CD#066 – Full Moon Fever – Tom Petty

It seems quite appropriate to start reviewing and listening to my CD collection in more detail with Tom Petty.  Sadly Tom’s death was announced last week at the age of 66.

Wikipedia tells me that the album went gold in the UK with over 100,000 sales.  I’m not sure what directed me to Tom Petty (and the Heartbreakers) in the first place, but it may have been his involvement with the Travelling Wilburys.  Whatever the reason, this is an album I’ve played so many times.  I think of it as a classic style, mulitple songs that are singles in their own right, with hidden album gems like Zombie Zoo.  The sound is so familiar, but of course that is bound to be due to the involvement of other Wilbury members like George Harrison and Jeff Lynne.  Songs like “A Face in The Crowd” have a real Harrison feel.  From memory this was a classic time for Harrison and Co (with Cloud Nine released two years earlier).  Tom Petty offered a new angle to the Wilbury sound with more of a rock style.

There’s more than one influence here though.  “I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better” has a real resonance the 1960’s and  “Needles and Pins” by The Searchers.

This album continues to be one of my favourites, with certain tracks hitting the top ten of the ones I play on iTunes.

Favourite Track: Zombie Zoo, a classic 3-minute pop song.

  1. Free Fallin’ – 4:17
  2. I Won’t Back Down – 2:58
  3. Love Is A Long Road – 4:08
  4. A Face In The Crowd – 3:59
  5. Runnin’ Down a Dream – 4:50
  6. I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better – 2:50
  7. Yer So Bad – 3:05
  8. Depending On You – 2:49
  9. The Apartment Song – 2:33
  10. Alright For Now – 2:01
  11. A Mind with a Heart Of its Own – 3:31
  12. Zombie Zoo – 2:57

Wikipedia Page: Full Moon Fever