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Miami Steve last won the day on December 27 2016

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  1. The Best of Everything used in movie?

    I don't think it's in the film at all. It's definitely not on the soundtrack LP.
  2. The Best of Everything used in movie?

    Robbie Robertson produced the soundtrack for that film and asked Petty for a song to use. He gave him Best of Everything which Robertson did further work on, adding horns and other overdubs. MCA wouldn't let them use the track for the film so it ended up on Southern Accents. Wonder what a Robbie Robertson produced Southern Accents would have sounded like?
  3. Does the Format you listen to music affect your opinion?

    It's showing 9.9 days for the whole library. The biggest reason for not using an ipod was that what I really wanted was basically a home stereo that would play mp3s and be able to create lots of different playlists. And I didn't want to fill up the hard drive on my home computer nor do I like software that tries to do everything for you. It was a lot of work initially to manually enter all the metadata but I would have had to manually change most of it anyway so the playlists come out the way I want them to.
  4. Does the Format you listen to music affect your opinion?

    Sounds like you might need a CD lens cleaner. My car stereo was skipping a lot and it fixed it right up.
  5. How Hypnotic Eye Made #1?

    Ticket bundle aside, high chart positions don't mean a whole lot anymore. With all the marketing geared toward first week sales there are lots of albums debuting at #1 which happened very rarely in the past. Hypnotic Eye is their highest-charting album and probably their lowest-selling album. What does that say about the charts?
  6. Does the Format you listen to music affect your opinion?

    I grew up on vinyl but I really like the convenience and durability of CDs. I do find myself skipping around the CD too much just because it's so easy to do. I try to resist that temptation though so I don't miss gaining an appreciation for a deserving track or not getting to know the "album" rather just the individual songs. Cassettes were such a pain to fast forward or rewind that it basically forced you to listen to an album all the way through which was probably a good thing. As much as people pine for the old original vinyl, it wasn't always all good in reality. By the late '70s the quality of vinyl records in the U.S. was relatively poor. Records wore out, they got dirty, maybe even scratched, styluses wore out, turntables might run ever so slightly fast or slow, or the speed could waiver slightly. There were a lot of variables involved to get optimal sound quality. I was always happy to get a new stylus or cartridge because of the noticeable improvement in sound quality but at the same time dismayed to realize I'd been listening to shit for the last few months. The best thing about digital is that you can listen to music jukebox-style which you really couldn't do before unless you actually had a jukebox. My favorite toy is my "giant ipod", a desktop PC with a small keyboard and screen and 3-way speakers. The whole thing is housed in an old stereo cabinet so it's kinda like an actual jukebox. The PC has nothing on it except an audio program and 3,657 songs by 809 artists. It's not connected to the internet, doesn't even have Windows. Just turn it on and play. I guess I could just get an ipod but I don't care for sticking things in my ears any more than sticking something up my nose.
  7. Which format do you own the most Petty music on?

    Add up all the 45s, 12" singles, radio shows and it's vinyl by far for me.
  8. Electric Guitar Death?

    That article was kinda eye-opening, but not surprising. A similar thing happened to the brass instrument manufacturers and retailers 30 years ago. There might be some bankruptcies and closings but the industry won't die. Teenagers are mostly listening to rap and hip-hop now, especially white suburban kids. It's music that doesn't require any instruments, let alone guitars. And anyone can do it -- you don't need to learn an instrument, or buy an instrument, no lessons, nothing. I sometimes wonder if that's part of the appeal. The whole scene is driven by marketing and social media, and money is the measure of success even among the fans. All this self-promotion is a required part of the image now, something that in the past would have been met with suspicion and disdain (just ask Kiss or the Knack). Since I'm starting to sound like a middle-age white male popping off about rap music, I'll take a few shots at country music too. That's the other thing the kids listen to. But not the Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings kind, I'm talking about the male models with exaggerated twangy voices and songs filled with the worst cliches about beer and pick-up trucks. Apparently it's a seasonal thing you do in the summer, the kids aren't actually country music fans. Again, it's not even about the music. Buy a cowboy hat? Sure! Buy a guitar? What for? On the bright side, maybe by the time my son graduates college he will have a better chance of being that rarest of things -- a fully-employed musician. Fortunately, our high school has an excellent music program (7 bands and 7 orchestras) where he participates in jazz band, jazz combo and rock orchestra, plus a rock band at a local "school of rock" type studio. Don't know where he'd be without all the professional musicians instructing him.
  9. Recently listened to Pack up the Plantation

    Hey, I was there. Definitely not something to skip. This song has become a cliche by now but back then it was the ultimate party song. And give the Heartbreakers credit, they were doing "Shout" before Animal House came out. It was their usual encore from 1977 to 1983 so to me it would have been a major omission if they didn't include it. Live albums had kinda fallen out of favor by this time, they didn't fit well on the radio next to the slickly-produced music of the time. I don't know but I think that might have something to do with how this album was mixed, like they wanted it to play like a studio album. Same sort of thing ruined Springsteen's Live 1975/85, they took recordings of one of the greatest live bands and made it sound bland. I wish I woulda worked for a record company. I would have been Vice President in Charge of Not Letting People Fuck Things Up. Imagine all the live albums and box sets I could have saved.
  10. 2017 Tour Trail - memories, pics, songs played

    It's good to be king!
  11. 2017 Tour Trail - memories, pics, songs played

    I took my son who's a guitarist and he's not a big fan but he liked all the guitars and the solos, especially when they zoomed in on the big video screen. I mentioned that I thought Tom and Mike shared some of the guitars because I've seen pictures of them with the same guitar but then I wondered if they each have their own, two of each model. They were both playing Thunderbirds during one song. Anyone know?
  12. 2017 Tour Trail - memories, pics, songs played

    Apparently not. I'm afraid serious rock music critiques are a thing of the past. Whether it's magazines like Rolling Stone trying to hang on to its readership by pumping up Taylor Swift and Harry Stiles as high art, or the online media whose primary goal is to get content posted as quickly as possible, they're just not going to criticize too much. The thing is, if you're going to criticize, you have to back that up and make your case. That requires some thought and the writing skills to make a convincing argument. If someone only writes positive things there's no real need to prove anything, it's just accepted. And it's easy. As for concert reviews, I suspect they are mostly written in advance in order to meet deadlines. Most of what you read in a review could have been written without actually seeing the show. I think it's always been that way. And if the crowd is on their feet singing along all night, how can you say it was anything but good. Personally, I haven't been really knocked out by a live performance in a long time. These big budget arena shows just seem too predictable. Everything is tightly choreographed and nothing is left to chance. That is how I would describe the Cleveland concert--predictable. With every song, once I heard the first few chords I knew what was coming, there were no surprises--extended guitar solo by Mike, maybe a short solo by Tom, a quiet part where Tom walks around with arms outstretched, then another guitar solo to wrap it up. Except for the acoustic songs, every song seemed to follow the same arrangement. Obviously the musicianship was excellent but the show was kinda one-dimensional, they didn't take any risks musically. If you like guitar solos and vintage guitar collections then this was the concert of the year. As far as the set list goes, I can't say I was disappointed since I took a peak at the sets from earlier shows. I will say that this was not the show they indicated they were going to do when the tour was announced. That's why it was odd when Tom said something about their 40 year career being one big LP and they were going to drop the needle down in different places all night. If he had said "we're dumping all the old songs and focusing on the Full Moon Fever / Wildflowers era" it would have been more accurate. Aside from "Rockin Around with You", which I expect was only played so they could open with the first song from the first album, it appears they abandoned the whole "deep cuts" idea and went half way on the idea of a "Wildflowers" tour. I wonder if we'll ever see a separate Wildflowers tour now. "You Got Lucky" isn't the deep cut it you might think it is. It's actually one of their most played songs on classic rock radio and a popular download too. Actually if you look at the most-played Petty songs on classic rock radio, the set list makes a lot of sense.
  13. 2017 Tour Trail - memories, pics, songs played

    Joe Walsh is a legend around here. Wouldn't be surprised if a portion of the audience was there to see Walsh more than Petty.
  14. All The Rest article from Rolling Stone

    "Parade of Loons" is actually a real TP song from 1978. I've heard of it before but I don't think I've ever heard a recording of it.
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