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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers / Best of Everything 1976 – 2016

With the American Treasure box now out (at least on CD) news reaches SDE of another Tom Petty collection that’s due next month. As the title suggests, The Best of Everything: The Definitive Career Spanning Hits Collection 1976-2016 is more focussed on ‘hits’ than rarities, although inevitably the record label has added a couple of unreleased tracks.

The Best Of Everything is a two-CD or 4LP package. It spans 40 years, includes 37 tracks (non-chronologically) and covers Tom Petty as a solo artist, with The Heartbreakers and also includes a couple of tracks from 2016’s Mudcrutch 2.

The two unreleased offerings are an alternate version of ‘The Best Of Everything’ (which you can preview above) and the last song on the compilation ‘For Real’.

Cameron Crowe has written an essay which will features in the booklet and The Best of Everything will be released on 16 November 2018.

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The Best of Everything 1976 – 2016 2CD edition

CD 1
1. Free Fallin’ – Tom Petty
2. Mary Jane’s Last Dance – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
3. You Wreck Me – Tom Petty
4. I Won’t Back Down – Tom Petty
5. Saving Grace – Tom Petty
6. You Don’t Know How It Feels – Tom Petty
7. Don’t Do Me Like That – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
8. Listen To Her Heart – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
9. Breakdown – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
10. Walls (Circus) – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
11. The Waiting – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
12. Don’t Come Around Here No More – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
13. Southern Accents – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
14. Angel Dream (No2) – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
15. Dreamville – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
16. I Should Have Known It – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
17. Refugee – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
18. American Girl – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
19. The Best Of Everything (Alternate Version) – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

CD 2
1. Wildflowers – Tom Petty
2. Learning To Fly – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
3. Here Comes My Girl – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
4. The Last DJ – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
5. I Need To Know – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
6. Scare Easy – Mudcrutch
7. You Got Lucky – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
8. Runnin’ Down A Dream – Tom Petty
9. American Dream Plan B – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
10. Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around (featuring Stevie Nicks) – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
11. Trailer – Mudcrutch
12. Into The Great Wide Open – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
13. Room At The Top – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
14. Square One – Tom Petty
15. Jammin’ Me – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
16. Even The Losers – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
17. Hungry No More – Mudcrutch
18. I Forgive It All – Mudcrutch
19. For Real – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

The Best of Everything 1976 – 2016 4LP vinyl box

LP1
SIDE A
1. Free Fallin’ – Tom Petty
2. Mary Jane’s Last Dance – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
3. You Wreck Me – Tom Petty
4. I Won’t Back Down – Tom Petty
5. Saving Grace – Tom Petty

LP1
SIDE B
1. You Don’t Know How It Feels – Tom Petty
2. Don’t Do Me Like That – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
3. Listen To Her Heart – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
4. Breakdown – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
5. Walls (Circus) – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

LP2
SIDE A
1. The Waiting – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
2. Don’t Come Around Here No More – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
3. Southern Accents – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
4. Angel Dream (No. 2) – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
5. Dreamville – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

LP2
SIDE B
1. I Should Have Known It – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
2. Refugee – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
3. American Girl – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
4. The Best Of Everything (Alternate Version) – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers*

LP3
SIDE A
1. Wildflowers – Tom Petty
2. Learning To Fly – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
3. Here Comes My Girl – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
4. The Last DJ – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
5.I Need To Know – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

LP3
SIDE B
1. Scare Easy – Mudcrutch
2. You Got Lucky – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
3. Runnin’ Down A Dream – Tom Petty
4. American Dream Plan B – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
5. Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around (featuring Stevie Nicks) – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

LP4
SIDE A
1. Trailer – Mudcrutch
2. Into The Great Wide Open – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
3. Room At The Top – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
4. Square One – Tom Petty
5. Jammin’ Me – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

LP4
SIDE B
1. Even The Losers – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
2. Hungry No More – Mudcrutch
3. I Forgive It All – Mudcrutch
4. For Real – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers*

*Previously Unreleased

62 responses to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers / Best of Everything 1976 – 2016

  1. william says:

    Only 2 cds? I agree there should’ve at least have a third cd. Maybe full of live tracks.

  2. Chuck says:

    Are these mostly album versions or some radio edits?

  3. Kevin says:

    Assuming Chris Bellman has/is doing the remastering, this will surely sound great as even the Wildflowers album tracks from American Treasure sound better than the original CD. However, as Petty’s catalog is deep and wide, this really should have been a 3-disc set. Comparing this to Anthology Through The Years, I am pained by the omissions. Here’s hoping those vinyl boxes (1976-1991 and 1994-2014) see the light of day on CD!

  4. Dean says:

    Currently only £10.99 at Amazon.

  5. -SG- says:

    Seriously, why did they have to censor the photo and take out the cigarette??? and not even that well….. Now it looks like he is doing a magic trick over a bunch of beer bottles. He is not Bigfoot, this isn’t the only Tom Petty picture ever taken. Why mess with a detail of his persona?

  6. Michael says:

    The best of everything alt version. Is on America treasure box set so is this a new version

  7. The Golden Age Of Limited Edition Buying Tips says:

    There’s a limited edition (1,000 worldwide) clear vinyl set from Tom’s store* for $89.99 plus $9.99 shipping to the UK & Europe works out around £75 + up to £26 rip off from customs if you’re unlucky and zilch if you are lucky. I hope I am. Yes it’s expensive but will be worth 4 times the value to the Mrs Golden Age if I pop me clogs!

    *Sorry can’t do links on my iPad.

    • Andrea says:

      “Clear vinyl” is the worst possible vinyl, from an audiophile point of view.
      It is well known.
      As an engineer from GZ recently pointed out, “clear vinyl is one of the worst compound from the quality control point of view. Imagine pressing operators trying to see any non-fills, stitching, scratches etc. while running their presses and the subsequent visual QC and packaging QC have similar “no chance” possibility. Even after listening to production samples you are not able to identify most problems in a microscope. And chemistry specialists could write an article about these ultra clear compounds and their unstable parameters…”

      So, if you’re interested in the music, it is best to avoid coloured vinyl, and in particoular clear vinyl.
      If you’re just interested in the collectibility (is that a word?) of the thing, well it’s a completely different ball game…

      • Chris Squires says:

        GZ seem to have a lot of quality control issues that other companies just do not seem to have.
        Whilst what he is ultimately saying might be true, they really ought to get their own house in order, if the industry wasn’t under such pressure and had more slack built in they would be the first to go out of business.

        It is because of pressing issues that one of the first questions any of us ask is “who is pressing this?”.
        (That would be a great name for an industry magazine “Pressing Issues”)

        • Andrea says:

          Yes, thanks, I’m very much aware myself about the issues with GZ… for personal experience… And I know for sure they’re aware al GZ as well, even if they probably are not seriously addressing the issues because, as you rightly implied, hey, vinyl is selling in spades anyway (… for the moment…).

          But that’s not my point. Which is – as a general rule, don’t go for coloured vinyl, and particularly clear vinyl, if you’re interested in audio quality.

  8. Dajong says:

    The song I miss the most is It’s Good To Be King from the Wildflowers Album, one of his best. Rebels and King’s Highway are also missing. But there are no bad songs on this compilation, he had so many good ones. A 3-discs-version would have been a better choice.

  9. Francis says:

    Chart Singles Missing – Anything That’s Rock ‘n’ Roll (Reached 36), A Face In The Crowd (Reached 93), Something In The Air (Reached 53). – Although not big ‘chart topping’ tracks I would rather have these 3 singles included than 2 non-singles.

  10. BritinDetroit says:

    Its interesting that none of these compilations, Playback, Live Anthology, American Treasure thought to include the stomping live version of “I fought the law/Route 66″ which showed up as the B Side of 12” UK single “Listen to her Heart”

    It is of interest as it was very much part of the first Heartbreakers tour in support of Nils Lofgren in 1977 which included the Hammersmith Odeon in May, and captures some of the energy of the early shows.

    (I stand to be corrected if it appeared anywhere other than the 12″ vinyl)

  11. johnnyv says:

    A whole Petty’s career on only 2 discs? Weird. Tom would deserves much better .

  12. Charlie Waffles says:

    I just purchased the American Treasure 4 cd. Now this. I’ll purchase it.

    There has been talk of the deluxe Wallflowers edition for a few years. The one song that was released was played at the end of the Entourage movie. I do not know if it is included with one of the two compilations.

  13. Andrew says:

    Hard to believe, but 1976-2016 is actually 40 years not 30, Paul. Time does indeed fly…

  14. Wolfgang says:

    Change of Heart was one of their biggest hits in the US, #21 on Billboard Charts and #13 Rock Charts. Really baffled that it was left out of this quasi greatest hits collection. Agree with other comments here, Anthology, in chronological order, is a better value that will hopefully become available on vinyl at some point.

  15. Brad says:

    One giant no thank you to yet another random order version of greatest hits!

    Let’s make it clear to MCA, Geffen, Warner and American that “our grail” is expanded remastered versions of “Full Moon Fever”, “Wildflowers”, and “Highway Companion”.

  16. Dustin Soper says:

    http://grubstreet.ca/ckfinder/userfiles/images/tpetty27.gif Looks like they DID photoshop out the cigarette. Is this the only photo they had a available so they had to photoshop out the cigarette?

  17. The expat Geordie says:

    It looks like they photoshopped the cover picture to remove Tom’s cigarette.
    Cynical record Co cash grab? Nah. .

  18. Craig Smith says:

    The 4 LP box set is exclusively available from the Tom Petty website on clear vinyl.

    Only on the US store so far and not the Euro one.

    • Chris Squires says:

      I would love to get hold of this BUT after being hammered whilst buying the George Harrison Box I am quite wary of getting expensive boxes from the US. It’s not just the Tax, which is fair enough it’s the letter from Parcel Force that basically extorts more money from you. “We have your parcel and if you want to see it you not only have to pay the tax but an extra £13.50 for our trouble” (I paraphrase). Tax, I can live with, daylight robbery I have trouble with. The outrageous part is on their website where they try to justify the extra charge, one of the justifications is “writing to you to let you know we are holding your parcel”……. It’s a glorious Catch 22.

      Parcel Force have succeeded where everybody else has failed, they have been able to make Amazon look like the good guy.

      If the clear box comes to the European store I will get it, if not I will not…

  19. Simon Stokes says:

    Coudn’t agree with you more Miguel about Swingin. Apparently he made up the names of the people he refers to in the song as he was singing in the studio.

    Should have been a hit. Also check out the live version of the song on their live DVD.

  20. memoryboy says:

    My favorite song of his is “Don’t come around here no more”. I thought that the production on that with Dave Stewart was really great.
    Tom Petty had a lot of great songs. And I also love the duet he did with Stevie Nicks “Stop draggin my heart around”. Glad to see that on here as well.

  21. Brian says:

    One year on from his passing and the grave digging commences. Cynically including two new songs on a greatest hits package? No sir, as a lifelong fan I shall not be spending on this one

    • Barry Scotland says:

      Nothing new, they did that already, remember the Something in the Air cover and Last Chance for Mary Jane on the first Greatest Hits?

  22. Larry Davis says:

    Pretty great collection…and so soon after the 4CD “An American Treasure”!! I guess Universal wanted to do something around the same time as Warner’s with their box, and there must be some kind of arrangement between the 2 labels regarding the Petty catalogue & vault, license from each other when needed and play nice with it…neither will give up their piece of the pie to keep it all under 1 roof, Universal or Warner’s… I would have only included 2 other songs… my fave Petty song (and minor chart hit) “A Woman In Love (It’s Not Me)” and his cover of Thunderclap Newman’s “Something In The Air” which was only on the now-redundant original “Greatest Hits” (18 cuts) as an exclusive song… To free it up, was never on any album or boxset since…put it here, no one will want that original GH disc anymore, as this set basically replaces it…

  23. Justin Continent says:

    This new set isn’t very compelling to me – almost seems pointless. I think I’ll stick with the “Playback” box and the “Anthology – Through the Years” 2 CD set. It’s chronologically sequenced and was released before the last couple of albums which I didn’t think were as memorable as the earlier stuff. I can live without more Mudcrutch and Mojo.

  24. Miguel Rocha says:

    Face in the Crowd, Swingin’, Two Gunslingers, Asshole…phenomenal songs, not particular rare, and all MIA. Swingin’ especially is ridiculously great!!! I also don’t understand the random sequencing…might as well make my own mix.
    Done!

  25. Mike Williams says:

    Most compilations leave out “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”; glad to see it here. It would have been nice to also include their follow-up duet “I Will Run To You”, since it was only on Stevie Nicks’ album. Great compilation; listening to it will help see that the song order is not required to be chronological; sometimes one song sounds better after a certain track, etc. Also, it can help spread the hits around so to speak.

  26. Stan Wool says:

    The two unreleased tracks are a bit cynical, they should’ve been on American Treasure. I’m not biting for that but will download the two tracks only.

  27. soundstory says:

    Can’t wait but that tracklisting seems to be in a random order. where’s the logic?

  28. Ben Williams says:

    Lovely tracklisting but not a fan of the front cover design.. wish it could have been a bit more stylised like the last few compilations, they had some really nice artwork designs.

  29. CJ says:

    The amazing thing, for me, is to look at the track listing and see just how many huge hits Petty and his band(s) had over the years. Few artists hit this kind of mass in terms of hit-making. Yet they never seem to get the same kind of mention as The Beatles or other groups I can think of who are in that rare class where a two-CD, packed, greatest hits set is all-killer, no-filler.

  30. Susan Corrigan says:

    ” ThE WAITinG IS the HardesT. PART!!! ”

    .

  31. MFG says:

    Looks interesting, but I’m not a fan of non-chronological compilations. I like to hear the progression of the artist’s sound over the years. The sequencing here seems random – not sure I would want to listen to it straight through on vinyl.

    It’s also missing two of my favorites from the Through the Years Anthology – Too Much Ain’t Enough and It’ll All Work Out.

  32. David says:

    They should’ve included his beautiful solo single “A Face In The Crowd”.

  33. Mark Levy says:

    No Anything That’s Rock n Roll?

  34. Tom Kristensen says:

    I think I’ll pass on this 4 LP set. The cover photo is very nice though and it makes me think of the awful drawing on the latest 4 CD box, “An American Treasure”.

    BTW, I got the CD edition of “An American Treasure” in my mailbox yesterday. In the late 1970’s, and almost through the entire 80’s, Tom Petty (and the Heartbreakers) was an artist/band who never let you down. This is also reflected on the first two discs in this new CD set. Some really good hi-quality alternate recordings of TP`s classic songs from 1976 – `91 here. Large!

    Unfortunately, the last two CDs in this set are so boring that I doubt I`ll ever play them again.
    I’m glad I invested in the 8 LP box, “Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 1976 – 1991”. Great stuff!

  35. Steve says:

    I suppose it’s due to licensing, but shouldn’t something called “The Best of Everything” include some Traveling Wilburys material.

  36. JasonC says:

    The delay between the CD and vinyl versions of An American Treasure meant that the CD version was irresistible at just over €20 and I cancelled the vinyl. I think these CD things will catch on! Now we have this and since the vinyl arrives at the same time, they were obviously put together in parallel. Why the staggered release, I wonder? It’s a pretty good track-listing, and the quality control from Tom’s family, band and management has been great so far.

  37. Dean says:

    So basically, the estate has no idea what to do, so they’re going for a scatter-gun approach. Box of this, box of that. What’s the next box?

    • Tim-Meh says:

      Mike Campbell recently mentioned there’s going to be a consolidated reissue of ‘Wildflowers’.

      • Paul E. says:

        I would love to see a Deluxe “Wildflowers” CD release and hope Campbell keeps to his word. I purchased the Pono Music hi res remaster a few years ago and that mastering was fantastic. I just hope ALL the b-sides and outtakes are included…especially “Girl On LSD”!

  38. Wilfred says:

    He’s never been so commercially active…. His estate are really going for it, i will buy this though as i am still a huge fan.

  39. GL says:

    He’s been gone a year now. Brilliant songwriter & artist. This is a pretty good track listing. My one change would be to include ‘Echo’. Such a great song.

  40. Kauwgompie says:

    No “Free Fallin'” on the CD or is that a mistake? Slightly different track listing CD vs vinyl.

  41. A. Vogt says:

    Actually I think the Mutcrutch songs are from the 2 recent albums, not the early pre-Heartbreaker singles. “Mudcrutch 2” was actually Petty’s last album.

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