Album: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Live Anthology (Universal)

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Four discs, 48 songs, 27 years… If ever a rock band deserved the heritage treatment then this one does.

The Heartbreakers belong to that grand American tradition which says that rock music may aspire to timelessness: a great band is for all time and not just its moment. And like the E Street Band, the ’breakers are so skilled and committed in all that they do that every minute is pregnant with the spirit of revival. Here they tackle their own stuff, non-chronologically, plus Booker T, the Dead and John Barry. Accomplished.