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    CrescentMoonFever got a reaction from Silver Spurs in ECHO - the most real, honest, genuine heartfelt album.   
    This definitely would've been pretty awesome. I definitely think he might have started incorporating some more of the faster-paced Echo songs into his setlist if he kept touring. In recent years he'd had somewhat good things to say about Echo; first Tom said his wife made him listen to the album on a road trip, and in one of the recent interviews that came out (think it was the Rolling Stone one), unprompted, he mentioned a fan encounter with a girl who told him it helped her through a difficult time. You could feel him softening up a bit lately. 
    I don't think he'd ever have played Room at the Top live again considering he called it the most depressing song ever, but then again I was surprised to read in this thread that he EVER brought out the title track at a live show. The actual song "Echo" is LITERALLY the saddest song in his catalog (though I love it). I can't imagine what made him think that would work in a concert setting, yet I somewhat wish I was there to experience it? 
    Anyway, this album is incredible. I do think some of the fat could've been trimmed (didn't need to be so many songs), but I like pretty much every track. As a cohesive album I like it as much as anything in between DTT and FMF, even Hard Promises.
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    CrescentMoonFever got a reaction from Big Blue Sky in Thoughts on the Two TPATHS   
    Absolutely. Myself I've always viewed it as "pre-Stan" vs. "post-Stan", even though that wasn't the reason for it but rather a result of it. I go back and forth on which TPATH era I enjoy more. It just takes such balls for a band to put such an emphasis on growth, which I do think gets understated. It's a big part of what makes them so ageless and great. 
    The obvious radical shift between ITGWO and Wildflowers (at Tom's peak of popularity, no less) is the biggest example, but at that point he and the HB were a well-established act who had already etched their place in history. The willingness to deviate from the DTT "full speed ahead" approach for Hard Promises was to me an even gutsier call, just a few years and 1 hit album into their careers. That didn't mark a massive shift but a lesser group would've rested on their laurels and just tried to cash in on what was working for as long as they could. The trust they had in each other to create great music no matter what direction they went in... that's what really put them over the top.
     
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    CrescentMoonFever reacted to martin03345 in The Last Dj---what works what doesn't   
    So I said two years ago I would be giving my thoughts on this album because I am in the minority and rate the album very highly. Unfortunately, it seems I totally forgot or got sidetracked and never gave my thoughts on it, though I know I have in other threads. So, since we have people revisiting this after Tom's untimely death, I guess I'll finally dive deep into why I love this album so.
    Before diving into the songs themselves, I will start off by saying, my entire life, all 28 years of it so far, I have loved TPATH. My dad has always been a big fan and 2002 is the year I went from being a 12 year old casual fan to a fanatic of the band and them  becoming my favorite musical group of all time. I can still remember the countless copies of TPATH cassettes (of the albums and singles) he had in the car and in a case that he kept them all in. It's the reason why when I finally got Playback for Christmas in 2005 that when I heard "Trailer" and "Casa Dega" that I remember hearing them a long time ago and it all clicked in my head. I guess it's a benefit for your dad to work at a Universal Record Plant before it closed in 2000 and be able to get all those things lol.
     July 5th, 2002 was the day I got to go to see the band live for the first time with my dad at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC). I had asked him a couple of days before the show if we could go as something to do together after seeing online that they were touring. Luckily, he said absolutely. I thought we were only going to get lawn tickets to the show because that was what my dad had said he always had gotten when he was a younger man and would go to see the band there. After getting the tickets and being excited all day to see them, before we left I left my glasses at home so I wouldn't look like a dork (this was a big mistake because I've always been damn near blind so my visual memory of the show isn't fantastic because of it lol.) When we get on the road to drive out to the show, we're listening to a mix of Damn the Torpedoes, Hard Promises, Long After Dark, Full Moon Fever and Wildflowers. He tells me to take a look in the center console to take a look at the tickets and to my surprise, he had managed to get us 13th row tickets to the show. He had said when he and my mom had gone to Ticketmaster (yes, you use to be able to go to a local Ticketmaster to buy tickets!) and they asked for 2 lawn seats, the person waiting on them said they still had seats in the amphitheater and asked if they wanted to get them. It was our lucky day.
    When we got to the show, on our walk around the area, he was regaling me with his stories of when he and his friends would drive to see the band and all the crazy antics and stuff they would do and see at these shows. It was great to get to hear him tell his stories, things to potentially look forward to lol. We bought 2 TPATH shirts in the parking lot for 15 bucks a piece (crazy I know) and got to listen to a guy smoking a joint for the line in the bathroom bullshit with his buddy telling him how he knows Tom and how their great friends. The show had the Brian Setzer Trio open things and I got to listen to my Dad tell me how they use to be the Stray Cats and played 50s style rock and roll. I remember really liking their set and at least knowing "Stray Cat Strut". After waiting 30 minutes, TPATH opened up and kicked things off with "Runnin' Down a Dream". My dad remarked and told me that it looked like Ron Blair was up there playing bass and not Howie and how he hadn't been in the band for 20 years. Every song they played, he would tell me what album they came off and how much he loved them as he sand along to the songs. Also, being the summer tour before The Last DJ came out, we were treated to 3 of the best songs from that album: "Can't Stop the Sun", "Lost Children", and "Have Love Will Travel", the last being featured on The Live Anthology from that very show. The set list just was great, getting to listen to a 8 minute jammed out version of "Too Much Ain't Enough", some new songs, an acoustic version of "Rebels". etc. It was just a great first show and experience that is something my dad and I share and got me to want to hear everything from the band and get to know more about them. Luckily, a couple years later, I would find a bootleg of the show and add it to  the collection.
    It's during this time period between this show and Christmas they announced their new album, Tom making an appearance on The Simpsons to promote it, and waiting to get my hands on the new album. Luckily for me, I got The Last DJ, DTT, their first album and FMF for Christmas and the first album I listened to from that bunch on my new, big 6 CD player. And the experience I had was amazing.
    Now, part 2 that talks about the album itself will come in another post. This is just kind of a introduction into the emotional, nostalgic ties I have to the album. So, see you in a nother post lol.
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    CrescentMoonFever got a reaction from IndigoGypsy13 in Thoughts on the Two TPATHS   
    Absolutely. Myself I've always viewed it as "pre-Stan" vs. "post-Stan", even though that wasn't the reason for it but rather a result of it. I go back and forth on which TPATH era I enjoy more. It just takes such balls for a band to put such an emphasis on growth, which I do think gets understated. It's a big part of what makes them so ageless and great. 
    The obvious radical shift between ITGWO and Wildflowers (at Tom's peak of popularity, no less) is the biggest example, but at that point he and the HB were a well-established act who had already etched their place in history. The willingness to deviate from the DTT "full speed ahead" approach for Hard Promises was to me an even gutsier call, just a few years and 1 hit album into their careers. That didn't mark a massive shift but a lesser group would've rested on their laurels and just tried to cash in on what was working for as long as they could. The trust they had in each other to create great music no matter what direction they went in... that's what really put them over the top.
     
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    CrescentMoonFever reacted to MaryJanes2ndLastDance in The Last Dj---what works what doesn't   
    I have to be in the mood for that song.
    Reading this topic again had me listening to some of the album, but my opinion has stayed the same. It's disappointing considering the theme, the Last Dj, album and song feel like it's the start of something fantastic but it never gets there.
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    CrescentMoonFever reacted to Shelter in The Last Dj---what works what doesn't   
    Noooooo!!
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    CrescentMoonFever reacted to Mudcrutch in Note From Benmont   
    Regarding his upcoming shows...
    A Note From Benmont —
     
    "Hey y’all.
    First off, I want to thank everybody for the beautiful messages of love and support. Everybody has been so kind. It means a lot. I guess we can & should all just lean on each other through this.
    Weeks ago, before the Hollywood Bowl shows, I had planned a solo show of my own for October 28th at Largo. After what’s happened, I thought hard about whether to go ahead with it, was it right, is it too soon, am I even in a frame of mind to do it.
    Well, I’m going ahead. You don’t stop playing music on any account, for any reason, and especially when faced with such enormous loss. You play more, louder, quieter, faster, slower, sad, joyous, angry, celebratory, lovingly.
    So I’m gonna get my Steinway down to Largo on October 28th and play a bunch of my songs, just me & that piano. This is not going to be any kind of a tribute to Tom — that tribute is taking place in my heart, for now; it’s too private, it’s between me & Tom & the great whatever-there-is. But pretty much anything I’ve played since I was 17 or 18 years old has some kinda Tom to it, so maybe it’s all a kind of tribute, in a way.
    Hope to see you there, and wherever you are... well, you know the rest.
    With love & thanks,
    Benmont "
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    CrescentMoonFever reacted to spyce in I Feel Like A Forgotten Song   
    Agree with both of these. Joe is just a great tune for exactly the reason you said. It's not only seething, venomous and sarcastic, but I also get a slight sense of "F*&% You" in the song... this was done 15 years ago and it still holds true to music today. He's making a complete mockery of everything that modern music is about, but in that, he's not wrong. And the sad thing is, it's only getting worse.

    All The Wrong Reasons - Personally, I don't give a damn what others think of the song, it holds a special meaning to me and a special place in my heart. Not only that, I love music with large orchestral numbers. And this piece in particular was done very well.

    Southern Accents - I would also add Southern Accents to this list. Now, I don't know if that's considered an underrated song within the fan community or not, but I personally have not heard it much. It's a beautiful, slow, melodic song, absolutely reeking of nostalgia which I can never get enough of.

    Lost Children - This song reminds me of a song by Michael Jackson, which actually wasn't released until after he passed, but I hadn't heard TPATH Lost Children until recently... anyway, the MJ song is called Do You Know Where You Children are. TP's doesn't remind me of Jackson's so much in how they sound- the MJ song is more dance and hip-hop (which sucks, Michael kept it in his vault for a reason and then the Estate got their hands on it and completely destroyed it.. but I won't even get started on that) but they both deal with similar subject matter and I suppose that's why it reminds me of MJ's song. But I like Tom's song better because it's simpler, more raw. And often times, simple is better.

    Room At The Top - An all around beautiful song. Depressing, sure... "I love you, please love me, I'm not so bad"... but I've found solace in music like that. Like many others, I've been through a lot in my life, I've experienced a lot of pain, a lot of tragedy, a lot of heartbreak and I tend to find myself drawn, like a moth to a flame, to music that reflects these feelings and experiences. Some would run from them, I run to them... I immerse myself in the pain. It's kind of messed up, but it's the only real comfort I know- is knowing I'm not alone.

    I'm still finding new songs, or at least songs I've never heard before, so my list is rather short at the moment. I'll come back and add more songs as I think of them
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    CrescentMoonFever got a reaction from StephanieEarl in Prayers for Tom Petty - 1950-2017   
    Same, and Grohl to a lesser extent. You can tell some of these guys are still trying to find the right words.
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    CrescentMoonFever got a reaction from Liberty in Prayers for Tom Petty - 1950-2017   
    Same, and Grohl to a lesser extent. You can tell some of these guys are still trying to find the right words.
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    CrescentMoonFever got a reaction from Mudcrutch in Prayers for Tom Petty - 1950-2017   
    Same, and Grohl to a lesser extent. You can tell some of these guys are still trying to find the right words.
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    CrescentMoonFever reacted to nekolennon in Prayers for Tom Petty - 1950-2017   
    Got my tribute tattoo this week for Tom and the band for being such a big influence for half of my life. Not totally finished, but it's looking great.
     

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    CrescentMoonFever reacted to MaryJanes2ndLastDance in I Feel Like A Forgotten Song   
    I like this song a lot and am also glad it made it onto Full Moon Fever. The opening sounds like:
    The start of some old Bela Lugosi horror movie and/or the intro to a cheesy but fun local tv show horror host, showing bad horror movies most people have never seen. That's not why I like the song, it's just what i think of sometime. I thought this could've been a real showcase for Benmont...oh well.
    Anyway, great end to a great album!
    Peace!
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    CrescentMoonFever reacted to dollardime in Prayers for Tom Petty - 1950-2017   
    Tom, thank you for the music and the joy of seeing you and the band live 11 times. 11 of the best nights of my life. From first seeing the mtv video for MJLD back in 94 and through the following 23 years the music has sustained me on bad days, elevated me higher on good days and after the TV series Happy Days really deepened my love of and fascination with America. Thanks to Tom and the band I got to New York..LA..Red Rocks..Tampa, West Palm Beach and many other stop offs along the way..it was the band and Tom who gave me the impetus to travel in America...and the best decision I ever made was to book my ticket to the Marquee circus tent in Cork in June 2012 after being bowled over by my first experience of the band live in Dublin earlier that night. Cork in 2012..a small venue where I got there early to squeeze up to the sixth row..I got the nod and smile from Tom when he came on stage..I'll never forget it. Rest easy Tom and thank you for the music. It will live on in my heart always. Thoughts and prayers for Toms family and those who knew him best. Words aren't enough...I'm devastated. 
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    CrescentMoonFever got a reaction from Shelter in Prayers for Tom Petty - 1950-2017   
    Utterly heartbroken by this... Petty has always been my favorite musician and I can't see that ever changing. Taken from us way too soon. Such a legend, rest in peace and my thoughts are with his family. I don't remember being this shell-shocked by a day in news in a very long time. Unbelievable.
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    CrescentMoonFever got a reaction from Mudcrutch in Prayers for Tom Petty - 1950-2017   
    Utterly heartbroken by this... Petty has always been my favorite musician and I can't see that ever changing. Taken from us way too soon. Such a legend, rest in peace and my thoughts are with his family. I don't remember being this shell-shocked by a day in news in a very long time. Unbelievable.
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    CrescentMoonFever got a reaction from MaryJanes2ndLastDance in Petition: "Will Meet Again" for the live set! Sign your name!   
    Just rediscovered this song during an ITGWO playthrough and was shocked at how much I liked it this time around... so with that being said, time for another bump.
    13. CrescentMoonFever
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    CrescentMoonFever got a reaction from MaryJanes2ndLastDance in Petition: "Will Meet Again" for the live set! Sign your name!   
    Did he bring it back? Or do I gotta sign my name on this thing again to really put the pressure on Tom?!
    And look, I like "stretched out solos" as much as the next guy... but you can't tell me that he can't chop that last 8 minutes off "It's Good To Be King" to make room for "Will Meet Again" and maybe something like Swingin'.
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    CrescentMoonFever reacted to Miami Steve in 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.
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    CrescentMoonFever reacted to Shelter in Recently listened to Pack up the Plantation   
    It's no secret that I am not overly crazy about this album. The video/film version is a great watch.. as in time piece.. eh... you know.. But overall I find the song selection and the sound and arrangements to be considerably less interesting than say the 1982 tour or the 1987 sets that it followed and was followed by. While this 1985 piece feels extremely dated at times, a live album from any of those surrounding tours - or even from the 1989 tour would've been a classic to this this day, I think. So, why indeed it's ironic and a bit too bad that this is the official live document off Stan. Still it is kinda fun, somehow, that they got themselves documented at their most "80s". The rooftop stuff from the same era, from the documentary, is far more interesting as far as 1985 stuff goes, but in part that may be due to the photage..
    However. There are a few exceptions to this general uninterest of mine. And CrescentMoonFever are on to them all.
    Yes. One of the most underrated covers, or songs in general, on a TP album. And perhaps today it's a little known fact that this was actually a single release - ah, live singles, those were the days! - and quite successful at that. I absolutely love this song and this version. Definately a defining moment for TPATH in terms of roots, legacy and tribute. Halts nothing!
    Well, yeah. It's hard to argue with the album version of this masterpiece. But still. It was still a fairly current song at the time, and the version is quite great. Totally an overlooked song in the live set as far as slower material goes, at least a must each time Stevie shows up, imo. (Hyde Park 2017, common!!!!)
    Yes. Another one of those "defining moments", in my book. They really nail this one and it's so perfect down their alley, one of few songs that absolutely benefits from this particular era, the arrangements and the temper. One of the few songs they ever did that I think - while great and timeless and all - perhaps would not be bettered, or even equal, had they tried it today. Not sure..
     
    It did get an album spot! On the UK promo version of "Official Live Leg". It totally rips it! To have that one and Luna on the same live disc is almost more than my mind can take. Needless to say, that is a good thing. But sure.. that was what.. 40 years ago.. so sure, I too hope that one day they'll do it again! (And Luna too!!)
    Oh.. wait.. you meant studio album? That too!
     
     
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    CrescentMoonFever reacted to MaryJanes2ndLastDance in Recently listened to Pack up the Plantation   
    Wow, then this album definitely has some peaks for you. I'm curious to hear what a no frills, let's say, Mojo like take on the song would be like with an extended outro solo sans horns.
     It seemed to me like it was another attempt at writing Refugee, particularly with how it begins, instruments coming in one after the other. 
    I think you're on about Tom really liking it in the stripped back acoustic versions he's played in recent years. It seems like once a song gets played like that, rarely does he bring it back to the electric, like Walls, etc.
     They really documented something special with this song, I've never heard the original but it does fill one with longing.
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    CrescentMoonFever got a reaction from Shelter in Recently listened to Pack up the Plantation   
    1. So You Want To Be A Rock 'N Roll Star - I like it. It's one of those songs that seems like it should be better (same w/ Byrds' original) and I cannot put my finger on why I feel that way... it's a good opener. I've seen you describe "Wildflowers" as a pretty good song that lasts 3 minutes, but feels like twice that length. That kind of sums up how I feel about this one.
    2. Needles and Pins - Not going to lie, I love this cover. Everything about it. I don't agree that it halts momentum, at least not for me.
    3. The Waiting - I love the original, but like "Rebels", I feel like it's a song that works best either really rocking out, or softer like this. Great version of a great song.
    4. Breakdown - Loved your assessment of this one, MJ2LD. It's a bit long but I don't mind that, the seemingly-endlessly improv was an odd choice for an album. One of several choices made that make PUTP an album that I almost never listen to front-to-back.
    5. American Girl - Phenomenal cover. Not much to say about it, it's a slightly rockier version of the original with few real changes. 
    6. It Ain't Nothin' To Me - Very underrated song. I get bored sometimes towards the end when I'm not in the mood for it, but I do think it's a real improvement over the (still great) studio version from SA.
    7. Insider - One of my top five TPATH songs ever. Lyrically I'm not sure Tom has ever done better. His mellower stuff has always appealed to me, and I'm glad he held onto this one rather than SDMHA. Goes to show you how great Petty is, the fact that he just give away a hit song almost as a favor. Prefer the Hard Promises version though.
    8. Rockin' Around With You - Just a great song to jam out to. Really never heard another TPATH song quite like this one.
    9. Refugee - Amazing, though them stretching out the slowest parts of certain songs has long been a pet peeve of mine... "You Wreck Me" comes to mind, but he kind of does that here too. Vocally the original is unmatched IMO.
    10. Southern Accents - It felt extra. This song is at its most powerful when stripped down, but with it being a new song at the time I see why they felt the need to experiment. 
    11. Rebels - Maybe my favorite song he's ever written, chorus gets me every time. It does feel like in recent years, Petty has finally shed his confusion as to the way this song is meant to be played. He seemed caught between midtempo, harder edge, softer etc. I love the Southern Accents version and this live one, but the song feels most "at home" and right with the acoustic.
    12. Don't Bring Me Down - I like it but it made no real impression on me.
    13. Shout - Come on man... it's 9 minutes of just pure skippability. It's not bad but it's probably been 15 years since I sat through the entire thing. What's the point, replace this with 2 WAY better non-covers. I don't hate it, there was just no reason for its inclusion.
    14. Stories We Could Tell - Highlight of the album bar-none IMO. The song is inherently super-nostalgic, but the band ramps it up even more. It's a great closer and almost flawless.
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    CrescentMoonFever got a reaction from MaryJanes2ndLastDance in Recently listened to Pack up the Plantation   
    1. So You Want To Be A Rock 'N Roll Star - I like it. It's one of those songs that seems like it should be better (same w/ Byrds' original) and I cannot put my finger on why I feel that way... it's a good opener. I've seen you describe "Wildflowers" as a pretty good song that lasts 3 minutes, but feels like twice that length. That kind of sums up how I feel about this one.
    2. Needles and Pins - Not going to lie, I love this cover. Everything about it. I don't agree that it halts momentum, at least not for me.
    3. The Waiting - I love the original, but like "Rebels", I feel like it's a song that works best either really rocking out, or softer like this. Great version of a great song.
    4. Breakdown - Loved your assessment of this one, MJ2LD. It's a bit long but I don't mind that, the seemingly-endlessly improv was an odd choice for an album. One of several choices made that make PUTP an album that I almost never listen to front-to-back.
    5. American Girl - Phenomenal cover. Not much to say about it, it's a slightly rockier version of the original with few real changes. 
    6. It Ain't Nothin' To Me - Very underrated song. I get bored sometimes towards the end when I'm not in the mood for it, but I do think it's a real improvement over the (still great) studio version from SA.
    7. Insider - One of my top five TPATH songs ever. Lyrically I'm not sure Tom has ever done better. His mellower stuff has always appealed to me, and I'm glad he held onto this one rather than SDMHA. Goes to show you how great Petty is, the fact that he just give away a hit song almost as a favor. Prefer the Hard Promises version though.
    8. Rockin' Around With You - Just a great song to jam out to. Really never heard another TPATH song quite like this one.
    9. Refugee - Amazing, though them stretching out the slowest parts of certain songs has long been a pet peeve of mine... "You Wreck Me" comes to mind, but he kind of does that here too. Vocally the original is unmatched IMO.
    10. Southern Accents - It felt extra. This song is at its most powerful when stripped down, but with it being a new song at the time I see why they felt the need to experiment. 
    11. Rebels - Maybe my favorite song he's ever written, chorus gets me every time. It does feel like in recent years, Petty has finally shed his confusion as to the way this song is meant to be played. He seemed caught between midtempo, harder edge, softer etc. I love the Southern Accents version and this live one, but the song feels most "at home" and right with the acoustic.
    12. Don't Bring Me Down - I like it but it made no real impression on me.
    13. Shout - Come on man... it's 9 minutes of just pure skippability. It's not bad but it's probably been 15 years since I sat through the entire thing. What's the point, replace this with 2 WAY better non-covers. I don't hate it, there was just no reason for its inclusion.
    14. Stories We Could Tell - Highlight of the album bar-none IMO. The song is inherently super-nostalgic, but the band ramps it up even more. It's a great closer and almost flawless.
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    CrescentMoonFever got a reaction from Mudcrutch in Increased Security at Tom Petty Concerts?   
    I hope so, at least in the short term. The Ariana Grande incident did seem to be creepily aimed at younger fans to make the most devastating impact, but it's better to be safe than sorry. I'm going to one of Petty's shows in a couple weeks.
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    CrescentMoonFever reacted to Shelter in Petition: "Will Meet Again" for the live set! Sign your name!   
    What kinda universe do you live in?
     
    Oh, that actually happened! Wild, crazy and totally irresponsible as it may seem, they actually took a shot at that one. Gotta love them wild, wild boys!! Their easy going spontanity is killing me sometimes, though. I'm sure their nerves must still be in a good mess from that strange turn of event..
     
     
     
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