Thursday, 7 March 2019

Review: The Best Of Everything (Tom Petty)

#1,488: Just under four months since it was announced back in October and after the odd delay in release, the 2CD edition of Tom Petty's aptly entitled career overview "The Best Of Everything" (Geffen #00602567934394) arrived here at elo beatles forever (elobf) HQ the other day replete with 38 trax covering four decades of TP output from 1976 to 2016, be it with The Heartbreakers, solo or with Mudcrutch.

Although there have been a few Tom Petty compilations and collections issued over the years, most notably 1993's best selling Greatest Hits package, Yours Truly KJS, as a fan who found TP by way of his association with ELO maestro Jeff Lynne and (of course) The Traveling Wilburys, has been looking forward to seeing how this mix of the familiar with the less well known would hang together and I'm glad to report that this set does indeed do justice to TP's exemplary legacy. Even though there is no Wilburys representation (as with Roy Orbison's 2016 Ultimate Collection), there is plenty of Jeff Lynne input alongside those classic Petty hits.

Yet what makes this superb 2CD TP trawl all the more enjoyable is discovering anew songs such as "Dreamville" and "The Last DJ" with their surprisingly strong Beatles influence whilst being reminded by the likes of "I Forgive It All", "You Wreck Me", "Walls (Circus)", "Angel Dream (No.2)" and the string laden "Southern Accents" of the immense variety of styles in the TP songbook. Having been supremely fortunate to finally see Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers perform live in London just months before his tragic passing in October 2017, it is my sincere belief that "The Best Of Everything" is both the perfect epilogue for avid TP followers and the best of introductions for casual fans if not the general music buying public. ★★

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends "The Best Of Everything" by Tom Petty to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff LynneThe Traveling WilburysRoy WoodThe Move'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 07-March-2019

1 comment:

  1. Without Runaway Trains, this collection is worth about 3 dollars.