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Tom Petty - Wildflowers And All The Rest
Tom Petty - Wildflowers And All The Rest
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Tom Petty - Wildflowers And All The Rest

October 16th 2020 sees the release of an expanded version of Tom Petty’s seminal album 'Wildflowers'. Entitled 'Wildflowers & All The Rest', this release finally gathers together all 25 songs from the original recording sessions - the 15 songs from 'Wildflowers', plus All The Rest - the 10 songs that were left off the original release.

During Tom Petty’s final interview with the Los Angeles Times, as the triumphant 40th anniversary tour with The Heartbreakers was coming to an end, he announced that his next big focus would be to finally revisit his 1994 masterpiece, 'Wildflowers', co-produced with Rick Rubin and Mike Campbell.

'Wildflowers' in many ways changed Tom’s creative life—as a recording artist, collaborator and band leader—while a profound, personal crisis transformed the stories and emotional thrust in his songs. Tom ultimately wrote more songs than he could release at the time. In fact, Tom, Rubin and Campbell completed the album as a double CD with 25 songs, nearly two hours of music, but his label advised restraint. Released on November 1, 1994, Wildflowers—a single CD with 15 songs, still more than an hour in length—was Tom’s most acutely confessional album to date.

The resurrection of Wildflowers has been a long time coming. In a 2014 interview with Rolling Stone Tom detailed his plans for the reissue, telling the magazine, “I broke through to something else. My personal life came crashing down, and it derailed me for a while. But I was at the top of my game during that record.” Then again in 2016 on SiriusXM’s Tom Petty Radio, he discussed his desire for a Wildflowers tour to coincide with a reissue. Tom had always intended to release the second half of the album—a collection he named All The Rest, featuring ten songs from the Wildflowers recording sessions that were left off the original version and five unreleased tracks (different versions of four other songs would appear on the soundtrack to the 1996 film, She’s The One).

'Wildflowers & All The Rest', the long-awaited Wildflowers reissue and comprehensive collection, will be released on October 16 via Warner Records. Tom’s vision of the project is becoming a reality due to the commitment of his loving family, bandmates and collaborators who helped unearth many previously unheard gems. The compilation was curated by Tom’s daughters, Adria and Annakim Petty and his wife Dana Petty who call it, “Many, many hours of pure sonic joy,” as well as Heartbreakers Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench, and was produced by Tom’s longtime engineer and co-producer Ryan Ulyate. Together they stewarded the warmth Tom created through his music and relationship to his fans.

The significance of the 'Wildflowers' song was revealed in David Fricke’s essay written for the liner notes of the collection: “It would be some time before he understood the complexity of ‘Wildflowers.’ It was, he realized, ‘me singing about me.’” 

Tom Petty released 16 studio albums and over 180 songs over the course of his 40-year career. Wildflowers was the first album of a long-term renaissance. It was Petty’s fastest selling album and was certified Triple Platinum only nine months after its release. The album was always deeply significant to him. As proof, five of the 18 songs performed at his final live concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles came from the album. Wildflowers—his solo masterpiece, a personal triumph and the album Petty needed to make at that moment, at any cost—is finally here as he intended it and beyond. 

TRACKLISTING

LP1 & LP2: Original Album
01 Wildflowers
02 You Don’t Know How It Feels
03 Time To Move On
04 You Wreck Me
05 It’s Good To Be King
06 Only A Broken Heart
07 Honey Bee
08 Don’t Fade On Me
09 Hard On Me
10 Cabin Down Below
11 To Find A Friend
12 A Higher Place
13 House In The Woods
14 Crawling Back To You
15 Wake Up Time

LP3: All The Rest
01 Something Could Happen
02 Leave Virginia Alone
03 Climb That Hill Blues
04 Confusion Wheel
05 California
06 Harry Green
07 Hope You Never
08 Somewhere Under Heaven
09 Climb That Hill
10 Hung Up And Overdue

PRODUCT DETAILS

Artist:  Tom Petty
Label:  Warner Records
Condition:  New 
Genre:  Rock & Pop Re-Issues
Format:  Vinyl LP
Cat Number:  93624929291
Released:  16th October 2020

3LP Edition featuring 2LP original album and LP of 10 additional songs  

Regular price £34.00
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