The Petty Archives

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers -- Pack Up The Plantation (MCA)
Review by Alex Henderson
The Daily Sundial - Thursday, February 13, 1986

With several illegal bootleg albums of his concerts available on the underground market, it was only a matter of time until MCA released a live Petty album.

Recorded at Los Angeles' Wiltern Theatre on his 1985 tour, this two record set brilliantly captures the vitality of a Petty concert. From the rockin' "Refugee" to the country-flavored title track of his "Southern Accents" LP, Petty's enthusiasm is more than impressive.

The album's main flaw is that it omits some of his best material, including "Don't Do Me Like That," "Century City," "You're Gonna Get It" and "Here Comes My Girl."

Despite its shortcomings, "Pack Up The Plantation" is a thrilling dose of live rock 'n' roll.