Essential Listening: Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers – Southern Accents In The Sunshine 1993 FM Broadcast Gainesville Florida (2CD)

Southern Accents In The Sunshine 1993 FM Broadcast Gainesville Florida (2CD)

2CD FM broadcast captures tom pettys complete 1993 homecoming concert, his first show in Gainesville, Florida for 20 years

Following the breakup of Heartbreakers Mudcrutch in 1975, Tom Petty and former band-mates Benmont Tench and Mike Campbell,joined up with some other Gainesville musicians, bassist Ron Blair and drummer Stan Lynch, to become Tom Petty and theHeartbreakers, in 1976. But, even then, success was not immediate, and they had many struggles ahead. When their first album wasreleased in November 1976, it initially received little attention, selling only a few thousand copies over the `initial months. They releasedtwo singles, 'Breakdown' and 'American Girl', and both failed to chart in the US. Apparently, potential punters were confused; they lookedlike a new wave band (the album cover photo especially), but the music was pure rock n' roll with a definite 60's throwback style.Fortunately, however, the UK seemed to 'get it', and they became popular there, with the album climbing to #24 on the British charts.Slowly, after news of their success in Britain, the album began picking up interest in the US, finally entering the Billboard charts almost afull year after its initial release. 'Breakdown' was re-released too, and this time made it into the top 40.

Back in Gainesville, the community was very supportive and proud of Petty's success. However, by the late 80's, there was also somegrowing resentment, that Tom had forsaken his hometown, that now that he had made it big, he rarely came back to his local fans and hisroots there. Thus, the show presented here, from 1993, represented his homecoming to Gainesville, his first major concert there since packing up his van and leaving with Mudcrutch, almost 20 years before. This show was just prior to the release of his greatest hits albumand while he was in the process of moving to a new label. The greatest hits album also included 2 new recently recorded songs ; 'Mary Jane's Last Dance' and a cover of Thunderclap Newman's 'Something in the Air', both of which are included in this show. And the show was broadcast on the radio nationwide, in superb FM quality. So, here is Tom Petty's triumphant, yet somewhat overdue, return to Gainesville. Although some of the circulating FM versions of the show are shortened substantially, this is the full show in all its glory.

Disc 1
1.  Love Is a Long Road 4:44
2.  Into The Great Wide Open 4:26
3.  Listen to Her Heart  4:25
4.  I Won't Back Down 4:59
5.  Free Fallin' 5:05
6.  Psychotic Reaction 6:51
7.  Ben's Boogie 3:57
8.  Don't Come Around Here No More 9:14
9.  Something in the Air 4:27
10.  Mary Jane's Last Dance 8:50
11.  King's Highway 3:40
12.  A Face in the Crowd 4:31

Disc 2
1.  Ballad of Easy Rider 4:08
2.  Take Out Some Insurance 5:44
3.  Thirteen Days 4:59
4.  Southern Accents 5:22
5.  Yer So Bad 3:28
6.  Driving Down To Georgia 6:30
7.  Lost Without You 6:53
8.  Refugee 4:39
9.  Running Down A Dream 5:12
10.  Learning To Fly 4:56
11.  Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 4:21
12.  American Girl 4:44
13.  Alright For Now 2:40