Song of the Day #3,897: ‘You and I Will Meet Again’ – Tom Petty & Heartbreakers

My #8 album of 1991 belongs to the late, great Tom Petty, recording as he so often did, with The Heartbreakers.

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.

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Song of the Day #1,502: ‘King’s Highway’ – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

The next group of artists in my musical genome belong to a category I’m labeling “FOLK ROCK DERIVATIVES.”

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.

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Song of the Day #1,210: ‘The Dark of the Sun’ – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

There are two mistakes a recording artist can make when following up a successful album: releasing something too different from the last one, or releasing something too similar.

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.

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