|1. American Girl [Album Version]|
|2. Breakdown [Album Version]|
|3. Listen To Her Heart [Album Version]|
|4. I Need To Know [Album Version]|
|5. Refugee [Album Version]|
|6. Don't Do Me Like That [Album Version]|
|7. Even The Losers [Album Version]|
|8. Here Comes My Girl [Album Version]|
|9. The Waiting [Album Version]|
|10. You Got Lucky [Album Version]|
|11. Don't Come Around Here No More [Album Version]|
|12. I Won't Back Down [Album Version]|
|13. Runnin' Down A Dream [Album Version]|
|14. Free Fallin' [Album Version]|
|15. Learning To Fly [Album Version]|
|16. Into The Great Wide Open [Album Version]|
|17. Mary Jane's Last Dance [1993 Greatest Hits Album Version]|
|18. Something In The Air [1993 Greatest Hits Version]|
Petty isn't an innovator; he's a talented craftsman with impeccable taste and a strong sense of rock history, internalizing influences ranging from the Beatles' psychedelic masterpiece, Revolver, to the best of '70s punk. (It's interesting to remember that early efforts such as "Refugee" and "Don't Do Me Like That" first won Petty attention as a New Wave artist). With his Dylanesque vocals and chiming 12-string guitars, Petty is more often linked these days with the sounds of the '60s. But recent tunes such as "Learning to Fly" and "Into the Great Wide Open" are as smart, relevant and (dare I say) alternative as anything in MTV's Buzz Bin. --Jim DeRogatis
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.Read more ›
Obviously, there's some songs that got left off, and a few I like a little more than others, but if you're looking for an instant mix or just a one disc hits collection, this is the one. He actually has many different styles of rock, yet manages to sound pretty similar. His work in recent years really has gone downhill, but this chronicles his biggest hits up to 1993.
Basically, I can break Tom's career down into three categories:
1) Late 70's classic rock with a folk/pop/hard rock sound -- The short yet unbelievably catchy mid tempo rocker "Breakdown," the folk tinged, happy "American Girl."
The pop styled catchy hard rock of "Refugee," "Listen To Her Heart," the storytelling "Even the Losers," and the accusatory "Don't Do Me Like That" all were classic rock which laid the groundwork for mainstream 80's rock.
The bluesier "Here Comes my Girl," and the more raw aggressive "I Need To Know" were the other good tracks from the era.
2) 80's AOR rockers -- TP is an artist who could sound like the 1980s without seeming dated or silly at all.
The poppy "The Waiting," the synthesizer tinged heavy pop/rocker "You Got Lucky," (the ONLY song he's done with them I can recall) and the angry, psychedellic slow rocker "Don't Come Around Here No More," (which had that scary Alice in Wonderland video, and built up to a faster harder sound at the end).Read more ›