Tom Petty’s estate is releasing a new box set of his music on September 28, 2018. The set will have 60 recordings on it including newly discovered recordings of the late artist. Reprise Records along with Tom’s estate will release An American Treasure this fall.
Petty passed away last October due to complications of an accidental overdose of the painkillers fentanyl and oxycodone. Further information revealed, Tom Petty was suffering from a fractured hip, knee issues, and heart trouble on his latest tour. The medication was prescribed to help alleviate pain and due to his insistence to continue touring, the fracture had progressed into a full-on break. It is believed this caused the overuse of medication leading to his death.
According to Petty’s official website, An American Treasure was a labor of love from his wife Dana and daughter Adira:
“Everyone involved in this project chose each track with tremendous care and deep respect for the body of work Tom Petty created over the course of 40 years. He also accumulated a wealth of unreleased music in his vaults, and we have collectively uncovered one gem after another that will keep us all listening and discovering new facets of Tom’s talent for many years to come. We can’t wait to share with Tom’s fans this musical portrait of an artist who deeply affected our culture and indelibly touched the lives of fans the world over.”
(The first single from An American Treasure is “Keep A Little Soul”—a previously unreleased recording from 1982 sessions that resulted in Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ classic album, Long After Dark. Video courtesy of Tom Petty YouTube. 7/2018)
The box set will feature multiple formats for purchase…
- An American Treasure: Deluxe Edition— A 4-CD set that features all 60 tracks, plus a 52-page booklet with rare and previously unseen photographs of Tom, his bandmates, family and friends. The booklet also features detailed track-by-track liner notes by noted journalist and Tom Petty aficionado Bud Scoppa, who drew upon his previous interviews with Tom and new conversations with Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench and Ryan Ulyate, as well as Adria and Dana Petty.
- An American Treasure: Super Deluxe Limited Edition—A 4-CD set that features all 60 tracks and an 84-page hardbound book expanded from the Deluxe Edition to include many additional photographs and an essay by renowned author Nicholas Dawidoff – written especially for An American Treasure – that speaks to Tom Petty’s presence in our lives and influence on our culture for more than 40 years. This special package also includes a newly-created lithograph of Shepard Fairey’s cover artwork, as well as custom reproductions of Tom Petty’s handwritten lyrics to four songs featured in this collection and a numbered certificate of authenticity.
- An American Treasure: Vinyl Edition—A 6-LP set that features all 60 tracks and a 48-page booklet containing all of the photographic and editorial elements found in the CD Deluxe Edition. This set also includes the Nicholas Dawidoff essay. This special Vinyl Edition will be released on Friday, November 23, but is available for pre-order now.
- An American Treasure: Standard Edition—A 2-CD set that features 26 career spanning tracks chosen from the Deluxe editions, as well as Bud Scoppa’s detailed track-by-track.
The new Tom Petty box set is available through pre-order here.
The tragic passing of Tom Petty left his fans stunned; however, his music legacy will forever live on.