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The Traveling Wilburys -Vol. 1

Updated on April 20, 2018

I had just started university when I first came across the Traveling Wilburys. I had just bought a copy of Roy Orbison's greatest hits and the insert contained a brief outline of his career and achievements. At the end, it mentioned him being a part of The Traveling Wilburys just before his death. I'd never heard of them at the time, but after looking them up and getting a copy of their album, I was glad to have discovered them. Considering how famous the separate members of the band are, I was surprised I hadn't come across them sooner.

The Traveling Wilburys consisted of Roy Orbison, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and Jeff Lynne; serious music heavy-weights, and this shows in the consistent quality of their songs. The first track, 'Handle with Care' is a great twist on the usual love song. The lyrics are simple, but effective, the tune is catchy without being cheesy and, as to be expected, the vocals are great.

Other great songs on the album include 'Rattled', a traditional rock and roll song, featuring fantastic guitar riffs and lead vocals from the legend that is Roy Orbison; 'Last Night', a catchy tune about a meeting with a particularly beautiful, but dangerous, woman in a bar; and 'Heading for the Light', with lead vocals from George Harrison. I don't know much input Jeff Lynne had on this particular song, but it certainly has an ELO influence for me.

My other favourite song from the album is 'End of the Line', which sounds remarkably similar to the 'New Tricks' theme-tune. This song is particularly poignant as Roy Orbison died in between recording the lyrics and video for this track. As a tribute to him, the song's video features an empty chair containing Orbison's guitar, which is shown during Orbison's vocals.

The rest of the album is also good; there are no fillers to be found here. The one weakness for me perhaps is Dylan's vocals (I've never been a fan), but ignoring that, I can listen to this album repeatedly without tiring of it.

All in all, this is a fantastic album, and thoroughly recommended for anybody who likes any of the five featured artists.

Handle with Care by the Traveling Wilburys.

End of the Line by the Traveling Wilburys.

Who's your favorite member of the Traveling Wilburys?

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    • David3142 profile imageAUTHOR

      David 

      4 years ago from West Midlands, England

      @John Dyhouse: Thanks.

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      John Dyhouse 

      4 years ago from UK

      My son bought me a copy of a DVD/CD album a few christmases ago. He knew I loved Roy Orbison and thought I would like this. I had heard of the group and had loved their first single but as you say, considering the line-up they seemed to keep their heads down as the Wilburys. From the DVD of the set it seemed it was more of a fun project than anything else for them.

      Great review.

    • David3142 profile imageAUTHOR

      David 

      4 years ago from West Midlands, England

      @Ikey4088: Thanks. Roy Orbison is my favourite too. His voice was amazing.

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      Ikey4088 

      4 years ago

      Nice lens. I love the TW's and End of the Line is one of my favourites too. The poll was tough because I love both Bob Dylan and Roy Orbison but I voted for Roy because Bob Dylan can sometimes be an aquired taste but I just love everything by Roy. Such a shame he left us so soon.

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