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 aSee more details below

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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.)

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/02/1991
Label:
Mca
UPC:
0008811031725
catalogNumber:
10317
Rank:
15559

Tracks

  1. Learning to Fly  -  Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  2. Kings Highway  -  Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  3. Into the Great Wide Open  -  Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  4. Two Gunslingers  -  Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  5. The Dark of the Sun  -  Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  6. All or Nothin'  -  Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  7. All the Wrong Reasons  -  Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  8. Too Good to Be True  -  Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  9. Out in the Cold  -  Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  10. You and I Will Meet Again  -  Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  11. Makin' Some Noise  -  Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  12. Built to Last  -  Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers   Primary Artist
Tom Petty   Indexed Contributor,Guitar,Percussion,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jeff Lynne   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,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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