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The Live Anthology
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
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Reviewed: 12/1/2009 by Chris


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It's practically a crime that it's taken this long for the great Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers to issue a proper and comprehensive live album, but The Live Anthology, with its four discs' worth of live recordings spanning nearly 30 years, is about as comprehensive as it gets. Just about every major era of the band is covered here, with the track listing showcasing deep album cuts and big hits equally. The sound quality is also stunning, with each song given an immaculate new mix. The big surprise (and only minor complaint) is the hefty amount of cover songs here. Though their presence makes for an accurate document of the band's live history (since they've never shied away from reinterpreting others' songs in concert), one wishes the disc space was given to more of Petty's own songs instead.

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