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  • Summary: The four-disc, 60-tracks box set of some of the songs from late rock artist's career features remastered tracks, alternate takes, live versions, and unreleased songs compiled by his widow Dana, daughter Adria, bandmates Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench, as well as producer Ryan Ulyate.
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  • Record Label: Reprise
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Album Rock, Hard Rock, Rock & Roll, Bar Band, Heartland Rock
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  1. Oct 2, 2018
    90
    This box winds up as a fitting tribute to a rocker whose touch was so casual, he could be easy to take for granted, but when his work is looked at as a whole, he seems like a giant.
  2. Classic Rock Magazine
    Oct 2, 2018
    90
    This is no hasty cash-in. The music is exemplary: rock'n'roll, southern gothic, serious stuff and downright fun tunes. ... There are 63 examples of Petty's art in total and they illustrate that his range was far wider than some think. [Oct 2018, p.92]
  3. Oct 12, 2018
    90
    This box set will hold up well as time continues to tick forward, with plenty of fresh meat on its comfortable old bones.
  4. Oct 5, 2018
    83
    Working mostly chronologically, this set flows so that you feel you’re riding alongside him.
  5. Oct 2, 2018
    80
    Tom Petty inarguably was an American treasure, and this set offers a different valuation of what that means. Beyond the chart crushers, he was an even more thoughtful poet, precise in capturing life’s pleasures and acrimonies, and a perfectionist. When you cut away the stuff that’s already out there from the set, it makes you want to know more.
  6. Mojo
    Oct 2, 2018
    80
    Alternative views of some other well-known songs affirm Petty's fundamental strengths as a composer and the Heartbreakers' interpretive flexibility. [Oct 2018, p.98]
  7. Uncut
    Oct 2, 2018
    80
    The best parts of An American Treasure are the snapshots of a less self-straitened Petty. [Nov 2018, p.48]

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