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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Album Review: Traveling Wilburys - Traveling Wilburys Volume One (1988)

Put two of Britain's best musicians together, add rock 'n roll's greatest vocalist and folk music's greatest songwriter, and throw in Tom Petty just for the hell of it, and what do you get? A rather surprising combination packaged into one supergroup. The Traveling Wilburys isn't meant to be taken seriously - of course, they're serious about making music, they just don't take the process of making it seriously. This results in an equally surprising gem - Traveling Wilburys Volume One, a collection of bold, eccentric, daring and ambitious numbers that works extraordinarily well. No other band could get away with it - many have no doubt tried, and stopped right at the point where people started throwing tomatoes at them. And that's when they've read out the song list. Songs like "Handle with Care", the Orbison-centric "Not Alone Anymore", the Dylan-esque "Tweeter and the Monkey Man" and the ever popular 'End of the Line" are all delightful reflections of the laid back nature and relationship between Dylan, Orbison, Petty, Lynne and Harrison that made this otherwise outlandish project work brilliantly. It's an unfathomably good thing they re-released this baby. A

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