The Best Of Everything, the first career-spanning collection of Tom Petty’s hits—including songs from his solo projects, songs with The Heartbreakers, as well as essentials from the reformed Mudcrutch—is out today viaGeffen Records/UMe.
As a supplement to last year’s critically lauded box set An American Treasure, The Best Of Everything was born from Petty’s long-term desire to release what he believed to be his strongest material across his four decades of songwriting. Petty’s family and band-mates rallied together once again to fulfill his dream. Rather than in chronological order, the special cross-label collection was sequenced as a hard-hitting playlist giving the entire catalog equal prominence.
Throughout his storied career, Petty did everything with authenticity, putting the music and his fans first. It is this sentiment that Petty sings about in the poignant and autobiographical song “For Real”—the latest single and previously unreleased track on the collection. The song is receiving widespread critical praise. Rolling Stone hails, “For Real” is “essentially a declaration of purpose,” Los Angeles Times explains “It possesses the relatability and healthy dose of self-effacing humor that frequently defined his songwriting,” while SPIN calls the song “its own kind of slow-burning retrospective.”
The Best of Everything also features an essay on Petty written especially for this collection by his close friend, Academy Award-winning screenwriter, director, author and journalist Cameron Crowe.
All recordings on the set are newly mastered from the original stereo tapes and digital files by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering, with supervision by Ryan Ulyate.
Moreover, Petty’s solo album Full Moon Fever has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. The album is five times Platinum in the U.S., six times Platinum in Canada and celebrates its 30th anniversary this April. Full Moon Fever features “Free Fallin’,” “I Won’t Back Down” and “Runnin’ Down A Dream,” all of which are on The Best Of Everything.
THE BEST OF EVERYTHING TRACK LIST