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Ratings and reviews for Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers: Greatest Hits

Ratings and reviews for Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers: Greatest Hits
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Artist(s): Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Tom Petty & Heartbreakers
Release Date: 1/12/2010
Binding: Audio CD
Format: CD
Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Number of Discs: 1
Studio: Mca
Manufacturer: Mca
Product Group: Music
Genre: Rock
Sales Rank: 71
Description: reissue of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Greatest Hits, originally released in 1993, has gone on to be the best selling collection in the band's four decades and counting career. Over seven times platinum, this collection now has been remastered, upd
UPC: 008811081324

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amazon logo BEWARE: You MAY already own this!
Do not be fooled by this newest "Greatest Hits" collection released for Tom Petty as it is the same as the package released in 1993 with one minor and one major exception. Additionally, the proclamation that this contains 'EXTRA TRACKS' is completely misleading.

The minor exception is that they have simply changed the cover and the major exception is that they REPLACED the last track on the first Greatest Hits ("Something in the Air") with the Petty/Nicks collaboration "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around." Hence, there are no EXTRA tracks, but simply a substitute of one for another! "Something in the Air" was an exclusive track and cannot be found on any other Tom Petty collection. Adding "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" as the last track also interrupts the chronological order of the first 17 songs, as it was released in 1981 and follows his 1993 track "Mary Jane's Last Dance." As of this writing, the first Petty hits collection is still in print and about two bucks cheaper. However, I cannot imagine the record companies keeping both available.


As far as the songs go, both of these collections include Petty's biggest hits up to 1993 such as "Refugee," "Don't Do Me Like That," "The Waiting," and "I Won't Back Down" and it is second only to the two disc anthology titled "Anthology: Through the Years" which I would recommend over this one if you prefer a more comprehensive overview of Petty's work as that collection includes his hits up to the year 2000 and has everything that is on here at a very good price.

If you already own the first "Tom Petty's Greatest Hits" you can always just download "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" if you need that song. As far as a one disc collection goes I cannot imagine one being more thorough than this one. Minus one star, however, for the redundancy and misleading information regarding 'extra tracks.'
80 of 83 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Ideal one disc compilation for Petty and Heartbreakers
The first greatest hits collection by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers covering from 1977 to 1993 does omit some material, such as "Jammin' Me" from 1987's Let Me Up, but on the whole, serves to demonstrate their impact on the late 1970's through early 90's music scene. Key[]=original studio album.

Petty's first single, "American Girl" defined the sound he brought to American music. The title character was "raised on promises/she couldn't help thinking that there/was a little more to life." It also regained popularity as the song Buffalo Bill's victim was jamming to in Silence Of The Lambs. [Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers]

The downbeat "Breakdown" from the same album, is a statement of connection from a man to a woman.

"Listen To Her Heart" throws verbal punches at the wrong kind of man with designs for a girl, and that opening guitar is wonderful, especially as the drums kick in. Petty really socks it to me: "She's gonna listen to her heart/It's gonna tell her what to do/She might need a lot of loving/But she don't need you." [You're Gonna Get It]

The "is she free or isn't she free?" dilemma is explored in the rockingly engaging but poignant "I Need To Know": "I need to know(I need to know)/Because I don't know how long/I can hold on/And if your makin' me wait/If you're leadin' me on/I need to know(I need to know)." [You're Gonna Get It]

Tom Petty's signature tune, taken from Damn The Torpedoes, is hands-down my favourite. The narrator comforts a girl who's had a rough, tumble-down life and surmises "Somewhere, somehow, somebody must have/Kicked you around some/Tell me why you wanna lay there/Revel in your abandon" And the message in the chorus: "You see, you don't have to live like a Refugee."

The other three singles from that album are "Don't Do Me Like That," "Here Comes My Girl" and "Even The Losers."
The bittersweet latter is one of my favourites, as it depressingly realizes the folly of some things too good to last, however, "...even the losers get lucky sometimes/Even the losers keep a little bit of pride/They get lucky sometimes." Really? Well if even the losers get lucky, what am I, who am not lucky at all?

Southern Accent's only big single, "Don't Come Around Here No More" which even has a snatch of sitar in the beginning is a funnily nasty song on fed-up love: "I've given up, stop. I've given up, stop./I've given up, stop. on waiting any longer/I've given up, on this love getting stronger." And the title tells the girl to well... don't come around here no more. It builds up to a raging guitar jam at the end.

The Rickenbacker guitar opening "The Waiting" and the chorus, where Petty sings "The waiting is the hardest part" after seeing all those "cards" really makes this a standout song. [Hard Promises]

The sole representative from 1982's Long After Dark, "You Got Lucky" is a dark brooding number punctuated by 80's New Wave keyboards.

There are three songs from his solo album Full Moon Fever, produced by ELO frontman Jeff Lynne and fellow Travelling Wilbury, which boosted Petty's flagging career as the 1980's were dying out. "I Won't Back Down" defines Petty's philosophy perfectly--"Well I know what's right, I got just one life/In a world that keeps on pushin' me around/But I'll stand my ground and I won't back down." And how can he, especially with backup from George Harrison's guitar? "Running Down A Dream" is the last thing Petty would do, and this rocking, cruising down the highway is a standout. The mid-paced, lazy-Sunday-afternoon feeling of "Free Fallin'" on LA life was the single that proved Petty was still radio-friendly material.

Jeff Lynne produced Into The Great Wide Open and his sound shows on the first single "Learning To Fly." The moral is told thus: "Well some say life will beat you down/Break your heart, steal your crown/So I started out for god knows where/But I guess I'll know when I get there." The title track is the story of a high-school dropout who makes it big in the music bigtime.

There are two new songs here, the slow "Mary Jane's Last Dance"--love that harmonica, and a cover of Thunderclap Newman's "Something In The Air," the song played at the end of The Magic Christian movie. As Petty revolutionized artistic control during his troubles with MCA, the song does fit him.

41 of 42 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo The best of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, 1976-1993
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Greatest Hits pulls together 18 great tracks from one of rock's most legendary yet still underrated groups, covering Petty's career from 1976 up through 1993. Of course, Petty has released several classic albums since this GH CD was released, but this album provides fans unfamiliar with the consistency and strength of Petty's early years the chance to see that something good did indeed emerge from the musical doldrums of the 1970s. Petty's whiffs and raw, throaty vocals were a proverbial breath of fresh air during the days of disco. At the time, the music was characterized as new wave, if you can imagine that, but the heart of Petty's music has always been in America's heartland; while he has successfully incorporated a number of musical stylings over the years, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers remain the embodiment of classic rock 'n' roll.

The band's 1976 self-titled debut album barely made a ripple in America until the band found success in the UK - then, America took notice of the first single Breakdown and the rock classic American Girl. You're Gonna Get It was released in 1978 and supplies the tracks Listen To Her Heart and I Need to Know. Much greater success was waiting in 1979 when Damn the Torpedoes saw the light of day, and this GH collection features four unforgettable tracks from that breakthrough album: Refugee, Don't Do Me Like That, Even the Losers, and Here Comes My Girl. It's hard to believe Refugee maxed out at number 15 in the US charts, as the song was all over the airwaves at the time. These four songs reflect the growth and maturation of Petty & the Heartbreakers as they truly began to establish a rock 'n' roll legacy. The group's next two albums, Hard Promises (1981) and Long After Dark (1982) saw only moderate success and are represented here by only two tracks: The Waiting and You Got Lucky, respectively.

Three years of work paid off when Southern Accents was released in 1985. It's a great album, even though only one track from the album appears on this GH collection. Don't Come Around Here No More is especially memorable for its twisted Alice in Wonderland video- it's one of the most famous music videos of all time. Full Moon Fever (1989) made Petty a legend with hits such as I Won't Back Down (featuring fellow Wilbury George Harrison), Runnin' Down a Dream, and Free Fallin'. Into the Great Wide Open (1991) kept the ball rolling with hits such as the title track and Learning to Fly.

This Greatest Hits album concludes with two brand new songs. Mary Jane's Last Dance (and its accompanying video featuring Kim Basinger) was a big hit, while Something In the Air is a great song obviously influenced by Petty's recent collaborations with Jeff Lynne and George Harrison in the guise of the Traveling Wilburys. I'm a little disappointed that nothing from 1987's Let Me Up (I've Had Enough) is included in this collection; I've never understood the album's lack of success as it features some great tunes including Jammin' Me, which was co-written by Bob Dylan.

There are more inclusive Petty collections out there these days, but if you want the heart and soul of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on one CD, the 18 tracks on Greatest Hits will serve you quite well indeed.

32 of 34 people found this review helpful.
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he has catchy lyrics but all his music sounds exactly the same.which is a fact he addmitted himself.musically overall he is a poor man's bruce springstien.i'll give him credit for longevity.
3 of 30 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo This is a total waste of your money.
I thought that this disc would be worth the money, but I was wrong by a long shot. First off, half of the songs I have never heard of before even though I am a big fan of Tom Petty. I thought the words GREATEST HITS meant that they were the best songs they have sung. That doesn't count that the only good song is Free Fall'en and a few others. This is a total waste of your money so I would recommend not to by this CD.
3 of 26 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Pleasant and Worthless
There are few songwriters named so well as Tom Petty. His position as elder statesman of a nearly defunct genre belies the general insignificance of his writings, flaccid skeletons of songs defined entirely by their chord progressions. Perhaps the amicable and rote churnings of his backing musicians are simply not meant to withstand much scrutiny, and perhaps Petty's failure to adopt the style of a song to its lyrical content is clever juxtaposition, or perhaps these songs are simply so innocuous and weightless that their radio ubiquity has led to their canonization by supposedly serious music listeners. For those whose enjoyment of music derives significantly from structure and thematic development, Petty's tunes offer very little, as they are generally four minute loops of a thirty second passage. Distinctions between verse and chorus can be known almost exclusively through lyrical repetition; vocal melodies and instrumental backing certainly don't register any change. Petty's voice is slight on all accounts: slightly nasal, slightly smarmy, slight in range and slighter still in comprehension of the words it proclaims.

Of the songs themselves, "I Won't Back Down" is ill-conceived posturing, declaring that "You can stand me up at the gates of hell" in a manner so light and goofy that I almost believe Petty wrote this song in the voice of a Sunday School smart-aleck. Similarly, "Learning to Fly" sounds nothing like aerial pedagogy, "Free Fallin'" is stagnant and restricted and employment of the "Refugee" metaphor is downright insulting to people who have fled war-ravaged nations. The dubbed backing vocals that inevitably begin to echo Petty one-third of the way into any of his songs guarantee trivialization of whatever subject he may be addressing. This collection of Petty's alleged best work solidifies his position as a pleasant and worthless third or fourth tier American songwriter.
1 of 25 people found this review helpful.
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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Greatest Hits
Back in 1976, a band was formed, and went by the name of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Their first CD was simply titled "Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers". Their career has spanned almost three decades, and they continue to go strong. The band has had countless hits throughout the years, and has a great CD to prove it. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Greatest Hits is without a doubt one of the best purchases I've ever made. It is an amazing CD, and well worth the money. It's packed full of all of the big hits, which are songs that most people will know.
The CD has 18 tracks, and not a single one of them is bad. This CD appeals to the first time listener and to the hardcore fan. I'm a huge Tom Petty fan, and I love this CD. I saw him twice in concert, and was amazed both times. Many of the songs that are on this CD were played at both of the concerts. This CD has the songs that the fans want to hear, as well as appeal to the new listener.
You don't have to be a Tom Petty fanatic in order to enjoy this CD. It has radio hits that almost everyone knows, such as "Free Fallin" and "Runnin' Down a Dream". Besides that it has other smash hits such as "Mary Jane's Last Dance", "Breakdown", and "Into the Great Wide Open". These are the kinds of songs that a first time listener would enjoy, and the big fan would be happy that they are all on one CD, so there's no shuffling through other's to find songs. All of the favorites are right there on one CD, so it's nice and convenient.
If you like this CD, there's a really good chance that you would enjoy some of these others. "Wildflowers", which is a more recent Tom Petty CD, would probably be to your liking. It has some newer hits like "You Don't Know How it Feels", and "You Wreck Me". Another great choice would be "The Traveling Wilburys". Volume One and Volume Three are both great (there's no Volume two, just so you know). That band consists of Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbisson, and Jeff Lynne. If you enjoy the Greatest Hits CD, then I'm pretty sure you would enjoy these other recommendations, because they have a very similar sound to the Greatest Hits CD. For the more experienced Petty fan, you may want to look into the Anthology CD. This has most of the same hits as the Greatest Hits CD, but it also has some less known hits that the experienced fan would enjoy. All of these are great choices, especially the Greatest Hits CD. I would say if you're just starting to get into Tom Petty, start off with the Greatest Hits CD. That has the big hits that pretty much everyone will enjoy. If you enjoy that, I would recommend moving on from there to something like "Wildflowers" or "Anthology". The Greatest Hits is a great starting point though.
If you'd like to get a taste of what a Tom Petty concert would be like, I would recommend getting the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers "High Grass Dogs (Live at the Fillmore)" DVD. I own it and love watching it. It has footage from a great concert, which is very similar to the shows that I saw. It has a ton of good songs on it, as well as some other concert footage. Many of the songs from the Greatest Hits CD are featured on this DVD. It's a great DVD that really let's a fan have a taste of the concert experience. I think it really shows what it's like to experience Tom Petty live in action. It's a great buy and well worth it.

5 of 23 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo New Wave, Classic Rock Essentially Meet w/ Tom Petty Hits CD
He's been going in and out of style, but he's guaranteed to raise a sneer...as his recent alt-rock tribute LP confirms, Tom Petty has straddled new wave attitude with classic rock heritage for nearly 25 years. He leads the Heartbreakers, one of rock's all-time best backing bands (guitarist Mike Campbell, drummer Stan Lynch and keyboardist Benmont Tench are American rock masters on their instruments) and has prolifically created some of the era's sturdiest music.

That music's first decade and a half, heard on this essential one-disc greatest hits set, was released by MCA Records after acquiring Petty's former label, ABC, in 1978. Petty's tempestous relationship with MCA was spent witholding an 1981 album to protest increasing prices, foolishly injuring himself in a studio accident, suffering bankruptsy and a damaging home fire. ("Into The Great Wide Open," is a first-rate parody of the business and still doesn't address it all.) This constant battling may have fueled the anger and desperation in classic singles like "Refugee," "I Won't Back Down," "Don't Come Around Here No More," and "You Got Lucky." These featured distinctive videos (Petty was an early MTV constant) and could as easily have played to tyrannical bosses as wayward lovers.

Many Petty songs (especially their relatively short length, all but five songs here run four minutes or less) show the influence of classic 60s rockers Petty loved and emulated: Del Shannon (for whom Petty produced an LP and invoked on the rave-up "Runnin' Down A Dream"), his adopted Traveling Wilbury brethren the Beatles (most obviously George Harrison's mid-60s work), Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison. Even during his awkward solo excursions, Petty graciously invited influences and bandmates for the ride. (Speaking of which, this is also outstanding driving music!)

"Greatest Hits" misses some key singles: 1984's "Rebels," "Woman In Love," his duets with Stevie Nicks on "Needles and Pins" and their 1981 duet "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around." Most of these appear on "Through The Years," a 2CD set released concurrently - and ironically - with a similar best-of by ABC/MCA/Universal Music catalogue iconoclast Steely Dan. Nonetheless, "Greatest Hits" is a near-perfect introduction for new fans to Petty's workmanlike career. His music's old, strong roots outgrew waves old and New, influencing and appealing to two generations of rockers.

16 of 16 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Buy the Anthology!
If you're looking for a good collection of Petty's hits, avoid this record completely. Every track on this album can be found on the "Anthology Through the Years" record, in addition to loads of other great songs. "Anthology" is truly the definitive collection of Petty's greatest hits.

As far as this album goes, the original 1993 release is the only record where you can find the song "Something in the Air." This track was replaced on this re-release by the single "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around." The assertion that this album contains "extra tracks" is completely false. I'd personally say that the original release is a better buy.

Really though, I'd avoid them both and go for "Anthology." It'll run you only a few dollars more and you'll get all of these tracks plus an additional 16.
15 of 16 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Runnin' Down A Heartbreaker
This past year has really been a banner year for Tom Petty. He has celebrated over 30 years in the music industry, and has delivered classics hits that really have stood the ultimate test of time. He and The Heartbreakers have shown that well with the massive successful performance of the Super Bowl performance back in January, which brought the house down even to a whole new generation of fans. The year has also brought in a new fresh start for his career, with the reunion of the band that started before becoming The Heartbreakers, Mudcrutch and their hit single, Scare Easy. Yet, with all that, it has been 15 years ago since the band released the highly-acclaimed and successful Greatest Hits album. Now, a new version has taken a turn for record listeners, but is it enough to really stand up, or is it just runnin' down the wallet?

The 2008 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Greatest Hits album, re-releases nearly all the tracks that were from the original 1993 edition. The songs have all been well-restored from the groups highs and lows from the 70's, 80's and 90's. The collection includes the classics Learning to Fly, You Got Lucky, the classic Refugee, Runnin' Down A Dream and their first hit American Girl. The collection doesn't completely seperate itself from the 1993 hits album. the only differnce here is that instead of the track Something In the Air, it is replaced with Tom and The Heartbreakers collaboration with Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks on their 1981 hit Stop Dragging My Heart Around. On top of that, the album doesn't actually expand into the hits from Tom's 90's era with Warner Brothers on records like Echo, Wildflowers and The Last D.J. So, unfortunately some longtime fans will miss out on good songs like You Don't Know How It Feels, Room At The Top and You Wreck Me will be dissapointed.

All in all, While the new version of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers isn't bad still as a single disc collection, there still could've been a bit more than meets the eye. Still, if you haven't yet owned a Tom Petty album in your CD or MP3 Library, than this would be an excellent addition to your collection. That is still nothing to sneeze at, and still Free Fallin' to music lovers all around.

Album Cover: C+

Songs: B-

Price: B-

Remastering: B+

Overall: B-
8 of 12 people found this review helpful.

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