End Of The Line / Congratulations 7″ Single


UK Release Date 20 February 1989
UK Catalogue Number Wilbury Records W 7637
Weeks On UK Chart (to date) 4
Peak UK Chart Position 52
Lowest Matrix Numbers W 7637 A-1 / W 7637 B-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 UK copy is shown below. I also have it on 12″ vinyl, shown here, and CD, shown here.

UK First Press, Poss Promo Copy

The pictures below are of my solid centre first press copy (there was only the one press and no push out centres) that has the matrix numbers W 7637 A-1 and W 7637 B-1. The record has a couple of very feint small marks but plays through more than excellently. The glossy picture sleeve is in very good to excellent condition, just some minor ringwear. The sleeve has a “Promotional Copy Only Not For Resale” sticker on the rear.

Estimated Value : £5 – £15


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