Tom Petty – “Full Moon Fever”

The Sleeve:
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The Liner/Sleeve Notes:

Personal Review:
 So, Tom Petty is definitely up there in my top five favorite male singers, and this album here seems to have quite a few of my favorite Petty songs.

 So, the album opens with what I’m sure is Tom Petty’s most known song, “Free Fallin’” and it’s also one of my favorites, anyway, the song is one of those softer ballad-y type songs, which just has an amazing chorus, the guitar playing is soft and slow, and it’s pretty good too. After that comes my all time favorite Petty song, “I Won’t Back Down” – which is coincidentally my power song, it’s kind of the song that helps me get through things that need a little extra motivation (my last break-up, 03/14) – anyways, the song is amazing as it’ll ever be, the lyrics are mesmerizing and the vocals and musicianship are the greatest things ever. After two songs I’m quite familiar with, we go onto the song “Love is a Long Road” which opens with some great keyboard playing, and the drums and guitar playing that join it are just so amazing, Petty begins to sing, and he just blows everything away. He’s absolutely fantastic. This guitar solo is so great. After that comes the song “A Face in the Crowd” which starts off with some soft and slow music, drums and keyboards, oh there’s Petty… He comes in, singing slowly, but it’s still not all that bad. The A-Side closes with another one of my favorite Petty tracks, “Runnin’ Down a Dream” which features mention of another one of my favorite singers, Del Shannon – anyways, the guitar playing in this song is one of the greatest examples of guitar playing. The lyricism by Petty is fantastic.

 The B-Side opens with a whole lot of music I’ve never even heard from Petty, such as the opening track “Feel a Whole Lot Better” which is actually a great track, the musicianship rocks and the vocals and lyrics are superb! We then go back to one of my more favorite Petty tracks, “Yer So Bad” which is great on the music part as well as the vocals and lyrics, the whole song pieces together so perfectly from Petty’s expertise with song writing. After that comes another Petty song I apparently actually know, “Depending On You” and it’s pretty great, right now to the last note, the song is absolutely fantastic! “The Apartment Song” comes next, and it’s a fast paced little song about living in an apartment, and it’s all about that guitar playing, that stuff is absolutely great. After that comes “Alright for Now” which is a slower song, with some soft and quiet guitar playing, Petty comes in and sings softly, it’s definitely a ballad type song. After that comes the song “A Mind With a Heart of Its Own” which kind of just comes in from that slower song, and it’s not bad, just really, really unexpected! The song and album are so good. The album closes with “Zombie Zoo” – which features Roy Orbison on backing vocals, and this is how you know this song is gonna be amazing, Petty and Orbison, everything on this album has been absolutely perfect. This song is absolutely fantastic, the vocals are great and the musicianship is fantastic.

Interesting Facts:

Track Listing:
A1 – Free Fallin’
A2 – I Won’t Back Down
A3 – Love is a Long Road
A4 – A Face in the Crowd
A5 – Runnin’ Down a Dream

B1 – Feel a Whole Lot Better
B2 – Yer So Bad
B3 – Depending On You
B4 – The Apartment Song
B5 – Alright for Now
B6 – A Mind With a Heart of Its Own
B7 – Zombie Zoo

MCA Records

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Studio Musicians & Other Album Credits:
Produced by Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty & Mike Campbell
Recorded at M.C. Studios
Engineers – Mike Campbell, Don Smith, Bill Bottrell & Dennis Kirk
Assistant Engineer & Guitar Maintenance – Alan ‘Bugs’ Weidel
Mastered by Steve Hall
Management by Tony Dimitriades
Lead & Background Vocals, Acoustic, Electric, 6 & 12 String Guitars, Keyboards & Tambourine – Tom Petty
Guitar, Mandolin, Bass, Slide Guitar & Keyboards – Mike Campbell
Bass Guitars, Keyboards & Background Vocals – Jeff Lynne
Drums & Percussion – Phil Jones
Acoustic Gutars & Background Vocals on “I Won’t Back Down” – George Harrison
Drums, Maracas & Tambourine – Jim Keltner
Background Vocals on “I Won’t Back Down” & “Love is A Long Road” – Howie Epstein
Piano – Benmont Tench
Scream on “Zombie Zoo” – Kelsey Campbell
Background Vocals with the Trembling Blenders on “Zombie Zoo” – Roy Orbison
Hand Claps – Alan Weidel, Jeff Lynne & Tom Petty

Other Albums I Own by Tom Petty:
Damn the Torpedoes
Don’t Come Around Here No More / Trailer
Hard Promises
Hypnotic Eye
Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough)
Refugee / It’s Rainin’ Again
Southern Accents
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
You’re Gonna Get It


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