End Of The Line (Extended Version) / Congratulations 12″ Single


UK Release Date 20 February 1989
UK Catalogue Number Wilbury Records W 7637 T
Weeks On UK Chart (to date) 4
Peak UK Chart Position 52
Lowest Matrix Numbers W7637T-A-1 / W7637T–1


The second single taken from the Traveling Wilburys Vol 1 album, End Of The Line was released on 20 February 1989 in the UK where it peaked at number 52 during a four week run. In the US it was released a month earlier on 23 January 1989 where it peaked at number 63 during a nine week run. It made a reappearance in the UK charts for one week only at number 94 in June 2007, this was when the Traveling Wilburys collection had been re released.

Apparently Bob Dylan was not around when the lead vocals were done for this track (though he does provide backing vocals) but the other four all share singing duties – Tom Petty sings all the verses whilst George sings the first and fourth chorus, Jeff Lynne sings the second and fifth chorus and Roy Orbison sings the third chorus.

The video made to accompany the song was filmed after Roy Orbison passed away on 6 December 1988 so, as a tribute to him, every time his vocals were heard there was a shot of a guitar on a rocking chair next to his photo.

My copy of the 12″ single is shown below. Some early copies came with a sheet of Traveling Wilbury stickers and the sleeve had a small round sticker on the front advertising that. Unlike the 7″ single, which uses the LP version of the song at 3.30, it has the extended version of the song at 5.34. I also have it on 7″ vinyl, shown here, and CD single, shown here.

12″ UK Release

The pictures below are of my first press copy (there was only the one press) that has the matrix numbers W7637T-A-1 and W7637T-B-1. It also has MT etched into the run off on the A side and MT and DAMONT etched into the run off on the B side. DAMONT means it was pressed at the Damont pressing plant in Hayes, Middlesex. Visually the record is in excellent condition and plays through likewise apart from a couple of light dull clicks towards the end of the B side. The glossy picture sleeve is in very good to excellent condition, just some minor ringwear.

Estimated Value : £5 – £10


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