Where There’s a Wilbury, There’s a Way

It looks like the Traveling Wilburys are a lot more popular than anyone expected.  I have always been a cursory fan of theirs.  More casual than anything else.  I think I have explained before, I was a little too young when the original albums hit to really “get” them.  I was too busy finding out what kind of music really grabbed me.  Well, recently, with the reissues I have been bitten by the Wilbury bug.

You may have noticed that the deluxe boxed-set is a scarce commidity to music fans lately.  I guess Rhino records originallty was going to produce a limited run of these babies.  Well, the fans have spoken and they are going to make more ladies and gentlemen!  It looks like it is coming now on limited edition vinyl too.  Look for it in the near future, and please do yourself a favor and go get the darn thing already.  Treat yourself to the deluxe edition, and get it while you actually can.  It’s well worth it. 

Here’s the latest on all of the configurations of the Wilbury set that you can get your grubby little hands on.

Here’s what we’ve read.

Following Chart-Topping Sales Success And Overwhelming Demand, Rhino To Release Vinyl Box Set And Second Edition Deluxe Sets Of “The Traveling Wilburys Collection”

Remastered and Expanded Collectible Package Features Unreleased Bonus Tracks and bonus DVD featuring a 24-minute documentary including unseen footage of The Wilburys.

Vinyl Box Set Includes A Previously Unreleased Version of “Not Alone Anymore”

Available November 20, 2007 (Los Angeles, DATE, 2007) – 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 was reissued in June worldwide as The Traveling Wilburys Collection. The reissue debuted at #1 in 5 countries globally, was at #9 on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 charts, and was the #1 Digital Download in its first week of release. The release remains in the Top 5 on the UK charts after seven weeks. The collection has gone Platinum in 5 countries and Gold in two countries and is still maintaining strong chart positions around the globe. The Deluxe Edition package sold out within minutes of release and Rhino Entertainment announced today, that due to this overwhelming demand and fan requests, a Second Edition will be made available again on November 20, 2007.

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, combined into one release, The Traveling Wilburys Collection, feature bonus tracks of rare and newly mixed previously unreleased music along with a DVD featuring a 24-minute documentary showing unseen footage of the Wilburys and their five video clips.

The Traveling Wilburys collectible packages are available in four configurations. Each configuration is a remarkable commemoration of this unique group.

* Available November 20, 2007 – Second Edition Deluxe Set – Linen-bound deluxe edition features 2 CDs (Volumes 1 and 3) with bonus tracks, bonus DVD, and a 40-page collectible book with photos, original liner notes, new liner notes and a uniquely numbered certificate of authenticity.

* Available November 20, 2007 — Vinyl Edition – Features 2 vinyl releases of the original Volumes 1 and 3 with an additional 12-inch featuring bonus tracks, a collectible album-sized book, plus additional vintage postcards and posters.

* CURRENTLY AVAILABLE — Standard Package – Features 2 CDs (Volumes 1 and 3) with bonus tracks, bonus DVD of content and a 16-page collectible book.

* CURRENTLY AVAILABLE — Digital Edition Bundle – Features downloadable editions of both CDs (Volumes 1 and 3) with bonus tracks, video content and an interactive booklet.

“The Wilbury Deluxe Edition sold out so quickly that it caught us by surprise. We heard from so many disappointed fans it seemed the only fair thing to do was to make a second edition,” said Olivia Harrison.

In trying to explain how the Wilburys originally came together, George Harrison once said, “The thing about the Wilburys for me is-if we’d tried to plan it, or if anybody had said, let’s form this band and get these people in it-it would never happen, it’s impossible. It happened completely, just by magic, just by circumstance. Maybe there was a full moon that night or something like that. It was quite a magical little thing really.”

The Traveling Wilburys BACKGROUND

The Traveling Wilburys was not a carefully planned band, not formed from deep premeditation. Rather, the band was created in a casual blending of genuine friends one ordinary afternoon, which turned out to be anything but ordinary.

George Harrison needed a B-side song to accompany a European single release from his widely regarded Cloud Nine album. While in Los Angeles, George approached Jeff Lynne for help with the B-side, since he had co-produced the album. It happened that Jeff was working with Roy Orbison on the upcoming Mystery Girl album. Roy readily agreed to lend a hand in the musical effort. As fate would luckily dictate, George’s guitar was at Tom Petty’s house, and he too offered to join in and make some music. When the group showed up to record, Dylan also lent a hand to help complete the half-finished song George had written. George has often been quoted as saying, “And so everybody was there and I thought, I’m not gonna just sing it myself, I’ve got Roy Orbison standing there. I’m gonna write a bit for Roy to sing. And then, as it progressed, then I started doing the vocals and I just thought I might as well push it a bit and get Tom and Bob to sing the bridge.” The final result was a song called “Handle With Care.” George later said, “I liked the song and the way that it turned out with all these people on it so much that I just carried it around in my pocket for ages thinking, Well what can I do with this thing? And the only thing to do I could think of was do another nine. Make an album.”

The album they created was called the Traveling Wilburys Volume 1-a playful nod to the reality that subsequent volumes were unlikely. Volume 1 was released in October 1988 preceded by the single “Handle With Care.” The album achieved wide critical acclaim, and most critics agreed that the music was so extraordinary because of the modest ambitions of the band, which translated to a fresh and relaxing sound. Rolling Stone Magazine instantly called it one of the Top 100 Albums of all time. The album also saw commercial success; it reached #3 on the Album charts, garnered double-platinum status and earned the group a Grammy for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group.

In 1990, following the unexpected death of Roy Orbison in December 1988, the remaining members reconvened to record Traveling Wilburys Volume 3, dedicating the album to Lefty (Roy) Wilbury. With Harrison and Lynne producing again, both “She’s My Baby” and “Wilbury Twist” became radio hits as the album reached #11 in the U.S. and achieved Platinum success.

Disc One
TRAVELING WILBURYS VOL. 1

1. Handle With Care
2. Dirty World
3. Rattled
4. Last Night
5. Not Alone Any More
6. Congratulations
7. Heading For The Light
8. Margarita
9. Tweeter And The Monkey Man
10. End Of The Line

Bonus Tracks:

11. Maxine*
12. Like A Ship*
Disc Two
DVD — The True History Of The Traveling Wilburys
Music Videos:

1. Handle With Care
2. End Of The Line
3. Inside Out
4. She’s My Baby
5. Wilbury Twist
Disc Three
TRAVELING WILBURYS VOL. 3

1. She’s My Baby
2. Inside Out
3. If You Belonged To Me
4. The Devil’s Been Busy
5. 7 Deadly Sins
6. Poor House
7. Where Were You Last Night?
8. Cool Dry Place
9. New Blue Moon
10. You Took My Breath Away
11. Wilbury Twist

Bonus Tracks:

12. Runaway (B-side to “She’s My Baby”
UK CD and 12″)
13. Nobody’s Child (previously released on
Nobody’s Child: Romanian Angel Appeal)
VINYL EDITION TRACK LISTINGS
The Vinyl Edition features the originally released Vol. 1 and Vol. 3
Plus a Bonus 12″ featuring:

1. Handle With Care (Extended Version)
2. Like A Ship
3. Maxine
4. End Of The Line (Extended Version)
5. Nobody’s Child
6. Not Alone Anymore* (Remix)
7. Runaway

*previously unreleased

Source: Marketwire

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