|UK Release Date||29 October 1990|
|UK Catalogue Number||Wilbury Records WX 384|
|Weeks On UK Chart (to date)||9|
|Peak UK Chart Position||14|
|Lowest Matrix Numbers||R/S Alsdorf 759 926324-1-A / R/S Alsdorf 759 926324-1-B|
Released on 29 October 1990 in the UK and in the US, The Traveling Wilburys Vol 3 peaked at number 14 in the UK charts during it’s nine week stay whilst in the US it managed to climb to number 11. There was no Traveling Wilburys Vol 2, apart from a bootleg – according to Jeff Lynne George wanted to call it Vol 3 to “confuse the buggers”.
Sadly, by this time the Wilburys were down to four members following the death of Roy Orbison on 6 December 1988 and this album is dedicated to Lefty Wilbury.
Recording took place between March and May 1990 at the “Wilbury Mountain Studio”, Bel Air, Los Angeles with mixing and overdubs done in July 1990 at George’s home studio and, like Vol 1, all the songs on the album are credited as simply being written by the Traveling Wilburys. As well as the eleven songs on the album two further songs were recorded – Nobody’s Child which was released as a charity single in aid of the Romanian Angel Appeal and Runaway that appeared on the B side of the 12″ single and CD versions of the She’s My Baby single.
Again the real names of each member do not appear anywhere on the release though each used a new pseudonym. George was now Spike Wilbury, Bob Dylan was Boo Wilbury, Jeff Lynne was Clayton Wilbury and Tom Petty was Muddy Wilbury. The liner notes on the inner sleeve were again written by a member of Monty Python, this time Eric Idle under the pseudonym Tiny Hampton.
I have two copies of the album on vinyl, the one shown below and one in the 2007 remastered boxset.
European First Press
The pictures below are of my European first press copy which has the matrix numbers R/S Alsdorf 759 926324-1-A on side 1 and R/S Alsdorf 759 926324-1-B on side 2. At this time all UK Warner/WEA records were being pressed in Germany to UK specifications but if you look at the pictures you’ll see UK: WX 384 appears under the barcode on the back of the cover, top right, and also at the top right of the inner sleeve and at 9 o’clock on the record labels. Visually the record looks in excellent condition and it plays through just about perfectly– hardly any background noise to be heard at all. The sleeve is in excellent condition, just a touch of shelf wear around the corners, whilst the inner sleeve would also rate as excellent, just some minor ringwear.
Estimated Value : £10 – £20