An American Treasure

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An American Treasure
A stylized photo of Petty's face
Box set by
ReleasedSeptember 28, 2018 (2018-09-28)
Recorded1974–2016
GenreHeartland rock
Length244:54
LanguageEnglish
LabelReprise
Compiler
Tom Petty chronology
Hypnotic Eye
(2014)
An American Treasure
(2018)
The Best of Everything
(2019)
Singles from An American Treasure
  1. "Keep a Little Soul"
    Released: July 2018
  2. "Gainesville"
    Released: 2018
  3. "You and Me"
    Released: 2018

An American Treasure is a 2018 compilation album and box set of Tom Petty, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Mudcrutch released by Reprise Records on September 28, 2018. The set includes several rare and unreleased songs alongside more obscure album tracks that showcase Petty's songwriting. The majority of the content is Heartbreakers material but there are also several solo songs and some recordings by Mudcrutch. Critical reception has been positive.[1]

Compilation and release[edit]

The recordings were chosen for remixing and remastering by Mike Campbell, Adria Petty, Dana Petty, Benmont Tench, and Ryan Ulyate.[2] The goal for compiling the songs was to highlight lesser-known tracks and choose songs that Petty himself would prefer.[3]

Petty's daughter Adria made a promotional music video for the track "Keep a Little Soul" using home movies.[4]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic89/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[5]
Pitchfork8.3/10[6]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[7]
Pop Matters9/10[8]

The box set has an 89 out of 100 on Metacritic, indicating universal acclaim.[1] Writing for Uproxx, Steven Hyden called the compilation "especially refreshing" for focusing on alternative recordings and more obscure songs from Petty's catalogue, summing it up as, "a surprisingly good introduction for neophytes, no matter the dearth of hits".[9] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic gave the compilation 4.5 out of five stars, writing, "this box winds up as a fitting tribute to a rocker whose touch was so casual, he could be easy to take for granted, but when his work is looked at as a whole, he seems like a giant".[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Tom Petty, except where noted.

Standard version[edit]

The standard version of An American Treasure features 26 songs spread evenly across two CDs.

Disc one
  1. "Rockin’ Around (With You)" (Mike Campbell, Tom Petty) (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, 1976) – 2:19
  2. "Anything That's Rock ‘n Roll" (live at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, California, November 11, 1977) – 3:37
  3. "Listen to Her Heart" (live at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, California, November 11, 1977) – 3:19
  4. "Louisiana Rain" (alternate version, 1979) – 5:04
  5. "Here Comes My Girl" (alternate version. 1979) – 4:57
  6. "King's Road" (live at The Forum, Inglewood, California, June 28, 1981) – 5:13
  7. "Keep a Little Soul" (outtake from Long After Dark, 1982) – 3:08
  8. "Straight into Darkness" (alternate version, 1982) – 4:29
  9. "Don't Treat Me Like a Stranger" (B-side to "I Won't Back Down", 1989) – 3:05
  10. "Rebels" (alternate version, 1985) – 5:18
  11. "You’re Gonna Get It" (alternate version featuring strings, 1978) – 3:14
  12. "Walkin’ from the Fire" (outtake from Southern Accents, 1984) – 4:44
  13. "The Best of Everything" (alternate version, 1985) – 4:02
Disc two
  1. "I Won't Back Down" (live at The Fillmore, San Francisco, California, February 4, 1997) – 3:39
  2. "Two Gunslingers" (Live at The Beacon Theatre, New York City, New York, May 25, 2013) – 3:50
  3. "Crawling Back to You" (Tom Petty solo track, Wildflowers, 1994) – 5:02<
  4. "Wake Up Time" (Tom Petty solo track, alternate take from Wildflowers, 1992) – 5:30
  5. "Accused of Love" (Echo, 1999) – 2:44
  6. "Gainesville" (outtake from Echo, 1998) – 4:05
  7. "You and Me" (clubhouse version, 2007) – 3:13
  8. "Like a Diamond" (alternate version, 2002) – 4:15
  9. "Southern Accents" (live at Stephen C. O’Connell Center, Gainesville, Florida, September 21, 2006) – 5:02
  10. "Insider" (live at O’Connell Center, Gainesville, Florida, September 21, 2006) – 4:56
  11. "Something Good Coming" (Mojo, 2010) – 4:10
  12. "Have Love Will Travel" (The Last DJ, 2002) – 4:05
  13. "Hungry No More" (live at House of Blues, Boston, Massachusetts, June 15, 2016) – 7:17

Deluxe version[edit]

The deluxe version of An American Treasure features 63 songs spread across four CDs and is also available on vinyl as a six-LP set.

Disc one
  1. "Surrender" (outtake from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, 1976) – 3:18
  2. "Listen to Her Heart" (live at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, California, November 11, 1977) – 3:19
  3. "Anything That's Rock ‘n Roll" (live at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, California, November 11, 1977) – 3:37
  4. "When the Time Comes" (You’re Gonna Get It!, 1978) – 3:04
  5. "You’re Gonna Get It" (alternate version featuring strings, 1978) – 3:14
  6. Radio promotion spot, 1977 – 0:27
  7. "Rockin’ Around (With You)" (Mike Campbell, Tom Petty) (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, 1976) – 2:19
  8. "Fooled Again (I Don't Like It)" (alternate version, 1976) – 4:10
  9. "Breakdown" (live at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, California, November 11, 1977) – 5:21
  10. "The Wild One, Forever" (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, 1976) – 3:00
  11. "No Second Thoughts" (You’re Gonna Get It!, 1978) – 2:39
  12. "Here Comes My Girl" (alternate version. 1979) – 4:57
  13. "What Are You Doing in My Life" (alternate version, 1979) – 3:30
  14. "Louisiana Rain" (alternate version, 1979) – 5:04
  15. "Lost in Your Eyes" (performed by Mudcrutch, 1974) – 4:47
Disc two
  1. "Keep a Little Soul" (outtake from Long After Dark, 1982) – 3:08
  2. "Even the Losers" (live at Rochester Community War Memorial, Rochester, New York, 1989) – 3:31
  3. "Keeping Me Alive" (outtake from Long After Dark, 1982) – 3:17
  4. "Don't Treat Me Like a Stranger" (B-side to "I Won't Back Down", 1989) – 3:05
  5. "The Apartment Song" (demo recording, 1984) – 2:34
  6. Concert intro by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, The Forum, Inglewood, California, June 28, 1981 – 0:10
  7. "King's Road" (live at The Forum, Inglewood, California, June 28, 1981) – 5:13
  8. Clear the aisles (concert announcement by Tom Petty, The Forum, Inglewood, California, June 28, 1981) – 0:16
  9. "A Woman in Love (It's Not Me)" (Live at The Forum, Inglewood, California, June 28, 1981) – 5:51
  10. "Straight into Darkness" (alternate version, 1982) – 4:29
  11. "You Can Still Change Your Mind" (Hard Promises, 1981) – 4:01
  12. "Rebels" (alternate version, 1985) – 5:18
  13. "Deliver Me" (alternate version, 1982) – 3:55
  14. "Alright for Now" (Tom Petty solo track from Full Moon Fever, 1989) – 2:00
  15. "The Damage You’ve Done" (alternate version, 1987) – 3:59
  16. "The Best of Everything" (alternate version, 1985) – 4:02
  17. "Walkin’ from the Fire" (outtake from Southern Accents, 1984) – 4:44
  18. "King of the Hill" (early take, 1987) – 4:00
Disc three
  1. "I Won't Back Down" (live at The Fillmore, San Francisco, California, February 4, 1997) – 3:39
  2. "Gainesville" (outtake from Echo, 1998) – 4:05
  3. "You and I Will Meet Again" (Tom Petty solo track from Into the Great Wide Open, 1991) – 3:38
  4. "Into the Great Wide Open" (live at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena, November 24, 1991) – 4:15
  5. "Two Gunslingers" (Live at The Beacon Theatre, New York City, New York, May 25, 2013) – 3:50
  6. "Lonesome Dave" (Tom Petty solo track, outtake from Wildflowers, 1993) – 3:40
  7. "To Find a Friend" (Tom Petty solo track, Wildflowers, 1994) – 3:19
  8. "Crawling Back to You" (Tom Petty solo track, Wildflowers, 1994) – 5:02
  9. "Wake Up Time" (Tom Petty solo track, alternate take from Wildflowers, 1992) – 5:30
  10. "Grew Up Fast" (Songs and Music from "She's the One", 1996) – 5:05
  11. "I Don't Belong" (outtake from Echo, 1998) – 2:54
  12. "Accused of Love" (Echo, 1999) – 2:44
  13. "Lonesome Sundown" (Echo, 1999) – 4:31
  14. "Don't Fade on Me" (Tom Petty solo track, alternate take from Wildflowers, 1994) – 4:28
Disc four
  1. "You and Me" (clubhouse version, 2007) – 3:13
  2. "Have Love Will Travel" (The Last DJ, 2002) – 4:05
  3. "Money Becomes King" (The Last DJ, 2002) – 5:11
  4. "Bus to Tampa Bay" (outtake from Hypnotic Eye, 2011) – 2:55
  5. "Saving Grace" (live at Malibu Performing Arts Center, Malibu, California, June 16, 2006) – 3:30
  6. "Down South" (Highway Companion, 2006) – 3:25
  7. "Southern Accents" (live at Stephen C. O’Connell Center, Gainesville, Florida, September 21, 2006) – 5:02
  8. "Insider" (live at O’Connell Center, Gainesville, Florida, September 21, 2006) – 4:56
  9. "Two Men Talking" (outtake from Hypnotic Eye, 2012) – 6:53
  10. "Fault Lines" (Hypnotic Eye, 2014) – 4:28
  11. "Sins of My Youth" (early take, 2012) – 3:39
  12. "Good Enough" (alternate version, 2012) – 5:48
  13. "Something Good Coming" (Mojo, 2010) – 4:10
  14. "Save Your Water" (performed by Mudcrutch, from Mudcrutch 2, 2016) – 3:17
  15. "Like a Diamond" (alternate version, 2002) – 4:15
  16. "Hungry No More" (live at House of Blues, Boston, Massachusetts, June 15, 2016) – 7:17

Personnel[edit]

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

  • Ron Blair – bass guitar, backing vocals (1976–1982, 2002–2017)
  • Mike Campbell – lead guitar, bass guitar
  • Howie Epstein – bass guitar, rhythm guitar, backing vocals (1982–2002)
  • Steve Ferrone – drums (1994–2017)
  • Stan Lynch – drums, backing vocals (1976–1994)
  • Tom Petty – lead vocals, rhythm guitar (1976–1991, 2002–2017), lead guitar (1992–2017), bass guitar, harmonica, keyboards, ukulele
  • Benmont Tench – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Scott Thurston – rhythm guitar, keyboards, harmonica, bass guitar, backing vocals (1991–2017)

Mudcrutch

  • Mike Campbell – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Tom Leadon – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Randall Marsh – drums
  • Tom Petty – lead vocals, bass guitar, guitar
  • Danny Roberts – bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Benmont Tench – keyboards, backing vocals

Additional

Production

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[10] 80
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[11] 46
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[12] 50
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[13] 103
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[14] 43
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[15] 71
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[16] 89
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[17] 9
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[18] 32
Irish Albums (IRMA)[19] 54
Italian Albums (FIMI)[20] 80
Scottish Albums (OCC)[21] 20
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[22] 9
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[23] 38
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[24] 37
UK Albums (OCC)[25] 38
US Billboard 200[26] 9

References[edit]

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  14. ^ "Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  15. ^ "Czech Albums – Top 100". ČNS IFPI. Note: On the chart page, select 201840 on the field besides the word "Zobrazit", and then click over the word to retrieve the correct chart data. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
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  19. ^ "Irish Albums Chart: 5 October 2018". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  20. ^ "Album – Classifica settimanale WK 40 (dal 2018-09-28 al 2018-10-04)" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  21. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  22. ^ "Top 100 Álbumes – Semana 40: del 28.9.2018 al 4.10.2018" (PDF) (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
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  25. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  26. ^ Caulfield, Keith (October 7, 2018). "Lil Wayne's 'Tha Carter V' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 With Second-Largest Streaming Week Ever for an Album". Billboard. Retrieved October 8, 2018.

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