Tom Petty: Free Fallin’ CD UK Rare single Made in England. (UK-only) Check video


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Tom Petty ? Free Fallin’
Label: MCA Records ? DMCAT 1381
Format: CD, Maxi-Single
Country: UK [UK Rare single Made in England]
Released: 1989
Genre: Rock
Style: Pop Rock
1 Tom Petty Free Fallin’
Songwriter Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty
2 Tom Petty Love Is A Long Road
Songwriter Mike Campbell, Tom Petty
3 Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Free Fallin’ (Live)
Recorded By Dale Peterson
Songwriter Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty
Producer Jeff Lynne (tracks: (tracks: 1, 2), Mike Campbell (tracks: (tracks: 1, 2, 3), Tom Petty (tracks: (tracks: 1, 2, 3)

“Free Fallin'” is the opening track from Tom Pettys 1989 solo album, Full Moon Fever. The song was written by Petty and his writing partner for the album, Jeff Lynne (and also features Lynne on backing vocals). The duo wrote and recorded the single in two days, making it the first song completed for Full Moon Fever.
“Free Fallin'” is one of Pettys most famous tracks, as well as his longest-charting. It peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in January 1990. Petty and The Heartbreakers performed the song at the MTV Video Music Awards in 1989 with Axl Rose and at the February 2008 Super Bowl XLII Halftime Show. The song is ranked #177 on the Rolling Stone magazines list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It was featured in the 1996 film Jerry Maguire and The Sopranos episode 2.13, “Funhouse” (2000). Lou Reed selected the song as one of his ‘picks of 1989’.

Los Angeles-area references:
Multiple references to Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley appear in the lyrics of the song, including:
“The Valley” the name the San Fernando Valley is known as colloquially
Reseda a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley
101 “Ventura” Freeway – the lyrics mention “a freeway runnin’ through the yard” of the subjects Reseda home – putatively the 101 Freeway, which has an exit for Reseda Boulevard, albeit in the higher-income neighborhood of Tarzana
Ventura Boulevard a primary east-west thoroughfare in the San Fernando Valley
“Mulholland” a reference to Mulholland Drive, an arterial road which traverses the San Fernando Valley and Bel Air, following the ridgeline of the eastern Santa Monica Mountains and the Hollywood Hills

In his Full Moon Fever review published in BBC-Music on 2009-01-09, Chris Jones explained that “Free Fallin'” was one of the albums tracks that “addressed nostalgia while explaining how he’d reached this level of success. Hit single Free Fallin’ mistily looked back at a childhood sweetheart (“Shes a good girl, crazy ’bout Elvis… I’m a bad boy for breakin’ her heart”) left in his wake as he left Florida for the West Coast in search of stardom”.

Cover versions:
In 1993 – De La Soul and Teenage Fanclub sampled the song for “Fallin'”, which appeared on the Judgement Night soundtrack
In 1996 – In the film Jerry Maguire, Tom Cruise sings along in the car
In 1996 – Stevie Nicks covered the song for the Party of Five soundtrack, and the song was later included on her album Enchanted
In 1999 – Deana Carter sang a version of the song that played in the Season 3 finales ending credits of Mike Judges animated comedy King of The Hill (airdate May 14, 1999); this version was later included on the series soundtrack released later that year
In 2001 – the Kings of Convenience EP Failure includes a live version
In 2002 – YG Familys 97-YG-02 album includes a Korean version
In 2003 – Tony Hadley, lead singer of new romantic band Spandau Ballet, released a cover version on his compilation True Ballads
Since 2003 – Mýa covered the first song which was released from her Moodring album.
In 2005 – Keith Urbans live cover appears on his DVD Livin’ Right Now
In 2006 – Rapper Pimp C sampled the song for “I’m Free”, off his album Pimpalation
In 2007 – American singer-songwriter John Mayer included a live cover version on his live album/DVD Where the Light Is
In 2008 – In episode 119 of Cold Case, titled “Triple Threat”, the song was covered with the second verse replaced with “Va Pensiero” from Verdis Nabucco, sung in Italian by Russian singer-songwriter Elena Satine
In 2008 – German singer/songwriter Willer covered the song on his album The Only Way
In 2008 – Internet music sensation DJ Earworm created a mash-up called “If I Were A Free Fallin’ Boy”, which combines “Free Fallin'” with Beyoncés 2008 single, “If I Were A Boy”.[4]
In 2009 – Chamillionaire sampled the song for his track “Good Morning”
In 2009 – Ben Rector covered the song for his album Into the Morning
In 2010 – The alternative rock band The Almost recorded a cover for the compilation Punk Goes Classic Rock
Since 2010 – Three Days Grace has been playing a cover of this song on their tour
In 2011 – Umphreys Mcgee covered this song in Ashbury Park, NJ
In 2011 – Alejandro Fuentes covered the song at Allsång På Grensen
In 2012 – Max Milner performed the song on ‘The Voice UK

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