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Into the Great Wide Open

Tom Petty, Tom Petty & the HeartbreakersAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (July 2, 1991)
  • Original Release Date: July 2, 1991
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B000002OH3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,244 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Guitar Album June 21, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Arguably one of the best things which happened to Tom Petty was that he met Jeff Lynne. Petty purists and lovers of his early music may disagree, but during the mid eighties, Petty was enduring a rather cold winter of music which many music veterans suffer throughout their career. Jeff Lynne helped put Petty back on track with both Full Moon Fever and this great album, probably one of the best of his career.It also proved that the Lynne/Petty partnership brought about magically extraordinary results. Since this album Petty's music even though missing the wonderful production of Jeff Lynne has been irresistible, Wildflowers, She's The One, Echo and the The Last DJ are all superb beautifully crafted pieces of music.

Into The Great Wide Open is a wonderful full sounding rocking album with addictive, professional tunes which entice the listener in. It's got all the great hooks you expect from Lynne, along with the good natured cynicism you get from Petty when he's in form. Mixed with superb Lynne production and fabulous guitar work from the amazing Mike Campbell you've got a winning and unbeatable team.

This is a brilliant album, probably not as catchy as Full Moon Fever but there's no denying it's got rhythm, the right mood and lot's of style. I just dearly hope one day soon Jeff Lynne & Tom will see fit to make another album together and thrill us one more time.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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This cd, a bit unexpectedly, has become one of my all-time favorite Tom Petty albums. Of course, "Learning To Fly" and the title track are bonfide classics that still can be heard on the radio, but there are some real hidden gems here that I am still wondering why they didn't become hit singles. These include the inspiring "We Will Meet Again", the powerful "Two Gunslingers" and also "King's Highway." In fact, there is not a bad song on the whole album. This is one of those dics that after one or two listens, you'll have most of the songs memorized. I did! One of TP's most overlooked projects, but one every Petty fan should hear.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated is an understatement July 30, 2002
By Ben
Format:Audio CD
I simply can not believe some of the reviews that this album has gotten. I am a die-hard Petty fan, own and love all of his albums, and I have to say that this is one of my favorites. The songs on this album are reflective, and cover just about every mood and emotion. There is no better pleasure than listening to this album from beginning to end. Though his next album (excluding Greatist Hits) Wildflowers often gets the praise in Petty's newer works, I always felt that a few song were off on that one. On this album, they are all on target. My favorites are King's Highway, Two Gunslingers, You and I Will Meet Again, and All the Wrong Reasons (though it is a bit like Free Fallin', it is still great on its own). What a record!!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Into the Great Wide Open September 25, 2001
By jorf
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This CD is the accessible yet misunderstood peak of Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne's work together. Great Wide Open is good enough that it doesn't need to lick the boots of Petty's other albums, especially Full Moon Fever (which has several very weak tracks to my ears). This CD is always described as Full Moon Fever's lesser cousin, but I think it's significantly better than FMF, so there.
I have nearly all of Petty's albums, and this CD, together with Hard Promises and (parts of) Wildflowers, is unsurpassed in my opinion. The sound mix is absolutely shimmering, smooth and gorgeous, sounding better than any subsequent Petty release (to me). It's like they had analog recording perfected on this album, then they went and got a harsher sound with Wildflowers.
Did I mention this is one of the greatest driving albums of all time? It has this inexorable drive through the tracks that some mistake for bland monotony. Petty's just trying to make a stylistic point -- a dead end, but a fully realized one. I love every song on this CD. Petty's singing is great, Stan Lynch's drumming is uncommonly versatile (check out the last track), Mike Campbell's guitar lines are just timeless perfection, and it's all so well recorded. The songs are generally underappreciated jewels.
If Petty had more MTV play or more sales from this album, it would have been hailed a masterpiece. For my part -- not to disparage different things he's done over the years -- I think this is his best work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars And even better! (Hi Jeff!) October 1, 2004
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Full Moon Fever, produced and written by Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, is nothing short of a masterpiece. It must have been, because they teamed up again to create Into the Great Wide Open. Guess what, they did it again. While Into the Great Wide Open is a little bit different than Full Moon Fever, in my opinion they took the best parts of Full Moon Fever and turned it into Into the Great Wide Open, a album that is even BETTER.

Full Moon Fever had many fantastic songs, some of them far better than most here, but it had a bit too big difference between the fantastic, the good and the okay songs. The problem is almost non-existing on Into the Great Wide Open, where the album is far more consistent all over, a listening experience without stops, a journey through a musical soundscape perfected on the Full Moon Fever.

Once again, Petty and Lynne have written and produced it, but unlike Full Moon Fever, Petty has written some really great songs alone here too, but he really shines along with Lynne.

-Learning to Fly: This song really is beyond any explanation. It ranks just below I wont Back Down as personal favorite, and it can be seen as a sort of sequel to the song, in terms of sound and style. In any way, it is one of Petty`s best. As Always, Lynne made sure it would be as good as it became.

-King`s Highway: An Upbeat rocker by Petty, with a nice overall sound.

-Into the Great Wide Open: Legendary. Petty&Lynne created a smashing hit with this one, about a lucky guy who gets a shot at stardom in the music industry. The Chorus is fantastic.

-Two Gunslingers: Great upbeat song by Petty again, with a nice little story that is fun to listen to. In style with King`s Highway, which can only mean good things.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Much Better Than I Remember
I remember not liking this very much when it came out, but listeing to it 23 years later it sounds much better than I remember. Read more
Published 4 months ago by MJH
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Petty is into the great wide open
Into the great wide open is a great record among the great material that has been laid down with the heartbreakers since 1979. Read more
Published 5 months ago by David S. Underwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Last Classic By The Heartbreakers.
1991's "Into The Great Wide Open", is maybe the last classic album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Read more
Published 12 months ago by ScottE
4.0 out of 5 stars Tom Petty
Has some music that will take you back in time. If you like Tom Petty and good Cd to have in your collection.
Published 12 months ago by Patricia K. Bell
3.0 out of 5 stars Good album for the collection,...
...but this is not my favorite Heartbreakers album. Of course, there are some great songs on here. The album starts off strong with "Learning to Fly," "Kings... Read more
Published 13 months ago by ASP
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Petty is one of the best musicians and composers in all of Rock n...
is one of the best musicians and composers in all of Rock n Roll. His music can be heard on a drive across the desert or in a nightclub
Published 13 months ago by Aaron Judy
3.0 out of 5 stars Throwaways tied together with a few big tracks
Like most of the Tom Petty 90s albums, Into The Great Wide Open consists of a few big tracks fleshed out with throwaway filler tracks. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Guardian 304
4.0 out of 5 stars Tom Petty CD
Bought a bunch of Tom Petty CDs for my wife, as she is a big fan. It arrived in time and was in good shape, just as advertised. Read more
Published on November 3, 2011 by M. Meissner
5.0 out of 5 stars Into the Great Wide Open
'Into The Great Wide Open' is another Jeff Lynne produced album, but after the solo 'Full Moon Fever' this album features all the Heartbreakers. Read more
Published on February 13, 2011 by Spider Monkey
4.0 out of 5 stars The ELO + Petty album.
Since it was released in '91 I have really liked this album. Now after knowing the 2 great songwriters -- Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne -- it is possible to finally understand how this... Read more
Published on September 10, 2010 by meiweili
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