To commemorate the 40th anniversary of their debut album, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers are collecting all their studio albums into two new vinyl box sets.
The Complete Studio Albums Volume 1 (1976-1991) and The Complete Studio Albums Volume 2 (1994-2014) bring together, across 21 pieces of 180-gram vinyl, all 16 studio releases from singer/guitarist Petty, guitarists Mike Campbell and Scott Thurston, keyboardist Benmont Tench, bassists Ron Blair and Howie Epstein and drummers Stan Lynch and Steve Ferrone. (Three of the albums, of–Full Moon Fever (1989), Wildflowers (1994) and Highway Companion (2006)–are solely credited to Petty despite ample contributions from The Heartbreakers and other guest musicians.)
Thirteen of these records have been certified gold or platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, and feature a clutch of rock radio hits, from “American Girl” and “Don’t Do Me Like That” to “The Waiting” and “Don’t Come Around Here No More”; “Free Fallin'” and “I Won’t Back Down” to “Learning to Fly” and “You Don’t Know How It Feels.” And everything from Hard Promises to Highway Companion has been newly remastered for the sets.
In 2015, Petty released “Somewhere Under Heaven,” the first song from an as-yet unscheduled collection of Wildflowers outtakes. This year, he released the second album with his pre-Heartbreakers band, Mudcrutch, and next year he will be honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year.
Humorously (blame pesky production schedules, we imagine), Volume 2 will be available on November 25, with Volume 1 following two weeks later on December 9. Links and vinyl breakdowns are below!
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, The Complete Studio Albums Volume 1 (1976-1991) (Geffen/UMe, 2016)
LP 1: Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers (originally released as Shelter/ABC Records SRL-52006, 1976)
LP 2: You’re Gonna Get It! (originally released as Shelter/ABC Records DA-52029, 1978)
LP 3: Damn the Torpedoes (originally released as Backstreet Records MCA-5105, 1979)
LP 4: Hard Promises (originally released as Backstreet Records BSR-5160, 1981)
LP 5: Long After Dark (originally released as Backstreet Records BSR-5360, 1982)
LP 6: Southern Accents (originally released as MCA Records 5486, 1985)
LP 7: Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough) (originally released as MCA Records 5836, 1987)
LP 8: Full Moon Fever (originally released as MCA Records 6253, 1989) *
LP 9: Into the Great Wide Open (originally released as MCA Records 10317, 1991)
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, The Complete Studio Albums Volume 2 (1994-2014) (Reprise, 2016)
LPs 1-2: Wildflowers (originally released as Warner Bros. Records 45759, 1994) *
LP 3: She’s The One: Songs and Music from the Motion Picture (originally released as Warner Bros. Records 46285, 1996)
LPs 4-5: Echo (originally released as Warner Bros. Records 47294, 1999)
LPs 6-7: The Last DJ (originally released as Warner Bros. Records 47955, 2002)
LPs 8-9: Highway Companion (originally released as American Recordings 44285, 2006) *
LPs 10-11: Mojo (originally released as Reprise Records 523971, 2010)
LP 12: Hypnotic Eye (originally released as Reprise Records 544259, 2014)