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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 (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,819 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This cd, a bit unexpectedly, has become one of my all-time favorite Tom Petty albums.
A Minstrel in the Gallery
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.
Ben
Two Gunslingers: Great upbeat song by Petty again, with a nice little story that is fun to listen to.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Phil G. Wilbury on 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 By A Minstrel in the Gallery on March 28, 2007
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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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ben on July 30, 2002
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Odd Magne Granli on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Missing Person on September 26, 2004
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I'll admit I'm not a huge Tom Petty fan, however, this 1991 album is a very solid one that spotlights Petty at his best. The album is spiked with some big high points that rank among his best tunes ever. If you're looking for some good music to listen to while you're cruising down the highway, this album really hits the spot; Petty doesn't slow the tempos very much on here--even on ballad-ish tracks like "Two Gunslingers" & "You And I Will Meet Again", the tempos are surprisingly brisk. There are a bunch of breezy feel-good tunes like the simple-but-effective "Learning To Fly", the splendidly tuneful "The Dark of the Sun", the coming-of-age tale "Two Gunslingers", & the optimistic "Kings Highway". There are a couple of absolute gems with the arrestingly dreamy, fittingly-titled "Too Good To Be True", & the high-flying, irresistably riffy "Makin' Some Noise", with a fantastic grumbling guitar riff (presumably thanks to Mike Campbell who gets a co-write on the tune), & "Out In the Cold" is a solid uptempo rocker as well. With its abundance of fine material, & thoroughly energetic, spirited performances on track after track, Petty really shines on this album. As with the previous album, "Full Moon Fever", Jeff Lynne plays a strong role here--he co-wrote 8 of the 12 tracks; and he serves as the primary producer, giving the album a characteristically Lynne-esque sound that's quite similar to that of ELO's 1983 album "Secret Messages". Lynne and Petty, of course, had also worked together in the Traveling Wilburys, and it appears that the two worked very well together, with Lynne helping to bring out the very best in Petty.Read more ›
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