Posts Tagged ‘Strange Behaviour’

The sad 2017 demise of Tom Petty has increased the interest in this renowned rocker. Petty had just clocked up forty years of success before the cruel hand of fate robbed the world of his prestigious talent. A seventies Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers released a dynamic debut album that had this American band setting a new template. Not quite old school but not quite new wave Petty and his posse wrote some good tunes which were radio friendly with an edge. Other top tunes followed but as regards a long player I did not go any further.

However, on the back of a golden yesteryear era, it is time to take further stock of a rock n roll icon. This 16 track, 72 minute long live set picks up on a 1989 US FM Broadcast. Petty is the main songwriter – but, there are allegiances with Mike Campbell, Jeff Lynne and Dave Stewart in different formats across half a dozen of the songs, a Benmont Tench tune and there is also a Chuck Berry cover. This 101% music maverick offers stage stamina and both quantity and quality. On a selfish note, Breakdown from the fresher release is present and that means an extra credit – and, an alternative approach to the sonic sculptures adds extra spice. This is a great FM recording from North Carolina featuring some of the new songs from both “Let Me Up” and “Full Moon Fever”, and of special note is the middle section with new acoustic renditions of ‘Even the Losers’, ‘Listen to Her Heart’, and the rarely subsequently played ‘Face in the Crowd’ (in an absolutely beautiful version). Other highlights are the rarely performed ‘Something Big’ from “Hard Promises” and a new, more rockin’ arrangement of ‘Don’t Come Around Here No More’.

Tom Petty made a significant contribution to rock n roll across five decades and in no manner was it a petty one! This 2018 “Strange Behaviour” set has a sadly lost legend breaking hearts and setting standards. Great quality sound and some different takes on certain songs, worth it for the version of “A Face in the Crowd” on its own. The original source on this was Westwood One Superstars In Concert. This was part of the Strange BehaviourTour, which ran from July to September, 1989 in the U.S., and this was the only date in North Carolina. The next leg of the tour continued in January-March of 1990,

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Chapel Hill, NC – September 13th, 1989