Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Into The Great Wide Open on 180g LP
It's been 40 years since Tom Petty and his extraordinary band, The Heartbreakers, unleashed their eponymous debut in 1976. In the subsequent decades, Petty - both as a solo artist and as leader of the band - has sold over 80 million records worldwide, earned 18 Grammy nods and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Petty's musical integrity and craft, not to mention his seemingly effortless flair for rapturous hooks, have remained constant despite ever-shifting musical trends, and his multi-generational fan base continues to swell. In the words of Rolling Stone's Alan Light, "The man's consistency is pretty astounding."
Following the sterling success of Tom Petty's 1989 solo debut Full Moon Fever, he and the Heartbreakers brought in the album's producer Jeff Lynne of ELO fame to also helm their eighth full-length offering Into The Great Wide Open in 1991. The highly stylized 12-track affair yielded the Petty evergreens "Learning To Fly" and "Into The Great Wide Open" (complete with a Johnny Depp-starring music video) and features Lynne on multiple instruments throughout as well as further guest appearances by fellow ELO bandmate Richard Tandy and The Byrds' Roger McGuinn.