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Nearly twenty years after the creation of the band, and over a decade since the music was last available to fans, the music of the Traveling Wilburys will be reissued on June 16, 2007. Rhino Entertainment will distribute the package from the Wilbury Records label. The previously released albums Traveling Wilburys Volume 1 and Traveling Wilburys Volume 3 feature inarguably some of music's greatest singer-songwriters-George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Bob Dylan-as the iconic band the Traveling Wilburys. Both CDs will be combined into one release, The Traveling Wilburys Collection, and will feature bonus tracks of rare and newly mixed previously unreleased music along with a bonus DVD featuring an amazing 24-minute documentary showing unseen footage of the Wilburys and their five video clips, filmed largely on George Harrison's home video recorder.
The Traveling Wilburys were one of the few supergroups that lived up to their promise, because they didn't try to. Things started inauspiciously when George Harrison, needing a B-side for a 1988 single, called in friends Jeff Lynne, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and Roy Orbison for assistance. Two albums later--the second without Orbison, who had passed away shortly after the first was released--the loose-knit collective had recorded material that was as durable, and occasionally eclipsed, the participants' legendary solo work. The Wilburys succeeded due to a genial and contagious camaraderie that permeates both discs. What could have been a train wreck of ego clashes instead resulted in a frothy meeting of the minds. These guys are having a blast, trading lead vocals and harmonies on energetic folk-rock, quirky rockabilly, and Beatlesque pop that shimmers with the respect and esteem the members clearly hold for each other. Harrison and Lynne's rather slick production polishes off edges that might better have been left unvarnished, but there's no denying the loosey-goosey craftsmanship at work in tunes such as "Handle with Care," "End of the Line," and a striking Orbison performance on "Not Alone Anymore" that ranks with any of his finest. Both albums were million-sellers, but oddly went out of print for about a decade until Rhino resurrected them, adding two rare tracks per disc as well as a DVD of music videos and a band documentary. The resulting package is a comprehensive overview of a once--well, twice--in-a-lifetime project that, especially after Harrison's passing, will never be repeated. --Hal Horowitz
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language: : English
- Product Dimensions : 4.96 x 5.63 x 0.91 inches; 6.35 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Imports
- Run time : 25 minutes
- SPARS Code : DDD
- Date First Available : April 2, 2007
- Label : Imports
- ASIN : B000P0J024
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,806 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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If there was an award for best album EVER, The Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1, should definitely be a nomination, at least. In the 80’s, “super groups” were a thing. Country music had its outlaws, The Highwaymen, and The Traveling Wilburys were the greatest, IMO, rock super group. Of course, when you have Dylan, Petty, Roy Orbison, Lynne, and a Beatle, how could you go wrong?
If you like 60s-70s rock and haven’t heard this album, you’re missing out! I have purchased this set 4 times now over the years (which actually has Vol. 1, Vol. 3, and a bonus disc-there was no Vol. 2, they went from 1 to 3). If someone takes this one, I imagine I’ll buy it again. I remember my dad having it on vinyl when I was a kid, so it’s fair to say this music has been a part of my life since it’s original release. It has yet to get old, unlike myself.
Best tracks: Last Night, End of the Line, Rattled, Handle With Care, Not Alone Anymore.
From the group’s start, George Harrison was the ringleader, with close connections to Orbison, Dylan, Petty and Lynne. And it was Harrison’s need for a B-side that sparked the group’s genesis. But when the initial results proved too good for a B-side, and the time together proved so enjoyable, the quintet went back into the studio (actually Dave Stewart’s home studio) to fill out an album. The results had an off-the-cuff aliveness that exemplified music made by musicians who were friends first, and the singles, “Handle With Care,” the track originally intended as a B-side, and “End of the Line,” both rose to #2 on Billboard’s mainstream rock chart. Together with “Last Night” and “Heading for the Light,” the album spawned a quartet of Top 10 hits.
The group’s second album, humorously titled Volume 3, was recorded in 1990. Though not as surprising as the debut, and with Orbison’s passing having changed the group balance, the album still resounds with the informal chemistry of friends who also happen to be top-flight music pros. The singles “She's My Baby,” “Inside Out” and “Wilbury Twist” all charted mainstream rock, and the album went platinum (though not the triple platinum of the debut) in the U.S. It was to be the last group Wilbury outing, though Harrison would use the Wilbury name for a producer’s credit on a 1992 live album. With Harrison’s passing in 2001, any hopes of a Wilburys tour was dashed, and it was another six years until official reissues of the two albums were released by Rhino.
The initial 2007 issue of this set came in four flavors, and the 2016 reissues replicate the standard , deluxe , vinyl and digital ( standard and deluxe ) editions. The standard CD+DVD edition comes in a four-panel digipack with a 16-page booklet that includes Mo Ostin’s 2007 liner notes, original album liner notes by Hugh Jampton (a/k/a Michael Palin) and Professor “Tiny” Hampton (a/k/a Eric Idle), album credits, and pictorial instructions for dancing the Wilbury Twist. The deluxe CD+DVD edition adds a linen-cloth slipcase, a 40-page booklet, souvenir postcards, photocards and a sticker, as well as a numbered letter of authenticity. The vinyl edition necessarily drops the video content, but adds a third LP of bonus tracks. The digital editions match the discs, and differ from one another by the inclusion of the video elements in the deluxe edition.
All of the reissue editions include the same bonus tracks as the 2007 CDs: the previously unreleased “Maxine” and “Like a Ship,” the benefit album title song “Nobody’s Child” and a remixed B-side cover of Del Shannon’s “Runaway.” The vinyl edition, as in 2007, adds extended versions of “Handle With Care” and “End of the Line,” and the remixed version of “Not Alone Anymore.” You can scare up the extended versions on CD singles if you search, but they would have made a nice addition to complete the digital re-reissues. But that’s a nit, the music is terrific and the DVD showcases, in Tom Petty’s words, “a bunch of friends that just happened to be really good at making music.” If you didn’t pick this up in 2007, you now have a second chance! [©2016 Hyperbolium]
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As for the rest of the music, it was as one would expect from a group of such renowned artists from the world of folk, pop and rock n' roll music, e.g., Harrison, Dylan and Springsteen - all legends in their own right. The music selection was most listenable without being enchanting, and the narrative accompanying the music was interesting without being enthralling. Good group chemistry without being explosive.
It was a very good idea to combine the DVD with the CD. This practice could be used more widely, as it is with such singers and groups as Roy Orbison, the Bee Gees, Leonard Cohen and Simon and Garfunkel.
The whole production is excellent value for money and will provide the aficionado with hours of satisfactory listening and viewing.
At home I looked on Amazon... and there it was!! Couldn't order quickly enough. After a few days a scary message apologised, saying my order had been damaged. Then, after a small flurry of emails I was asked if I wanted to cancel, or wait. I waited. Then... the Amazon package with a customs declaration arrived. What joy! It had been supplied from Canada.
The music on the CDs still sounds fresh. This version was remastered and contained bonus tracks. With the included, informative DVD that shows how the iconic artists worked so well together this collection is perfect.
I bought this at a great price and wouldn't have been unhappy had I paid much, much more.
The DVD was really good even though the video quality is not what you expect today and some being taken as "home movie". One could clearly see that they were good mates, really enjoying each others input and company. The lack of ego, and mutual respect was lovely to see. So sad that three of them are gone now - the big "O" while the project was in full flow.