Tom Petty Live [Blu-ray]
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The work of Tom Petty is a blend of pop and rock that is uniquely-American. With his faithful band The Heartbreakers behind him, Petty lit up stages across the country, and became an unlikely early star of MTV with some innovative video work. Subsequent releases saw him justifiably included in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, alongside a stint in supergroup The Travelling Wilburys. This outstanding live concert from Petty and his band gives fans a number of their biggest hits and rarely heard hidden gems. Song List: Baby Please Don't Go, Crawling Back to You, Handle With Care, I Won't Back Down, I'm Cryin‘, Angel Dream, Melinda, Born in Chicago, Little Red Rooster, Carol, Refugee, Love is a Long Road, You Don't Know How it Feels, Black Leather Woman, I Done Somebody Wrong, I Got a Woman, Thirteen Days, Wake Up Time, Rollin' in My Sweet Baby's Arms, Lost Children, Two Men Talkin‘, You Wreck Me.
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- Part 1 -
Baby Please Don't Go
Crawlin Back To You
Handle With Care
I Won't Back Down
Born In Chicago
- Part 2 -
Love Is A Long Road
You Don't Know How It Feels
Black Leather Woman
I Done Somebody Wrong
I Got A Woman
Wake Up Time
Rollin' In My Sweet Baby's Arms
Two Men Talking
You Wreck Me
A good mix of hits and rarely heard music. "Two Men Talking" is a real gem of impromtu Jazz.
Since the sound, picture, and editing are so good, I'm tempted to give this 5 stars. But it gets only 4 from me for various reasons. One is that there are 9 "cover" songs here vs. 13 written by Petty/Heartbreakers. Given that the band's own songs are so great, I don't like hearing so many covers, which I consider to be of lesser quality than the band's own songs. If more Petty & Heartbreakers DVD's were available covering the band's own songs, this wouldn't be such a problem. But since this is only one of 3 existing DVDs from the band, "too many" covers is a minor quibble. Then there's the drummer situation. Original drummer Stan Lynch was very creative, yet stayed completely "in synch" with the rest of the band - which made his drumming a big part of the Heartbreaker's success. His replacement, Steve Ferrone, is "ok" but not great, and often seems to lack the cohesion that Lynch had with the rest of the band. So I feel to a great extent that without Stan Lynch on drums, this isn't really THE Heartbreakers. Finally, the price on this set is slightly high, so for all these reasons I can't give the set a full 5 stars.
Still, true fans of the band (and yes I'm one) should definitely get this. I like this a lot better than "High Grass Dogs" (which is very poorly edited, and not great sounding), and it's close to "Live at the Olympic". I do somewhat prefer "Olympic" to this one, mainly because the songs on that one were written by Petty himself (and it's also great sounding and well edited). It's a shame that there aren't more/better concert DVD choices though for a band with such a rich history as this one. My favorite official TP & Heartbreakers concert video was 1991's "Take the Highway", but that's never been on DVD, and now it's not even available on VHS. Same situation with 1985's "Pack up the Plantation", though I didn't like that one as much as "Highway", due both to its jerky editing, as well as the overbearing presence of a horn section and backup singer/dancers. Both of those concerts should be on DVD now though, it's a shame they aren't. And I suppose it would be too much to ask for some of the Heartbreakers' European (or American) tv appearances to be released onto DVD, but they should be too - after all, 20+ year old European shows from Blondie, The Cars, and Bruce Springsteen (among others) have been officially released recently to DVD, so why not something from TP & the Heartbreakers?
Quality of transfer is EXCELLENT (both video and audio). The soundtrack (as with most SoundStage blu-ray releases) has both a 5.1 DD track and a 5.1 uncompressed track which screams if your neighbors don't mind a concert playing next door).
If your a Tom Petty fan, this blu-ray is a must-have. If your not a fan, you will become one.
A must buy!