Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers


Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers


Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers


  • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers


Released April 1989
Genre Rock
Price 9.99 USD
Length 39:58
Number of discs 1


Rolling Stone

Full Moon Fever was Petty's solo album -- and the pop influence of ex-E.L.O. leader (and Beatle fanatic) Jeff Lynne was apparent. A year before its release, Petty and Lynne had banded together with Dylan, George Harrison, and Roy Orbison in the ad hoc supergroup, the Traveling Wilburys -- and Petty/Lynne became a songwriting team. Petty's best single, "Free Fallin'" kicks off the record, and while its spare beauty recalls vintage Heartbreakers, much of the rest of the material has a lightness their work does not possess. "Zombie Zoo" is downright whimsical, and the lullaby "Alright for Now" just misses sounding cute, but overall Moon sounds both fresh and commanding.

CMJ New Music Report

Tom Petty's "solo" debut is hardly a major departure, as many of his Heartbreakers appear on this album, as do all his fellow Wilburys save Bob Dylan. By making this a solo album maybe Petty is simply drawing a dividing line in his career, and these are his "solo" songs. Frankly, it's hard to detect the difference, but these tracks do have a more personable (not personal) feel than his recent efforts, certainly inspired by the wonderful casualness of the Wilburys album. Some of these songs are downright silly ("Zombie Zoo"?), but when he hits the mark, these tracks are among his best: "I Won't Back Down," "Depending On You," "Yer So Bad" (which includes the lines "My sister got lucky/Married a yuppie/Took him for all he was worth") and "Love Is A Long Road."

Release Date: April 24, 1989

Certified Gold: June 23, 1989
Certified Platinum: July 21, 1989
Certified Platinum (2X): November 9, 1989
Certified Platinum (3X): March 13, 1990 (First!)
Certified Platinum (5X): October 5, 2000

Chart Info: Album spent 71 weeks on the Billboard 200
Peaked at #3 - July 8, 1989
#19 Top Pop Albums 1989
#22 Top Pop Albums 1990

Producer(s): Tom Petty, Mike Campbell, Jeff Lynne


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