The Live Anthology is a live album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
The standard edition has four CDs.A deluxe edition was also released with an additional CD, two DVDs, a vinyl copy of Official Live ‘Leg and a blue-ray disc with all 62 songs on it.
It was recorded at around the world at concerts between 1976 and 2007 and was released in 2009.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers The Live Anthology
My Rating – 26/30
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1. Nightwatchman – Tom Petty
2. Even The Losers – Tom Petty
3. Here Comes My Girl – Tom Petty
4. A Thing About You – Tom Petty
5. I’m In Love – Tom Petty
6. I’m A Man – Tom Petty
7. Straight Into Darkness – Tom Petty
8. Breakdown – Tom Petty
9. Something In The Air – Tom Petty
10. I Just Want To Make Love To You – Tom Petty
11. Drivin’ Down To Georgia – Tom Petty
12. Lost Without You – Tom Petty
13. Refugee – Tom Petty
1. Diddy Wah Diddy
2. I Want You Back Again
4. Friend Of The Devil
5. A Woman In Love (It’s Not Me)
6. It’s Good To Be King
7. Angel Dream (No. 2)
8. Learning To Fly
9. Mary Jane’s Last Dance
10. Mystic Eyes
1. Jammin’ Me
2. The Wild One, Forever
3. Green Onions
4. Louisiana Rain
10. Any Way You Want It
11. American Girl
1. Runnin’ Down A Dream
2. Oh Well
3. Southern Accents
4. Crawling Back To You
5. My Life/Your World
6. I Won’t Back Down
7. Square One
8. Have Love Will Travel
9. Free Fallin’
10. The Waiting
11. Good Good Lovin’
12. Century City
13. Alright For Now
The band had very few changes during the 30 plus year period:
- Tom Petty (all tracks) – lead vocals, guitars, harmonica, percussion
- Mike Campbell (all tracks) – lead guitar, mandolin, Marxophone
- Scott Thurston (1993–2007) – rhythm guitar, keyboards, harmonica, backing vocals,
- Benmont Tench (all tracks) – piano, keyboards, backing vocals
- Ron Blair (1976–1981, 2002–2006) – bass guitar, backing vocals
- Howie Epstein (1982–2001) – bass guitar, backing vocals
- Stan Lynch (1976–1993) – drums, backing vocals
- Steve Ferrone (1995–2006) – drums
Tom Petty has gone from one extreme to another. Pack Up The Plantation was too short but this is almost overwhelming in its coverage of his career.
My thoughts on my ratings are:
- Set list 9/10 – it ranges from good to excellent in its choice of songs.
- Performance – 9/10 – the process of taping so many concerts and selecting the best, it guarantees a high mark in this category and I rate it as excellent but not superlative in the way that, say, a Bruce Springsteen live album catches fire with intensity.
- Atmosphere & Authenticity – a kind 8/10. Multi-year, multi-performance live compilations gain in the first two categories but get penalised here. The sound doesn’t jump around in the way that some live compilations do but I’m always aware that this isn’t representative of a single concert.
- Overall – 26/30 – highly recommended without being essential.
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