This new career-spanning collection is in no way a greatest hits compilation; what we have is a 60-track set of previously unreleased recordings, alternate versions of classic songs, rarities, historic live performances and deep album cuts that emphasise Petty’s remarkable depth as an influential songwriter. Both the condensed and deluxe editions stretch from Petty’s early tracks with The Heartbreakers to his late work with Mudcrutch, the hometown band he reformed in 2007.
The album contains one gem after another and will, I’m sure, be embraced by both long-time fans and more recent devotees.
An American Treasure is out now via Warner, including in a limited deluxe mediabook edition (pictured).
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