Full Moon Fever

Full Moon Fever

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by Tom Petty
     
 

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Although Let Me Up (I've Had Enough) found the Heartbreakers regaining their strength as a band and discovering a newfound ease at songcraft, it just didn't sell that well. Perhaps that factor, along with road fatigue, led Tom Petty to record his first solo album, Full Moon Fever. Nevertheless, the distinctionSee more details below

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Although Let Me Up (I've Had Enough) found the Heartbreakers regaining their strength as a band and discovering a newfound ease at songcraft, it just didn't sell that well. Perhaps that factor, along with road fatigue, led Tom Petty to record his first solo album, Full Moon Fever. Nevertheless, the distinction between "solo" and "Heartbreakers" is a fuzzy one because Full Moon Fever is essentially in the same style as the Heartbreakers albums; Mike Campbell co-wrote two songs and co-produced the record, and he, along with Benmont Tench and Howie Epstein, all play on the album. However, the album sounds different from any Heartbreakers record due to the presence of former Electric Light Orchestra leader Jeff Lynne. Petty co-wrote the lion's share of the album with Lynne, who also is the record's main producer. In his hands, Petty's roots rock becomes clean and glossy, layered with shimmering vocal harmonies, keyboards, and acoustic guitars. It's a friendly, radio-ready sound, and if it has dated somewhat over the years, the craft is still admirable and appealing. But the real reason Full Moon Fever became Petty's biggest hit is that it boasted a selection of songs that rivaled Damn the Torpedoes. Full Moon Fever didn't have a weak track; even if a few weren't quite as strong as others, the album was filled with highlights: "I Won't Back Down," the wistful "A Face in the Crowd," the rockabilly throwaways "Yer So Bad" and "A Mind with a Heart of Its Own," the Byrds cover "Feel a Whole Lot Better," the charging "Runnin' Down a Dream," and "Free Fallin'," a coming-of-age ballad that could be Petty's best song. Full Moon Fever might have been meant as an off-the-cuff detour, but it turned into a minor masterpiece.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Mca
UPC:
0076732625323
catalogNumber:
6253
Rank:
16965

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tom Petty   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Tambourine,Vocals,Background Vocals,12-string Guitar,Hand Clapping,Noise
George Harrison   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Jeff Lynne   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Noise
Roy Orbison   Background Vocals
Del Shannon   Noise
Mike Campbell   Bass,Guitar,Mandolin,Keyboards,Slide Guitar,Soloist
Jim Keltner   Drums,Maracas,Marimbas,Tambourine
Benmont Tench   Piano
Howie Epstein   Background Vocals
Phil Jones   Percussion,Drums
Alan Weidel   Hand Clapping
Kelsey Campbell   Voices,screams
Trembling Blenders   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jeff Lynne   Sound Effects,Producer,Contributor
Tom Petty   Sound Effects,Producer,Contributor
Del Shannon   Sound Effects,Contributor
Mike Campbell   Producer,Engineer
Bill Bottrell   Engineer
Dennis Kirk   Engineer
Don Smith   Engineer
Alan Weidel   Guitar Techician
Kelsey Campbell   Sound Effects
Tony Dimitriades   Management
Bob Sebree   Back Cover Photo
Awest   Art Direction,Illustrations
Tiny Bouchet   Art Direction

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