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Full Moon Fever

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Ten years had passed since Petty's last solid outing (Damn the Torpedoes in 1979), and Full Moon Fever fully resuscitated the artist's career, which--some would say "arguably"--had been losing steam. With the album's four major hits and rave reviews from the critics (these things do not always go hand-in-hand), Petty must have breathed a sigh of relief. He left the Heartbreakers behind, hooked up with musician, writer, and producer Jeff Lynne, and rocked out with "Runnin' Down a Dream," got mellow and introspective on "Free Fallin'" and "A Face in the Crowd," and paid tribute (finally) to the Byrds with a cover of "Feel a Whole Lot Better." He perfected the sing-along guitar-pop song on "Yer So Bad" and had a wild time on "Zombie Zoo." Pure Petty perfection! --Lorry Fleming

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 24, 1989)
  • Original Release Date: April 24, 1989
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B000002O5L
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,261 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By ProperGander News (Dr. Emil Shuffhausen) on February 28, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Tom Petty has produced many masterpieces (so far) in his long and brilliant career, but none more enjoyable than this rocking collaboration with producer and fellow Travelling Wilbury Jeff Lynne. It sounds so effortless and breezy, yet FULL MOON FEVER was a sales and airplay titan from 1989-1991, and remains a staple of classic rock radio to this day.

Listening to it, one is amazed that this is not a "greatest hits" collection, but a studio CD recorded over a relatively brief period of time while Petty and Lynne were also working on their Traveling Wilburys VOLUME ONE project, on the Roy Orbison MYSTERY GIRL album, Del Shannon's ROCK ON album, and numerous other sidelines. Petty, in his book CONVERSATIONS, says that he and Lynne were writing non-stop and recording a song a day in order to beat Lynne's travel deadlines. That sense of speed and urgency, coupled with Petty and Lynne's close friendship and unique chemistry, give this album a sense of sponteneity and fun that keeps it fresh every time you hear it.

Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench, two of Petty's colleagues from The Heartbreakers also contributed significantly to FULL MOON FEVER. Campbell, in particular, demonstrates why he is one of the most respected guitarists in rock and roll with a brilliant, monster, "one-man Skynyrd" solo in "Running Down a Dream," a searing, atmospheric rocker that was a major hit single.

Other enduring hits include the ubiquitous and perfect acoustiCali-pop of "Free Falling," and the bluesy "I Won't Back Down," which has become something of an anthem for anyone who believes in their cause. "Love Is a Long Road" was another cut that garnered significant airplay, with it's stuttering keyboard and guitar interplay.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Twain on September 6, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I am such a big Petty fan that it was hard to give some of his prior albums less than five stars. But okay, I admit it, he had lost some of his brilliance. Full Moon Fever represents a thorough and effective restoration of Petty's rule over American rock music.

Perhaps this sounds like something of an oxymoron, but let me give this a try to sum up the album: In FMF, Tom Petty ties together a lot of the themes of his earlier albums and states implicitly a lot of the themes of ambivolence and confusion of modern life that he'd alluded to in the 70s and 80s. (My sister got lucky, married a yuppie, took him for all he was worth/Now she's a swinger, dating a singer/I can't decide which is worse.) But, as a subsequent line reads, "But not me, baby/I've got you to save me". Tom Petty, you save me every day and you conveniently also saved your career with this one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tim Brough VINE VOICE on July 17, 2008
Format: Audio CD
After more than a decade of working with The Heartbreakers, Tom Petty took a breather and decided to fly solo. Well, sort of. "Full Moon Fever" is a Tom Petty album in name, but features songs co-written by Mike Campbell (who co-produced), and features Campbell, Howie Epstein and Benmont Tench on assorted songs.

What set this apart from the Heartbreakers' work was the impressive guest list. ELO's Jeff Lynne produced, Roy Orbison and George Harrison - three of the Traveling Wilburys - sang (and Del Shannon contributes 'barnyard noises'), along with a crack group of session cats. Lynne's fascination with roots rock hybrids (Dave Edmund's Information and some of his ELO songs) meshed perfectly with Petty's new direction, and Petty brought his strongest album's worth of songs since Damn the Torpedoes.

The result was an album that was consistent all the way through, with Petty sounding loose and relaxed. There's his terrific anthem "I Won't Back Down," the rocking "Running Down a Dream" and the powerful tribute to Los Angeles, "Free Fallin'," some of the best singles he's ever done. Finally, there's a serious affirmation of his influences with the Byrds' "Feel a Whole Lot Better" marking Petty's first cover.

The non-hits here carry "Full Moon Fever" to the top of the ratings. The single-acoustic guitar of "Alright For Now" was one of the simplest pieces Petty ever committed to tape and one of the most beautiful.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Odd Magne Granli on October 1, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Full Moon Fever, along with the later Into the Great Wide Open, are probably, and personally, Tom Petty`s best albums. They doesnt even break a sweat to accomplish it. The Melodies on Full Moon Fever, Written by Petty and my ever favorite Jeff Lynne, delivers to the max.

Can ANYONE who have heard Free Falling tell me they didnt love that song? From the moment he pulls out that guitar and strikes the first few strings, the wonderful music never stops to grab the listener.

The Best songs on this album are co-written with Lynne(The Mastermind behind ELO), and they are:

-Free Falling: Beautiful piece. Simple, yet so anthemic and good that it has become one of Petty`s most loved songs.

-I Wont Back Down: My Personal Favorite on this album. Upbeat and sweet, this song is about doing what you like and fighting for it, without giving up. One of Petty`s most catchy rockers ever with one of the worlds best Choruses, filled to the brim with a classic Petty&Lynne Sound.

-A Face in the Crowd: A beautiful song again penned by Petty&Lynne. Almost Dreamlike, with Slide guitars and typical Lynne influences all over.

-Yer So Bad: Love this song. So Catchy, with a funny lyric and a Killer Chorus. Once again, Petty&Lynne.

-The Apartment Song: Written by Petty Alone, this short but sweet little song has a catchy, accousticsounding style, and sounds refreshing and its just a pure fun song all around.

-Zombie Zoo: Incredible. The song is just so fun! Its supercatchy and the lyrics are totally hilarious, but the most important thing is that it just works. From the nearly horror influenced introriffs to the ELO throwbacks, it is a twister of fun. Penned by Petty&Lynne.

Those are the absolute highlights on this album imo.
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