Tom Petty accepts his award at the MusiCares Person of the Year tribute at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Well, it’s about time! Tom Petty has always had a big heart and really cares about others.
I knew someone who lived next door to Tom Petty in Malibu. (Tom had his Malibu house burn twice in the big fires). In fact in the second Malibu fire Tom was home and as the fire started hitting the homes on the tract including his own. Instead of paying so much concern for his own, he went and made sure his neighbors were ok and helped get them out and that included non-famous folks too.
Anyway, the next door neighbor I knew once told me what it was like living next door to Tom Petty. What he described in part started with the word “quiet”. Tom is a quiet neighbor, and a regular guy. He’s been known to step out of his house in the morning with a coffee to get the paper just like most folks. He doesn’t have loud parties and if he has a gathering of a size, he alerts the neighbors just like you should. One day my acquaintance was having a get together and saw Tom out in his front yard and while a little timid, he went and invited him over for that night. He did not think Tom would really come over, but he came knocking on the door with a bottle of wine and some cheeses and he brought one of his guitars. My acquaintance was also a non-famous artist and he shared a new song with Tom who in turn shared a couple of songs with the gathering as well.
My acquaintance said Tom is just that quiet super nice guy you want as a neighbor.
Tom has proven his thoughtfulness many times before. About a year or two ago someone broke into the studio he was working at and stole his prized guitars. Later they found out it was the security guard that did and then took them to a pawn shop. The owner of the pawn shop heard about the theft and recognized what he had taken into his shop from the description given. The pawn shop alerted the police and they alerted Tom Petty. Mr. Petty came to that pawn shop himself and thanked the owner for taking care and gave him front and center seats to the show he was doing a week later. The owner being a Petty fan was very grateful as was Tom.
Those are just tiny examples of how Tom Petty is. Tom is also a man about peace in real ways and a humble guy to boot by all accounts.
Well deserved Mr Tom Petty, well deserved!!!!
Reading and watching reports on CES 2017 from my friend Michael Fremer I was able to learn about some new “affordable high-end” items coming soon, not to mention other interesting things.
First up is a pair of speakers that hit the top of the “affordable range” I have called the Lignea model. They are tower speakers in the true sense. They have an art deco look about them.
Included in that room is a very expensive but beautiful turntable placed well outside the range of this blog. On another interesting note from the same place Accuphase (one of my favorite looking gear makes of all time) has or is coming out with a new integrated amp as you will note in the video. The interesting bit is that while still out of affordable range for us, it does happen to be a new price point for Accuphase. Normally, the Accuphase gear is frighteningly expensive, but the new integrated amp is $5000, which for Accuphase is very aggressive. It is also a glimmer of hope for future maybe.
Here is is the link and video from Michael Fremer:
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)