I also got into What’s the Story…. first in high school, but this is a damn fine, vital rock record. The only thing that bugs me about it at times is my biggest Oasis pet peeve – a lot of their songs go like a full minute too long, just to allow them to repeat the chorus/mantra/refrain over and over. Seriously, “Slide Away”, to name one, would be so much better cut by a minute (it’s also not the best Brit-pop “Slide Away”, that honor goes to the Verve).
But that said, great anthemic rock songs that always sound good on the radio. Less ballad-heavy singles then the follow-up (which is also still very good).
Listening through Manipulator for the first time right now – wow! This is really good, easily the best album I’ve heard from him (as of “Susie Thumb”, which is where i am now), and better than I was letting myself really expect at this point. I’ve liked some of his stuff before, but this is his most consistently enjoyable for me.
“Lover, You Should’ve Come Over” is my favorite song on the album, and then probably “Hallelujah” , but I want to give a shout out here to the one you never hear about, “Corpus Christi Carol”. It’s got a neat, haunted quality and was one of the things that made me reconsider Arthurian legend and that era.
Good list, I can get behind the choice for #1, too. Gentlemen is great and all, but it’s not entirely consistent for me
I agree with the people talking about The Twilight Singers here, too – Blackberry Belle is an absolute gem.
In a lot of ways the name fits his entire career.
Driving down South playing his greatest hits (or basically anything)? Perfection.
I was in the Philippines a few years ago and the public transport I was using broke down between towns and my ex put her headphones on me while “You Don’t Know How it Feels” was on and I realized that Petty truly is THE highway companion.
“Makin Some Noise” is a great track that never gets mentioned.
Negative. Wildflowers is absolutely necessary.
I frequently go back and forth or get stuck in the middle between the extremely different Wildflowers and Damn the Torpedos, so either pick is cool with me.
I’d have The Last DJ over Let Me Up… & Mojo. There’s a pretty solid amount of really nice material on it.
“Don’t Come Around Here No More” is great (as is “Rebels” – on that we agree)!
Glad you mentioned “Swingin”, that song is a hoot. I agree that “Free Girl Now” is excellent, but I don’t really know what the Hell you’re talking about when you discuss it (and yes, I know he played Lucky).
I like the nods to non-album cuts, too, found out some new stuff that way.
I’m listening to the Petty album for the first time right now – I’d say it’s pretty good.
Still need way more time with Lese Majesty to really make any meaningful statements about it, but I’m not blown away by it by any means yet. My excitement for that is all still based on Black Up for the moment.
I’m a casual fan, only probably heard about 6 or 7, but regardless, I’m with everyone in thinking 1999 got low-balled. It’s like The Hedonist Manifesto!