On November 24th, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers will release their career-spanning The Live Anthology, a four-disc set that features some of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers' best onstage performances from 1978 to 2007. Anthology will feature no overdubs and a 48-song track list selected by Petty, Mike Campbell and Ryan Ulyate. In addition to the band's own hits, The Live Anthology also finds the Heartbreakers covering the Grateful Dead's "Friend of the Devil," the Zombies' "I Want You Back Again," James Brown's "Good, Good Lovin'" and more. Artist Shepard Fairey, who recently designed the Barack Obama cover of Rolling Stone, will provide cover art for the set.
As is the norm these days, The Live Anthology will also be available in a deluxe edition, and this Best Buy exclusive is packed with extras: There's the four discs from the standard version, plus a fifth disc with 14 additional tracks and two DVDs: a New Year's Eve concert in 1978 in Santa Monica, and the previously unreleased Petty documentary 400 Days, filmed during the 1995 Wildflowers tour. If that wasn't enough, there's also a vinyl of the 1976 album Official Live 'Leg and a Blu-ray disc featuring all 62 songs from the deluxe Anthology in stunning 96K 24-bit audio. Concert poster, backstage pass reproductions, a deluxe booklet, a lithograph and much more are also included in the deluxe boxset, which comes out November 22nd, two days before the standard version.
Since this is the 21st century, no release is complete without an digital version, and the Tom Petty SuperHighway Tour has Petty's more computer-savvy fans covered as well. The site, which launches September 29th with a free download, will allow fans to download 24 of the Anthology's 48 songs eight weeks prior to release, with the remainder of the 24 songs coming on November 24th. To complete the online experience, the site will also feature band commentary, vintage photos, a merchandise booth with access to limited-edition shirts and much more.
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