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Rome News-Tribune - November 15, 2000

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers | "Anthology: Through the Years" | MCA | Rating: ★★★★
Perhaps it's because he was so steeped in the history of pop and rock or perhaps it's because he was always so comfortable in the company of iconic elders like Bob Dylan and George Harrison. Whatever it is, it has made us forget that when Tom Petty released his first album with his band, the Heartbreakers in 1976, it was considered part of the impending new wave -- a rawer and realer antidote to Steely Dan-Boz Scaggs slickum.