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Tom Petty - Highway Companion

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    Personnel: Tom Petty (vocals, guitar, harmonica, electric piano, keyboards, drums, background vocals); Tom Petty (bass guitar); Jeff Lynne (guitar, autoharp, keyboards, bass guitar, background vocals); Mike Campbell (guitar, vibraphone). Audio Mixer: R......more

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Artist: Petty, Tom
Personnel: Tom Petty (vocals, guitar, harmonica, electric piano, keyboards, drums, background vocals); Tom Petty (bass guitar); Jeff Lynne (guitar, autoharp, keyboards, bass guitar, background vocals); Mike Campbell (guitar, vibraphone). Audio Mixer: Ryan Ulyate. Recording information: Bungalow Palace; Shoreline Recorders, Los Angeles, CA. Photographer: Danny Clinch. Tom Petty's third album without the Heartbreakers, 2006's HIGHWAY COMPANION, finds the revered singer-songwriter reuniting with fellow Traveling Wilbury Jeff Lynne (formerly of Electric Light Orchestra) for the first time since their fruitful late-1980s/early-'90s collaborations, which yielded FULL MOON FEVER (Petty's initial solo outing) and INTO THE GREAT WIDE OPEN. The resulting record recalls the former disc in particular, albeit with a shimmering 21st-century sound, helping Petty's ever-charming, traditionally minded aesthetic to sound fresh three decades into his career. Highlights of COMPANION include the hard-edged "Saving Grace," the gentle "Square One," and the twangy "Big Weekend," which wonderfully showcase the rock, folk, and alt-country sides of this dynamic artist, respectively. As on past joint projects, Lynne's more ornate inclinations are perfectly tempered by Petty's no-frills approach, allowing the latter's distinctively plaintive vocals to rise over the surprisingly straightforward arrangements. Arguably Petty's best album since '94's revered WILDFLOWERS, HIGHWAY COMPANION is an assured set of songs by one of America's finest rock artists.
See Also:
Anthology: Through the Years, Full Moon Fever, Damn the Torpedoes, Southern Accents, Hard Promises
See Influences:
The Hollies, The Searchers, The Kinks, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Yardbirds, Roy Orbison, The Lovin' Spoonful, Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry, The Buckinghams, Del Shannon, Buddy Holly, The Animals, The Byrds, Bo Diddley, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles
See Contemporaries:
Robbie Robertson, Bob Seger, J. Geils Band, The Iron City Houserockers, Dire Straits, The Records, Gene Clark, Rod Stewart, Los Lobos, John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band, Southside Johnny, Stevie Nicks, Joe Henry, Maria McKee, The Searchers, Richard X. Heyman, Dave Edmunds, Dwight Twilley, Willie Nile, The Artful Dodger (UK), The Blasters, Scott Miller, Lindsey Buckingham, The Black Crowes, Melissa Etheridge, Blue Rodeo, The Call, Little Village, The Smithereens, Marshall Crenshaw, Kevin Costner (Actor/Director/Guitar), Bruce Springsteen, The Textones, Cheap Trick, T-Bone Burnett, Huey Lewis, BoDeans, Roger McGuinn, John Hiatt, The Jayhawks (Rock/Alternative Country-Rock), Phil Collins, Greg Kihn, John Mellencamp, Rockpile, Bruce Hornsby, Nick Lowe
Track Listing:
Disc 1:
  1. 1 Saving Grace
  2. 2 Square One
  3. 3 Flirting with Time
  4. 4 Down South
  5. 5 Jack
  6. 6 Turn This Car Around
  7. 7 Big Weekend
  8. 8 Night Driver
  9. 9 Damaged by Love
  10. 10 This Old Town
  11. 11 Ankle Deep
  12. 12 Golden Rose, The
Rock 'N' Roll
Warner Bros. Records
Tom Petty; Jeff Lynne; Tom Petty; Mike Campbell; Jeff Lynne
Number of Discs:
Compact Disc
Studio or Live:
Mono or Stereo:
SPARS Coding:
43 : 46
Editorial Reviews:
Rolling Stone (p.94) - 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "His songs are filled with images of motion, travel and the road; the sharpest writing appears in the cryptic, evocative 'Down South'..." Entertainment Weekly (p.67) - "[T]hese songs are, in their melancholic way, quite excellent, with Petty demonstrating a creative joie de vivre even when spinning tales decidedly lacking in joie." -- Grade: A- Q (p.110) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[The album] has the reassuring purr of a vintage Cadillac being given its annual spin along a coast road." Q (p.116) - Ranked #81 in Q Magazine's "100 Greatest Albums of 2006." Uncut (p.84) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "There's no doubt he's re-energised. Musically and textually, this instant classic introduces the theme of motion, locating HIGHWAY COMPANION on a highway that leads nowhere certain." No Depression (p.118) - "HIGHWAY COMPANION is a polished, patient work by an artist who still loves a good twang but is too honest to hang on to old poses..."
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  • Excellent

    This is Tom going back to his roots. I have been a fan as long as I can remember and this is one of my favorites. Great value from Overstock. No Heartbreakers, more of a blues/southern feel. Great CD. A must have.

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
  • Totally Awesome Petty!

    I just saw this album yesterday, and had to order right away. Of course, Overstock had the best price. I am ordering this after hearing only one song. "Amazing Grace" It is typical jammin" Petty. One of a kind artist. If you like Petty, then you will love this album!

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
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  • shopalot8

    Unlike Mr. Petty's last cd where he obviously had a bone to pick with his record label, this was like a breath of frreash air. Apparently being able to vent in public, on a cd, is a good thing!

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes

    shopalot8 from Knoxville, TN, Sep 23, 2006

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