Revisiting my extensive music collection, one artist at a time
The word “supergroup” is used (and probably over-used) a lot in the music industry, but it didn’t get more “super” than the quintet of George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison, whose 1988 debut Vol. 1 remains a joyous display of singers/songwriters having the time of their lives. It might be unfair to include it in this series since they probably had more than 100 albums under their collective belts by the time of this collaboration, but this is my blog & I make the rules. More than three decades later and I still love every moment of this record. I previously wrote about their 2-album discography in my Two And Through post in 2014, and you can read my comments about Vol. 1 below.
For more information on this series, please read the opening paragraph of the first post, which featured the debut album from Led Zeppelin.
From TWO AND THROUGH – My Favorite Two-Album Artists:
I don’t think there are many people from my generation who aren’t familiar with Traveling Wilburys, the pseudonymous collaboration between George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison (who sadly passed away shortly after the debut album was released), but I often wonder if younger fans of those individual artists are even aware of this supergroup and, if so, whether or not they take it seriously. Their first single, “Handle With Care,” showcased all of their distinct vocals, both individually & collectively, but most importantly you could hear how much fun the quintet (along with drummer Jim Keltner) was having in the studio. This sense of frivolity continued throughout their debut album, and it’s hard not to smile when you listen to the bouncy “Last Night,” Dylan’s homage to Bruce Springsteen, “Tweeter And The Monkey Man,” Orbison’s ageless soaring vocals on “Not Alone Anymore” and the infectious album closer, “End Of The Line.” There are few albums I can think of that are as full of pure joy as this one
I enjoy both Traveling Wilburys albums and consider them (especially the debut) as essential as just about anything else in the Harrison, Dylan, Petty, Lynne and Orbison discographies.
Is there anyone out there who isn’t aware of Traveling Wilburys? If so, and you’re a fan of any/all these artists, you’re in for a treat. For everyone else, how would you rate it against their individual works?