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!
Claypool…yeah I’d say he fits. All Primus through Tales From the Punch Bowl was pretty great and then the next two left something to be desired.
Then all his collaborative stuff as he got more into the jam scene was really strong as well – the Frog Brigade, Oysterhead, C2B3…but then Of Whales & Woe and the Primus reunion were both about half-and-half, and his next solo one sounded like an utter waste of time.
I’d still seem him live in just about any situation, though.
Also, this is my all-time #4 favorite album.
I love GbV, and I really love albums like Propellor, Alien Lanes, Under the Bushes…, and Universal Truths and Cyles to name my absolute faves. BUT I do agree that this is #1.
Even in the original classic line-up years, no two of the albums ever really sounded the same, but this one’s sound is special and especially unique. It has this haunted, ethereal mystery throughout, but there’s also tons of swagger. And of course the songs represent those two aspects wonderfully and are just non-stop with classics.
This was also the one that brought me into the fold – my high school journalist teacher made me a copy back in 01/02 and it was one of those mind-blowers for me. I think within a month or two I was catching my first show with the Isolation Drills-era band.