A previously unreleased track from Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers has been released as a stream. The song, Gainesville is a reference to Petty’s home town and was recorded when the band was putting material together for the 1999 album Echo and will also be part of the upcoming box set An American Treasure, which is set to drop September 28th.
Ryan Ulyate, the album’s producer told tells Rolling Stone: “Echo is supposedly his dark album but Gainesville is this guy looking back on this early life.
“It is very self-referential from a guy who has some nostalgia for a simpler time. I love the song. It’s just great, but I can see how it didn’t necessarily fit the vibe of Echo.”
The box set will come loaded with 2CD, 4CD and 6LP, and include material put together by Ulyate, Petty’s widow Dana, as well as his daughter Adria, Heartbreakers’ keyboard player Belmont Trench, and the bands guitarist Mike Campbell.
The collection is a must for Petty fans. It features 60 tracks, 41 of which are previously unreleased or rare recordings, while the remaining 19 are taken from Petty’s extensive catalogue.
All of the 60 songs in the box set have been re-mastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering.
Check out “Gainesville” below: