R2 255036 Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1
Produced by Otis and Nelson Wilbury
Released on October 18, 1988
UK CHART POSITION #16 . . . US CHART POSITION #3 . . .
3x PLATINUM RECORD . . . GRAMMY: ROCK DUO/GROUP
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K ronomyth 1.0: WILBURY’D TREASURE. Sometimes Fate smiles, but this is a big old belly laugh where Fate is concerned. The real legend, far more interesting than the fabricated one around a band of traveling brothers, begins with Jeff Lynne (Otis Wilbury) and George Harrison (Nelson) looking to record a new B-side for the third single (“This Is Love”) from George’s triumphant Cloud Nine. Lynne was working with another resurgent relic, Roy Orbison (Lefty), and it was decided that the three would record the song together (“Handle With Care”). The recording location? Bob Dylan’s (Lucky’s) home studio. But first, a stop off at the home of Tom Petty (Charlie T. Jr.), where George had left his guitar… Had all of this resulted in one drunken session or a single song, Fate might have been said to merely smirk. In fact, the band of five recorded an entire album’s worth of material over 10 days in May, and not just any material, but some of their best material in years. Lynne, who went on to produce albums by Orbison (Mystery Girl) and Petty (Full Moon Fever), had recently perfected a kind of modern retro sound heard on hits like “Got My Mind Set On You,” “You Got It” and “I Won’t Back Down.” You’ll find more of the same magic on here: “Handle With Care,” “Not Alone Any More,” “End of the Line.” Honestly, fitting the craggy personas of Dylan and Petty into the mix isn’t always easy. The Dylan songs particularly feel like a different side of the band. Recalling that the bard was coming off the awful Down In The Groove, his contributions are a slightly miscalculated risk that give the impression someone has slipped half a mediocre Bob Dylan album into the party. However, the album was spared that kind of critical assessment when Fate once again stepped in, this time taking Lefty with him. What remained was a remarkable swan song for Orbison, a second hit for Harrison and an introduction for stellar followups from Orbison and Petty. In 2007, an expanded remaster was released, including a song each led by Nelson (“Maxine”) and Lucky (“Like A Ship”).

R2 255036 back sleeve
R2 255036 back sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. HANDLE WITH CARE    (George Harrison)    3:20
  2. DIRTY WORLD    (Bob Dylan)    3:29
  3. RATTLED    (Jeff Lynne)    2:59
  4. LAST NIGHT    (Tom Petty)    3:51
  5. NOT ALONE ANY MORE    (Jeff Lynne)    3:25
  6. CONGRATULATIONS    (Bob Dylan)    3:29
  7. HEADING FOR THE LIGHT    (George Harrison)    3:36
  8. MARGARITA    (Tom Petty)    3:16
  9. TWEETER AND THE MONKEY MAN    (Bob Dylan)    5:27
  10. END OF THE LINE    (George Harrison)    3:26

    CD reissue bonus tracks
  11. MAXINE    (Bob Dylan/George Harrison/Jeff Lynne/Tom Petty)    2:49
  12. LIKE A SHIP    (Bob Dylan/George Harrison/Jeff Lynne/Tom Petty)    3:31

    All songs written by Traveling Wilburys (in lieu of individual songwriting credits, I've indicated publishing rights)

CREDITS

LUCKY WILBURY (BOB DYLAN) -- acoustic guitar, lead & backing vocals
NELSON WILBURY (GEORGE HARRISON) -- guitars, lead & backing vocals
OTIS WILBURY (JEFF LYNNE) -- keyboards, guitars, lead & backing vocals, mixing (11,12)
LEFTY WILBURY (ROY ORBISON) -- acoustic guitar, lead & backing vocals
CHARLIE T. JNR (TOM PETTY) -- acoustic guitar, lead & backing vocals
JIM KELTNER -- drums
Ray Cooper -- percussion
Jim Horn -- saxophones
Ian Wallace -- tom toms (1)
Ayrton Wilbury (Dhani Harrison) -- guitar solo, backing vocals (11,12)
Richard Dodd -- engineer
Phil Macdonald -- engineer
Don Smith -- engineer
Bill Botrell -- engineer
Ryan Ulyate -- engineer, mixing (11,12)
David Costa (for Wherefore Art) -- art direction
Neal Preston, Gered Mankowitz, Chris Smith -- sleeve photography

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK October 1988 Warner Bros. LP WX-224W picture sleeve w. stickers
US/AUSL October 18, 1988 Wilbury LP/CD 25796-1/2 picture sleeve
ARG 1988 Wilbury LP/CS 80770/90770 picture sleeve
CAN 1988 Wilbury/WEA LP 92 57961  
COL 1988 Warner Bros. LP 23(1031)00083  
GER 1988 Warner Bros. LP/CD WX-224/925796-2 picture sleeve
MEX 1988 WEA LP LXWB-6787 brown vinyl
SAF 1988 Tusk LP WBC-1652  
US 2007 Wilbury/Rhino CDX R2 255036 digital remaster w. bonus tracks
UK 2008 Rhino CDX 79918 digital remaster w. bonus tracks
JPN September 24, 2008 Warner CDX WPCR-75452 digital remaster w. bonus tracks

 

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