The Petty Archives

Petty returns to studio
Lawrence Journal-World - June 2, 1991

LOS ANGELES -- Having infected much of the nation with "Full Moon Fever" in 1989, rocker Tom Petty is scheduled to return to the recording and touring fold next month with an MCA Records album titled "Into the Great Wide Open."

Petty's "Full Moon Fever," his first solo album away from his band the Heartbreakers, was his much enthusiastically received album ever, selling a surprising 3 million copies. "Into the Great Wide Open," however, reunites him with the Heartbreakers. The album is slated for a June 25 release.

Produced by Jeff Lynne -- who also produced "Full Moon Fever" -- the album will kick off with the release of the single "Learning to Fly," which is due in stores Tuesday. Other songs on the album include "Wide Open," "King's Highway," "Too Good to Be True,," and "Two Gunslingers."

But the new album isn't all fans can expect from Petty June 25. MCA Records will release digitally remastered versions of Petty and the Heartbreakers' first two albums "Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers" and "You're Gonna Get It," both of which have been long out of print.

The two CDs will be the first releases on Petty's own MCA-distributed Gone Gator Records label.