would take a cue from - let's get those vaults open, guys?

7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo A Live Set For Petty And His Heartbreakers
Pretty good selection of tracks on this one, many never been properly released except on bootlegs. Still wonder WHY the "Official Live Leg" is released on vinyl in a deluxe edition (got a digital copy myself) but this one is a really good one for the amount of songs and price. Many favorites and rare tracks are now for every fan of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. So for the buck and the songs, get this one along with the box set "Playback" and you got their best selection of tracks. Check out my site "Judemac Forever" Google it.

3 of 8 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Possibly the best release of this holiday season
If you've got a Tom Petty fan in your family or circle of friends, you absolutely can't go wrong with this 48-song, 4 CD collection of live material that is beautifully recorded.

(UPDATE: Since writing this, I have listened to the CDs I burned from the download several times. Yesterday, I am a social worker, serving rural parts of Arizona, and yesterday I had to spend four hours driving a client home from a hospital in Tucson. On the way to his house, he picked the music. On the four-hour drive home, I played Live Anthology from beginning to end, and it's the first all-the-way-through-nonstop listen I've given this, and I am definitely in agreement with my previous review, which gave this five stars! The four-hour trip home was a damn musical joy, with Petty and the Heartbreakers cranked up on the CD player of my Jeep the trip just melted by! What a great (and very affordable effort)! Thanks, Tom. You gave us four hours of awesome music at a very affordable price. You and the Heartbreakers rule!) OK, end of update, back to my original review...)

Don't expect a Grateful Dead-style complete show, and don't expect a chronological "live greatest hits" collection. This rises above those tired genres, as Petty skips around from year to year, something new, something old, and believe it or not, it works!

All the "classic hits" are here. But what makes this fun is that you're going to encounter some new material -- unexpected covers, such as the Grateful Dead's "Friend of the Devil," Thunderclap Newman's "Something in the Air," Booker T.'s classic "Green Onions," the theme to the James Bond movie "Goldfinger," and so much more. As far as from Petty's catalog, I was totally blown away by the 12-minute "It's Good to Be King." At about 8:00 the song "dips" and the audience claps, thinking it's over, only to be stunned by four more sizzling minutes of rock. The whole 4 CDs are just great! The songs are uniformly well-recorded, they are sequenced intelligently, and just make this a "must have" collection.

Others have dissected the set list and tracking of the songs, so I won't be redundant. I will be redundant in saying, "GET THIS AND GET IT NOW!"

You'll be damn glad you did!

P.S.: If you're downloading it and plan to burn to CD-R, then make sure you have at least eight CD-Rs on hand. (Downloads are 256 kbs mp3. I usually burn to CD then rip to 128 kbs mp3 so it takes up less space on my 16 gig iPod Nano. The loss from 256 to 128 kbs isn't noticeable on an iPod.) Why four extra? Because I GUARANTEE you are going to want to share this with a good friend! It's just awesome!
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.

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