The Tom Petty Estate are keeping fans satiated with a steady stream of goodies from the legendary artist's Wildflowers era.
Last year, a massive nine-disc super deluxe reissue of Tom Petty’s Wildflowers unveiled a treasure trove of alternative takes, jams and songwriting sessions, offering incredible insight into the 1994 masterpiece.
In March this year, Finding Wildflowers (Alternate Versions) was announced as a 16-track stand-alone album of tracks that were previously only available on the limited-edition Wildflowers & all the Rest Super Deluxe release.
Now, the 16-track collection is available on digital streaming platforms for the very first time.
Petty originally intended Wildflowers to be a double album but was persuaded to rethink by co-producers Rick Rubin and Mike Campbell. He frequently spoke of revisiting the unheard material in the years before his death in 2017.
“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,” a statement reads.
“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.”
Finding Wildflowers (Alternate Versions) can be streamed below. Pre-order the album on CD, black vinyl or gold vinyl, here.
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