When compared to his earlier records with The Heartbreakers, Tom Petty’s first album without them has a more refined sound to its production. The polished style of Jeff Lynn, from ELO, can absolutely be heard throughout every song on “Full Moon Fever”.
What really makes the “Full Moon Fever” so incredible though is the contrast between Jeff Lynn’s polished and Tom Petty’s tarnished production styles. It’s a perfect balance. The collaboration is evident on every song and strikes the perfect balance throughout. It’s combination that made the album an instant classic in 1988 and helped it sell over 5 million copies in the US alone.