Greatest Hits (Tom Petty album)

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Greatest Hits
Greatest hits album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Released November 16, 1993
Recorded 1976-1993
Genre Rock, heartland rock
Length 65:17
Label MCA, Geffen, UMe
Producer Tom Petty, Mike Campbell, Denny Cordell, Jimmy Iovine, Jeff Lynne, Rick Rubin, Noah Shark, David A. Stewart
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers chronology
Into the Great Wide Open
(1991)
Greatest Hits
(1993)
Wildflowers
(1994)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly A+[2]
Q 4/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau A−[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4.5/5 stars[5]

Greatest Hits is a compilation album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, released in 1993. It is Petty's best-selling album to date and was certified 10x Platinum (Diamond Award) by the RIAA on November 13, 2003. The single "Mary Jane's Last Dance" became one of Petty's most popular songs, reaching #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The other new song on the album is a cover of the Thunderclap Newman hit "Something in the Air". The album contains no songs from 1987's Let Me Up (I've Had Enough). However, three songs from 1989's Full Moon Fever were included; despite the album's technical status as a Tom Petty solo album, it contained contributions from several members from the Heartbreakers, thus legitimizing its inclusion on this compilation. As of September 2011, Greatest Hits had sold 7,464,000 copies in the United States, making it Tom Petty's best-selling album.[6]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "American Girl" (Tom Petty) – 3:35
  2. "Breakdown" (Petty) – 2:44
  3. "Listen to Her Heart" (Petty) – 3:05
  4. "I Need to Know" (Petty) – 2:26
  5. "Refugee" (Petty, Mike Campbell) – 3:25
  6. "Don't Do Me Like That" (Petty) – 2:44
  7. "Even the Losers" (Petty) – 3:35
  8. "Here Comes My Girl" (Petty, Campbell) – 4:27
  9. "The Waiting" (Petty) – 4:01
  10. "You Got Lucky" (Petty, Campbell) – 3:38
  11. "Don't Come Around Here No More" (Petty, David A. Stewart) – 5:07
  12. "I Won't Back Down" (Petty, Jeff Lynne) – 2:59
  13. "Runnin' Down a Dream" (Petty, Lynne, Campbell) – 4:25
  14. "Free Fallin'" (Petty, Lynne) – 4:18
  15. "Learning to Fly" (Petty, Lynne) – 4:05
  16. "Into the Great Wide Open" (Petty, Lynne) – 3:45
  17. "Mary Jane's Last Dance" (Petty) – 4:35
    • (First release)
  18. "Something in the Air" (Speedy Keen) – 3:17
    • (First release)

The U.K. release also includes the track "Anything That's Rock 'n' Roll," originally from the album Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, as track 3, with all subsequent tracks in the same order. "Something in the Air" is a Thunderclap Newman cover.

A remastered version was released on May 20, 2008, replacing "Something in the Air" with "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around", Petty's duet with Stevie Nicks from her 1981 album Bella Donna. The album photos replaced the "Wildflowers" and "Into the Great Wide Open" session photos with out-takes from the "You're Gonna Get It!" album cover. The original album is available for download on iTunes. It was also reissued in March 9, 2010 reverting to the original 1993 tracklisting which includes "Something in the Air" (due to popular demand[citation needed]) and drops "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" while using the same cover art as the 2008 remaster.

Personnel[edit]

The Heartbreakers[edit]

  • Tom Petty - vocals, guitar, keyboards
  • Mike Campbell - guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, mandolin
  • Benmont Tench - keyboards, backing vocals
  • Ron Blair - bass guitar (before track 10)
  • Howie Epstein - bass guitar, backing vocals (track 10 onwards)
  • Stan Lynch - drums, backing vocals (except tracks 12-14)
  • Alan "Bugs" Weidel - roadie for all sessions

Additional musicians[edit]

Credited

Uncredited

  • Jeff Jourard - lead guitar on track 2
  • Noah Shark - percussion on tracks 1-4
  • Jim Keltner - percussion on track 5
  • Phil Jones - percussion on tracks 6-14, drums on tracks 12-14
  • Chris Trujillo - percussion on track 17
  • Dean Garcia - intro bass on track 11
  • Daniel Rothmuller - cello on track 11
  • Stephanie Sprull - backing vocals on track 11
  • Sharon Celani - backing vocals on track 11
  • Marilyn Martin - backing vocals on track 11

Charts[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
position
German Albums[7] 62
Netherlands Top 100 Albums[8] 18
Norwegian Top 40 Albums[9] 9
Swedish Top 60 Albums[10] 9
Swiss Top 100 Albums[11] 23
UK Albums Chart[12] 18
Chart (1994) Peak
position
Australian Top 50 Albums[13] 16
Austrian Top 75 Albums[14] 22
Canadian Top Albums[15] 4
New Zealand Top 40 Albums[16] 2
US Billboard 200[17] 5

Certifications[edit]

Country Provider Certification
(sales thresholds)
Germany[18] BVMI Gold
New Zealand[19] RIANZ 4xPlatinum
Norway[20] IFPI Gold
Sweden[21] IFPI Gold
United Kingdom[22] BPI Gold
United States[23] RIAA Diamond (10xPlatinum)

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
Europe October 30, 1993 MCA Records double LP MCA 10964
Cassette MCC 10964
CD MCD 10964
North America November 16, 1993 MCA Records Cassette MCAC 10813
CD MCAD 10813
North America May 20, 2008 Geffen Records CD B0010327-02
Europe May 20, 2008 Geffen Records CD 1774395

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Greatest Hits - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers | AllMusic". Allmusic. Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  2. ^ Sinclair, Tom (November 19, 1993). "Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers: Greatest Hits Review". Entertainment Weekly: 92. Retrieved January 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Tom Petty / Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Greatest Hits CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved January 2, 2013. 
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved January 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Tom Petty: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 2, 2013. 
  6. ^ http://new.music.yahoo.com/blogs/chart_watch/74410/chart-watch-extra-all-the-greatest-hits/
  7. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Petty, Tom & The Heartbreakers / Longplay". Music Line (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved July 1, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – Greatest Hits (Album)" (ASP). Dutch Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 1, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – Greatest Hits (Album)" (ASP). Norwegian Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 1, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – Greatest Hits (Album)" (ASP). Swedish Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 1, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – Greatest Hits (Album)" (ASP). Schweizer Hitparade. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 1, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Chart Archive: Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive – 20th November 1993". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 1, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – Greatest Hits (Album)" (ASP). Australian Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 1, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – Greatest Hits (Album)" (ASP). Austrian Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 1, 2011. 
  15. ^ "100 Albums (CD's & Cassettes)" (PHP). RPM 59 (3). February 7, 1994. ISSN 0315-5994. Retrieved July 1, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – Greatest Hits (Album)" (ASP). New Zealand Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 1, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Greatest Hits – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 1, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Gold- /Platin-Datenbank" [Gold- /Platinum-Database]. Bundesverband Musikindustrie (in German).  Type "Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers" under Interpret to see search results.
  19. ^ "Latest Gold / Platinum Albums" (PHP). RadioScope. Retrieved July 1, 2011. 
  20. ^ "IFPI Norsk Platebransje". IFPI – Norway (in Norwegian). 
  21. ^ "Guld & Platina 1987–1998" (PDF). IFPI – Sweden (in Swedish). p. 13. Retrieved July 1, 2011. 
  22. ^ "Certified Awards Search" (ASPX). British Phonographic Industry. 
  23. ^ "Gold & Platinum Searchable Database" (PHP). Recording Industry Association of America.  Search for "Heartbreakers" to see results.

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