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Old 10-05-2017, 11:34 AM   #61
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Nick, listen to Wildflowers all the way through.....that's a damn fine album.
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Old 10-05-2017, 12:44 PM   #62
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If you all liked him so much it wouldn't have taken his death for this thread to come back.

Sad the man is gone, he was far too young. Just never really cared for his music. Really probably has more to do with me fucking hating Free Falling.

Last Dance with Mary Jane and Runnin Down A Dream are cool. But beyond that I just never really enjoyed his stuff.
I mean, it could have something to do with this being a DMB board.

Petty is my second favorite musician of all time, and over the last decade or two, he's been far better and more interesting than the guy sitting at #1.

As others have mentioned, Wildflowers is a legendary album. Full Moon Fever, too. I get the sense you've never actually dived all that deep into Petty's music outside of the 3-5 that you may know from the radio.

Dave can only hope that he'll leave 10% of the musical legacy that Petty left. When people like Ringo, Harrison, Cash, Nicks, and Dylan knock on your door to work with you, you're one of the best musicians of all time.

There's a Petty documentary on Netflix. It's really long, but I highly suggest you watch it. The guy was a fucking badass and took shit from no one, while also being one of the most caring and thoughtful people in music to those that deserved it.

He was the complete opposite of Dave in that he actually embraced the leadership role in his band and always held himself (and those around him) to ridiculously high standards. That's why in their 40 years as a band they never really released a bad album; some were much better than others, but every single one of them was enjoyable.

And somehow, miraculously, his "solo" albums - where he essentially had full creative control - were generally the best of the bunch, because he knew what the fuck he was doing.

His loss HURTS.

But, yeah, Wildflowers will be an album that I spin regularly until the day I die. So glad I bought the vinyl a few months ago, because they're going to be insanely expensive now.
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Old 10-05-2017, 12:53 PM   #63
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For the record, it's silly to compare IGTBK to 27, because IGTBK is good.
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Old 10-05-2017, 01:01 PM   #64
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I'll check out the doc. I know I've heard Wildflowers before, but I'll revisit.
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Old 10-05-2017, 01:18 PM   #65
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I listened to Wildflowers yesterday God Damn it's just so freakin' good. I fully admit to not being super familiar with his catalog but what I do know I liked a lot. The Greatest Hits album was one of my first CDs, spun it constantly when I was in college. RIP Petty.
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Old 10-05-2017, 01:45 PM   #66
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Petty is my second favorite musician of all time, and over the last decade or two, he's been far better and more interesting than the guy sitting at #1.
I find this part interesting. Maybe I checked out a bit on him, he was a bigger part of my teens in the 80's, but I don't feel like his new output was that interesting over the last decade or so, although I continued to enjoy him. (I did really like Hypnotic Eye. Did I miss something else real good?)

[Only registered users can see links.] Seeing Petty at the O'Dome in '90 while a student there was fucking awesome.
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Old 10-05-2017, 03:19 PM   #67
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I find this part interesting. Maybe I checked out a bit on him, he was a bigger part of my teens in the 80's, but I don't feel like his new output was that interesting over the last decade or so, although I continued to enjoy him. (I did really like Hypnotic Eye. Did I miss something else real good?)

[Only registered users can see links.] Seeing Petty at the O'Dome in '90 while a student there was fucking awesome.
I was speaking more of his live shows, but Hypnotic Eye and Highway Companion, while not peak Petty, are better than anything Dave Matthews has released from 2005-on.
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Old 10-05-2017, 03:38 PM   #68
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I was speaking more of his live shows, but Hypnotic Eye and Highway Companion, while not peak Petty, are better than anything Dave Matthews has released from 2005-on.
I gotta check out Highway Companion. Admittedly, I totally missed the boat on that one. I'm really regretting not seeing him in Forest Hills in July. I considered it but it was during Phish's Bakers Dozen and had total tunnel vision on that. Glad for the times I did get to see him.

Edit: oh, I do remember Highway Companion, I wasn't a big fan of that one

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Old 10-05-2017, 05:58 PM   #69
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Does anyone know if the version of The waiting w/ Vedder is officially released in audio? There seems to be proshot videos all over youtube, and it was used in The documentary, but I’d like to find the audio. The version gove me chills.
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Old 10-05-2017, 06:04 PM   #70
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I gotta check out Highway Companion. Admittedly, I totally missed the boat on that one. I'm really regretting not seeing him in Forest Hills in July. I considered it but it was during Phish's Bakers Dozen and had total tunnel vision on that. Glad for the times I did get to see him.

Edit: oh, I do remember Highway Companion, I wasn't a big fan of that one
I really like it, though it definitely isn't vintage Petty. But it's definitely >>>> Stand Up, which was released around the same time.

One of my favorite and one of the most underrated Petty songs is To Find a Friend. It's such good song writing...he could fit more thoughts (and paint amazing pictures) in 200 words better than Dave (after about the age of 32) could fit into 2,000.
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I find it funny there are people around here always hoping dave gets his heart broken and strung out on drugs so we get some decent lyrics when Petty actually decided to pick up heroin in his 50’s #SoYou’reTellingMeThere’sAChance
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Old 10-05-2017, 06:12 PM   #72
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I find it funny there are people around here always hoping dave gets his heart broken and strung out on drugs so we get some decent lyrics when Petty actually decided to pick up heroin in his 50’s #SoYou’reTellingMeThere’sAChance
I really don't think anyone's saying that, Jack. It's also kind of silly to imply that to be a good songwriter you have to be addicted to some kind of hard shit.

I think Dave just can't get out of his own head.

Also, if we're going to be DMB fans, we shouldn't judge addiction too hard.
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Old 10-05-2017, 06:40 PM   #73
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Also, if we're going to be DMB fans, we shouldn't judge addiction too hard.
Fair point, sir.
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Old 10-05-2017, 07:11 PM   #74
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I really like Hypnotic Eye. Very solid album. I thought Mojo was pretty strong too. Petty and the Heartbreakers were remarkably consistent.
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Old 10-06-2017, 07:24 AM   #75
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Petty never released a bad album. There, I said it.
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Old 10-06-2017, 07:45 AM   #76
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Petty never released a bad album. There, I said it.
I think that is a fair statement.
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Old 10-06-2017, 08:39 AM   #77
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Old 10-06-2017, 10:18 AM   #78
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yeah that was great. someone already posted it in another thread. Which is another thing that leads me to believe that now is probably a good time to rename and move this thread and hopefully some Petty conversation will continue. I know I've posted about him in at least 3 different threads this week, so it'd be good to have a dedicated thread at this point.
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Old 10-07-2017, 12:21 AM   #79
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I was in Barcelona for work last week and happened to be there for a Rolling Stones show which I wound up going to. Say what you will about their age, but it was downright inspiring to see them dominate a show at their age. Mick and Ron Wood truly brought their A-game. Richards was looking to be fading a bit.

Anyway, i bring it up because it's crazy that the Stones have outlasted far younger artists like Petty and Prince. Moral of the story - after age 60, appreciate your favorite artists every chance you get. You never know which show will be your last to see them.
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Old 10-07-2017, 09:55 AM   #80
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Lots of good Petty covers at ACL yesterday
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