Traveling Wilburys

George Harrison
 
Traveling Wilburys - Front cover Traveling Wilburys - Rear Cover
Traveling Wilburys - Front Cover Traveling Wilburys - Rear Cover
Traveling Wilburys - Inner Sleeve Front Traveling Wilburys - Inner Sleeve Rear
Traveling Wilburys - Inner Sleeve Front Traveling Wilburys - Inner Sleeve Rear
Label Wilbury Records
Catalogue No. WX 224
WX 224C (cassette)
925796-2 (C.D.)
Release date 24th October 1988
Total time 36:22
U.K. L.P. Chart Detail :
Entry Date :5th November 1988
Highest Position :16
Weeks in Chart :35
Detail : George Harrison's fourteenth album release .... or .... first, in a new band ?
Credited to The Traveling Wilburys who were :
Nelson Wilbury (George) - Lead vocals, guitars, backing vocals
Otis Wilbury (Jeff Lynne) - Lead vocals, keyboards, guitars, backing vocals
Charlie T. Jnr (Tom Petty) - Lead vocals, acoustic guitar, backing vocals
Lefty Wilbury (Roy Orbison) - Lead vocals, acoustic guitar, backing vocals
Lucky Wilbury (Bob Dylan) - Lead vocals, acoustic guitar, backing vocals
with,
Jim Keltner - Drums
Jim Horn - Saxophones
Ray Cooper - Percussion
Ian Wallace - Tom toms ("Handle With Care")
Album produced by Otis and Nelson Wilbury.

Usually I would class albums like this under "Collaborations", but clearly the driving force was George, so much of the layout and musicians are continued from George's previous outings, and most of the recording was made at F.P.S.H.O.T.
After "Cloud Nine" George joined an impromptu gathering of Jeff Lynne, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Roy Orbison to create this "self-titled" album full of humour and spontaneity. Recording started in April 1988 and continued through to the end of May.
Unfortunately, aged just 52, Roy Orbison died on 6th December 1988 of a massive heart attack.

Art direction is by David Costa for "Wherefore Art" (sic !)
Sleeve photography is by Gered Mankowitz and Chris Smith.
Band photography by Neal Preston.
The inner sleeve (seen above) features a story full of puns about the Wilbury name, by Hugh Jampton (there's one) ... with other jokey bits following.

During May 1988 the band's recording sessions were filmed and a short 15 minute film is produced entitled, "Whatever Wilbury Wilbury".
Then later in October the band shot a video for "Handle With Care" in Los Angeles which is directed by David Leland and Produced by Limelight films.
The video for the second single, "End Of The Line" is made just 4 days after the sad passing of the Big "O". As a mark of respect an empty rocking chair is placed where Roy would have been sitting.

For different and earlier takes see the detail of the bootleg release Traveling Wilburys Vol.2

Wilbury Record Company is a subdivision of the Trans-Wilbury Corporation of Bulgaria.


Side 1

Track Composer Recording Information Time
Handle With Care Traveling Wilburys The first track recorded.
Recorded April 1988 in California.
Lead vocal by Nelson.
A-side of the first Wilbury single release.
3:20
Dirty World Traveling Wilburys Lead vocal by Lucky. 3:30
Rattled Traveling Wilburys Lead vocal by Charlie T. Jnr. 3:00
Last Night Traveling Wilburys Lead vocal by Charlie T. Jnr. 3:48
Not Alone Any More Traveling Wilburys Lead vocal by Lefty 3:24

Side 2

Track Composer Recording Information Time
Congratulations Traveling Wilburys B-side of the second single release.
Lead vocal by Lucky
3:30
Heading For The Light Traveling Wilburys Lead vocal by Nelson. 3:37
Margarita Traveling Wilburys B-side of the first Wilbury single.
Lead vocal by Lucky.
3:15
Tweeter And The Monkey Man Traveling Wilburys Lead vocal by Lucky. 5:30
End Of The Line Traveling Wilburys Lead vocal by Charlie T. Jnr.
A-side of the second single release from the album.
3:30


Released Versions

First pressings (1988)
    WX 224 - With colourful inner sleeve is worth about 10.

C.D.

Simultaneous release on C.D. with a catalogue number of 925796 2 ... no extra tracks.

June 11th 2007 this album appeared remastered and with bonus tracks in : The Traveling Wilburys Collection


©2002 Graham Calkin's Beatles Pages. All Rights Reserved.