Into the Great Wide Open

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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: 7/2/1991
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008811031725
  • Catalog Number: 10317
  • Sales rank: 9,844

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Into the Great Wide Open is INCREDIBLE.

    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

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