Tom Petty: ‘Finding Wildflowers (Alternate Versions)’ Out 4/16; Stream ‘You Saw Me Comin”


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Finding Wildflowers (Alternate Versions) is a new collection of material from Tom Petty that first surfaced on the limited edition Super Deluxe 9-LP version of Wildflowers & All the Rest, which was released in mid-October as an elaborate commemorative revisiting of Petty‘s acclaimed 1994 solo album.

On April 16, Warner Records will release Finding Wildflowers (Alternate Versions) will be released on its own. The new release, curated by his family, bandmates and collaborators, will mark the songs’ first appearance on digital streaming platforms, as well. A black vinyl edition will follow on May 7.

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As a preview of the new collection, here’s a new music video for “You Saw Me Comin’,” a previously unreleased song from 1992 that closes out the new collection:

Said longtime members of the Heartbreakers Benmont Tench of the song:

“There’s this kind of longing in the song, in the way that he wrote the chord structure, the melody and the lyrics. It’s wistful, and it would have been the perfect way to end the disc.”

More details on Finding Wildflowers (Alternate Versions), per a news release:

Finding Wildflowers (Alternate Versions) features 16 studio recordings of alternate takes, long cuts and jam versions of Wildflowers songs as Tom, band members and co-producer Rick Rubin worked to finalize the album in 1994. The release offers fans further deep access into the writing and recording of Wildflowers, as well as realizing the full vision of the project as Tom had always intended.

The collection was produced by Tom’s longtime engineer and co-producer Ryan Ulyate who listened to 245 reels of 24-track tape, revealing Tom and his collaborators’ evolutionary process and finding the group willing to do whatever it took to discover the essence and magic in the material.


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