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THE STRINGER ERA BEGINS
Rob picks up his keys to the kingdom on 4/3. (3/28a)
FISHER KING
ACM boss talks Nashville (3/27a)
UNDERWOOD MOVES TO CAPITOL NASHVILLE
Grainge and Dungan lure the superstar (3/28a)
STREAMING SONGS: UNIVERSALLY DOMINANT
75% marketshare ... that's good, right? (3/24a)
SPOTIFY DEALS
If they don't come soon, what happens to the IPO?
LORDE'S NEXT LEVEL
How Melodrama took shape.
LABEL BIGWIGS SPILL THE BEANS
We go deep with a couple of top execs.
THE STRINGER ASCENDENCY
This adventure coming soon to a trade website near you.
Critics' Choice
FOUR DECADES OF PETTY ON VINYL: THE CURE FOR WHAT AILS YOU
12/16/16

Sometimes a project is so huge it takes two burly major label outlets to lift it. Such is clearly the case with the two hefty Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 40th anniversary box sets, The Complete Studio Albums, Vols. 1 & 2—two glorious testaments to some of the finest rock and roll ever committed to vinyl (more of the details here). The nine-disc Vol. 1 (1976-91) and seven-disc Vol. 2 (1994-2014) are being delivered via UMe and Reprise/Warner Bros., and they sound like a million bucks—not only because of the outrageous catalog of great music but because they’ve been lovingly reissued on 180-gram vinyl. Several of the albums have been out of print for years (vinyl of the great Wildflowers, for one, has been fetching a pretty penny on eBay and elsewhere). In addition to the cavalcade of giants hits—“American Girl,” “Refugee,” “Don’t Do Me Like That,” “Breakdown,” “Last Dance With Mary Jane,” “You Don’t Know How It Feels,” and so on—the non-aficionado can discover a world of brilliant, incisive songwriting. Those of us who strive to write good songs tend to ask “What would Tom Petty do?” Here’s why.