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Tom Petty — A Face In The Crowd
Album: Full Moon Fever
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Released: 1989
Length: 3:49
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Before all of this ever went down
In another place, another town
You were just a face in the crowd
You were just a face in the crowd
Out in the street, walking around
A face in the crowd

Out of a dream, out of the sky
Into my heart, into my life
And you were just a face in the crowd
You were just a face in the crowd
Out in the street, thinking out loud
A face in the crowd

Out of a dream, out of the sky
Into my heart, into my life
And you were just a face in the crowd
You were just a face in the crowd
Out in the street, walking around
A face in the crowd

Face in the crowd
A face in the crowd
A face in the crowd
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 coloradojohn wrote:

I remember being surprised at how good and effective Tom's rise back up to the top was with this album...it truly began to peak in the hot summer of '90...I was driving from Boulder all the way down to the bro's spot in South Florida...I recall this, full moon, rolling through the red clay- and pine-lined roads of Mississippi -- and had it on through most of the Florida panhandle, too...big-time sublime, timeless -- magic!



Yep, this one got tons of play on many road trips.  Still love it.
i miss tommy 🖤
 Lazarus wrote:

This song is marvelous...  it's amazing how good this album really is...
 
 
Agree. certainly thanks to Jeff Lynne  Producer and co-writer of many songs...
Lovely, poignant song.
One of my 2000 best tracks.
Tony Jory, Somerset, England 
 Cyclehawk wrote:
My wife and I grew up in Florida in the 70s, but we never had seen Tom Petty until we got tickets and made it to the show in Atlanta this spring in 1917. Good show, Joe Walsh was the opener.  Thanks Tom. RIP
 

I don't know which is more impressive, that Joe Walsh opened for Tom Petty, or that you saw them both in 1917.
My wife and I grew up in Florida in the 70s, but we never had seen Tom Petty until we got tickets and made it to the show in Atlanta this spring in 1917. Good show, Joe Walsh was the opener.  Thanks Tom. RIP
Rest In Peace Tom and thank you for the wonderful gifts of music.  So sad.  Too young. 
 ziakut wrote:
Forgettable Petty. Pleasant enough.

 
corny
Not surprising that Petty's return to prominence began with his adoption on this album of the Wilbury ambience. Of course, his last two albums with the Heartbreakers, Mojo and Hypnotic Eye, are hallmarks of his continuing growth as a songwriter and genre embracer.
TP's audacious.
I'm loving the classic Tom Petty I've been hearing here. Thanks Bill!
What an amazing album. 
I remember being surprised at how good and effective Tom's rise back up to the top was with this album...it truly began to peak in the hot summer of '90...I was driving from Boulder all the way down to the bro's spot in South Florida...I recall this, full moon, rolling through the red clay- and pine-lined roads of Mississippi -- and had it on through most of the Florida panhandle, too...big-time sublime, timeless -- magic!
 I agree


Lazarus wrote:

This song is marvelous...  it's amazing how good this album really is...
 

 



This song is marvelous...  it's amazing how good this album really is...
 
 kingart wrote:
Pedestrian lyrics and production. It's an album filler. 
 





Wow
What do I hear - something much larger and deeper
like anything on that scale
if you are to close you will not see it

A typical Tom Petty song:

Four or five grunted syllables.

Pause.

Four or five grunted syllables.

Repeat. 
Pedestrian lyrics and production. It's an album filler. 
As exciting as reading a telephone book. A name in the book... a name in the book. You were just etc. etc.
Forgettable Petty. Pleasant enough.
 gatorade wrote:
Deserves more than a 7 for sure. 8+
 

I'll see your 8 and raise , to a 9. 
Deserves more than a 7 for sure. 8+
Agreed. One of his best.
Timeless classic.
 superfido wrote:
An occasional Petty song is ok, but taken as a whole, the guy is so totally monotonous he should het a special monotonous ribbon-
 

Ya, so name me a band that does not seem repititous and monotonous with a steady diet of.
 superfido wrote:
An occasional Petty song is ok, but taken as a whole, the guy is so totally monotonous he should het a special monotonous ribbon-
 
one that wraps around his neck and ...slowly....tightens............... 
 Krispian wrote:
Ho Hum
 
oops
 Krispian wrote:
Ho Hum
 
dribble zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Ho Hum
madaxeman wrote:
What a perfect arrangement of a class song. One more note would spoil it.
10



Yeah, I always liked the vibe of this song. Just perfect.


Did Tom Petty get neutered?

OK, that was harsh. I loves me some Petty— even the more mellow slower stuff— doesn't all have to be Change of Heart type stuff all the time...


But this is weak.


Great Album / Great Song
An excellent song from an excellent album by a superior songwriter, singer. Just love Petty...can you tell? S
67nj wrote:
moody!!!
wow! that is scary.....i like it
What a perfect arrangement of a class song. One more note would spoil it. 10
67nj wrote:
moody!!!
This shit is gonna give me nightmares.
Charlie T JNR,gotta love this boy!
67nj wrote:
moody!!!
You notice the guy in the foreground is saying "F*ck off".
Nabla wrote:
Oh noo... I don't agree! :beat: :angel: You must hear him very often only... - and l o u d ...
Yes, Yes, YES!! Patti M.
...it takes a lot to laugh...it takes a train to cry... :motor:
superfido wrote:
An occasional Petty song is ok, but taken as a whole, the guy is so totally monotonous he should het a special monotonous ribbon-
Oh noo... I don't agree! :beat: :angel: You must hear him very often only... - and l o u d ...
TimeWaster wrote:
This song is very soothing, haunting, and so simple. Sometimes simplicity is best.
:yes: Like minds . . . see my comment a few down.
An occasional Petty song is ok, but taken as a whole, the guy is so totally monotonous he should het a special monotonous ribbon-
This song is very soothing, haunting, and so simple. Sometimes simplicity is best.
Does it seem like there's been a lot more Tom Petty than usual here on RP?
kinda sad, desperate...hopeful. remember cruising Friday nights hoping you'd fall in love? seems like a million years ago..
You know, I find much more significance here than I did long ago. Sweet in its simplicity.
Shouldn't the album title be "Traveling Wilbury's Vol. 2."? :biggrin:
67nj wrote:
moody!!!
Love this song...Great vis nj...
moody!!!
Daveinbawlmer wrote:
Petty makes well crafted pop. This has a Roy Orbison kinda sound to the backing strings. He never tried to keep his sound "relevant" (like U2, for example) and instead stayed with what he knows and is comfortable working with. Admirable. Since his sound has remained organic (sans rap/techno/synth) I think radio has largely forgotten him.
Well stated. I agree.
Petty makes well crafted pop. This has a Roy Orbison kinda sound to the backing strings. He never tried to keep his sound "relevant" (like U2, for example) and instead stayed with what he knows and is comfortable working with. Admirable. Since his sound has remained organic (sans rap/techno/synth) I think radio has largely forgotten him.
daedalus wrote:
Never went so far as to buy any TP, but you gotta love that Rickenbacker sound..
Ditto
Cool!
Did anyone catch Tom Petty on last night's Billboard Music Awards? I only watched it cause a friend said Green Day were performing, but it was mostly rap-crap. In any event, TP got a lifetime-type award. He's great!!!
I've never been crazy about Tom Petty, but I love this song.
Trustocity wrote:
Why do I know every Tom Petty song by heart, but I hate almost every Tom Petty song? Damn you classic rock radio! CLEAR CHANNEL! You must be destroyed! ("Don't Come Around Here No More" is awesome. So where is it? HUH?)
That's pretty much what i think also, T. Petty (and also Chris Rea in my "list") is d o n e for me... thanks to Clear Channel exploitation. Thanks for expressing it nicely :wink:
Never went so far as to buy any TP, but you gotta love that Rickenbacker sound..
BKardon wrote:
Doesn't Petty say something about turning over the CD about halfway through this one? Pretty sure it was on this album.
It's this CD. It's something like, "attention CD listeners: This is the point where those listening on record or tape would have to stand up and flip the album over. And now....side 2..." (with strange barnyard noises in the background) I'm cool with Bonnie Raitt but when she went on that Grammy sweep this album got screwed for sure. TJ
rascal420 wrote:
The CD? Or the LP? With the LP, you always had to get up and turn 'er over...
Doesn't Petty say something about turning over the CD about halfway through this one? Pretty sure it was on this album.
Play again, please :kiss:
rascal420 wrote:
The CD? Or the LP? With the LP, you always had to get up and turn 'er over...
turn his girlfriend over or the album?
SWEET!!!!! :heartkiss:
Why do I know every Tom Petty song by heart, but I hate almost every Tom Petty song? Damn you classic rock radio! CLEAR CHANNEL! You must be destroyed! ("Don't Come Around Here No More" is awesome. So where is it? HUH?)
willyworx wrote:
My first college girlfriend and I, um, consumated, to this album.
The CD? Or the LP? With the LP, you always had to get up and turn 'er over...
A little more effort would be appreciated next time.
My first college girlfriend and I, um, consumated, to this album.
hay I am the first to comment on this one, problem is it's sort of real non-commentable goes well with the complete set, sort of the depression set