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  • Summary: The remaster of the rock artist's 1994 solo album includes 10 songs cut from the original release. The deluxe four-disc edition adds a disc with 15 demos tracks and a disc of 14 live recordings.
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  1. Oct 15, 2020
    100
    Wildflowers is very much a showcase for Petty as a solo artist. At that point in his life Petty was a songwriting machine and this reissue has the demos to prove it. ... He was still displaying extraordinary ambition and, most importantly, still speaking to and for his very large audience. ... Tom Petty had the miraculous ability to write songs almost anyone could identify with and enjoy. Wildflowers & All the Rest is the most revealing window we have into his process so far.
  2. Oct 15, 2020
    100
    One of the geeky joys of “Wildflowers and All the Rest” is observing Petty at the absolute peak of his songwriting powers, making small, intelligent tweaks to these songs in progress. Sometimes it’s a single world, a few letters. ... The deep despair is there, too, in the rich soil of these songs. But what makes it bearable, and makes the record so timelessly listenable, is everything else that’s mixed in: humor, wisdom, a little randiness and a palpable sense of hope.
  3. 100
    Suffused with warmth and memory, this set belongs among your Tom Petty records. [Nov 2020, p.97]
  4. Oct 15, 2020
    90
    Its very existence provides valuable insight into the creative process. In the end, that’s the most enduring of all possible additions to Petty’s legacy.
  5. 90
    It’s a sumptuous array to be sure, and one that further expands upon Petty’s lingering legacy.
  6. Classic Rock Magazine
    Oct 15, 2020
    90
    There's a lot to take in, but Petty was at one of his many peaks and this is worth luxuriating in. [Nov 2020, p.92]
  7. Oct 15, 2020
    80
    This impressive collection is a touching tribute to Petty’s enduring legacy and demonstrates his candour, artistry, and emotive storytelling. This is a real must have for any Tom Petty fan and paints an even more colourful picture of what has always been a masterpiece as well as unveiling an exciting treasure trove of musical gems which will inevitably become long-lasting Petty classics.

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  1. Oct 16, 2020
    10
    i just can't believe we're allowed to have this. thanks, tom. we'll miss you.