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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. Positive: 16 out of 16
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  1. Oct 28, 2020
    100
    What makes Wildflowers & All the Rest worth perusing is the home recordings. As the record takes shape in Petty's home studio, we understand how Petty managed to make Wildflowers so uniquely devastating.
  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. 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.
  4. 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]
  5. Oct 30, 2020
    90
    It’s hard to argue against Wildflowers as one of Tom Petty’s highest masterpieces, especially after listening to Wildflowers & All the Rest. It’s a gift from the musical gods that the extra material here has been unearthed to contribute to our understanding and appreciation of the album. All of it demands repeated listens to take in its beauty and brilliance.
  6. 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.
  7. Oct 21, 2020
    80
    The 10 tracks eventually sliced from Wildflowers don’t seem to have been culled for any coherent rhyme or reason: the virtues of the original album are abundant among the omitted tracks. ... Of the three further discs available for big spenders, the home demos and alternate versions are – as is usually the way of these things – mostly likely to be listened to once, out of curiosity. But there are charming moments among the demos.

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  1. Oct 24, 2020
    10
    What a treat! We finally get to hear “All the Rest” from the Wildflowers sessions. The home recordings are beautiful; the quality andWhat a treat! We finally get to hear “All the Rest” from the Wildflowers sessions. The home recordings are beautiful; the quality and production are almost as good as the album! The Super Deluxe also has alternate versions of album tracks in addition to live versions. Expand
  2. Oct 16, 2020
    10
    i just can't believe we're allowed to have this. thanks, tom. we'll miss you.