The Traveling Wilburys, Volume One (1988)
This was such a big deal – and I can remember my folks buying a copy (on tape) and we all sat and listened to it. Just listened. It was history in the making as far as I was concerned. I knew most of the players but I was only just getting in to the music of Dylan and Petty at the time. Such a great album though – unpretentious and seemingly made to reflect the spirit of the project: a bunch of musicians getting together, jamming, having a go. It all fell in to place almost by fluke, now such projects are cobbled-together and seem (and sound) instantly pathetic. This was the rebirth of Dylan in many ways; it took Tom Petty to another level after near-enough to a slump. It introduced a lot of the world to Jeff Lynne (or at least reminded them of him), it allowed George Harrison the bandleader-type moment he was never really ever going to get otherwise – but to me, most importantly, it provided a lovely (fitting) swansong moment for Roy Orbison. To me he’s the Wilburys – the most important asset. Need proof that he’s what makes this band/project/album? Have a listen – if you must – to Vol. 3. Roy was what made this really sing; what made this soar. For a while there this was running close to $100 just for a CD – but the reissue project changed all that. I’ve had a vinyl copy for a long time – and I still give it a hoon now and then. I bought the second album, sure. I still have that somewhere too. But it’s best forgotten. Really.
Sample Track: Not Alone Any More
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