Tom Petty Full Moon Fever 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."
1989's acclaimed Full Moon Fever served as Tom Petty's first solo album although Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell features heavily throughout and fellow bandmates Benmont Tench and Howie Epstein also make appearances. Traveling Wilburys alum George Harrison and Roy Orbison join the proceedings as well. The shimmering production of ELO's Jeff Lynne and Petty's more melodic and pop-oriented approach coalesce flawlessly on timeless anthems like "Free Fallin," "I Won't Back Down," and "Runnin' Down a Dream" resulting in a five times platinum certification and the best-selling release of his career at the time.