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Encyclopedia > Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1
Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1
Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 cover
Studio album by Traveling Wilburys
Released 24 October 1988
Recorded April - May 1988
Genre Rock
Length 36:22
Label Wilbury/Warner Bros.
Producer Otis and Nelson Wilbury
Professional reviews
Traveling Wilburys chronology
Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1
(1988)
Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3
(1990)

Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 is the debut album by the supergroup Traveling Wilburys and was recorded and released in 1988 to enormous commercial success and critical acclaim. Image File history File links TravWilb1Cover. ... A studio album is a collection of previously unreleased, studio-recorded tracks by a recording artist. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... October 24 is the 297th day of the year (298th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Wilbury Records is the record label formed by George Harrison to release the Traveling Wilburys two albums, 1988s Traveling Wilburys Vol. ... Warner Bros. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Jeff Lynne (born December 30, 1947) is a Grammy Award-winning English rock songwriter, singer, guitarist and record producer. ... George Harrison, MBE (25 February 1943[1][2] – 29 November 2001[3]) was an Academy Award and Grammy Award-winning English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, author and sitarist best known as the lead guitarist of The Beatles. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music owned by All Media Guide. ... Image File history File links 4. ... Robert Christgau (2007) Robert Christgau (sometimes abbreviated in print to Xgau), born April 18, 1942, is an American essayist, music journalist, and the self-declared Dean of American Rock Critics[1] His first reviews were published by Esquire in 1967. ... This article is about the magazine. ... Image File history File links 2_stars. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The introduction of this article does not provide enough context for readers unfamiliar with the subject. ... An album (from Latin albus white, blank, relating to a blank book in which something can be inserted) is a packaged collection of related things. ... In the late 1960s, the term supergroup was coined to describe music groups composed of members who had already achieved fame or respect in other groups or as individual artists. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

Contents

Background

In the afterglow of George Harrison's 1987 comeback album Cloud Nine, he initiated a musical jam early the following year between friends Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne. Lynne was involved in producing songs for Roy Orbison's Mystery Girl album and invited him along. At the jam session, an idea was proposed to record a one-off album together under the name of Traveling Wilburys. Masquerading as the Wilbury brothers, the participants would be known as Nelson (Harrison), Otis (Lynne), Lucky (Dylan), Lefty (Orbison) and Charlie T. Jnr (Petty). Harrison was no stranger to the use of alternate indentities with Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, but this concept was taken a step further to where their real names never appear anywhere on the album, liner notes or even the songwriting credits. George Harrison, MBE (25 February 1943[1][2] – 29 November 2001[3]) was an Academy Award and Grammy Award-winning English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, author and sitarist best known as the lead guitarist of The Beatles. ... Cloud Nine is the successful 1987 comeback album by George Harrison, recorded and released after a five year hiatus from his recording career. ... Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman, May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, author, musician, and poet who has been a major figure in popular music for five decades. ... Thomas Earl Tom Petty (born October 20, 1950) is a singer and guitarist. ... Jeff Lynne (born December 30, 1947) is a Grammy Award-winning English rock songwriter, singer, guitarist and record producer. ... Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988), nicknamed The Big O, was an influential American singer-songwriter, guitarist and a pioneer of rock and roll whose recording career spanned more than four decades. ... Mystery Girl is an 1989 music album by Roy Orbison. ... Sgt. ...


With Harrison having the greatest claim to the band, he signed them up to Warner Bros. Records, his current label, and incorporated their own Wilbury Records label, in addition to producing the sessions with Lynne that spring. Warner Bros. ... Wilbury Records is the record label formed by George Harrison to release the Traveling Wilburys two albums, 1988s Traveling Wilburys Vol. ...


The album

In October, Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1 (so named because of the unlikelihood of there being another) was released, preceded by "Handle with Care" as the lead single. Although the single did not scale the pop charts (it stalled at US #45), the album did, reaching #16 in the UK and an impressive #3 in the US. With over forty weeks on the charts, the album was later certified double-platinum. While Harrison and Petty had had recent successes, Dylan, Orbison and Lynne had not seen an album climb that high in several years. At the time, no Dylan album had ever achieved two million in sales. As one critic put it, it was "one of the great commercial coups of the decade." This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Most critics said the group's modest ambitions were fresh and relaxing. During 1989 and 1990 the album won many accolades, including a Grammy for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group. Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... The Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal has been awarded since 1980. ...


Orbison suddenly died of a heart attack on 6 December 1988, surprising much of the music industry and press. The sleeve cover for "End Of The Line", the group's second single, was photographed four days after Orbison's death. Depicting a guitar in Orbison's rocking chair, it was taken as a tribute. As for Orbison, this album was released at the same time as his Mystery Girl album in 1989, and both their success made Orbison one of two singers (Elvis Presley being the other) to have two albums both reach the charts posthumously. December 6 is the 340th day of the year (341st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Mystery Girl is an 1989 music album by Roy Orbison. ... Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), often known simply as Elvis and also called The King of Rock n Roll or simply The King, was an American singer, musician and actor. ...


Both Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 and its unexpected 1990 follow-up Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3 were deleted in the mid-1990s with rights reverting to Harrison and his estate after his 2001 death. With all of his solo catalogue having reverted to EMI after almost twenty years with Warner Bros. Records, who distributed his Dark Horse Records label, both Traveling Wilburys albums appeared set to be re-issued through EMI. Tom Petty was quoted to have said that they would be re-released in late 2005, though nothing became of these claims until March 20, 2007, when Billboard reported the upcoming release of a collection entitled The Traveling Wilburys Collection, containing both "Vol. 1" and "Vol. 3" (each featuring two bonus tracks) along with a bonus DVD, which features five music videos and a documentary. However, in contrast to earlier assumptions and claims, that package would not be released by EMI but by Rhino Entertainment, which is owned by the Warner Music Group who originally released the two Wilbury albums. The boxset was released in the US on June 12, 2007 and in the UK one day earlier (June 11, 2007). It debuted at # 1 on the UK Albums Chart and at # 9 on The Billboard 200. The introduction of this article does not provide enough context for readers unfamiliar with the subject. ... The EMI Group (LSE: EMI) is a British music company comprising of the major record company EMI Music which operates several labels, based in Kensington in London, England, and EMI Music Publishing, based in New York. ... Dark Horse Records is the record label which was started by George Harrison in 1974. ... The Traveling Wilburys Collection is a 2007 box set compilation album comprising both albums by the Traveling Wilburys, a DVD with their videos and a documentary about the group. ... The EMI Group (LSE: EMI) is a British music company comprising of the major record company EMI Music which operates several labels, based in Kensington in London, England, and EMI Music Publishing, based in New York. ... Rhino Entertainment Company is an American specialty record label. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The UK Albums Chart is a chart of the sales positions of albums in the United Kingdom. ... The Billboard 200 is a listing of the 200 highest selling music albums in the United States, published weekly in Billboard magazine. ...


Track listing

All songs written by the Traveling Wilburys. This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

  1. "Handle with Care" – 3:20
  2. "Dirty World" – 3:30
  3. "Rattled" – 3:00
  4. "Last Night" – 3:48
  5. "Not Alone Any More" – 3:24
  6. "Congratulations" – 3:30
  7. "Heading for the Light" – 3:37
  8. "Margarita" – 3:15
  9. "Tweeter and the Monkey Man" – 5:30
  10. "End of the Line" – 3:30

This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Tweeter and the Monkey Man is a song by rock music supergroup The Traveling Wilburys that first appeared on the 1988 album Traveling Wilburys Vol. ... End of the Line is a song from Traveling Wilburys first album, Volume 1, released in 1989. ...

Personnel

Jeff Lynne (born December 30, 1947) is a Grammy Award-winning English rock songwriter, singer, guitarist and record producer. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... Piano, a well-known instance of keyboard instruments A keyboard instrument is any musical instrument played using a musical keyboard. ... A singer is a musician who uses their voice to produce music. ... George Harrison, MBE (25 February 1943[1][2] – 29 November 2001[3]) was an Academy Award and Grammy Award-winning English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, author and sitarist best known as the lead guitarist of The Beatles. ... Thomas Earl Tom Petty (born October 20, 1950) is a singer and guitarist. ... The electric bass guitar (or electric bass) is a bass string instrument played with the fingers by plucking, slapping, or using a pick. ... Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988), nicknamed The Big O, was an influential American singer-songwriter, guitarist and a pioneer of rock and roll whose recording career spanned more than four decades. ... Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman, May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, author, musician, and poet who has been a major figure in popular music for five decades. ...

Additional personnel

Jim Keltner (born April 27, 1942 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is a distinguished session drummer who has contributed to the work of many well-known artists. ... Jim Horn was born in Los Angeles at an unknown date, and together with Bobby Keys and Jim Price one of the most in demand horn session players of the 1970s and 1980s. ... Ray Cooper Ray Cooper (born August 19, 1942 in Watford, Hertfordshire) is an English musician. ... A percussion instrument is any object which produces a sound by being hit with an implement, shaken, rubbed, scraped, or by any other action which sets the object into vibration. ... Ian Wallace (September 29, 1946 - February 22, 2007 in Los Angeles) was a rock drummer and session musician. ... A tom-tom (not to be confused with a tamtam) is a cylindrical drum with no snare. ...

Charts

Album
Country Peak
position
Weeks
on chart
Norway 2 24
Sweden 2 17
United States 3 53
Switzerland 6 20
Germany 10
United Kingdom 16 35
Single
Year Single Chart (all Billboard) Position
1988 "Handle with Care" Mainstream Rock Tracks 2
Hot 100 45
"Last Night" Mainstream Rock Tracks 5
1989 "End of the Line" Adult Contemporary 28
Mainstream Rock Tracks 2
Hot 100 63
"Heading for the Light" Mainstream Rock Tracks 7

It has been suggested that Billboard be merged into this article or section. ... The Mainstream Rock Tracks chart is a ranking in Billboard magazine of the most-played songs on mainstream rock radio stations, a category that includes stations that play primarily rock music but are not modern rock (that is, alternative) stations, which are counted in the Modern Rock Tracks chart. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ...

Awards

Year Award Album/Track
1989 Grammy Award – Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal (album) Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1

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Certifications

Organization Level Date
BPI – UK Gold November 24, 1988
RIAA – USA Gold January 4, 1989
RIAA – USA Platinum January 4, 1989
BPI – UK Platinum January 20, 1989
RIAA – USA Double Platinum March 1, 1989
RIAA – USA Triple Platinum August 4, 1994
CRIA – Canada 6X Platinum May 26, 2003

 
 

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