This year marks the 40th anniversary of the self-titled debut album from Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. To commemorate the occasion, the UMe and Reprise/Warner Bros. Records are reissuing the band’s entire discography as a pair of companion vinyl box sets. Yes, vinyl!
From what I understand, the LPs are to be 180 gram, mastered at Bill Grundman Mastering, cut from the analog master tapes and pressed by QRP. That means folks that with the exception of Mojo and Hypnotic Eye (these were originally recorded digitally). Also She’s The One and Greatest Hits were mastered from high resolution (24 bit 96K) digital copies of the original analog masters, the rest will be AAA!!
Will I be picking these sets up? No, I like Tom Petty both as an artists and a person, but these will be too expensive for me. If you are a hardcore Tom Petty fan though with a bit of extra dough, you will want these sets.
In a bit of flipped scheduling, Volume 1 is due out December 9th, while Volume 2 is coming first on November 25th. Here’s a breakdown of which albums are included in each volume below.
The Complete Studio Albums Volume 1:
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers I (1976)
You’re Gonna Get It! (1978)
Damn The Torpedoes (1979)
Hard Promises (1981)
Long After Dark (1982)
Southern Accents (1985)
Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough) (1987)
Full Moon Fever (1989)
Into The Great Wide Open (1991)
The Complete Studio Albums Volume 2:
Wildflowers (2-LP) (1994)
She’s The One (1996)
Echo (2-LP) (1999)
The Last DJ (2-LP) (2002)
Highway Companion (2-LP) (2006)
Mojo (2-LP) (2010)
Hypnotic Eye (2014)