The Traveling Wilburys Collection

The Traveling Wilburys Collection
Two of the most endearing artefacts of the late ’80s, both Traveling Wilbury albums have finally reappeared (with tasteful frills). According to The True History of the Traveling Wilburys, a wonderful short film included here, George Harrison asked Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty and Roy Orbison to meet him at Bob Dylan’s home studio in California and work on a b-side for his next single. The organic writing session led to a full-blown collaboration that yielded some classic material, particularly from a rejuvenated Dylan. Despite hand wringing about Lynne’s shiny production, the original records hold up astoundingly. Harrison is in fine form on "Heading for the Light,” while Dylan is sharp on "Tweeter and the Monkey Man” and amusing on "7 Deadly Sins.” Outtakes include the lovely "Nobody’s Child,” Harrison’s folksy "Maxine” and Dylan’s forlorn "Like a Ship.” The genuine joy within this record, both for the players and listeners, is undeniable. The Traveling Wilburys were a rare gathering, producing some of the wittiest, bravest work of these men’s lives. (Independent)