NEWS: Tom Petty's 'Finding Wildflowers (Alternate Versions)' to be released on April 16th
‘Finding Wildflowers (Alternate Versions)’ is the latest offering of Tom Petty music, curated with help from his loving family, bandmates and collaborators, and will be released on April 16th via Warner Records.
The tracks, which were previously released on the limited-edition Super Deluxe 9-LP version of 2020’s ‘Wildflowers & All The Rest’, will now be available on limited edition gold vinyl, CD and on all digital streaming platforms for the first time. A black vinyl release will follow on May 7th. The album is available to pre-order here.
The album is today previewed by ‘You Saw Me Comin’’, a previously unreleased recording from 1992, which premieres alongsidea video directed by Joel Kazuo Knoernschild and Katie Malia. Reflecting upon recording ‘You Saw Me Comin’’ for ‘Wildflowers’, Heartbreaker Benmont Tench notes, “There’s this kind of longing in the song, in the way that he wrote the chord structure, the melody and the lyrics. It’s wistful, and it would have been the perfect way to end the disc.”
‘Finding Wildflowers (Alternate Versions)’ features 16 studio recordings of alternate takes, long cuts and jam versions of ‘Wildflowers’ songs as Tom, band members and co-producer Rick Rubin worked to finalize the album in 1994. The release offers fans further deep access into the writing and recording of ‘Wildflowers’, as well as realizing the full vision of the project as Tom had always intended.
The collection was produced by Tom’s long-term engineer and co-producer Ryan Ulyate who listened to 245 reels of 24-track tape, revealing Tom and his collaborators’ evolutionary process and finding the group willing to do whatever it took to discover the essence and magic in the material.
‘Finding Wildflowers (Alternate Versions)’ follows ‘Wildflowers & All The Rest’. Critical acclaim included Uncut (“It sounds even better at this extended – and intended length”) and Classic Rock (“This is worth luxuriating in”). Meanwhile, Mojo stated, “The quality of the songs, performances and recordings is so consistently high, any staunch Petty enthusiast should be delighted.”
In fact, the songs on ‘Finding Wildflowers (Alternate Versions)’ first initiated the estate’s discovery and curation process for the larger project.