Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers – She’s The One OMPS

I Wanna Taranna Pt. 17: BMV #17 (3-For-$10 #9) Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – She’s The One OMPS

First off, I am shocked that it seems [after minimal (lazy) searching of the KMA archives] that I have not reviewed this CD before. This is an oversiiiiight and I am remiss. Because this album? I LOVE IT.

Second off, I didn’t need to buy this disc. I already owned it! But for some dumb reason it wasn’t in the list I carry on my phone, and when I saw it in the 3-for-$10 bin I panicked and wondered what happened to my copy so I bought it anyway. I found my old copy when I got home, so it’s time to update that damn list! I couldn’t imagine I’d have ever gotten rid of this album anyway, but I had to be sure.

So now I have two copies of one of my all-time favourite Tom Petty efforts (another is Wildflowers, which plays a role in a moment… read on). But Aaron, you say, it’s just a movie soundtrack. The man had SO MUCH great stuff! So many classic albums and tunes! Why this? True, every word… Simply, the songs on here hit me just right every time and I love it completely.

Recorded for the 1996 film of the same name, We have two interesting different versions of both Walls [Walls (Circus) and Walls (No.3)*] and Angel Dream [Angel Dream (No.4) and Angel Dream (No.2)], as well as covers of Beck’s great tune Asshole, and Lucinda Williams’ brilliant Change The Locks. The whole album of songs is spacey, trippy, and bloody goddamn gorgeous. It feels like you’re right there with them in the room, and it’s so warm and enveloping and real that you just can’t help but get swept away in it all.

Interestingly, this soundtrack also contains songs that were recorded for Wildflowers (see, I promised!), but were included here instead. Maddeningly, when they re-released all of Petty’s catalog in high-res audio in 2015, this album and Wildflowers were the only two they did NOT reissue. Gah. 

So for personnel we have Tom Petty, Mike Campbell, Howie Epstein and Benmont Tench. You may recognize a few other names who played on songs for this record: Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Lindsey Buckingham, and Steve Ferrone. To name a few. 

Seriously folks, this is one of my favourite Petty albums, top to bottom. And now I own two copies!

Also: This post concludes coverage for all of my finds from BMV during this I Wanna Taranna trip. Thank you once again, BMV! Up next: Sonic Boom!


* Walls (No.3) was also included in the Tom Hanks comedy Larry Crowne.

14 thoughts on “Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers – She’s The One OMPS

  1. J. says:

    I don’t know this one at all, but I count 3 votes here for this being awesome, so I guess I best get to checking it out!


  2. BuriedOnMars says:

    I’m right there with you. This is one of my all time Tom Petty favs. Still have the copy I bought on day one of its release. I have yet to see the movie. I didn’t know Asshole is a Beck tune!


    1. keepsmealive says:

      Hooray! Yup, it’s awesome. Get Wildflowers too, which is from around the same time. You can thank me later! 😉

      Yup, Asshole is a Beck tune, it was on his album called One Foot In The Grave.


  3. Aphoristical says:

    I had this one and sold it, and now I kind of miss it, especially Walls with Lindsey Buckingham. Must be one of Carl Wilson’s last appearances too – I think he’s on it? It’s kind of the tail end of his comeback – he got that second wind at the end of the 1980s with Full Moon Fever and the Travelling Wilburies, and kept riding it for quite a while.


      1. Aphoristical says:

        Thanks for the offer, but it’s not really worth sending to NZ I don’t think. I’m planning on doing a Tom Petty page sometime, at least through to She’s The One, and I feel like it’s embedded in my brain pretty well and I can remember most of the songs. One of my first CDs so it got lots of airtime.


          1. Aphoristical says:

            It’ll be a while. It’s a pretty intimidating discography, as I generally get the impression that he made a whole lot of good albums with little stylistic variation. Plus I’m not very familiar with his earlier albums yet – mainly know the two disc anthology and the 1989-1996 stuff.


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