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Tom Petty
Playback
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Special Interest, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
 
Tom Petty peaked early. In 1974, Petty's northern Florida bar band, Mudcrutch, moved to L.A., signed a deal with Shelter Records, and transformed itself into Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. By 1976, they had released their ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Tom Petty
Title: Playback
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Mca
Original Release Date: 11/20/1995
Release Date: 11/20/1995
Album Type: Box set
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Special Interest, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
Styles: Holiday & Wedding, Singer-Songwriters, Adult Alternative, Country Rock, Album-Oriented Rock (AOR)
Number of Discs: 6
SwapaCD Credits: 6
UPCs: 008811137526, 008811137540, 000881113752

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Tom Petty peaked early. In 1974, Petty's northern Florida bar band, Mudcrutch, moved to L.A., signed a deal with Shelter Records, and transformed itself into Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. By 1976, they had released their self-titled debut album, a seemingly impossible blend of the Byrds' jangly harmonies and Southern-California idealism with the Rolling Stones' bluesy punchiness and working-class grittiness. The rhythm section rocked; Mike Campbell was an effortlessly elegant guitarist, and Petty himself was a passionate singer. By the third album, 1979's Damn the Torpedoes, the band was creating such timeless rock & roll singles as "Refugee" and "Even the Losers." By 1980 their best music was behind them. The rhythms slackened; the melodies no longer grabbed; the performances lacked the same urgency. They played with admirable craft and sold millions of records, but they never again made music as powerful as their first three albums. This creates a serious imbalance in this box set, "Playback" (MCA), which fits 21 songs from the first four albums onto one overwhelming CD and then fills up another five CDs with 71 more tracks, which suffer by comparison. For the hardcore Petty fan, though, Playback is a treasure trove of obscurities. While most box sets adopt an 80/20 split between greatest hits and rarities, "Playback" is closer to 50/50, and includes B-sides never released in album form, rare Mudcrutch cuts, shelved studio tracks, and cover versions of songs by Jimmy Reed, Conway Twitty, and Elvis Presley. --Geoffrey Himes

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