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: The Jesus and Mary Chain: Original Album Series (Rhino)

THE BARGAIN BUY: The Jesus and Mary Chain: Original Album Series (Rhino)

The Jesus and Mary Chain out of Glasgow certainly alienated audiences when they first appeared: not the least for performances which barely stretched past the 15 or 20 minute mark. But it was... > Read more

THE BARGAIN BUY: Bob Dylan; Time Out of Mind (Sony)

THE BARGAIN BUY: Bob Dylan; Time Out of Mind (Sony)

After his erratic recordings of the Eighties -- redeemed only perhaps by Oh Mercy ('89) produced by Daniel Lanois -- Bob Dylan entered a new decade looking like a long-spent force. The impressive... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

JOHN COLTRANE AND MILES DAVIS: Genius at work and playing, 1955-61

JOHN COLTRANE AND MILES DAVIS: Genius at work and playing, 1955-61

For two people about to write themselves into music history, their credentials were not promising. Only a few years previously, the trumpeter was so hooked on heroin that he was almost... > Read more

Cheikh Lo: Jamm (World Circuit)

Cheikh Lo: Jamm (World Circuit)

This inventive singer, writer and arranger from Senegal hasn't appeared at Elsewhere since is wonderful Lamp Fall on '06 at which time I observed he was like a Paul Simon from an alternative... > Read more