Tom Petty’s Wildflowers reissued with themes that had been left out: a “historical repair” that its author will not be able to enjoy

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Published in 1994, it is considered one of the best works of the musician, who died on October 2, 2017 from an opiate overdose.

The cascade of unpublished topics that Tom Petty left among his files continues to emerge after his death, this time on the occasion of the reissue of the album Wildflowers, that will see the light October 16 with new songs like Leave Virginia Alone.

Warner Music reported this Thursday that it is one of the ten themes that the American musician and interpreter, by imposition of the company, did not include in the final repertoire of the aforementioned album.

Petty’s sessions for Wildflowers ended up being recorded to edit a double disc, but the seal (Warner Bros.) convinced him not to Wildflowers a double album for considering it “too long”. When the album was released, in 1994, reached the trays in conventional format, with 15 songs out of 25 that were originally planned.

That work, probably the best of his career, had the production with Mike Campbell and the recognized Rick Rubin and, although it is considered a product together with The HeartbreakersThe truth is that it was practically a solo album.

Petty never forgot those neglected issues, and in the months leading up to your death was involved, precisely, in the recovery of the project macro from the same album. But their plans were pending.

He was able to officially release a leftover song from the old stuff (Somewhere Under Heaven), advising that it was just a preview of an expanded edition proposed for the twentieth anniversary that would be titled Wildflowers: All the Rest.

“There are probably six songs that no one has heard,” Petty told Rolling Stone, estimating that he had “11 or 12 songs” planned for the expanded version of the album-relaunch. “I would like to go out and play the whole album as it was originally conceived,” he dreamed before being surprised by death.

Tom Petty passed away on October 2, 2017. Now, the curatorship of the repertoire was carried out by his wife Dana and his daughters Adria and Annakim, together with the members of The Heartbreakers, Mike Campbell y Benmont Tench. The “new” album featured the collaboration of Petty’s regular engineer, Ryan Ulyate.

As often happens now, the album will hit the market in various digital formats, but the most complete, baptized Wildflowers & All The Rest-Deluxe Edition, will contain in total 54 songs, with abundant unpublished material between completely unknown songs, models, versions and live cuts.

Magazine Rolling Stone located Wildflowers in the number 12 from his list of the best albums of The 1990s.​Wildflowers included three singles, the best known You Don’t Know How It Feels, which peaked at number 13 on the list Billboard Hot 100. her side B, Girl on LSD, was to be published in Wildflowers, but was removed because of his reference to drug use.

The author of Free Fallin’ I was 66 years old, when a accidental opioid overdose ended his life at his home in Los Angeles. Petty was and is considered an emblem of American rock.

More than 40 years of experience, together with his faithful band he had his recording debut with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers (1976), the starting point of a career that he would shape with another dozen albums, in addition to his three solo works. He will also be remembered for collaborating with other myths such as Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne and George Harrison in the supergroup known as The Travelling Wilburys.

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