If you were fortunate enough to see Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on their recent Mojo tour, you know just how cool this record truly is.
Tom Petty and second in command Mike Cambell made sure that the fans got a full helping of all the Hearbreakers hits, playing multiple evenings in a number of the venues on the tour list, but with such an extensive catalog at their disposal, fans were treated to most of the current album. And that’s what is presented here on Kiss My Amps, a one album slice, offering seven choice cuts. The album was limited to 5000 copies for Record Store Day, released on 25 November in the US.
Fortunately for Petty aficionados, this album has not sold out yet, and there are still a few copies available at sticker price. Other than “Sweet William” which was recorded in June of 2008, the rest of the tracks were recorded between 16 June and 18 September of 2010. As good as the studio version of Mojo is, the Heartbreakers are always at their best on the stage. At 61, Petty and company show no signs of slowing down.
Mixed by long time Petty engineer Ryan Ulyate and mastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering, this record does a spectacular job at capturing this band at it’s best. The only disappointment is that the powers that be didn’t make this a two record set. Digital fans rejoice, those purchasing the album are also treated to a 24/96 flac download (or a 320kb/sec MP3 version, but seriously, who would want that?).
If you missed Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on their last go, here’s your chance to catch part of the action.