Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Greatest Hits
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He's sold millions of albums, filled arenas, and hobnobbed with George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Roy Orbison, but Tom Petty's driving heartland rock has often been taken for granted by the same critics who hail John Mellencamp as a genius. Greatest Hits is an airtight argument for Petty's own greatness. Starting with "American Girl," the rollicking, Byrds-inspired single from Petty's first album in 1976, this compilation presents a chronological overview of the guitarist-vocalist's career with and without the Heartbreakers, also chronically underrated as one of today's best bands. Every one of the 16 older tracks is a well-crafted gem, full of solid guitar hooks ("Here Comes My Girl"), arresting images ("Don't Come Around Here No More") and simple but poetic lyrics ("The Waiting").
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

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tracklisting: American Girl
Listen to Her Heart
I Need to Know
Don't Do Me Like That
Even the Losers
Here Comes My Girl
You Got Lucky
Don't Come Around Here No More
I Won't Back Down
Runnin' Down a Dream
Free Fallin'
Learning to Fly
Into the Great Wide Open
Mary Jane's Last Dance
Something in the Air
title: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Greatest Hits
purchase date: 09-05-2005
published: 16-11-1993
price: $13.98
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genre: Album-Oriented Rock (AOR)
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