Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Live Anthology (2009)
Not a fan of the “mixed format” box-set to tell the truth. And this one just about covers it all – DVDs, (blu-ray), CDs – a vinyl EP, reproduced laminates and faux tour ephemera, the booklet, live shows and docos – it takes a stab at all sorts really, but it’s pretty fucking fantastic. That’s because it’s Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and, at their best, they’re a shit-hot unit and he’s a great, great writer. And this is them – often – at their very best. Live sets across 30 years and though it’s mostly all captured on CD there’s the Official Live ‘Leg EP from a show recorded at the end of 1976. I struggle to care about box-sets, I struggle to care about CDs, I only keep DVDs of concerts or docos until I’ve seen them – only a few stay on the shelf at home for second and third viewings, there’s just no point. Time to move on – I think Tom mighta even sung that himself at least once. But I do like this box-set. I like it a lot. The vinyl stayed buried in the box for a while and it’s only just lately I’ve found myself giving it a few spins. Also this represents the very end of an era for me – it was a gift from a record company. I’ll never see this sort of generosity again. It would break into their profits too, these days, to even offer such a thing.
Sample Track: Dog On The Run
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