The Petty Archives

Gift boxes: Get a set for your music fan
By Allan Sculley
Provo Daily Herald - Sunday, December 20, 2009

The economy may have been in its worst recession since the Great Depression, but that didn't stop record companies from putting out a bumper crop of box sets. Here's a look at the best of the bunch, any of which would make great gifts thisĀ  holiday season.

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers: "Live Anthology" (Reprise) -- Anyone who has seen Petty and the Heartbreakers in concert knows this is one of rock's very best live bands. This four-disc set spans performances from 1980 through 2007, and as expected there are stellar performances of many of the band's hits. The Heartbreakers have also always had a special talent for covers, and Petty smartly included a generous number of outside tunes. (Bo Diddley, the Grateful Dead and Van Morrison are among those represented.) Still, even at 47 tracks, "Live Anthology" actually feels a bit thin. How about a sequel, Mr. Petty?