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"
(1996)Songs and Music from "She's the One"1996
Anthology: Through the Years
(2000)Anthology: Through the Years2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly A–[2]
The Essential Rock Discography 5/10[3]
The Harvard Crimson (favorable)[4]
The Music Box 4/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[6]
USA Today 3/4 stars[7]

Echo is the tenth studio album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. First 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. 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". An outtake entitled "Sweet William" appeared as the B-side (or second song) on the "Room at the Top" CD single.

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 has 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.[8]

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




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