While the heyday for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers was the 80’s and early 90’s, one of the band’s most under-appreciated albums was 1999’s Echo (likely because it was completely counter to the *Nsync and Brittany Spears pop that was ruling the charts at the time). However, the band put together a strong, consistent and beautiful album.
One of the highlights for me is “One More Day, One More Night”, a soulful and longing song with a fantastic guitar solo.
The song is slow but complex, simple but rich and still quintessential Petty. If you were new to their music and had this song throw in with the rest of their hits, it could conceivably come from almost any era of the band, and it wouldn’t seem out of place with any of their chart toppers. And I think that speaks both to the strength of the song and the consistency of the band. While the song (and album) is more low-key than their early days, it’s not incongruent with anything else they’ve done.
And how this song didn’t even make it as a single still amazes me…