Echo came at a very difficult time for Tom Petty, both personally and professionally. His bassist Howie Epstein was in the grips of a severe heroin addiction and had become extremely unreliable, even missing the cover shoot for the album. (Notice his absence from the photo.) Petty had also recently undergone an extremely painful divorce from Jane Benyo, his wife of 22 years.
He poured all that pain into the songs on Echo, producing a stunningly personal LP. This is Petty's Blood on the Tracks or Tunnel of Love. The 1999 album kicks off with the agony of "Room at the Top" and doesn't let up for 15 tracks. It's no wonder Petty has barely touched any of these songs since the conclusion of the Echo tour. The album wasn't a big hit, but many Petty fans feel it's his last absolute classic disc.