Friday, November 16, 2018

Full Show Friday: Father John Misty Live @ Capital Theater 2017

We search the murky back waters of youtube to find full concerts and post them to the site weekly, come back every seven days to help us celebrate Full Show Friday's. These shows are of varying quality and may not be here for long so enjoy them while you can...As always, please support the artist every which way, but especially by seeing them live (if they are still playing)...This week...Father John Misty!

Some months our Full Show Friday's will focus on specific artistsyearsvenues, festivals or some combo of it all. This month we focus on the gorgeous Capital Theatre over the years. 

The Capital Theater in Port Chester, NY was a popular stomping ground throughout the 70's and 80's for musicians with a sprinkling during the early 90's tossed in. It was refurbished by Peter Shapiro and opened again in 2012 with a Bob Dylan concert to re-christen the venue to rock and roll once again. 

RtBE has caught some great shows since the venue reopened and will be going to more in the near future. This month the focus for Full Show Friday's will be on some of the dynamite shows throughout the "Cap's" history. 

Back in August RtBE reviewed the fantastic new album from Father John Misty, God's Favorite Customer. It is a mix of absurd and sincere and Josh Tillman's singing has never been better. RtBE will probably be talking more about this album in our year end wrap-up next month, but for now

Like all of the shows this month this one took place at the gorgeous Capital Theater in Port Chester on his Pure Comedy tour. Pro-Shot, Pro Sound, Full Setlist and Info Below. Enjoy:

Joshua Tillman’s performs at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, N.Y., as part of the ongoing Pitchfork Live series.

00:40 Pure Comedy 07:00 Total Entertainment Forever 10:10 Things It Would Be Helpful To Know Before The Revolution 14:55 Ballad Of The Dying Man 20:15 Nancy From Now On 25:20 Chateau Lobby #4 (In C For Two Virgins) 28:25 Strange Encounter 33:15 Nothing Good Ever Happens At The Goddamn Thirsty Crow 38:10 When The God Of Love Returns There'll Be Hell To Pay 43:25 When You're Smiling And Astride Me 48:30 True Affection 53:30 Birdie 59:40 A Bigger Paper Bag 1:04:30 Bored In The USA 1:11:15 The Memo 1:17:10 I'm Writing A Novel 1:21:15 Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings 1:25:00 Real Love Baby 1:28:30 I Love You, Honeybear Encore 1:36:48 Leaving LA 1:50:25 So I'm Growing Old On Magic Mountain 1:57:50 In Twenty Years Or So 2:04:00 Holy Shit

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Album Review: Tozcos -Sueños Deceptivos

Tozcos
Sueños Deceptivos
**** out of *****

The Santa Ana based four piece Tozcos has been around a few years releasing various EP's and singles and now comes their first full length Sueños Deceptivos. The record is a blistering assault of hardcore/punk screeching alive and present from the first track as the band vibrates with a compulsive energy that is barely controlled on record.

The band members Corrina Pichardo (drums), Jose Limon (guitar), Kevin Lopez (bass), Monsé Segura (vocals) are instantly at your throat with "Guerra Mundial" as the record kicks off before it's heavy slamming segues into "Asqueroso". While all the lyrics are sung/yelled in Spanish the fury palpably arrives through the speakers clearly, if not the exact meaning (to these English only ears sadly) but that matters little.

The tension building "Ritmo de la Muerte" shows the band can do more than just play hard and fast as they add texture to their formula and (slightly) tone done the aggression. "Sangre Roja, Sangre Tuya" injects some driving bass runs from Lopez while "Rechazo" screams directly forward; front woman Segura is a dynamo and clear focus, but the players expertly support her with rippling punk waves to surf upon.

Speakers of any language can follow along and join in for the crowd screaming power of "Es Mi Vida" while the ominous marching drums from Pichardo lead the way on "Veneno". The frantic tempo almost derails the speed metal fast "La Ilusion" and the tempo never lets up for the rhythmically propulsive title track.

The group works best at these breakneck speeds as the least engaging track is also the longest and slowest in "Un Hogar" but the disk wraps up firing on all cylinders as Limons buzzsaw guitar work cuts through everything on "Agusto En Miseria".

Production is bright clean and thundering when necessary as the band sound like seasoned pros careering through the 13 songs presented here just under 25 minutes. Fans of punk rock, no matter what language they speak, will not be deceived by Sueños Deceptivos
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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Live Review: Morning 40 Federation @ Maple Leaf Bar, NOLA 11/9/18

Hey all, got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!

It is of Morning 40 Federation's recent live show at the Maple Leaf Bar in New Orleans last Friday Night.

MoFoFed are a RtBE Personal Favorite and having seen them in various states of sobriety over the last few decades it is great that they are playing at a top notch level and maybe even more importantly seem to be having a ball doing so.

Support the band, read the review, and peep some video of an older live shows of theirs which RtBE was in attendance but was way too drunk to review back in 2012:




Album Review: Cypress Hill - Elephants on Acid

Cypress Hill
Elephants on Acid
***and1/2 out of *****

It has been a long time since the classic West Coast hip hop lineup of Cypress Hill released an album. While Rise Up arrived in 2010 DJ Muggs only produced two songs for that record, you need to go all the way back to 2004's Till Death Do Us Part to find the full collective in action. Perhaps because the group is all back together or various other reasons, Elephants on Acid is the best music Cypress Hill has produced in the 2000's.

The long sprawling album of 21 tracks and interludes takes the foundation of Cypress Hills classic offerings and blends them with even more tripped out sounds and sonic adventures; nothing is off limits for the group. B Real leads the way with his patented nasal delivery, Sen Dog gets rough with his supporting growls and verses while Bobo adds percussion to lower the boom. 

By the title and the bands history, drugs are at the forefront of the record, most of the musical intervals bleed into the hip hop which follows making for a cohesive listen from the first pairing of "Tusko" into "Band of Gypsies" swirling with eastern Indian sounds into a hypnotic layered adventure. "Satao"'s intro to "Jesus Was a Stoner" and "Blood On My Hands Again" all lean heavy on the tripped out vibes but the band also recall their early harder sound as "Put Em in the Ground", "Pass The Knife" and the bilingual "Locos" prove the raw drum bass and horror movie fills are still reliable for the outfit. 

Thematically the record holds up bouncing between these two areas (trippy vibes and old school raw) thanks to Muggs production work and the fact that the interludes and instrumental breaks are just as vital to the overall albums sound as the booming hip hop tracks. Deep bass, eastern sounds can blend on tunes as well like the fuzzy "Falling Down" or the self referential (complete with la-la-la's) of "Reefer Man" or the cartoonish sounds of "Crazy" both with female vocals from Brevi. The cinematic end of days drama spewed fourth from "Warlord" is a thundering powerhouse track calling to arms all of us to "march on the devil".

The band's obsession with weed (and other hallucinogenics) produces the best offering in "Oh Na Na" as the players add saxophones, trumpets (from Terrace Martin, Adam Turchin and Josef Leimberg) around Bobo's percussion to produce an upbeat almost dance ready number for the sweet sticky bud.

This large collection of tracks can drag at times, "Insane OG" is sluggish on purpose but dulls over the short track, however the groups reinvigorated direction with Elephants on Acid manages to look directly into it's own multi platinum past and hazy psychedelic future successfully, pleasurable for both long time fans and new stoners ready to tune in and drop out.
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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Album Review: J Mascis - Elastic Days

Hey all, got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!
It is of J Mascis newest acoustic release on Sub-Pop titled Elastic Days
J is J. Plug him in, give him an acoustic, put him behind a drum kit, the man is going to write his same style of songs over and over. RtBE loves him and his style and while some may be turned off by the volume of his day band Dinosaur Jr. or his lackadaisical stoner whine vocals, his songwriting skills are certainly easy to spot on his solo records. 

This one has more drums than the others, but all of his last last three (2011's Several Shades of Why or 2014's Tied To A Star) are really solid and you can't go wrong with any of his solo albums. RtBE should actually go back and highlight his Fog records because those are great as well...until then...

Support the artist, buy the record, read the review and peep some video below:

Monday, November 12, 2018

Dylan Cover #350 Joan Baez "With God On Our Side" Live

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a live cover by Joan Baez playing "With God On Our Side"


Thoughts on Original
From the first time we talked about around Veterans Day as well:
Perhaps the most poignant and lasting song Dylan has written and that speaks volumes. Lyrically it is perfect; using history, the warping of religion and politics to get across the point that man will rationalize anything, even war. Only played live 30 times since it's debut at Dylan's historic Town Hall show the song has added weight and meaning when it is played.

Morality and War, Religion and Righteousness, all just words when it comes down to it, hold life inside those letters. Musically stark Dylan uses his impressive lyrics to express the confusion perfectly. Should be mandatory listing in every history classroom.

Cover:


Thoughts on Cover Artist
Joan Baez is a pure legend, a voice that will transcend time. To learn about her history check out this.

Thoughts on Cover
Well number 350 in our series just happened to fall on Veterans Day 2018 and gives us a chance to make this one special. While we paid tribute to the Veterans with some NYHC earlier today, we go lyrically heavy for our Dylan Cover now. Joan is tied to Bob and vice versa and this tune and presentation is both tearful and manages to piss you off at the same time. Great song, Great cover not much more needs to be said.

Veterans Day 2018

Veterans Day is an important one in our history, read more about it here.

Since this is a music site we will pay homage in our way and especially since our friend Glen has recorded a song with his great NYHC band Billyclub Sandwich titled "Veteran's Day". You can listen to bad ass tune below following the perfect Patton quote that the group used to intro it:
No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.


"I choose to fight for what I live for" Well said fellows. Well said.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Full Show Friday: Tedeschi Trucks Band @ The Capitol Theatre 02/20/18

We search the murky back waters of youtube to find full concerts and post them to the site weekly, come back every seven days to help us celebrate Full Show Friday's. These shows are of varying quality and may not be here for long so enjoy them while you can...As always, please support the artist every which way, but especially by seeing them live (if they are still playing)...This week...Tedeschi Trucks Band!
Some months our Full Show Friday's will focus on specific artistsyearsvenues, festivals or some combo of it all. This month we focus on the gorgeous Capital Theatre over the last two years. 

The Capital Theatre in Port Chester, NY was a popular stomping ground throughout the 70's and 80's for musicians with a sprinkling during the early 90's tossed in. It was refurbished by Peter Shapiro and opened again in 2012 with a Bob Dylan concert to re-christen the venue to rock and roll once again. 

RtBE has caught some great shows since the venue reopened and will be going to more in the near future. This month the focus for Full Show Friday's will be on some of the dynamite shows throughout the "Cap's" history. 

This week it is the excellent touring soul review of the Tedeschi Trucks Band from last February. The group is fantastic live and always worth seeing so settle in for a fun show this week.  

Pro Shot, Pro Sound, Setlist and Information Below, Enjoy:

Set 1: 3:55 Do I Look Worried 9:57 Just as Strange 14:24 Until You Remember 19:52 Key to the Highway (Charles Segar cover) 28:47 Don't Miss Me (Derek Trucks Band cover) 36:57 Alabama (Neil Young cover) 41:00 Talking About (Susan Tedeschi cover) 46:40 Idle Wind Set 2: 1:40:22 Statesboro Blues (Blind Willie McTell cover) 1:49:50 Part of Me 1:54:25 It's So Heavy 1:58:45 drum space 2:02:10 Let Me Get By 2:13:46 Right on Time 2:18:31 Goin' Down Slow (St. Louis Jimmy Oden cover) 2:26:50 band intro 2:27:13 Made Up Mind 2:32:53 How Blue Can You Get? (Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers cover) 2:40:14 I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free (Billy Taylor cover) Encore: 2:54:06 You Don't Know How It Feels (Tom Petty cover) 2:58:08 Laugh About It

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Album Review: Black Elephant - Cosmic Blues

Black Elephant
Cosmic Blues
*** out of *****

The Italian heavy electric blues band Black Elephant's third full length is the aptly titled Cosmic Blues. Stoner rock with a retro vibe, the woolly record is full of effects, fuzz tone and head bopping riffs.

The four piece (Alessio Caravelli: lead vocals and lead guitar Massimiliano Giacosa: rhythm guitar Marcello Destefanis: bass guitar Simone Brunzu: drums) trudge along with massive beats and chords. The group can take the long and winding road like on "Helter Skelter" (an original despite it's name) or go for the quick hit as on the wah-wah laden brief instrumental "Chase Me" which ends too soon.

The vocals from Caravelli border on metal yelling as he accentuates the groove heavy tracks with screams that can become just as distorted as the feedback form the amps. On the over seven minute "Baby Eronia" the screams resemble a less defined early Chris Cornell as the band winds through the sonic wastelands. The track is one of the more successful on the record as the bass bumps along and guitar solos wipe side to side on your speakers. 

The revved up instrumental "Cosmic Blues For Solitary Moose" begins with a distant guitar before thundering into the foreground while closer "Inno" contains both a prog and punk rock ethos built into it's long running time to wrap things up. From the retro cover art to the familiar heavy stomp the groups sound is straight out of the early seventies.

Black Elephant's style is straight ahead and some of the tracks can become repetitive and dull ("Walking Dead") but on the whole the band lumber along with power and passion. Fans of blues based heavy rock and roll (like Endless Boogie or Wolfmother to name two bands similar) will find a lot to like on Cosmic Blues

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Album Review: Phony Ppl - mō'zā-ik.

Phony Ppl
mō'zā-ik.
*** and1/2 out of *****

The Brooklyn based five piece Phony Ppl broke through with 2015's Yesterday's Tomorrow and now hope to capitalize on their success with the phonetically spelled mō'zā-ik. The group mixes R&B, neo soul and pop runs throughout the forty five minute run time of the record with some highs and lows mixed in. 

The players, Elbee Thrie (vocals), Elijah Rawk (lead guitar), Matt "Maffyuu" Byas (drums), Aja Grant (keyboard), and Bari Bass (bass guitar) have been friends for years and the musical conversations that go on can feel warm and welcoming or pushing boundaries at times.

The band oddly opens with it's dullest offering, "Way Too Far", a song that was almost going to BTS, Phony Ppl oddly decided to lead off their engaging album with some dull modern, trap influenced R&B. Things quickly pick up though as "Once You Say Hello" is a cooking pop melange of Caribbean, rock, and dance disco, simultaneously cherry picking from Lionel Richie and moving into the future, the band delivers a winner. "Cookie Crumble" starts simple with piano as a vocal showcase but ends with over a minute of grooving musical experimentation, around bass, piano, keys and more fluttering vocals.   

The best tracks are those when the group experiments as on "somethinG about your love." which skirts around with unique drum patterns and rhythms as keyboard runs and direct blasts enter for the chorus all around a delicate dreamy vocal before a fluid sing-songy guitar solo in the vein of Prince colors things even further. 

"The Colours" finds the band moving into hip-hop with sounds reminiscent of a more artsy Pharcyde while "Move Her Mind" deals with more than just ass shaking on the dance floor. Speaking of dance floors the get down jam "Before You Get A Boyfriend" gets directly to the freakin' successfully mixing smooth grooves and rhymes. On the flip side "One Man Band" and "Think You're Mind" act more as toss off place holders, feeling more like demos than finished products but there is enough other material here to make up for these. 

The band ends in political fashion after singing in and around love for all of the other tracks. "on everythinG iii love." is a stunner which deals directly with police brutality in an Marvin Gaye way, having been feed up by the everyday dealings they have to put up with in Brooklyn. 

The willingness of the band not to be tied to modern trends, speak their mind, explore their own sound and still make things incredibly smooth and enjoyable is a winning combo for Phony Ppl, making mō'zā-ik. a fulfilling journey.
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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Album Review: Adam's House Cat -Town Burned Down

Adam's House Cat
Town Burned Down
***and1/2 out of *****

Adam's House Cat was the first pairing of Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley before the pair went on to larger success with the still rocking Drive-By Truckers. The duo, along with drummer Chuck Tremblay and bassist John Cahoon wrote these scrappy songs, a few of which fans of the Truckers will instantly recognize as Hood and Cooley continue to enjoy them, playing to them to this day.

Town Burned Down starts with one of those as "Lookout Mountain" kicks off the retro looking record. The track was recorded by the Truckers on their amazing The Dirty South album and has been a highlight of live shows with it's crunching riffs. This version along with "Runaway Train" (another DBT live staple) are both a bit faster and thinner then when the group tackle things currently on the stage, but both will be incredibly familiar to fans and are solid intro tracks for those new to the party.

There are flashes of Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty as well as other classic rock touchstones, but it is clear that Hood was finding his own unique lyrical voice. "Down On Me" is predominately an acoustic number with a weeping electric slide guitar accentuating the vibe, the foundation of a unique lyricist and songwriter is clearly present.

"6 O'Clock Train" finds Hood and company chaffing against the bible belt morality and small town conformity which leads into "Buttholeville" which expands on that vibe and is another track DBT continues to be proud of, playing it onstage often. There are a few odd musical choices such as the Bo Diddley beat of "Child Abuse" which doesn't match with the direct lyrics of it's title subject or the bratty "Love Really Sucks" lyrics around some excellent guitar soloing.

However, unearthed numbers like the life keeps kicking your ass track "Kiss My Baby" and the heartbroken beyond his years "Shot Rang Out" show exactly where Hood and Cooley were heading as both themes would be visited multiple times throughout DBT's run. "Long Time Ago" is a bass led story song which finds Hood dipping into his raconteur roll while closer "Cemeteries" adds a touch of ukulele closing excellently on a big cinematic note.     

The recording and presentation of Town Burned Down changes the full impact of the album as the original tapes were discovered by producer David Barbe, but everything was re-mastered and Hood went back and re recorded all of his vocals this year. In doing so, the late 80's feel has been reduced greatly and the true sound of this record is lost (originally to a tornado and now to re-recording) and in it's place is a professional offering from a wiser (in studio and recording ways at least) outfit, not the young southern punks who originally crafted the songs.

That disconnect from time and place is one that keeps this from being a true document of the young artists who would go one to anchor one of the best rock bands of the last 25+ years, but taken on it's own Town Burned Down is still an intriguing listen, plus a great window into the foundation of Hood's lyrics and the Truckers roots.
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Monday, November 5, 2018

Dylan Cover #349 Rod Stewart "Sweetheart Like You"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a cover by Rod Stewart playing "Sweetheart Like You" 

Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this song:
All of the songs on Infidels  stuck around to long in the Bards brain (which we talked about before). While "Jokerman" overwhelms as a rambling waterfall of a song the first time you hear it, "Sweetheart Like You" is clear evidence of that fact that things were left to simmer on the stove longer then needed. It is a mix of condescension, sexy, sexist, insecure and scattered. In fact those things make for an amazing Dylan tune, but in this case I don't feel it really adds up to a classic or much of a very good song at all.

Cover:


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Well RtBE is split on The Rod, but if you want the positive side of things, please read this.

Thoughts on Cover:
The track is actually understated from Rod which is rarely his modus operandi. Slow groove, excellent singing, organ and clear guitar lines accentuating things along the way before a double guitar solo outro; blissful .

In the middle you can feel Rod wanting to go hammy and showboat but he reigns it in just in time. The cover is better for it. 

Also it needs to be mentioned that with the USA's current political climate more than ever this couplet from the song hits home:

Friday, November 2, 2018

Full Show Friday: Portugal. The Man Live From The Capitol Theatre 10/24/17

We search the murky back waters of youtube to find full concerts and post them to the site weekly, come back every seven days to help us celebrate Full Show Friday's. These shows are of varying quality and may not be here for long so enjoy them while you can...As always, please support the artist every which way, but especially by seeing them live (if they are still playing)...This week...Portugal. The Man!
Some months our Full Show Friday's will focus on specific artistsyearsvenues, festivals or some combo of it all. This month we focus on the gorgeous Capital Theatre over the last two years. 

The Capital Theater in Port Chester, NY was a popular stomping ground throughout the 70's and 80's for musicians with a sprinkling during the early 90's tossed in. It was refurbished by Peter Shapiro and opened again in 2012 with a Bob Dylan concert to re-christen the venue to rock and roll once again. 

RtBE has caught some great shows since the venue reopened and will be going to more in the near future. This month the focus for Full Show Friday's will be on some of the dynamite shows throughout the "Cap's" history. 

We start the month with a Portugal. The Man show from 2017 up at the gorgeous theatre. Unfortunately there is 17 minutes of ad's before the show starts so skip ahead to the 17:11 mark to the get he music started. 

Pro Shot, Pro Sound, Full Setlist and Info below. Enjoy:



17:11 For Whom the Bell Tolls (Metallica cover) 19:57 Another Brick in the Wall/Purple, Yellow, Red and Blue 27:44 Number One 32:52 Feel it Still 35:56 Noise Pollution 39:57 Head Is a Flame (Cool with It) 44:28 Got It All (This Can't Be Living Now)/Once Was One 51:26 Waves 57:18 So Young 01:01:43 All Your Light/Kilo/TheHome/I Want You(She's so Heavy) 01:15:34 So American 01:19:25 Rich Friends 01:23:54 Modern Jesus 01:27:14 Live In The Moment 01:30:35 Feel it Still (again) 01:33:27 Don't Look Back in Anger (Oasis cover) 01:42:18 Hip Hop Kids 01:46:24 Holy Roller (Hallelujah)

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Scott Hutchinson Tribute 12/5 @ Rough Trade, Brooklyn

There will be a celebration of the songs of Scott Hutchinson who passed away earlier this year. The front man for Frightened Rabbit had a lot of friends in the music industry and few will pay tribute at Rough Trade in Brooklyn on 12/5.
RtBE will be there and tickets go on sale tomorrow, with proceeds going to a fund that will support people with mental health issues in Scott's name.
All proceeds from Tiny Changes will go to benefit the Scott Hutchison Fund. “The Scott Hutchison Fund has been set up in memory of our beloved Scott,” Scott’s brother Grant said in a release. “It will form the basis for a Mental Health Charity to be set up fully in the coming months. We hope to be able to help others the way Scott did with kindness, empathy and hope."
Mr. Hutchinson was a hell of a songwriter so to prepare for the show here are just a few of his gems:







Album Review: Tom Petty - An American Treasure

Tom Petty
An American Treasure
**and1/2 out of *****

For Tom Petty, an artist who is fairly well defined by his Greatest Hitsthe release of the sprawling box set collection An American Treasure, is a bit puzzling and unnecessary. The artist himself already released one back in 1995 titled Playback which managed to capture outtakes and alternate versions from his early years. He also combed through his complete touring history, releasing an excellent five disk deluxe Live Anthology in 2009.

Obviously box sets are for diehards and completist's, so his fans will eat this up, but do his late career outtakes and live offerings warrant this large of a collection? The answer is no and for those who are looking to get into the artist there are much easier ways to do so.

That all said the music collected here is up to Petty's high standards. Alternate versions of a few of his best known tracks, live offerings and early Mudcrutch all show the professionalism of the band,  and Petty as a consistent songwriter, but few truly elevate the artists career or for the alternate versions, replace the official releases. The tracks were selected by Petty's daughter Adria, wife Dana and long time Heartbreakers Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench so the collections heart is in the right place.

It begins by going back to the beginning of course as the early outtake "Surrender" kicks off and screams southern Bruce Springsteen with it's shine and power. Some lesser loved tracks from his first album get a remastered treatment as "Rockin' Around (With You) and "The Wild One, Forever" ring loud and free while a live version of "Anything That's Rock and Roll" from Hollywood in 1977 pinpoints the era.

Petty's career was a bit blurry at times and selections like "Deliver Me", "Damage You Done", "The Best of Everything" are all fine/middle-of-the-road for the catchy songwriter while "Walkin' From The Fire", "Don't Treat Me Like A Stranger", "Gainseville" and "You Can Still Change Your Mind" are all dull and probably didn't need to be showcased at all.

Along those lines, for a crack whip live band the stagnate "A Woman In Love (It's Not Me)" doesn't do the touring players justice but on the flip side a live version of "Kings Road" from Hard Promises is a blistering rocker that crackles with energy. The more delicate "Alright for Now" and the outtake "Keep a Little Soul" both dynamically showcase the softer side of Petty while "The Apartment Song" demo with backing vocals from Stevie Nix is the best uncovered gem in the box. 

The collection is a chance to examine some of Petty's later day releases and unfortunately The Last DJ songs do not get better as "Have Love Will Travel" and especially "Money Becomes King" still feel out of touch from the rocker who made a career out of radio hits. Hypnotic Eye, Echo and Mojo tracks all show the professionalism still but again don't cause reevaluation of the just OK original releases. Petty's best album in the 2000's, Highway Companion only gets two tracks here, the highlight of the original record, "Down South" and a live version of "Saving Grace".

In Steve Hyden's piece on the box set he mentions that we view artists output differently after their death, evaluating their releases with yearning ears because we know their won't be much more new coming from them. Spot on, he also nailed our feelings of Petty exactly in his book Twilight Of The Gods: A Journey To The End of Classic Rock when he states:
"Tom Petty could always be counted on to be just good enough Tom did not have to prove it all night. He was fine knocking off at around 11 PM.”
An American Treasure convinces Hyden to reconsider that stance, even going so far as to say that the massive release is a good place for newbies. I feel that Petty's surprising passing is still raw in Hyden's ears and he is being too kind and I feel he got it completely correct in his book. Petty's American Treasure is not on par with other career spanning outtake and b-side collections from major artists like Tom Waits Orphans or Dylan's amazing Bootleg Series, and is superfluous.

There is a reason Petty's Greatest Hits is his best selling album by far, this is definitely not the case with most "classic" artists. His hits were dynamite, most albums were let downs and you really didn't need to dig too deep to get the best out of him and The Heartbreakers. Greatest Hits, Wild Flowers, The Traveling Wilburys and The Live Anthology would pretty much cover everything you really need from this no doubt American treasure.
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