Echo (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers album)

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Studio album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Released April 13, 1999
Recorded 1997–98
Genre Heartland rock
Length 62:06
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Rick Rubin, Tom Petty, Mike Campbell
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers chronology
Songs and Music from "She's the One"
Anthology: Through the Years
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyA–[3]
The Essential Rock Discography5/10[4]
The Harvard Crimson(favorable)[5]
The Music Box4/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[7]
USA Today3/4 stars[8]

Echo is the tenth studio album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Released in April 1999, the album reached number 10 on the Billboard 200 aided by the singles "Free Girl Now", "Swingin'" and "Room at the Top", which hit numbers 5, 17 and 19 respectively on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks in 1999. The album was the band's last collaboration with producer Rick Rubin, and was also the last to feature contributions from longtime bassist/vocalist Howie Epstein, who died of a heroin overdose in 2003. Despite still being a member of the band, Epstein is missing from the album's cover photo because he failed to show up for the photo shoot, and Petty ordered it to commence without him.[9] Echo was certified Gold (500,000 copies sold) by the RIAA in July 1999, only three months after it was released. Echo is the only Heartbreakers' album to contain a lead vocal from another member of the band: Mike Campbell on "I Don't Wanna Fight".

Only certain songs were played on the band's tour that year. The record was largely written during a period when Petty was going through a painful divorce (influencing the lyrics of songs such as "Lonesome Sundown" and the title track), and Petty cited that as the reason for his preference not to play any songs from the album in concert. However, "Room at the Top", "Free Girl Now" and "I Don't Wanna Fight" all appear in the concert film High Grass Dogs: Live at the Fillmore and a version of "Billy the Kid" appears on The Live Anthology.

"Free Girl Now" is also notable for being the second single by a major artist to be made available for free internet download in MP3 format by the artist. Petty's marketing decision caused concern at Warner Bros., and the download was pulled after two days, but propagated thanks to services like Napster.[10]

The band reworked "Swingin'" into their live performance beginning April 30, 2017 at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. They had not previously played the song since their Hollywood Bowl concert on October 16, 1999.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Tom Petty, except where noted.

  1. "Room at the Top" – 5:00
  2. "Counting on You" – 4:05
  3. "Free Girl Now" – 3:30
  4. "Lonesome Sundown" – 4:32
  5. "Swingin'" – 5:30
  6. "Accused of Love" – 2:45
  7. "Echo" – 6:36
  8. "Won't Last Long" – 4:22
  9. "Billy the Kid" – 4:08
  10. "I Don't Wanna Fight" (Mike Campbell) – 2:47
  11. "This One's for Me" – 2:42
  12. "No More" – 3:15
  13. "About to Give Out" – 3:12
  14. "Rhino Skin" – 3:57
  15. "One More Day, One More Night" – 5:37


  • "Sweet William" appeared as the B-side on the "Room at the Top" CD single.


Additional musicians


  • Martyn Atkins – art direction and photography
  • Christine Cano – art direction and design


  1. ^ "Echo - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers,Tom Petty - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". 
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (ed.) (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th edn). London: Omnibus Press. p. 2005. ISBN 978-0-85712-595-8. 
  3. ^ "Echo -". 
  4. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2006). The Essential Rock Discography. Edinburgh, UK: Canongate. p. 816. ISBN 978-1-84195-827-9. 
  5. ^ The Harvard Crimson review
  6. ^ Metzger, John. "Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Echo (Album Review)". 
  7. ^ "Echo". 
  8. ^ "Rebellious ring to Petty's 'Echo' Bocelli right to return to pop, but John's 'Aida' simply tragic". 
  9. ^ Matthews, Tom (March 16, 2011). "Heart Breaker". Milwaukee Magazine. Retrieved November 6, 2017. 
  10. ^ Nelson, Chris (March 11, 1999). "Best of '99: Downloadable Tom Petty Single Pulled from '' Site". MTV. Retrieved 28 July 2017.