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Into the Great Wide Open
     

Into the Great Wide Open

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by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
 

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Since Full Moon Fever was an unqualified commercial and critical success, perhaps it made sense that Tom Petty chose to follow its shiny formula when he reunited with the Heartbreakers for its follow-up, Into the Great Wide Open. Nevertheless, the familiarity of Into the Great Wide Open is something of a

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Since Full Moon Fever was an unqualified commercial and critical success, perhaps it made sense that Tom Petty chose to follow its shiny formula when he reunited with the Heartbreakers for its follow-up, Into the Great Wide Open. Nevertheless, the familiarity of Into the Great Wide Open is something of a disappointment. The Heartbreakers' sound has remained similar throughout their career, but they had never quite repeated themselves until here. Technically, it isn't a repeat, since they weren't credited on Full Moon, but Wide Open sounds exactly like Full Moon, thanks to Jeff Lynne's overly stylized production. Again, it sounds like a cross between latter-day ELO and roots rock (much like the Traveling Wilburys, in that sense), but the production has become a touch too careful and precise, bordering on the sterile at times. And, unfortunately, the quality of the songwriting doesn't match Full Moon or Let Me Up (I've Had Enough). That's not to say that it rivals the uninspired Long After Dark, since Petty was a better craftsman in 1991 than he was in 1983. There are a number of minor gems -- "Learning to Fly," "Kings Highway," "Into the Great Wide Open" -- but there are no knockouts, either; it's like Full Moon Fever if there were only "Apartment Song"s and no "Free Fallin'"s. In other words, enough for a pleasant listen, but not enough to resonate like his best work. (And considering this, perhaps it wasn't surprising that Petty chose to change producers and styles on his next effort, the solo Wildflowers.)

Product Details

Release Date:
07/02/1991
Label:
Mca
UPC:
0008811031725
catalogNumber:
10317
Rank:
14070

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Performance Credits

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers   Primary Artist
Jeff Lynne   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Tom Petty   Guitar,Percussion,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Mike Campbell   Bouzouki,Guitar,Mandolin,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Hammered Dulcimer
Benmont Tench   Piano,Accordion,Electric Piano
Howie Epstein   Bass,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Stan Lynch   Percussion,Drums
Roger McGuinn   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Richard Tandy   Synthesizer

Technical Credits

Jeff Lynne   Producer
Tom Petty   Producer
Mike Campbell   Producer
Richard Dodd   Engineer

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Into the Great Wide Open 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Into the Great Wide Open is a masterpiece, and there is no doubt about it. Like the "She's the One" soundtrack, it changes moods; from fun and happy ("Learing to Fly", "Two Gunslingers") to cynical and a bit aloof ("Into the Great Wide Open", "Out in the Cold") to insane and angry ("All or Nothin'", "Makin' Some Noise"). I definately feel that this is a must for all Tom Petty fans, the tracks to watch being "All or Nothin'", "All the Wrong Reasons", "Too Good to Be True", "Out in the Cold", and "Makin' Some Noise". You will be very pleased with