Saturday, 18 October 2008
The Traveling Wilburys
Finally, I understand all the excitement about The Traveling Wilburys. They were one hell of a tight band of friends who came together to make some of the most interesting folk-rocking, Beatlesque and ELOish music in 1988 and 1990. You have to listen to them in order to understand them. And I did.
From the moment I placed the first disc from The Traveling Wilburys boxed set into my CD player, I knew that there would never be a dull moment. Twelve tracks of rocking music on this disc and 13 more on the second disc.
Who are The Traveling Wilburys? Was there ever a Wilbury family in the music business? An Internet search turned up nothing else and The Traveling Wilburys is simply a stagename.
If you don't know by now, ex-Beatle George Harrison (the late George Harrison) was the moving force for The Traveling Wilburys. He got together his friends and fellow super-star musicians - Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty - and over a 10-day period in1988, they recorded the tracks that made up the first album. Unfortunately, Orbision died in December that year, so the second Wilburys album in 1990 was recorded with only four of the original five.
In addition, there's a DVD with five music videos. Orbison was pretty fantastic in the DVD. In my opinion, he had the best song: Not Alone Any More. And in the video track End Of The Line, the group paid tribute to Orbison by including a rocking chair with his guitar.
Click here for The Traveling Wilbury's official website.
Click here for the wiki article on The Traveling Wilburys.