I was surprised there isn’t a Tom Petty thread already. Wildflowers was released 25 years ago today. I was in grad school in Bloomington, IN, and the record store downtown used to be open at midnight on nights before big releases, so you could get the album then. I picked Wildflowers up at midnight, played it straight through, and was blown away. And then all of the singles that came out subsequently had such great outtakes–Girl on LSD in particular.
Here’s Josh Ritter on Wildflowers:
It’s hard to pick a favorite, but Crawling Back to You is definitely up there. “Most things I worry about / Never happen anyway.”
I still miss Tom Petty all the time.