This is really excellent music by several of the greatest musicians of the 20th century. Hard to believe that they got together for this project but the results are unbelievably good. Too bad more people don't know about this group, but they have provided me with hours of entertainment.
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 is now available. 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 are combined on this 2-CD/1-DVD release and will feature bonus tracks of rare and newly mixed unreleased music. The all-region DVD contains historic footage documenting the first chord to the final mix, and their five video clips. Digipack also includes a 16-page booklet.
Disc: 3, DVD 1. The True History Of The Traveling Wilburys 2. Music Videos 3. Handle With Care 4. End of The Line 5. She's My Baby 6. Inside Out 7. Wilbury Twist (2007 Version)
There never was a supergroup more super than the Traveling Wilburys. They had Jeff Lynne, the leader of ELO; they had Roy Orbison, the best pop singer of the '60s; they had Tom Petty, the best roots rocker this side of Bruce Springsteen; they had a Beatle and Bob Dylan, for crying out loud! It's impossible to picture a supergroup with a stronger pedigree than that (all that's missing is a Rolling Stone), but in another sense it's hard to call the Wilburys a true supergroup, since they arrived nearly two decades after the all-star craze of the '70s peaked, and they never had the self-important air of nearly all the other supergroups. That, of course, was the key to their charm: they were a group of friends who fell together easily, almost effortlessly, to record a B-side for a single for George Harrison; they had such a good time they stuck around to record a full album, which became a hit upon its 1988 release. The Traveling Wilburys was big enough to convince the group to record a second album, cheerfully and incongruously titled Vol. 3, two years later despite the death of Orbison. Like most sequels, the second didn't live up to expectations, and by the time it and its predecessor drifted out of print in the mid-'90s, with the rights reverting to Harrison, nobody much noticed. A few years later, though, it soon became apparent that the Wilburys' records -- mainly, the debut, widely beloved thanks to its two hits, "Handle with Care" and "End of the Line" -- were out of print, and they soon became valuable items as the Harrison estate dragged its heels on a reissue. Finally, the two albums were bundled up as a two-CD set simply called The Traveling Wilburys and reissued with a DVD/digital download containing a documentary and all the videos in the summer of 2007. [There is also a deluxe edition containing a longer, lavish booklet.] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Rolling Stone - 4 Stars (out of 5) - Ranked #70 in Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Albums Of The 80's survey.
Entertainment Weekly (p.78) - "[H]earing these titans shuffle through one slapdash boogie after another is pure fun." -- Grade: A-
Traveling WilburysAfter George Harrisons' album Cloud Nine was completed, George found himself having to create a bonus track for the European twelve inch of When We Was Fab. Since Jeff Lynne had played an integral part in the creation of George's album, including appearing in the When We Was Fab music video along with Ringo Starr, Jeff postponed his other projects: work on Roy Orbison's album Mystery Girl, and his work on tracks for Tom Petty.Roy Orbison was on the conversation's edge when the two Englishmen discussed this over lunch in Los Angeles. George was impressed that Roy knew so much about Monty Python. George was delighted when Orbison volunteered to sing with him on this extra track.It wasn't worth booking anywhere expensive so George telephoned Bob Dylan in Santa Monica whose 'little Ampex in the corner of his garage' was available the next day.Arriving late the following morning, Roy shook hands with Tom Petty - who Jeff, and to a lesser extent, George, had assisted in the production of a Del Shannon album in 1987, after Petty's group had backed Dylan on the tour that had terminated at Wembley. Petty had either tagged along, or was asked by George to come along.From merely providing refreshments, Dylan lent a hand when Harrison - with his B-Side only half-finished - said, "Give us some lyrics, you famous lyricist." To Bob's enquiry as to the subject matter: George added what he called 'a lonely bit' for Orbison, while Dylan wheezed the trademark harmonica on the fade.Next day, Roy left for a one-nighter in Anaheim near Long Beach, Bob carried on preparing for a summer tour, and George slipped over to Warners with the new tape. After it was said to be to good to hide under a twelve-inch forty-five, he discussed with Jeff, over a quantity of Mexican lager, the idea of cutting a whole LP.When the two skidded up to his house with the plan, Petty jumped at the chance, while over the phone, Dylan agreed. That evening, Jeff, George, Tom and their wives drove down the coast to Anaheim to put it before Oribson. Roy said, "That'd be great."