In a way if feels as though Tom Petty is still here. Fans are buzzing about the massive box set, An American Treasure, coming on September 28th, and a new Petty video released featuring an unreleased 1982 Heartbreakers song from the Long After Dark sessions. Simply put, “Keep A Little Soul” feels like the good old days, and could almost be described as an amalgam of “Even The Losers” and “Don’t Do Me Like That.”
Ultimate Classic Rock reported, “Petty’s widow Dana and daughter Adria reportedly found ‘a trove’ of unreleased material while going through his storage and worked from there.” Adria told CBS This Morning’s Anthony Mason how they came to program the upcoming box set, explaining, “The criteria was songs that we all felt really said something about dad. It’s such a strange thing to lose someone like him. He was much cooler than people could imagine. And I think a lot of people thought he was pretty cool.”
Tom Petty, who died at age 66 last October 2nd, suffered from coronary artery atherosclerosis and emphysema. Prior to his death, Petty, who was suffering from a broken hip, had taken several pain medications, including Fentanyl, oxycodone and generic Xanax. Other medications included generic (sleep aid) Restoril, and generic Celexa, which treats depression.
FAST FACTS – via TomPetty.com
- A four-CD set that features all 60 tracks and an 84-page hardbound book expanded from the “Deluxe Edition” to include many additional photographs and an essay by renowned author Nicholas Dawidoff — written especially for An American Treasure – that speaks to Tom Petty’s presence in our lives and influence on our culture for more than 40 years.
- This special package also includes a newly-created lithograph of Shepard Fairey’s cover artwork, as well as custom reproductions of Tom Petty’s handwritten lyrics to four songs featured in this collection and a numbered certificate of authenticity.
- All newly released recordings on An American Treasure have been mixed by Ryan Ulyate from pristine transfers of the original studio multitrack masters. All 60 recordings have been re-mastered for this collection by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering.
- The custom cover artwork for An American Treasure was created by prominent American artist Shepard Fairey from an image of Petty by renowned photographer Mark Seliger.
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CHECK IT OUT: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 2018 video for the 1982 track “Keep A Little Soul”: