Into the Great Wide Open was the follow-up to 1989’s Full Moon Fever, and can’t help but pale in comparison to that all-time classic. But this is still a very good collection in the same smart Byrds-ian pop-rock vein as its predecessor.
The way I see it, most modern rock music derives either from folk, pop or the blues. I have examples of all three in the 35 artists I’m featuring during this series, but I have designated categories for only the first two.
The reason I’m calling this group of bands “FOLK ROCK DERIVATIVES” and not just folk rockers is they have all moved well past those roots into many different styles of music. But there’s no denying their earliest influences.
Tom Petty’s follow-up to Full Moon Fever, 1991’s Into the Great Wide Open, fell into the latter category. Though he officially re-teamed with The Heartbreakers to record the disc, he once again collaborated with Jeff Lynne for both songwriting and production and the result feels like an attempt to keep the Full Moon Fever magic going.