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Live: Pack Up the Plantation
Tom Petty & Heartbreakers
Live: Pack Up the Plantation
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
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All Artists: Tom Petty & Heartbreakers
Title: Live: Pack Up the Plantation
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Mca
Original Release Date: 1/1/1985
Re-Release Date: 10/25/1990
Album Type: Live
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Style: Album-Oriented Rock (AOR)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 076732802120, 0008811914226, 008811914226, 076732802113, 076732802144, 5011781700121

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Stay Out of the Light
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Got to see Tom Petty in Honolulu, Hawaii way back in 1981. "Torpedoes Tour". About Mid Set, Tom Leaves the Stage during a Mike Cambell, guitar solo, The Light Guys Caught him with their Spots on the Right side of the Stage, with his nose in a Straw snorting some kinda White Powder. He didn't care and continued on with his 'Business'....Well, the Whole place went NUTS....You sorta had to of been there BUT it was a great Rock N' Roll Moment..
"Pack up the Plantation" is easily one of the best live recordings from the 80's. Tom was "Everyman's" Rock Star and a very cool one at that. If you are building a proper Tom Petty Collection, this CD has got to be part of that Collection...Period. This one is Essential."
A Thrilling Mid-Period Live Set
Todd and In Charge | Miami, FL | 01/24/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I find it a bit curious so many of the reviews here dislike the live covers on this album; as a fan I really enjoy the boys' takes on the Byrds "So You Want to Be a Rock and Roll Star," or "Needles and Pins," or even "Don't Bring Me Down." I don't look for a "greatest hits live" package from a performer I respect -- I want that artist to dig deep, find some chestnuts from the catalogue, or do some covers that mean something to them -- and that's what Pack Up the Plantation is.

Is it representative? I'd say, after two and half years of effort to create Petty's statement on the South of his raising -- Southern Accents, the live album from the tour of Southern Accents finds Petty in his most meaningful, heartfelt period. My personal view is he feared revealing his most innermost thoughts about the South and himself on Southern Accents, so he felt he needed to gloss up those concepts with Dave Stewart's production tricks and copious horns. Don't forget -- this was 1985. But strip all that away and you have pure Petty, from the heart. The songs skew toward that album, with strong performances of "Rebel" and "It Ain't Nothing to Me," but he throws in some fan favorites as well. It's rounded out with some fun covers, though I agree "Shout" probably didn't need to be included.

I do find this particular cd release to be lacking, however, in that two songs are cut short and the order rearranged from the original release. There's no reason to truncate or reorder the original, and I hope subsequent pressings fix this glitch.

In sum, this is vintage mid-period Petty, rocking out on songs from his heart, even getting Stevie Nicks to join in a few tunes. Is it a comprehensive overview of his career, live? Clearly not. But taken for what it is, Pack Up the Plantation is a very enjoyable live Petty experience and an example of why this artist has been so enduring for so many years."
Tom Petty&The Heartbreakers-'Pack Up The Plantation:Live'(MC
Mike Reed | USA | 07/12/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"'Pack Up...' is truly a good live album for Tom Petty&The Heartbreakers.I get SO tired of fans saying that Petty is simply a Bob Dylan rip-off.That's where they're wrong,Petty actually CAN sing.Saw Petty on this very tour.It was his first when he employed that 'Alice In Wonderland' routine.'Pack Up...' sounds decent,not perfect.But awfully close I thought.Saw Petty here recently and I can honestly say it was one of the BEST sounding shows I've seen in sometime.Tunes I thought made this CD a true keeper were The Byrd's "So You Want To Be A Rock And Roll Star",The Searcher's "Needles And Pins","The Waiting","American Girl","Refugee" and "Don't Bring Me Down".Total of fourteen tracks and a duration of 71:12.A should-have."