On Friday, the new collection of Tom Petty recordings titled, The Best Of Everything – The Definitive Career Spanning Hits Collection, arrived via Geffen Records. The posthumous compilation features a pair of previously unreleased recordings written and performed by the late rock guitarist and singer, including one titled, “For Real,” which arrived just a few weeks ago in mid-February.
In spirit with the arrival of The Best Of Everything, fellow rock artist, Jim James of My Morning Jacket debuted his own take on Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' 1977 single, “Breakdown,” which was recorded via video and shared to his Facebook and YouTube pages on Friday.
The recording, which can be watched and heard in full in the video above, takes the listener down a river of psychedelic bliss as James made sure to add an abundance of hypnotic elements to the Petty fan favorite. James’ version begins with the listener being surrounded by repeating waves of “Alright” before drowning out to the resonance of an Indian tanpura, which settles in as the foundation of the tune. James continues to proceed with his own, mellowed-out spin on Petty's lyrics, which he transforms into more of a transient chant than the performance of a hit rock song. Yet, James finds a way to make the song glide along said psychedelic river by providing the listener with a completely new experience, thanks to the addition of just enough magic and care to make it all work. He even makes sure to add a touch of metallic warmth with the addition to a brief trumpet solo at the video’s 2:12-minute mark.
“My Morning Jacket were lucky enough to open for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers years ago and every night I would stand there in awe and watch them wondering how it was possible that one man could write so many hit songs,” James added in a statement shared with the video. “Not only were they hit songs, but they were actually GREAT songs too! tom's music is something we humans are lucky to have floating out there in such a major way in our lives.”
My Morning Jacket only has three performances scheduled for 2019, including two shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver, Colorado on Aug. 2-3, followed by a gig at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, New York with Warpaint on Aug. 10. Fans can click here to purchase tickets to the band’s upcoming shows. Jim James is also scheduled to tour throughout the spring as a solo artist.