THE BARGAIN BUY: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers; Greatest Hits

 |   |  1 min read

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Even the Losers
THE BARGAIN BUY: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers; Greatest Hits

Here's my theory about the early acclaim afforded the latest Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' album Hypnotic Eye.

Word went out -- from Tom? - that this was a real rocking return to their classic period and, on the evidence of just the first few songs (which are tougher than most of his recent work) the critical community lined up behind Rolling Stone writer David Fricke and his ilk who bought that line.

In fact, once you get past that opening salvo the songs rarely reach that kind of "return to" attitude and in fact some are rather limp.

And I said as much in my review.

If you want to hear that classic rock sound of Petty -- and who doesn't? -- then albums like this are where you turn. Here are 18 songs from American Girl, Breakdown, Listen to Her Heart and I Need to Know through Refugee, Even the Losers, You Got Lucky and I Won't Back Down to the more soft songs like Free Falling, Into the Great Wide Open and Mary Jane's Last Dance. It closes with their cover of Thunderclap Newman's Something in the Air.

It is on album like this one (or even better this one) where you get a more true sense of Petty/Heartbreakers rock.

JB_logoBut we are pointing in this direction right now becase this album is just $10 from JB Hi-Fi stores here . . . and that makes it very decent starter pack on Petty at a cheap entry point.

One for the car?

There's a whole lot more on Petty -- some of it rather funny -- at Elsewhere starting here

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   The Bargain Buy articles index

THE BARGAIN BUY: Neil Young; Official Release Series Discs 1-4 (Reprise)

THE BARGAIN BUY: Neil Young; Official Release Series Discs 1-4 (Reprise)

Just as you could argue that on his debut album Are You Experienced, Jimi Hendrix sketched out the map of sounds and styles he would explore in his short career, so you could make the case that on... > Read more

THE BARGAIN BUY: Trip to the Moon; Dusk

THE BARGAIN BUY: Trip to the Moon; Dusk

One of this country's quiet achievers -- so quiet that other than his radio presence on RNZ he goes past most people -- is Trevor Reekie, formerly in Car Crash Set, founder of Pagan Records (early... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

ZOMBEAVERS, a film by JORDAN RUBIN

ZOMBEAVERS, a film by JORDAN RUBIN

Because some of the most academic and intelligent people I have met in my life are also among the most socially inept, emotionally fragile and stupid, I've never thought being intelligent made... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Katie Thompson

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Katie Thompson

Singer-songwriter Katie Thompson doesn't let the remoteness of her hometown on New Zealand's West Coast prevent her from engaging with an international audience. And she reaches out in many ways,... > Read more