Tom Petty, Full Moon Fever (1989)
One of the great albums for showcasing that even with a bunch of hit singles the album tracks are worth the dig. I guess for me I arrived at this early in the journey of understanding Tom Petty. I already knew him and his Heartbreakers (absent – in name – on this record) and I had a few of the albums but this was the one that sold it all for me. Tied too to The Traveling Wilburys that had emerged around the same time and with the same guiding hand (producer Jeff Lynne). At the time I first heard the Wilburys and this I liked ELO but still had a long way to go (now I love them!)
Always enjoyed this Petty album – and I graduated through it, though possibly in reverse, from tape to CD and then to vinyl…but it’s one of my favourite sets of songs and a killer road-trip tape. I’ve had the album in my crate as part of DJ sets – particularly 80s sets where the obvious (Free Fallin’ or I Won’t Back Down) goes down okay. But fans of the album know that it’s every other song that matters. And especially those weird little gems on side two like Yer So Bad and Alright For Now.
Sample Track: A Face in The Crowd
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