In 1994, at the height of grunge, punk, and alternative rock, '70s/'80s rock giant Tom Petty released his second solo album (and first of three produced by Rick Rubin), Wildflowers, a tender, folky album that is still widely and deservingly considered one of his best. He had originally intended to release it as a 25-song double album, but Warner Bros' then-President Lenny Waronker suggested he whittle it down to 15, and most of the remaining ten songs got shelved. (A few were re-recorded for the She's The One soundtrack and one was given to Rod Stewart.) Over 25 years after the album's release and three years after Petty's death, his family and Heartbreakers bandmates have released Wildflowers & All the Rest (following a lengthy legal battle), featuring 70 tracks including a live album, home recordings, and the entire 25-song version of Wildflowers that Petty originally intended to release. The live and the home-recorded versions of his classic songs are of course very cool to hear, but the main selling point of this massive reissue is the disc of the ten "lost" songs, All The Rest.
Petty himself chose the name All The Rest, and he had actually been planning to finally release it himself before his tragic, unexpected passing. As Rick Rubin recalled to Rolling Stone, Petty had come to visit him in the years before his passing to dig up these songs. "I had forgotten we had recorded all of those songs. It was surreal. They sounded just like Wildflowers, but none were on the album," Rick said.