Long-awaited project is expected fall 2020
Tom Petty’s Estate is prepping the long-anticipated release of Wildflowers – All The Rest with a demo of “You Don’t Know How It Feels” featuring Petty at his home studio. The demo version was unveiled by his eldest daughter Adria Petty via Tom Petty Radio on SiriusXM and features several differences from the final version.
“The family and the band are in a joyful process of discovering the Wildflowers sessions and demos and wanted to share a tiny bit of that with the fans today,” Petty shared when debuting the track.
The demo features Petty on all instruments at his home studio.
“The demo, recorded in his home studio, is stunning and intimate,” the Estate shares in a statement. “The song, well-known for the lyric ‘Let’s get to the point, and let’s roll another joint,’ has slightly different lyrics. It shows an insight to his writing process and introduces a line from another favorite Wildflowers track, ‘Crawling Back to You,’ stating, ‘Most things I worry about never happen anyway.’”
Wildflowers was originally envisioned as a double album upon its release in 1994, but songs were cut for space when it was truncated. Four of the songs were later released on the She’s The One soundtrack, and several of them appear on the American Treasure box set. In 2015, Petty released “Somewhere Under Heaven” as the first single from Wildflowers – All The Rest, calling it a “lost gem from one of the most prolific periods of Petty’s career.”
“I think I put four of the [Wildflowers outtakes] on the She’s the One soundtrack just to fill out the album,” Petty told Rolling Stone in 2017. “But they were very hastily mixed. Take ‘Climb That Hill.’ There’s a version of that on She’s the One, but the Wildflowers one I think is extremely better. I’m gonna put that out. ‘Hung Up And Overdue’ is another one we remixed and it turned into an epic. I had Carl Wilson [of the Beach Boys] and [Heartbreakers bassist] Howie Epstein singing quite a bit of harmony that didn’t come through on the original. Then again, there’s probably six songs that nobody has heard. There’s 11 or 12 [new] songs on the album. I think people are going to like it a lot. I like it a lot.”
Petty often spoke about the project prior to his untimely death in 2017 at the age of 66 from a heart attack.
The project is expected this fall via Warner Bros. Records, although no further details have been unveiled as of press time.