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Featuring classics like "Handle With Care," "End Of The Line," and "Heading For The Light," super-group Traveling Wilbury's Collection highlights all of the band's music and previously unreleased bonus tracks through this re-mastered double album. The DVD features behind the scenes footage of the band writing and recording, along with their 5 video clips. Limited edition Deluxe package includes 40-page booklet and other exclusive extras.
The Traveling Wilburys were one of the few supergroups that lived up to their promise, because they didn't try to. Things started inauspiciously when George Harrison, needing a B-side for a 1988 single, called in friends Jeff Lynne, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and Roy Orbison for assistance. Two albums later--the second without Orbison, who had passed away shortly after the first was released--the loose-knit collective had recorded material that was as durable, and occasionally eclipsed, the participants' legendary solo work. The Wilburys succeeded due to a genial and contagious camaraderie that permeates both discs. What could have been a train wreck of ego clashes instead resulted in a frothy meeting of the minds. These guys are having a blast, trading lead vocals and harmonies on energetic folk-rock, quirky rockabilly, and Beatlesque pop that shimmers with the respect and esteem the members clearly hold for each other. Harrison and Lynne's rather slick production polishes off edges that might better have been left unvarnished, but there's no denying the loosey-goosey craftsmanship at work in tunes such as "Handle with Care," "End of the Line," and a striking Orbison performance on "Not Alone Anymore" that ranks with any of his finest. Both albums were million-sellers, but oddly went out of print for about a decade until Rhino resurrected them, adding two rare tracks per disc as well as a DVD of music videos and a band documentary. The resulting package is a comprehensive overview of a once--well, twice--in-a-lifetime project that, especially after Harrison's passing, will never be repeated. --Hal Horowitz
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This amazing peice of work is the result of four pretty good friends, loads of time, and complete lack of ego's. The music puts you at ease from the first note to the last chord. Everything in between is mostly fun and harmony of the best kind. Granted, some of the songs are a little rough, (the second album being talked about) but you have to take it all in perspective and give 'em a break. The podcasts tell a wonderfull tale and give you a feeling of hearing your friends shoot the breeze as oposed to four superstars being interviewed. The viginettes accomplish the same only with pictures that enhance the words.
It dosen't get much better that this.
The saddest part of the whole tale is the unexpected departure of Mr. Roy. I don't think it was the instrument of demise for the Wilburys, but it did remove some of the fun they seemed to have on a regular basis. Gladly, the music will live on long after the Wilbuys have traveled on and will continue to give us the sense of family that the group conveyed so well.
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