Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: I'm a Man (2006)

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: I'm a Man (2006)

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have not been short of greatest hits, collections, a bio-doco or a box set anthology.

So in 2009 when the four CD set Live Anthology rolled around you might be forgiven for passing it by.

Certainly there were flat spots in the running order which drew from three decades of shows, but the high points were many -- especially if you were a fan of the pre-Free Falling era when they were an electric guitar rock band more than the acoustic-framed outfit they often became.

And scattered among the original were a considerable number of covers which revealed their pop roots (Dave Clark Five, Thunderclap Newman), as well as black blues (Willie Dixon) and soul influences.

In fact, it was in the covers where you could hear the garage and jam band they were in the years before a name change and serious fame hit.

Here they strop their way through one of the classics and Petty sounds like he'd grown up in Mick, Brian and Keith's r'n'b' soaked London flat while listening to Bob Dylan's Highway 61.

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