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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers — Breakdown (Live)
Album: The Live Anthology
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Released: 2009
Length: 7:45
Plays (last 30 days): 1
It's all right if you love me
It's all right if you don't
I'm not afraid of you running away
Honey, I've got the feeling you won't
There is no sense in pretending
Your eyes give you away
Something inside you is feeling like I do
We said all there is to say
Baby Breakdown
Go ahead and give it to me
Breakdown honey take me through the night
Breakdown now I standin' here can't you see
Breakdown, it's all right
It's all right
It's all right
Breakdown
Go ahead and give it to me
Breakdown honey take me through the night
Breakdown now I standin' here can't you see
Breakdown, it's all right
It's all right
It's all right
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Kristmas Time....
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were one of the best, tightest, most musical, and most "feeling" bands to ever take the stage.  Their music is not complicated, but like it or not, they were absolute masters of their craft in a live setting.
 Cynaera wrote:

Maybe think of it this way:  When the groove is right, there's all manner of improvisations that keep the groove going.  A lot of live music is about wandering, testing, playing, and just getting saturated in the whole experience.  If an artist is comfortable with the band, and if the audience is receptive, it's pretty hard to stick to the original version of a song. It's about playfulness, flexibility, and trust.

If you're not happy with the live version of this, stick with the studio version and quit bitching. (I mean that in a gently snarky way, with a hug and a cup of chamomile tea.) 

 
Agree 100% - well said.
The Heartbreakers and Petty were so tight, and so in-the-groove in a live setting, as anyone who has seen them will attest to.  Their reach never exceeded their grasp, and they could feel that groove for hours.
Songs like this - moments like this - are what make live music such a wonderful experience.
 Jelani wrote:
He really ruins this song in this version.
 

You've held that {incorrect} position for over a decade. To rebut, I re-share the reply to an earlier comment of yours from the great Cynaera:

Cynaera wrote:

Maybe think of it this way: When the groove is right, there's all manner of improvisations that keep the groove going. A lot of live music is about wandering, testing, playing, and just getting saturated in the whole experience. If an artist is comfortable with the band, and if the audience is receptive, it's pretty hard to stick to the original version of a song. It's about playfulness, flexibility, and trust.

If you're not happy with the live version of this, stick with the studio version and quit bitching. (I mean that in a gently snarky way, with a hug and a cup of chamomile tea.)


He really ruins this song in this version.
 AbileneTexas wrote:

Me too. 
 
I saw him 4x and he was in fact amazing live
 TLynneHenry wrote:
This is making me regret that I never saw Petty live in concert.
 
Me too. 
 tomperth1 wrote:
I always enjoyed Tom Petty's music, without being a huge fan.  Then a friend gave me a copy of his Greatest Hits, and I was knocked out - song after song of immense quality.
 
Live and Learn, makes not dying worthwhile!
This is making me regret that I never saw Petty live in concert.
 Silvervanman wrote:

Absolutely. Is this guy one of the moronic "play something we know" brigade? I love it when a band improvises and it's half the reason for going to see them live anyway, otherwise might as well sit at home and put the record on

 

When I saw TP he did Breakdown similar but it kinda went with the audience participation, and we were loving it. He gave his all on stage and we loved him for it. That and the great music. And, that's alright.
 Cynaera wrote:

Maybe think of it this way:  When the groove is right, there's all manner of improvisations that keep the groove going.  A lot of live music is about wandering, testing, playing, and just getting saturated in the whole experience.  If an artist is comfortable with the band, and if the audience is receptive, it's pretty hard to stick to the original version of a song. It's about playfulness, flexibility, and trust.

If you're not happy with the live version of this, stick with the studio version and quit bitching. (I mean that in a gently snarky way, with a hug and a cup of chamomile tea.) 

 
Absolutely. Is this guy one of the moronic "play something we know" brigade? I love it when a band improvises and it's half the reason for going to see them live anyway, otherwise might as well sit at home and put the record on

 h8rhater wrote:
My first rock and roll show:  TP and the Heartbreakers, Merriweather Post, Summer '79.  They put a fire in me that I've had since that day.  Damn the Torpedoes.  Full speed ahead. 

The end of an era come too soon.  Tom Petty. RIP.
 
Even better at the Whiskey in'77
Goes to 9 today 
And I thought for a second it's Suzy Quattro funny , I wonder if  I am sound and well
Jesus Christ! What a fabulous version of this song! I’m a give it a 10
Thanks for the great music Tom,rest easy🙏
I always enjoyed Tom Petty's music, without being a huge fan.  Then a friend gave me a copy of his Greatest Hits, and I was knocked out - song after song of immense quality.
 Miannb wrote:
The segue into "Hit the Road, Jack" just flat out killed me.
 
I +1'd this tune b/c of that little bit of "Hit the Road, Jack" - glad my wife got to see TP a month before his too-soon-death....a little jealous I couldn't go though....what's hers is mine, right, including her memories?  Long Live RP and RIP TP!!
Great to hear a live version of this Tom Petty classic!  :)
Intro makes double alive this unique song.
TP's best!
 h8rhater wrote:
My first rock and roll show:  TP and the Heartbreakers, Merriweather Post, Summer '79.  They put a fire in me that I've had since that day.  Damn the Torpedoes.  Full speed ahead. 

The end of an era come too soon.  Tom Petty. RIP.
 

I saw a show on that tour, standing in the front row; awesome.
"It's All Right"
this kicks ass!
s'alright!
Long live TP.
 markybx wrote:
That reminds me (random anecdote follows), a DJ friend of mine, a few years back, threw a big party to celebrate his 33 1/3 birthday. Kids these days wouldn't understand the significance.
 
Saw a bumper sticker recently that said 78 RPM, a speed we can all live with
That reminds me (random anecdote follows), a DJ friend of mine, a few years back, threw a big party to celebrate his 33 1/3 birthday. Kids these days wouldn't understand the significance.
Classic Tom Petty {#Hearteyes}
The segue into "Hit the Road, Jack" just flat out killed me.
 cc_rider wrote:
Rock In Peace. 

 
{#Crown}{#Cowboy}{#Daisy}
Rock In Peace. 
Thank you Tom, you channeled magic in your music and touched my heart with your sometimes quiet, sometimes defiant, always pure, raw reality. 
"Music is probably the only real magic I have encountered in my life. There's not some trick involved with it.
It's pure and it's real.
It moves, it heals, it communicates.
And does all these incredible things."
- Tom Petty 1950 - 2017
Sigh. . . RIP Tom, you were a great inspiration. 
My first rock and roll show:  TP and the Heartbreakers, Merriweather Post, Summer '79.  They put a fire in me that I've had since that day.  Damn the Torpedoes.  Full speed ahead. 

The end of an era come too soon.  Tom Petty. RIP.
Another brilliant light extinguished…

RIP, Tom. Thank you for sharing your talents over the years.

Another great one gone.  This, more than the aches and pains and blurry eyesight, makes me feel like I'm aging.

Thanks for the great music, old friend.  RIP
Thank you for everything, Tom.  What an outstanding songwriter, musician, and, from all accounts both personal and reported, person.  You are already missed terribly.
 TampaPurple wrote:
From one Floridian to another - Thanks, Tom, for all the music.  Rest in Peace.  

 
{#Yes}
Almost forgot but see in the comments this was my upload, 7 years ago.
Something reassuring about hearing it today, despite the terrible news. Live versions can have their quirks but this is a reminder, beyond all the "radio hits" what a great performer Tom Petty (& the Heartbreakers!) were. We'll have it forever.
No one gets out'ta here alive. But while you were here, Sir Tom of the Petty clan, you did good!  I wish you well with whatever awaits you, and for that matter I say the same for us all.  Go with grace!  Salute! {#Cheers}

Highlow
American Net'Zen
Shocking. Sad. More evidence of the end of another era.  But it's life. That's the way it works. Tom, you and the band sure ran down that dream. Simple but sincere and smokin' hot rock and roll. 
Big Love to Mr. Petty. {#Heartkiss}
talented songwriter and musician
fantastic band
so sad{#Cry}
From one Floridian to another - Thanks, Tom, for all the music.  Rest in Peace.  
RIP Tom. You provided a great deal of the music to the soundtrack of my life. Thank you.
R.I.P. Tom Petty! {#Cry}
Sad news and too young to go.
Been listening to a lot of Tom Petty and Traveling Wilburys to honor the recent and sudden passing of a legend :-(
So sad...RIP, Tom. {#Cry}
THANK YOU BILL!!!!

RIP Mr. Petty.
 CruzanBits wrote:
I use the phrase "You're gonna put me out of a job" all the time when someone takes it upon themselves to just Google something rather than asking me, the IT guy. Makes me smile every time.

 
From one IT guy to another... luckily they have not figured out that a simple 'reboot' fixes 9 out of 10 IT problems otherwise we really would be out of a job {#Wink}


I use the phrase "You're gonna put me out of a job" all the time when someone takes it upon themselves to just Google something rather than asking me, the IT guy. Makes me smile every time.
love it! absolutely beautiful.
This is an incredible version of an immortal song. I was lucky and blessed to see them jam at Red Rocks summer of '85. Incendiary...
did I hit 10 by mistake? this is the anti-Deadote. 😁 I remember this song from Row 2. sallright.
 Meolla_Reio wrote:
Can we please stop with this (live) theme? Unbelievably annoying. I would have liked the song otherwise. =
 
i know right the studio version never got much air so play that again for the 37-millionth time  {#Whipit}
{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Dancingbanana}{#Dancingbanana}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Dancingbanana_2}
Can we please stop with this (live) theme? Unbelievably annoying. I would have liked the song otherwise. =\
His silly improv-o-rap/spoken word BS totally ruins this.
Great, but seems overplayed lately.
Amazing version.....always love hearing it!
awesome music (+ Grace Jones' stunning visage : )
 treatment_bound wrote:


She is rather intimidating...

Grace Jones,Warm Leatherette,Canada,Deleted,LP RECORD,523349
..

 
Nah, just think Oscar with shoulders
Yup... this got my head bobbing up and down!  :-)
how can i find this exact version on YouTube?  gahhh.... lOvE

{#Clap}
123K
Go G-ville, FL!! {#Bananajam}
Got me smiling!
Thank you TJOpoopertoot!  Super sounds from a super band
This was my upload and it's always a lovely surprise to hear it come on and brighten up the day.
As it nears its end, I realize I've been smiling for the last five minutes.
Classic song of course, and nice album cover art.
All that chit-chat is good chit-chat...
All time classic song from his Tom-ness, although I generally hate live recordings (including this one) unless I was at the concert!
these guys are alright
This is one of THE ultimate live song recordings. I always enjoy hearing it.
 
 pkimbrel wrote:
Don't usually go for the live recordings.  But this is awesome!!
 
Don't usually go for Tom Petty, but this is good. Slipping in "Hit the Road Jack" is a nice touch.
Don't usually go for the live recordings.  But this is awesome!!
i remember nights closing up the restaurant for the night, requesting this song, and shouting along, "BREAK DOWN!" different context, but a great song. and this live version is brilliant.
 funkyalfonso wrote:


Really? I thought Grace Jones sang it wonderfully. Sorta dangerous.

 

She is rather intimidating...



Grace Jones,Warm Leatherette,Canada,Deleted,LP RECORD,523349


..
The, "buppa bubbubba buppa bubbubba buppa bubbubba buppa bubbubba buppa bubbubba buppa bubbubba" part gets harder and harder to listen to. Otherwise a great song.
Learning to fly... ;-)
RP probably shouldn't play this, because every time this plays - I have to leave RP to listen to this album again (and again). 
SIR TOM!!!
 funkyalfonso wrote:


Really? I thought Grace Jones sang it wonderfully. Sorta dangerous.

 
Just the song? Grace Jones is dangerous. Must, must check that cover out. Loved her song "Slave to the Rhythm" and her version of "Warm Leatherette." Oh, and "Walking In the Rain." 

 
10, of course!
Tom Petty is one of the best "big shows" I've ever seen.  He can really connect, even with a 25K people in the crowd.  Great entertainer.  



Businessgypsy wrote:
Shepard Fairey sometimes infuriates me with his attitudes and preachiness - but the dude is a hell of a designer and a master propagandist. I might want to knuckle up with him over politics, but I'd be honored to buy him a beer afterward and discuss space division. Excellent cover art, Mr. Fairey.

 
He is indeed a heck of a designer.  I saw an exhibition of his in Boston in January 2009.  Very cool stuff.  


Shepard Fairey sometimes infuriates me with his attitudes and preachiness - but the dude is a hell of a designer and a master propagandist. I might want to knuckle up with him over politics, but I'd be honored to buy him a beer afterward and discuss space division. Excellent cover art, Mr. Fairey.
 enkay wrote:

Smeagol? Is that you?
 
You gollum be kidding!
 Lazarus wrote:

love this live version as much as I love biting the heads of live delicious fish...

 
Smeagol? Is that you?

love this live version as much as I love biting the heads of live delicious fish...
 hbs47 wrote:
A great live album, spoilt by the audience. Probably American or at least learned from them , why can't you just listen to the music and then applaud at the end. You have say look at me I recognise a tune, and go yeah at every opportunity.

Singing along is different. 

 
Clearly you have never been to a Tom Petty concert which is a shame for you.   The audience is encouraged to sing along on Breakdown.  They have been since the song was written and first performed 30+ years ago.  Check out the live version on 1984's Pack Up the Plantation.  They are doing what the artist wishes.  It wouldn't the same without it.


This is a nice, chill rendition of a song that I don't much care for in its studio incarnation. Could do without the crowd noise, but it still merits a solid 6.
Like it.
 rlr511 wrote:
not sure why RP plays this guy so much.  there's only so much Tom Petty i can take on a daily basis. 

 
Because he is an amazing artist and at 7:6 Richter Scale and 609 postings says it all... Keep it up Bill and Rebecca here's one happy bunny here..
 bb_matt wrote:
So clearly the same era and similar style to Thin Lizzy - really reminds me of them, or them of this :)

Classic. 

 
Nice comparison! Has the same swagger as Phil and his boys in their prime.
not sure why RP plays this guy so much.  there's only so much Tom Petty i can take on a daily basis. 
So clearly the same era and similar style to Thin Lizzy - really reminds me of them, or them of this :)

Classic. 


marvelous...
 
Yay!  Classic!!! Lurve the Rhodes.


Poacher you're quite a unit, eh mate? Rapier-like grumpiness!
Early pre-Torpedoes TP.  Nice.
 Ballzak wrote:
Uh, why don't you just stay at home and listen to the shit in your living room?
How 'bout you sit on your hands during a football match until a goal is scored?  Ain't near as much fun is it?
Live music is for the living.
 
Well, being as I have no empathy for football. I can't comment on it being fun (although I have been to matches in the past). 

But as a regular live music attender I can sympathise. I have been to hundreds of gig's where to be there and be part of the crowd is just fantastic - the energy, the shared smiles, the dancing, the sheer excitement. 

But on rare occasions - usually at larger venues, but not exclusively - I have had to endure people around me shouting (not singing) the lyrics at the top of their ill advised voices and totally ruining the gig for me. Yes, you can call me a grumpy old git - but it is actually a bugbear of mine including people trying to shout a conversation while someone is performing so that it disturbs people (me) around them. 

Yes, I can have a fine old time at a gig, I can still jump up and down and shout, scream, whistle, clap and bop like I always have. . . but I have a sense of sharing my space with my fellow listeners. 

Those who spoil it for others by making it difficult to enjoy what one has usually paid a lot for can, in my humble opinion, fuck off. 
Dear Bill, Please play this more often. Thank you!
Classic.  Love TP,
 hbs47 wrote:
A great live album, spoilt by the audience. Probably American or at least learned from them , why can't you just listen to the music and then applaud at the end. You have say look at me I recognise a tune, and go yeah at every opportunity.

Singing along is different. 
 
Often I share your view, but to me, this is one of the exceptions. I love this live performance, excellently delivered, and the feeling of how the audience responds. It's brilliant. I am always transported. 
 hbs47 wrote:
...why can't you just listen to the music and then applaud at the end...
 
Uh, why don't you just stay at home and listen to the shit in your living room?
How 'bout you sit on your hands during a football match until a goal is scored?  Ain't near as much fun is it?
Live music is for the living.
Love the Jean Stapleton tribute during Hit the Road, Jack :)
 hbs47 wrote:
A great live album, spoilt by the audience. Probably American or at least learned from them , why can't you just listen to the music and then applaud at the end. You have say look at me I recognise a tune, and go yeah at every opportunity.

Singing along is different. 
 
That's pretty rigid don't you think? It sounds like they are having a good time...It's all right!
Wow, this live version is very alright, thanks!
{#Bananasplit}{#Bananajam}
A great live album, spoilt by the audience. Probably American or at least learned from them , why can't you just listen to the music and then applaud at the end. You have say look at me I recognise a tune, and go yeah at every opportunity.

Singing along is different. 
i guess there is a live theme this morning? 
 gemtag wrote:
This 'song' is a large piece of crap.

 
 

Really? I thought Grace Jones sang it wonderfully. Sorta dangerous.
 rockpommel16 wrote:
...don´t like TP at all,...but THIS version is....to say it in german:GEIL.........
 
I think its safe to assume that GEIL is something like awesome... this version definitely rocks!
...don´t like TP at all,...but THIS version is....to say it in german:GEIL.........
I give it a "one" for the dopey "rap" he threw in there, and the ugly segue into another song...
Tom Petty is, and has remained, true to his RnR style. The guy is authentic... the highest praise I might give someone, BTW.
 Vogelfrei wrote:

Ninety percent of them are crap?
 
They're like @$$holes, everybody has one.
I like TP ok, but this along with many of his tunes are dull. The fact that it's live helps...just sayin'.
when this song first came out it really stood out on radio.