Thursday, August 03, 2006

Number 969 - Traveling Wilburys

Number 969

Traveling Wilburys

"Nobody's Child"

Take quarter of a cup of Beatles (George Harrison)
One teaspoon of ELO (Jeff Lynne)
One lump of Bob Dylan
One pinch of Roy Orbison
And a dash of Tom Petty
Stir it up and let it simmer in a studio for a month and whaddya get?

No not a tummy ache, maybe an earache, gas?

But seriously...... "Reversing the usual process by which groups break up and give way to solo careers, the Traveling Wilburys are a group made up of solo stars. The group was organized by former Beatle George Harrison, former Electric Light Orchestra leader Jeff Lynne, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and Roy Orbison, thus representing three generations of rock stars."

"In 1988, the five (who had known each other for years) came together to record a Harrison B-side single and ended up writing and recording an album on which they shared lead vocals. It turned out to be a way to transcend the high expectations made of any of them as individuals, and a delighted public sent the album to number three, with two singles, "Handle With Care" and "End of the Line" hitting the charts. Unfortunately, Orbison died of a heart attack only a few weeks after the album's release."

"Two years later, the remaining quartet released a second album, inexplicably titled Vol.3. Although it didn't match the success of the first Wilburys album, it was another million-selling hit.

Throughout the '90s, there were rumors of another Traveling Wilburys record in the works, but no new albums from the group surfaced. Harrison and Lynne did re-team in 1995, when Lynne
produced and reworked two
John Lennon demos with the Beatles for their Anthology
rarities collection."
~ [William Ruhlmann ]
For John Lennon see Number 492 & Number 639
For George Harrison see Number 806
For Tom Petty see Number 585
For ELO see Number 790
For Bob Dylan see Number 491, Number 841 & #929
For Beatles see Number 489, #587, #894 & #947
What does Rolling Stone think of TW?
The Rutles-ish humor and determined casualness of the Traveling Wilburys counter understandable fears for this "band" of '60s gods (Bob Dylan, George Harrison), the '50s idol they dug (Roy Orbison), and the aging pups who worshipped them, Tom Petty and ELO's Jeff Lynne. Giddy with the freedom of their winking "anonymity," these significant figures doff their crowns and get down to effortless, and remarkably fresh, rocking. Dylan sings better on the first Wilburys than he has in years; Harrison again proves that he's best when surrounded by real talents, not sidemen; Orbison's "Not Alone Any More" is a weeper (almost) up there with his classics. With Roy departed, the second try isn't quite so fine. But Lynne again turns in expensive garage production, Petty matches his mentors, and Dylan's ease is infectious. ~ [Source:From 2004's The New Rolling Stone Album Guide]
Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs ranked this song at Number (Nope they hated it) and the Album ranked at Number (Nope, doesn't even know its out yet)
This song has a crowbarred rating of 51.6 out of 108

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