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Tom Petty’s Long-Awaited ‘Wildflowers’ Box Set Gets Release Date

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Wildflowers & All The Rest is due out October 16 via Warner Records

Tom Petty’s long-awaited Wildflowers box set, which Petty teased during his final interview with the Los Angeles Times prior to his death, finally has a release date. In the Times interview, Petty said that revisiting the 1994 album would be his next big focus. Today, Warner Records announced that Wildflowers & All The Rest is due out October 16th and will feature unreleased tracks, solo demos, live performances and alternative versions.

“Wildflowers (Home Recording)” – a solo demo version of the classic title track – premiered today alongside a video featuring never-before-seen footage of Tom at his home  You can watch it in the player below.

The resurrection of Wildflowers has been a long time coming. In a 2014 interview with Rolling Stone Petty detailed his plans for the reissue, telling the magazine, “I broke through to something else. My personal life came crashing down, and it derailed me for a while. But I was at the top of my game during that record.” In 2016 on SiriusXM’s Tom Petty Radio, he discussed his desire for a Wildflowers tour to coincide with a reissue. Tom had intended to release the second half of the album – a collection he named All The Rest, featuring ten songs from the Wildflowers recording sessions that were left off the original version as well as five unreleased tracks.

Wildflowers & All The Rest has come to life thanks to the commitment of Petty’s family, bandmates and collaborators who helped unearth previously unheard gems for the release. The compilation was curated by Tom’s daughters, Adria and Annakim Petty and his wife Dana Petty, as well as Heartbreakers Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench. It was produced by Petty’s longtime engineer and co-producer Ryan Ulyate.

Wildflowers & All The Rest will be released in multiple formats. A Deluxe Edition features 15 recordings made by Petty in his home studio as he was writing the Wildflowers album. These solo demos provide an intimate look at Tom’s songwriting process, where he plays all the instruments and revises lyrics as he works. It’s rounded-off with 14 live performances of songs from Wildflowers, recorded on various tours from 1995 to 2017. 

A Super Deluxe Edition is a Direct to Consumer Limited Edition set featuring Finding Wildflowers — 16 studio recordings of alternate takes of Wildflowers songs as Petty, band members and producer Rick Rubin honed-in on the final album.

The collection features incredibly special packaging across the various formats. The Super Deluxe Edition is the most complete; it includes an introduction penned by Rick Rubin, an essay written by renowned music journalist David Fricke, ” lyrics to all the songs on Wildflowers and All The Rest, as well as an in-depth track-by-track by Jaan Uhelszki with contributions from Rubin, Ulyate, Wildflowers engineer Jim Scott, Heartbreakers live mixing engineer Robert Scovill, and Heartbreakers Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench and Steve Ferrone.

Adria Petty also oversaw the creative direction for the Wildflowers project, with original packaging illustrations by Blaze Ben Brooks, original cover beadwork by Maria Sarno, as well as Wildflowers-era photography by Mark Seliger, Robert Sebree and Martyn Atkins.

“Wildflowers (Home Recording)” is available now with pre-order of the Deluxe Edition, in addition to the recently released songs “There Goes Angela (Dream Away) (Home Recording)” and “You Don’t Know How It Feels (Home Recording).

Tom Petty – “Wildflowers (Home Recording)”

Wildflowers & All The Rest format details:

Wildflowers & All The Rest: A 2-CD and 3-LP set that features 25 tracks, with five unreleased songs. Includes lyrics to all the songs on Wildflowers and All The Rest.

Disc 1: Wildflowers (15 tracks, as per the 1994 released album)
Disc 2: All The Rest (10 tracks—five unreleased songs)

LP 1 and 2: Wildflowers 
LP 3: All The Rest 

Wildflowers & All The Rest — Deluxe Edition: A 4-CD and 7-LP set that features 54 tracks, eight unreleased songs and 24 unreleased versions. The 4-CD includes the Rick Rubin introduction, track-by-track for all the songs included on these formats, while the 7-LP also includes the David Fricke essay and lyrics to all the songs on Wildflowers and All The Rest.

Disc 1: Wildflowers 
Disc 2: All The Rest 
Disc 3: Home Recordings/Demos (15 tracks—three unreleased songs; 12 unreleased versions)
Disc 4: Wildflowers Live (14 tracks—12 unreleased versions; two distributed to Fan Club only)

LP 1 and 2: Wildflowers 
LP 3: All The Rest 
LP 4 and 5: Home Recordings/Demos
LP 6 and 7: Wildflowers Live
 
Wildflowers & All The Rest—Super Deluxe Edition: A 5-CD and 9-LP Direct to Consumer, Limited Edition set that features 70 tracks, nine unreleased songs and 34 unreleased versions. Includes Rick Rubin introduction, David Fricke essay, track-by-track for all music and lyrics to all the songs on Wildflowers and All The Rest. This set also comes with a hardbound book, cloth patch of Wildflowers logo, sticker of Wildflowers logo, replica of “Dogs with Wings” tour program (the 1995 Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers tour), hand-written 4-song lyric reprints in vellum envelope, a litho of new and exclusive art by Blaze Ben Brooks for the song “Only A Broken Heart,” and a (numbered) Certificate of Authenticity.  

Disc 1: Wildflowers 
Disc 2: All The Rest 
Disc 3: Home Recordings/Demos
Disc 4: Wildflowers Live
Disc 5: Alternate Takes (Finding Wildflowers) (16 tracks—one unreleased song; ten unreleased versions)

LP 1 and 2: Wildflowers
LP 3: All The Rest
LP 4 and 5: Home Recordings/Demos
LP 6 and 7: Wildflowers Live
LP 8 and 9: Alternate Takes (Finding Wildflowers)
 
Wildflowers & All The Rest—Ultra Deluxe Limited Edition: A 9-LP Direct to Consumer, Limited Edition set (only 475 copies will be sold). The package includes the same contents as the Super Deluxe Edition, as well as an exclusive unique unisex necklace—hand-made by Maria Sarno in a faux suede pouch, an exclusive lyric book with the illustrations by Blaze Ben Brooks, an exclusive 7” of “You Don’t Know How It Feels,” packaged in a custom fabric bag with a metal Wildflowers logo as the closure—designed and made by Los Angeles-based, Made Worn.

Tom Petty – Wildflowers & All The Rest Track Listings:

1). Wildflowers
1. Wildflowers
2. You Don’t Know How It Feels
1. Time to Move On
2. You Wreck Me
3. It’s Good to Be King
4. Only a Broken Heart
5. Honey Bee
6. Don’t Fade on Me
7. Hard on Me
8. Cabin Down Below
9. To Find a Friend
10. A Higher Place
11. House in the Woods
12. Crawling Back to You
13. Wake Up Time

2). All The Rest
1. Something Could Happen
2. Leaving Virginia Alone
3. Climb That Hill Blues
4. Confusion Wheel
5. California
6. Harry Green
7. Hope You Never
8. Somewhere Under Heaven
9. Climb That Hill
1. Hung Up and Overdue

3). Home Recordings
1. There Goes Angela (Dream Away)
2. You Don’t Know How It Feels
3. California
4. A Feeling of Peace
5. Leave Virginia Alone
6. Crawling Back to You
7. Don’t Fade on Me
8. Confusion Wheel
9. A Higher Place
10. There’s a Break in the Rain (Have Love Will Travel)
1. To Find a Friend
2. Only a Broken Heart
3. Wake Up Time
4. Hung Up and Overdue
5. Wildflowers

4). Wildflowers Live
1. You Don’t Know How It Feels
2. Honey Bee
3. To Find a Friend
4. Walls
5. Crawling Back to You
6. Cabin Down Below
7. Drivin’ Down to Georgia
1. House in the Woods
2. Girls on LSD
3. Time to Move On
4. Wake Up Time
5. It’s Good to Be King
6. You Wreck Me
7. Wildflowers

 5). Alternate Versions (Finding Wildflowers)
Note: only available on 9-LP and 5-CD formats
1. A Higher Place
2. Hard on Me
3. Cabin Down Below
4. Crawling Back to You
5. Only a Broken Heart
6. Drivin’ Down to Georgia
7. You Wreck Me
8. It’s Good to Be King
9. House in the Woods
10. Honey Bee
11. Girl on LSD
12. Cabin Down Below (Acoustic Version)
13. Wildflowers
14. Don’t Fade on Me
15. Wake Up Time
16. You Saw Me Comin’

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