Tom Petty – Full Moon Fever (1989/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 39:55 minutes | 956 MB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Geffen Records
Recorded: 1988–89 at M.C. Studios, Rumbo Studios, Sunset Sound, Devonshire Studios, Conway Studios and Sound City Studios
Exclusively on HDtracks, images of the master tapes are included with every download, along with a note from the remaster producer, Ryan Ulyate.
This was the first Tom Petty ‘solo’ album although most of the Heartbreakers played on the record. Jeff Lynne produced along with Tom Petty and Mike Campbell and recording was done at M.C. Studios in Los Angeles, CA. Full Moon Fever featured five singles: “I Won’€™t Back Down”, “Runnin’€™ Down A Dream”, “Free Fallin’”, “A Face In The Crowd”, and “Yer So Bad”.
Full Moon Fever is the first solo album by Tom Petty, though it features contributions from members of his backing band the Heartbreakers, notably Mike Campbell, along with Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, and George Harrison of the Traveling Wilburys. The record shows Petty exploring his musical roots with nods to his influences. The songwriting is mainly collaborations between Petty and Lynne, who was also a producer on the album. The album became a commercial and critical success peaking at number 3 on the Billboard 200 and being certified 5× platinum in the United States and 6× platinum in Canada.
Although Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough) found the Heartbreakers regaining their strength as a band and discovering a newfound ease at songcraft, it just didn’t sell that well. Perhaps that factor, along with road fatigue, led Tom Petty to record his first solo album, Full Moon Fever. Nevertheless, the distinction between “solo” and “Heartbreakers” is a fuzzy one because Full Moon Fever is essentially in the same style as the Heartbreakers albums; Mike Campbell co-wrote two songs and co-produced the record, and he, along with Benmont Tench and Howie Epstein, all play on the album. However, the album sounds different from any Heartbreakers record due to the presence of former Electric Light Orchestra leader Jeff Lynne. Petty co-wrote the lion’s share of the album with Lynne, who also is the record’s main producer. In his hands, Petty’s roots rock becomes clean and glossy, layered with shimmering vocal harmonies, keyboards, and acoustic guitars. It’s a friendly, radio-ready sound, and if it has dated somewhat over the years, the craft is still admirable and appealing. But the real reason Full Moon Fever became Petty’s biggest hit is that it boasted a selection of songs that rivaled Damn the Torpedoes. Full Moon Fever didn’t have a weak track; even if a few weren’t quite as strong as others, the album was filled with highlights: “I Won’t Back Down,” the wistful “A Face in the Crowd,” the rockabilly throwaways “Yer So Bad” and “A Mind with a Heart of Its Own,” the Byrds cover “Feel a Whole Lot Better,” the charging “Runnin’ Down a Dream,” and “Free Fallin’,” a coming-of-age ballad that could be Petty’s best song. Full Moon Fever might have been meant as an off-the-cuff detour, but it turned into a minor masterpiece. –Stephen Thomas Erlewine
1 Free Fallin’ 04:16
2 I Won’t Back Down 02:57
3 Love Is A Long Road 04:07
4 A Face In The Crowd 03:59
5 Runnin’ Down A Dream 04:53
6 Feel A Whole Lot Better 02:49
7 Yer So Bad 03:06
8 Depending On You 02:48
9 The Apartment Song 02:33
10 Alright For Now 02:01
11 A Mind With A Heart Of It’s Own 03:29
12 Zombie Zoo 02:57
Tom Petty – guitars, vocals, keyboards, noise, handclapping, tambourine, backing vocals
Mike Campbell – bass, guitar, keyboards, mandolin, slide guitar
George Harrison – guitar, backing vocals
Jeff Lynne – bass, guitar, handclapping, keyboards, backing vocals
Benmont Tench – piano
Del Shannon – noise, sound effects
Roy Orbison, Howie Epstein, Trembling Blenders – backing vocals
Phil Jones – drums, percussion
Jim Keltner – drums, maracas, marimba, tambourine
Kelsey Campbell – screams, sound effects, voices
Producer’s Note: Tom Petty Hi-Res Remastering :: The Hi-Res (24bit 96K) remastering of the Tom Petty catalog reveals a level of detail that was only previously heard by a select group of musicians, producers and engineers in the studio. It’s as close to the sound of original stereo master as you can get. We’re very happy with the way it came out, and believe it’s an important way to preserve the legacy of this great body of work.
If hearing the highest possible sound quality is important to you, then this is where you’ll get it.
The remastering was done in the fall of 2014 by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering. I supervised it and Tom approved it. Great care was taken to find the original first-generation masters and transfer them with minimal eq and little or no dynamic range compression. In cases where the first-generation masters were unusable, we used the best sounding second-generation masters.*
To allow for full dynamic range, and to let the music “breathe” the Hi-Res versions have about 6-8db less digital level than a typical “loud” peak-limited CD or mp3. To enjoy these albums to their fullest extent, play them back though a good system and turn up the volume.
With this increased level of detail and sonic impact, we hope you’ll enjoy rediscovering these great albums as much as we did! —Ryan Ulyate, April 2014