The Brand — December 8, 2000

Beatles, Petty release catalog hits
By Jason Casselberry
The Brand — December 8, 2000

Tis’ the season to be merry. And tis’ the season to crank out the greatest hits discs. So without further ado, here’s two discs that may be to your liking, The Beatles 1, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ Anthology — Through the Years.

The Beatles 1 come hot off the heels of not only the release of the book Beatles Anthology, but on the 20th anniversary of the death of John Lennon. And the purpose of the album: to showcase 27 of The Beatles’ best hits, serves its purpose well. Name a Beatles song; it’s on there (except “Strawberry Fields” and “Please Please Me”). Anybody that has yet to hear what a Beatles song sounds like needs to make this an essential purpose.

The Heartbreakers, on the other hand, is cranking out their third “Best of” compilation in five years. But that’s OK. It’s got their best stuff on here, two discs to be exact. And it’s all good. You’ve heard these songs before and they’re just as good, even digitally remastered.

If you’ve bought a greatest hits set like this before by these groups, stay away. If not, then you needs these compilations.
Beatles: A+; Tom Petty: A

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