Honey Bee

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Consumer GuideB−[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[3]
Entertainment WeeklyB−[4]
The Guardian3/4 stars[5]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[6]
NME8/10[7]
Pitchfork8.8/10[8]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[9]
Uncut8/10[10]

Wildflowers is the second solo studio album by American musician Tom Petty, released on November 1, 1994. The album was the first released by Petty after signing a contract with Warner Bros. Records (where he had recorded as part of the Traveling Wilburys) and the first of three albums produced by Rick Rubin. The album was certified 3× platinum in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America.

The album features all members of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, with the exception of drummer Stan Lynch. Steve Ferrone plays drums on Wildflowers and would join the band officially the following year. However, the album was not credited to the Heartbreakers because, in Petty's words, "Rick (Rubin) and I both wanted more freedom than to be strapped into five guys."[11] Freedom notwithstanding, Petty chose to use most of his regular band as session players, demonstrating his comfort with that format. Rolling Stone placed Wildflowers at number 12 on their list of the best albums of the 1990s.[12] Guitar World placed the album at number 49 in their "Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994" list.[13]

Four singles were released from the album between 1994 and 1995, the most successful of which, "You Don't Know How It Feels", reached No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Album Rock Tracks chart for one week. It was followed by "You Wreck Me", "It's Good to Be King" and "A Higher Place" which reached Nos. 2, 6, and 12 respectively on the Mainstream Rock chart.[14]

In April 2015, when Petty's back catalog was released in High-resolution audio, this was one of only two albums not included in the series (Songs and Music from "She's the One" was the other one), but a hi-res version was available on Pono Music.

The title of the November 2020 book Somewhere You Feel Free: Tom Petty and Los Angeles comes from a lyric in the album's title song "Wildflowers".[15]

Wildflowers and All the Rest

Petty's original track listing for Wildflowers was a double album with 25 songs and Lenny Waronker of Warner Bros. Records suggested that it was too long.[16] Petty's family and bandmates arranged a 2020 re-release of the album that includes these deleted songs, demos, and live tracks entitled Wildflowers & All the Rest.[17] The super deluxe edition of the box set included a fifth disc of alternate versions of the Wildflowers tracks.

All songs written by Tom Petty, except where noted.

  1. "Wildflowers" – 3:11
  2. "You Don't Know How It Feels" – 4:49
  3. "Time to Move On" – 3:15
  4. "You Wreck Me" (Petty, Mike Campbell) – 3:22
  5. "It's Good to Be King" – 5:10
  6. "Only a Broken Heart" – 4:30
  7. "Honey Bee" – 4:58
  8. "Don't Fade on Me" (Petty, Campbell) – 3:32
  9. "Hard on Me" – 3:48
  10. "Cabin Down Below" – 2:51
  11. "To Find a Friend" – 3:23
  12. "A Higher Place" – 3:56
  13. "House in the Woods" – 5:32
  14. "Crawling Back to You" – 5:05
  15. "Wake Up Time" – 5:19

The following four discs are included in the 2020 Wildflowers and All the Rest box set:

All the Rest

  1. "Something Could Happen" – 4:34
  2. "Leave Virginia Alone" – 4:16
  3. "Climb That Hill Blues" (Petty, Campbell) – 2:33
  4. "Confusion Wheel" – 4:20
  5. "California" – 2:37
  6. "Harry Green" – 3:53
  7. "Hope You Never" – 3:02
  8. "Somewhere Under Heaven" – 4:38
  9. "Climb That Hill" (Petty, Campbell) – 3:33
  10. "Hung Up and Overdue" – 6:02

Home Recordings

  1. "There Goes Angela (Dream Away)"
  2. "You Don’t Know How It Feels"
  3. "California"
  4. "A Feeling of Peace"
  5. "Leave Virginia Alone"
  6. "Crawling Back to You"
  7. "Don’t Fade on Me"
  8. "Confusion Wheel"
  9. "A Higher Place"
  10. "There’s a Break in the Rain (Have Love Will Travel)"
  11. "To Find a Friend"
  12. "Only a Broken Heart"
  13. "Wake Up Time"
  14. "Hung Up and Overdue"
  15. "Wildflowers"

Wildflowers Live

  1. "You Don’t Know How It Feels" (Fleet Center, Boston MA - December 14, 2002)
  2. "Honey Bee" (Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto ON - March 17 1995)
  3. "To Find a Friend" (Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountainview CA - October 28, 2000) - Bridge School benefit
  4. "Walls" (The Fillmore, San Francisco CA - February 6, 1997)
  5. "Crawling Back to You" (Forest Hills Stadium, New York NY - July 27, 2017)
  6. "Cabin Down Below" (Tweeter Center, Mansfield MA - June 14, 2008)
  7. "Drivin’ Down to Georgia" (Philips Arena, Atlanta GA - August 11, 2010)
  8. "House in the Woods" (Beacon Theater[disambiguation needed], New York NY - May 23, 2013)
  9. "Girl on LSD" (Wachovia Center, Philadelphia PA - June 6, 2008)
  10. "Time to Move On" (UMB Bank Pavilion, St. Louis MO - August 17, 2002)
  11. "Wake Up Time" (Vic Theatre, Chicago IL - April 17, 2003)
  12. "It’s Good to Be King" (The Fillmore, San Francisco CA - January 31, 1997)
  13. "You Wreck Me" (Fenway Park, Boston MA - August 30, 2014)
  14. "Wildflowers" (Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids MI - June 28, 2005)

Finding Wildflowers (a disc of alternate versions only included on the 5 CD and 9 LP editions)

  1. "A Higher Place"
  2. "Hard on Me"
  3. "Cabin Down Below"
  4. "Crawling Back to You"
  5. "Only a Broken Heart"
  6. "Drivin’ Down to Georgia"
  7. "You Wreck Me"
  8. "It’s Good to Be King"
  9. "House in the Woods"
  10. "Honey Bee"
  11. "Girl on LSD"
  12. "Cabin Down Below" (Acoustic Version)
  13. "Wildflowers"
  14. "Don’t Fade on Me"
  15. "Wake Up Time"
  16. "You Saw Me Comin’"

Musicians

  • Tom Petty – 12-string guitar, 6-string guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, harmonica, piano, Hammond organ, vocals
  • Mike Campbell – 6-string guitar, 12-string guitar, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, slide guitar, bass guitar, harpsichord, coral sitar
  • Lenny Castro – percussion
  • Howie Epstein – backing vocals, bass guitar on "You Wreck Me", "Honey Bee" and "Cabin Down Below"
  • Steve Ferrone – drums except on "To Find a Friend"
  • Brandon Fields – saxophone on "House in the Woods"
  • Greg Herbig – saxophone on "House in the Woods"
  • Jim Horn – saxophone on "House in the Woods"
  • Kim Hutchcroft – saxophone on "House in the Woods"
  • Phil Jones – percussion on "You Wreck Me" and "Cabin Down Below"
  • Michael Kamenorchestration, conductor on "Wildflowers", "Time to Move On", "It's Good to Be King" and "Wake Up Time"
  • John Pierce – bass guitar on "Hard on Me"
  • Marty Rifkin – pedal steel guitar on "House in the Woods"
  • Ringo Starr – drums on "To Find a Friend"
  • Benmont Tench – harmonium, piano, Hammond organ, mellotron, orchestron, zenon
  • Carl Wilson – backing vocals on "Honey Bee"

Production

  • Joe Barresi – assistant engineer
  • David Bianco – engineer
  • Mike Campbell – producer
  • Richard Dodd – engineer, mixer
  • Steve Holyrod – assistant engineer
  • Kenji Nasai – assistant mixer
  • Tom Petty – producer
  • Rick Rubin – producer
  • Jim Scott – engineer
  • Jeff Sheehan – assistant engineer
Chart performance for Wildflowers
Chart (1994) Peak
position
UK Albums (OCC)[19] 36
US Billboard 200[20] 8
Chart performance for Wildflowers & All the Rest
Chart (2020) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[21] 14
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[22] 52
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[23] 24
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[24] 43
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[25] 4
Irish Albums (OCC)[26] 22
Italian Albums (FIMI)[27] 66
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[28] 35
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[29] 14
Scottish Albums (OCC)[30] 6
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[31] 10
UK Albums (OCC)[32] 19
US Billboard 200[33] 5
Sales chart performance for singles from Wildflowers
Year Single Chart Position
1994 You Don't Know How It Feels US Mainstream Rock Chart 1[34]
1995 US Billboard Hot 100 13[34]
"You Wreck Me" US Mainstream Rock Chart 2[35]
"It's Good to Be King" 6[36]
"A Higher Place" 12[37]
Sales certifications for Wildflowers
Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[38] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

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