Anthology: Through the Years

Anthology: Through the Years

by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers


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There's something to be said for getting the balance right, as borne out by this sharp double-disc chronicle of the 17 years Tom Petty spent on MCA Records. Far more expansive than his previous Greatest Hits album -- itself a multi-platinum seller -- and not as overwhelming as the everything-plus-the-kitchen-sink Playback, this collection gives fans a focused view of the Heartbreakers at their most vital. All of the band's staples are represented, and the more or less chronological sequencing makes it easy to trace Petty's development from edgy tough guy ("Breakdown") to pure-pop purveyor ("Here Comes My Girl" and "The Waiting") to wry storyteller ("Mary Jane's Last Dance"). The extended live version of "So You Wanna Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star" showcases the power the Heartbreakers possess in concert, while offbeat inclusions such as "The Wild One, Forever" prove the band knows its way around a studio as well. The 34-song set ends with the seething "Surrender," a song Petty wrote in the '70s but didn't get around to recording until summer of 2000 -- proof that good things come to those who wait. Through the Years is accompanied by a booklet containing an essay by Almost Famous director Cameron Crowe and reminiscences from fellow Traveling Wilburys George Harrison and Jeff Lynne.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/31/2000
Label: Mca
UPC: 0008817017723
catalogNumber: 170177
Rank: 15186

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers   Primary Artist,Track Performer
George Harrison   Vocals
Tom Petty   Guitar,Harmonica,Keyboards,Vocals
Phil Seymour   Background Vocals
Mike Campbell   Bass,Guitar
Jim Keltner   Drums
Benmont Tench   Keyboards,Vocals
Ron Blair   Bass
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Bass
Howie Epstein   Bass,Vocals
Steve Ferrone   Drums
Stan Lynch   Drums,Vocals
Dave Stewart   Coral Sitar
Scott Thurston   Guitar

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer
Jeff Lynne   Producer
Tom Petty   Composer,Producer
Robbie Robertson   Producer
Mike Campbell   Composer,Producer
Bill Bottrell   Producer
Denny Cordell   Producer
George Drakoulias   Producer
Jimmy Iovine   Producer
Rick Rubin   Producer
Noah Shark   Producer
Dave Stewart   Composer

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Anthology: Through the Years 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
justrn More than 1 year ago
Given as anniversary gift to husband, and he enjoys listening to the tracks while he works at computer or in the car. Nice selection.
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