Wildflowers & All The Rest Review & Unboxing
Released: October 16, 2020
Wildflowers & All The Rest is a celebration of Tom Petty’s classic 1994 album, Wildflowers. When Petty set out to make the record, he intended the release to be a double LP. However, the record company did not share the same thinking as the legendary singer. So what the world received was one classic album made up of 15 killer tracks with no signs of filler to be found. However, it was always Tom Petty’s plan to release the rest of the songs under the title, All The Rest. Sadly, in 2017 Tom Petty passed away before making that plan a reality. Fortunately, Tom Petty’s estate is committed to keeping his legacy alive and well. Evidence of that is that the remaining songs that Tom recorded back in 2004 are now being released, along with so much more as Wildflowers & All The Rest.
Wildflowers & All The Rest Vinyl Formats
The Wildflowers & All The Rest album is being offered in various formats and sizes to please any level of Tom Petty fan. There is the 3 lp set that offers the Wildflowers album along with the All The Rest songs, all the way up to the 9 lp set that has all the bells and whistles for the biggest Tom Petty fan. We will break down what is being offered, and what each offering contains. You can really not go wrong with any of them.
3 LP – Wildflowers & All The Rest
140g edition contains the original 1994 Wildflowers album (remastered) with 15 tracks on two LPs. LP 3 contains All The Rest, the 10 songs from the Wildflowers sessions that were left off the album, 5 of which are previously unreleased.
7 LP – Wildflowers & All The Rest – Deluxe Edition
The 7 LP 140g deluxe edition of Wildflowers contains 54 tracks, 8 unreleased songs, and 24 unreleased alternate versions. In addition to the 15 track original album (remastered on two LPs), the deluxe edition contains the album All The Rest (10 songs from the original Wildflowers sessions), a double LP of 15 solo demos recorded by Petty at his home studio, and an additional double LP of 14 live versions of Wildflowers songs recorded from 1995 – 2017. The deluxe packaging includes a 60-page book, an introduction by Rick Rubin (the original producer), an essay by David Fricke, a complete track-by-track, and rare photos and specially commissioned illustrations.
9 LP – Wildflowers & All The Rest – Super Deluxe Edition
The 9 LP 180g super-deluxe edition of Wildflowers contains 70 tracks, 9 unreleased songs, and 34 unreleased alternate versions. In addition to the 15 track original album (remastered on two LPs), the super-deluxe edition contains the album All The Rest (10 songs from the original Wildflowers sessions), a double LP of 15 solo demos recorded by Petty at his home studio, and an additional double LP of 14 live versions of Wildflowers songs recorded from 1995 – 2017. Exclusive to the super-deluxe, this edition also includes two LPs of alternate versions (“Finding Wildflowers”). The super-deluxe packaging includes a hardbound 60-page book, an introduction by Rick Rubin (the original producer), an essay by David Fricke, a complete track-by-track, and rare photos and specially commissioned illustrations.
9 LP – Wildflowers & All The Rest – Ultra Deluxe Edition
70 tracks; including 9 unreleased songs; 34 unreleased versions, LP 1 & 2: Wildflowers (Original Album – Remastered) – 15 tracks, LP 3: All The Rest – 10 tracks (5 unreleased songs), LP 4 & 5: Home Recordings – 15 tracks (3 unreleased songs & 12 unreleased versions), LP 6 & 7: Wildflowers Live – 14 tracks (12 unreleased versions), LP 8 & 9: Finding Wildflowers (Alternate Versions) – 16 tracks (1 unreleased songs & 10 unreleased versions), Exclusive fabric bag designed and manufactured by Made Worn in Los Angeles, with custom metal Wildflowers closure, Hardbound 9-LP portfolioHardbound 60-page booklet (including introduction by Rick Rubin, essay by David Fricke, Track-by-Track, lyrics to the songs on Wildflowers and All The Rest), Lithograph of exclusive artwork image, Numbered Certificate of Authenticity, Dogs With Wings Tour Program Replica (1995 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Tour), Wildflowers logo cloth patch, Wildflowers logo laminated sticker, Reproductions of 4 song lyrics in Tom’s handwriting, 7” single of “You Don’t Know How It Feels” and “Girl on LSD” (exclusive to this format), Handmade bead necklace, in pouch (exclusive to this format),Lyric book (the 25 songs on Wildflowers and All The Rest), with illustrations by Blaze Ben Brooks (exclusive to this format)
Which Version Of Wildflowers & All The Rest Should I Get?
You really can’t go wrong with any of the versions. I would say that either boxing of the 9 LP sets would be for die-hard Tom Petty fans or those who just want the most they can get. Obviously, if budget is not an issue, why not go for the ultra-deluxe edition. Wildflowers is just one of those iconic records that should be in a record collection. So the 3 LP set that contains the original album plus All The Rest is a great way to do that. You can’t go wrong with that version. We went with the 7 LP set ourselves. It offered just enough extra goodies for us. We are very happy with the version. Take a look and see which one is best for you. There are also 2 CD, 4 CD, and 5 CD sets available as well if that works better for you. Again, you are getting something great with any of the options you may choose.
7 LP Wildflowers & All The Rest Deluxe Edition Unboxing Video
Would you like a better idea of what is inside the Wildflowers & All The Rest sets? Watch our video of us opening the & LP Deluxe Edition. You can be there as we peel the cellophane off the cover and dig in with us. Spoiler alert, we were definitely pleased with what we got.