Tom Petty’s 1994 album “Wildflowers” has finally reached full bloom.
When the late rock frontman made the album – only his second in a then-two decade career not to be labeled as a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers project – Petty initially envisioned it as a two-CD set with 25 songs.
At the suggestion of record label Warner Bros., Petty pruned down the project. He released a single-disc masterpiece, which would go on to be certified triple platinum, selling more than three million copies, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. “Wildflowers” also earned him his first solo Grammy, the 1995 best male rock performance award for the song, “You Don’t Know How It Feels.”
In later years, Petty returned to his vision of an expanded “Wildflowers,” with that original second album of songs. It was a project he wouldn’t finish before his death in October 2017 at the age of 66, shortly after the Heartbreakers finished its 40th Anniversary tour.
Now his family and music mates have finished the job.
“Wildflowers & All The Rest ($19.98-up), out Friday, includes a remastered version of the original album and a second disc of ten songs from those considered for the original two-CD version. More decked-out editions offer additional insights into Petty’s two-year creative flurry with a collection of the musician’s solo home demos, a vast assortment of rarities and previously unreleased recordings, and live performances.