Southern Accents In The Sunshine State: 1993 FM Broadcast – Gainesville, Florida
Here we have a double-live album, from a 1993 concert that was a radio broadcast at the time. I captures Tom Petty and his Heartbreakers in fine form, tumbling out the hits with a focus on the more recent material (Full Moon Fever, Into The Great Wide Open) though plenty of the old chestnuts (Southern Accents, American Girl, Refugee) get a hearing.
Sound quality? Well – it’s bootleg/radio-broadcast but it’s something you can cope with. It’s good enough. It’s what you expect really, cleaned up enough where, if you’re a fan, you’re certainly going to want to hear this. A pretty terrific setlist, with some nice changes – a reworking (already) of King’s Highway, and the then brand new song Mary Jane’s Last Dance (they’re playing it live here to promote the upcoming Greatest Hits album it was included on) with a particularly explosive guitar solo and feeling, already, like a live stand-out with elongated jam-sequence.
Where Breakdown was the emotional centre of the official live album from the 80s, Pack Up The Plantation, here it is Don’t Come Around Here No More – the audience taking delight in screaming “Stop!” right on time. Every time.
It’s a bittersweet reminder that I’ve never seen one of the great live bands. And it also captures Petty and the Heartbreakers around the time I cared most about them. So for those reasons I enjoyed this immensely. And I reckon fans will want to get hold of it – to feel similarly enthralled no doubt.