Pack Up the Plantation: Live!

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Pack Up the Plantation: Live!
Live album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Released November 26, 1985 (1985-11-26)
Recorded July 16, 1978 -
August 7, 1985
Genre Heartland rock, rock & roll
Length 71:12
Label MCA
Producer Tom Petty, Mike Campbell
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers chronology
Southern Accents
(1985)
Pack Up the Plantation: Live!
(1985)
Let Me Up (I've Had Enough)
(1987)
Singles from Pack Up the Plantation: Live!
  1. "Needles and Pins"
    Released: December 30, 1985
  2. "Refugee (live)"
    Released: 1986
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone (mixed) [2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars [3]
Sounds 2/5 stars[4]

Pack Up the Plantation: Live! is the first live album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, released in November 1985. It was primarily recorded at the Wiltern Theatre during their 1985 tour but also includes several tracks from previous tours. It was released as a double LP or single cassette and compact disc.

A concert film of the Wiltern Theatre performance, also titled Pack Up the Plantation: Live! was released on home video in 1986. It included songs that did not make the album, such as originals "Don't Do Me Like That" and "Don't Come Around Here No More", as well as covers such as "Little Bit O' Soul" and "Route 66".

Sandy Robertson, reviewing the album for Sounds described it as "a turgid four-sided video soundtrack".[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Tom Petty except as noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star"   Chris Hillman, Roger McGuinn 3:30
2. "Needles and Pins"   Sonny Bono, Jack Nitzsche 2:23
3. "The Waiting"     5:08
4. "Breakdown"     7:43
5. "American Girl"     3:50
6. "It Ain't Nothin' to Me"   Petty, David A. Stewart 6:05
7. "Insider"     5:16
8. "Rockin' Around (With You)"   Petty, Mike Campbell 3:20
9. "Refugee"   Petty, Campbell 5:22
10. "I Need to Know" (LP and cassette only)   2:30
11. "Southern Accents"     5:20
12. "Rebels"     6:10
13. "Don't Bring Me Down"   Gerry Goffin, Carole King 3:40
14. "You Got Lucky" (LP and cassette only)   4:20
15. "Shout"   O'Kelly Isley, Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley 9:30
16. "Stories We Could Tell"   John Sebastian 3:55

The cover songs "So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star" and "Don't Bring Me Down" would later appear on Playback; "So You Want..." also shows up on Anthology: Through the Years. The two songs only on vinyl or cassette have never been officially released on CD.

Recording information[edit]

All tracks recorded at the Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, California, August 7, 1985 except,

  • "Don't Bring Me Down" – Paradise Theater, Boston, Massachusetts, July 16, 1978
  • "Stories We Could Tell" – Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, March 7, 1980, engineered by Charles Kaplan in the Mobile Manor Unit
  • "Needles and Pins" & "Insider" – The Forum, Los Angeles, California, June 1981
  • "Shout" – The Coliseum, Richfield, Ohio, March 19, 1983
  • "Rockin' Around (With You)" – Irvine Meadows Amphitheater, Irvine, California, June 1983

Personnel[edit]

Soul Lips Horns: (on tracks recorded at the Wiltern Theater)

  • Jimmy Zavala - saxes, harmonica
  • Lee Thornburg - trumpets, flugel horn
  • Nick Lane - trombones, euphonium

The Rebeletts: (on tracks recorded at the Wiltern Theater)

  • Pat Peterson - backing vocals, percussion
  • Caroll Sue Hill - backing vocals, percussion

Musicians:

  • Ron Blair - bass on "Insider", "Needles and Pins", "Stories We Could Tell" & "Don't Bring Me Down"
  • Phil Jones - percussion on "Insider", "Needles and Pins", "Rockin' Around (With You)" & "Shout"
  • Bobby Valentino - violin on "Stories We Could Tell"
  • Stevie Nicks - vocals on "Insider" & "Needles and Pins"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pack Up the Plantation: Live! at AllMusic
  2. ^ Guterman, Jimmy (1986-01-16). "Pack Up The Plantation: Live!". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2013-01-01. 
  3. ^ "Tom Petty: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2013-01-01. 
  4. ^ a b Robertson, Sandy (1985) "Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 'Pack Up the Plantation Live!'", Sounds, 14 December 1985, p. 28