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Into The Great Wide Open [Import]

Tom Petty, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (18 Aug 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B000002OH3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,765 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Learning To Fly (Album Version) 4:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Kings Highway (Album Version) 3:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Into The Great Wide Open (Album Version) 3:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Two Gunslingers (Album Version) 3:090.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. All Or Nothin' (Album Version) 4:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. All The Wrong Reasons (Album Version) 3:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Too Good To Be True (Album Version) 3:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Out In The Cold (Album Version) 3:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. You And I Will Meet Again (Album Version) 3:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Makin' Some Noise (Album Version) 3:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Built To Last (Album Version) 4:000.99  Buy MP3 

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Since Full Moon Fever was an unqualified commercial and critical success, perhaps it made sense that Tom Petty chose to follow its shiny formula when he reunited with the Heartbreakers for its follow-up, Into the Great Wide Open. Nevertheless, the familiarity of Into the Great Wide Open is something of a disappointment. The Heartbreakers' sound has remained similar throughout their career, but they had never quite repeated themselves until here. Technically, it isn't a repeat, since they weren't credited on Full Moon, but Wide Open sounds exactly like Full Moon, thanks to Jeff Lynne's overly stylized production. Again, it sounds like a cross between latter-day ELO and roots rock (much like the Traveling Wilburys, in that sense), but the production has become a touch too careful and precise, bordering on the sterile at times. And, unfortunately, the quality of the songwriting doesn't match Full Moon or Let Me Up (I've Had Enough). That's not to say that it rivals the uninspired Long After Dark, since Petty was a better craftsman in 1991 than he was in 1983. There are a number of minor gems -- "Learning to Fly," "Kings Highway," "Into the Great Wide Open" -- but there are no knockouts, either; it's like Full Moon Fever if there were only "Apartment Song"s and no "Free Fallin'"s. In other words, enough for a pleasant listen, but not enough to resonate like his best work. (And considering this, perhaps it wasn't surprising that Petty chose to change producers and styles on his next effort, the solo Wildflowers.)

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CD MCA Records, MCAD 10317, 1991 12 Track

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sound of myth and imagery 24 Nov 2002
Format:Audio CD
American mythology is the overriding theme on this album: those vast limitless horizons, the highway, gunslingers, the wild West. Petty is a myth maker on a par with Springsteen, with an equal talent for imagery and metaphor. His nasal whine was made for producer Jeff Lynne's expert application of soaring, soothing and chugging guitars, while the melodies are mesmerising throughout. Most compelling tracks are the title one, Learning To fly, king's Highway, All The Wrong Reasons and Built To Last with its resonant echoing boom. A richly textured album that opens up more and more sonic delights with every listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Into The Great Wide Open 30 Dec 2007
Format:Audio CD
'Into The Great Wide Open' is another Jeff Lynne produced album, but after the solo 'Full Moon Fever' this album features all the Heartbreakers. They didn't all record this album live in the studio as they had done previously, Lynne prefers to layer his music tracks and some of the Heartbreakers didn't get on with his style especially well. Saying that, this album is still excellent and has that distinctive Heartbreaker sound coupled with Lynnes particular polished production style. This album has some superb tracks, from the well known 'Learning To Fly' and title track, to my favourites on this album 'Two Gunslingers' and 'Kings Highway'. If you like 'Full Moon Fever' I'd say it is a safe bet that you'll like this album and if you're a fan of Petty then this is wonderfully familiar territory. Well worth a listen.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing comes close 19 Sep 2005
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If you've never heard Tom Petty before, then you've missed out. This particular Album like much of his ealier work is exceptionally good. It plays well in any setting, but especially in the car on long journeys. Once you've learned the basic lyrics you'll be singing along with great ease and wondering what life was like before the Tomster.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this album - it's fantastic! 14 Nov 1999
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I bought this CD as it was recommeded to me by a friend and I am now a confirmed Tom Petty fan. What an awesome songwriter and performer. I absolutely love Learning To Fly - it's very moving, uplifting and makes you feel really inspired. I also like Two Gunslingers as the lyrics tell a really good story and the song is just as good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great! 2 July 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album 2 Sep 2013
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I loved this album. Big fan of Tompetty, and this album is one I come back to a lot. Thoroughly recommend .
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This was the first Tom Petty album I ever bought. At the time it was pretty difficult to ignore, the singles were all over Virgin Radio (the radio 2 renaissance hadn't yet arrived) and the newly minted Mojo magazine gave it a glowing review.
I was however aware of Petty long before this, my image of him informed by the rather odd video (sitting on a tree stump in a wizard hat, wasn't it?) for Don't Come Around Here No More.
The images painted, and stories told by these songs are wonderful, expansive, and so very American. My favourite track is Too Good To Be True. It's what the band doesn't play that I marvel at. A beautiful song, with glorious slide guitar.
I guess the thing that almost knocks a star off for me is Jeff Lynne's intrusive, ubiquitous production. At the time he was coming to the end of 10 years of golden touch producing, but his drum sound just wrecks everything he works on. It ruined The (3) Beatles' reunion, and turned George Harrison into an ELO extra. On Into The Great Wide Open the drum sound is the only thing that drags the weaker songs down. Listen to Wildflowers, or Damn The Torpedos, it's a different drummer only it's not. It's a shame.
This album has a place in my heart for introducing me to the joy of Tom Petty and Heartbreakers, and is like an old friend to go back to, a well read book or comfortable shoes. Simply perfect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD at great value. 1 July 2013
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A wonderful album at a very fair price. Tom Petty is one of the true rock greats. The quality of the CD is excellent and delivery was quick.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
My wife and I are slowly building up a collection of albums by this wonderful and talented band, as well as Tom Petty's solo albums. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Ian
5.0 out of 5 stars great artist and band
got this for my coll
i was happy with the album well put together
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Published 14 months ago by anthony williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Had on vinyl
this is probably one of if not THE best albums featuring Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. I have a few but rate this one highly. Read more
Published 15 months ago by tonyeeee54
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best
love tom petty and didn't have this great album for some reason. excellent tunes and one of his best, behind 'full moon fever' (IMHO)
Published 16 months ago by E. Beaumont
5.0 out of 5 stars Into The Great Wide Open Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
Another great example of a very talented outfit. I just love everything they do. What a class act for sure.
Published 17 months ago by Graham Kitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
First class album would recommend getting this one. One of their best albums if you like Tom Petty music this is the album to buy.
Published 17 months ago by Balihainursery
5.0 out of 5 stars quality as ever
we have most of TOM PETTYS music.This one was new to us .We love it.Our next plan is to see him live ( hope he comes to Halifax w.yorkshire
Published 18 months ago by graham webster
5.0 out of 5 stars Recently Discovered Gem
Never really bothered with Tom Petty at all. However,listening to the radio, I heard a song which sounded terrific. It was 'Learning to fly'. Bang !!!! I was hooked. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Patrick A. Hearse
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
I would write a massive review about how good this album but to be honest I just want to write this review and get back to listening to the album so I'll keep it short, This is... Read more
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