The Live Anthology

The Live Anthology

by Tom Petty & the HeartbreakersTom Petty & the Heartbreakers


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It's a commonly held opinion among fans and band alike that Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' lone live album, 1986's Pack Up the Plantation, didn't quite capture the group at its peak, so there has been a long-standing need for another live set, which 2009's Live Anthology finally provides. Like its closest cousin, Bruce Springsteen's Live 1975-1985, Live Anthology almost overcompensates for the long wait by offering almost too much music, cherrypicking highlights from 1978 to 2007. In its simplest incarnation, Live Anthology is a super-affordable, four-disc box set running 48 tracks, which is eight cuts longer than Springsteen's box, plenty long enough for most fans, but in its deluxe version, there's an additional CD, plus two previously unreleased DVDs -- a 1978 New Years Eve concert from Santa Monica, a documentary called 400 Days shot during the Wildflowers tour -- a Blu-Ray edition of all 62 tracks on the five-CD version, a vinyl copy of the 1976 Official Live 'Leg LP, plus a book and lithograph, along with other assorted bonuses. Certainly, the deluxe edition lives up to its billing, offering enough extras to justify its price tag, but the standard edition is plenty generous as it is, serving up enough consistently strong music from throughout the decades, ranging from expert covers of Willie Dixon and the Grateful Dead to deep treasures from the Heartbreakers catalog. Apart from the tendency to favor performances that stretch on a little too long with jamming -- something that is a matter of taste, as some prefer energy to improvisations -- if there's any flaw to the set, it's how it goes out of its way to prove the band's consistency by skipping through the decades, letting a version of "Louisiana Rain" from 1972 sit next to a 1997 cover of "Green Onions" and "Melinda" from 2003. This certainly goes a long way to illustrating that Petty & the Heartbreakers always delivered the goods, but it's somewhat at the expense of forward momentum; it's hard not to wish that it was arranged chronologically, to be able to hear the raw energy give way to easy skill, but that's just nitpicking -- any way you look at it, this Live Anthology offers an overdose of prime rock & roll.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/23/2009
Label: Reprise / Wea
UPC: 0093624983699
catalogNumber: 512765
Rank: 2753

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers   Primary Artist
Stevie Nicks   Background Vocals
Tom Petty   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Maracas,Tambourine,Vocals
Mike Campbell   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Marxophone
Benmont Tench   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Background Vocals,chamberlain
Ron Blair   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Jon Brion   Conductor
Howie Epstein   Bass Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Steve Ferrone   Percussion,Drums
Phil Jones   Percussion
Stan Lynch   Drums,Background Vocals
Scott Thurston   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Bobby Valentino   Fiddle
Jim Lenahan   Announcer
David Hoskot   Percussion

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Koko Taylor   Composer
James Brown   Composer
Steve Cropper   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Jerry Garcia   Composer
Jeff Lynne   Composer
Tom Petty   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Bobby Womack   Composer
Robert Hunter   Composer
Rod Argent   Composer
Mike Campbell   Composer,Producer
John Barry   Composer
Benmont Tench   Composer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Jon Brion   Orchestral Arrangements
Dave Clark   Composer
Lenny Davidson   Composer
Biff Dawes   Engineer
John Dawson   Composer
Richard Dodd   Engineer
Peter Green   Composer
Booker T. Jones   Composer
Ellas McDaniel   Composer
Van Morrison   Composer
Anthony Newley   Composer
Robert Scovill   Engineer
Don Smith   Engineer
Lewis Steinberg   Composer
Ryan Ulyate   Producer
Shelly Yakus   Engineer
Greg Hartman   Engineer
Al Jackson   Composer
Charles Kaplan   Engineer
Neal Preston   Cover Photo
Ryan Hewitt   Engineer
Albert Shubert   Composer
Shepard Fairey   Art Direction,Cover Art
Tony Dimitriades   Management
John Keen   Composer
Mark Williams   Engineer
Westwood One   Engineer
Thom Pananzio   Engineer
Greg Looper   Engineer
White   Engineer
Mary Klauzer   Management
Laurence Freedman   Management
Stewart Bennett   Engineer

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