The official video for Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ ‘For Real’ premieres today. The video was directed by Petty’s daughter, Adria Petty, and features archival footage and photos as well as intimate, behind-the-scenes moments of the legendary singer-songwriter and his band. You can check the new clip out below.
Throughout his storied career, Petty did everything with authenticity—putting the music and his fans first. It is this sentiment that he sings about in the poignant and autobiographical song ‘For Real,’ taken from The Best Of Everything, out now via Geffen Records/UMe, the album represents the first career-spanning collection of Tom Petty’s hits—including songs from his solo projects, songs with The Heartbreakers and essentials from the reformed Mudcrutch.
The collection continues to receive widespread critical praise, with the New York Times saying, “the emotion is irrevocable”, while the Los Angeles Times observed, “Petty’s big-picture take on music is perhaps most clearly laid out in ‘For Real,’ a previously unreleased track that serves as the moving/touching finale of the new set. It possesses the relatability and healthy dose of self-effacing humor that frequently defined his songwriting.”
Variety, meanwhile, declared, “This hits collection is a singular treasure trove for the more casual fan, although the inclusion of two previously unreleased tracks, including the moving ‘For Real,’ and a superior remastering job ensures that serious Petty aficionados will pick it up, too.”
As a supplement to last year’s critically lauded box set An American Treasure, The Best Of Everything was born from Petty’s long-term desire to release what he believed to be his strongest material across his four decades of songwriting. His family and band-mates rallied together once again to fulfill his dream. Rather than in chronological order, the special cross-label collection was sequenced as a hard-hitting playlist giving the entire catalog equal prominence.
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