Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Wilburys (Traveling)


The Traveling Wilburys were brought together by George Harrison in 1988, and were a perfect blending of Harrison, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty and Roy Orbison. It amazes me how good they sound together, and it's not just because they are all so good. Some of the worst-sounding things I've heard have been pairings of extremely talented people that I like -- just not together. Not sure I want to name names... maybe in the comments... (Worst duets ever? Good people, bad pairing? Anybody want to start?)

But this is very different. Very good stuff. I always meant to buy their 2 CDs, put it off, saw them in the used bins, figured I'd pick them up later -- eventually. Then they went out of print. Then they became valuable and I couldn't find them in the bins anymore or afford them on eBay. Bummer! But finally, just today, both discs have been reissued and packaged with a fun "making of" DVD (the video clip above is included). There apparently were lots of legal barriers toward getting this re-released, and check it out -- nowhere on the cover does it mention or picture any of the legends who play on it. If that's all it took to get these back in print I'm sorry it took so long.

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5 comments:

niCk (Mem Beth) said...

I have the original discs stored away in some box somewhere.

My post Yesterday was about the rerelease of their music, also.

Peacechick Mary said...

Whooo hoo! good find.

The Truffle said...

How the heck did those Wilburys albums go out of print? Strange.

Blueberry said...

Truffle: yeah, I know. I thought I'd be able to buy them forever. I guess there were too many lawyers, complicated copyrights, and maybe an ego or two. I heard that George's widow, Olivia, was the main one behind getting them reissued.

Mando Mama said...

What a neat post. I loved the Wilburys. That was a rare area of agreement in my marriage, in fact.

The last time I was at the Rock Hall, I guess in December, there was a fascinating exhibit on Roy Orbison. I really didn't know much about him other than his stint as a Wilbury and the notion that he did something appreciable before that.

DUH.