For over 30 years, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers attached recording equipment to their concert soundboards and captured the audio from many of their legendary live shows. By 2009, they had amassed over 3500 songs from 170 different concerts. This treasure trove of music captured arguably the greatest American live rock band from their raw, earliest recordings to their seasoned epic performances years later. The band spent countless hours listening, cataloging, and ultimately grading each performance. There were over 400 different songs that the Heartbreakers had played live and the group wanted to create the perfect collection of live material to share with their fans. Can you just imagine hearing a song like “Breakdown” up to 170 times and having to choose which version was best?
“BREAKDOWN with Hit The Road Jack” Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
When all was said and done, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers chose 48 songs (62 if you count the Deluxe Version) to release in a special box set called “The Live Anthology”. Not only did the collection include the essential Petty tracks like “Free Fallin'”, “American Girl”, and “Refugee” but many incredible covers were added to the final mix. Bo Diddley’s “I’m A Man”, Booker T & The MG’s “Green Onions”, Wilson Pickett’s “I’m In Love”, Van Morrison’s “Mystic Eyes”, the Grateful Dead’s “Friend Of The Devil”, the James Bond theme to “Goldfinger”, and Willie Dixon’s blues masterpiece “I Just Want To Make Love To You” are just a few covers that highlighted the box set’s hidden gems. If you’re a fan of true rock and roll, find yourself a copy of this rare but essential piece of music history.
“GREEN ONIONS” Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
“OH WELL” (Fleetwood Mac cover) Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers