End Of The Line (Extended Version) / Congratulations CD Single


Initial UK Release Date 20 February 1989
Initial UK Catalogue Number Wilbury Records W 7637 CD
Weeks On UK Chart (to date) 4
Peak UK Chart Position 52


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.

The CD version was issued in the UK/Europe on the same day as the other formats under catalogue number W 7637 CD and unlike the 7″ single, which uses the LP version of the song at 3.30, has the extended version of the song at 5.34. The US CD release, catalogue number 9-27637, featured the LP version of the song.

My UK/Europe copy is shown below. I also have it on 7″ vinyl, shown here, and 12″ vinyl, shown here.

Original 1989 UK/Europe Release

The pictures below are of my original 1989 CD single. You’ll see that it is a 3″ CD and comes in a 3″ gatefold sleeve both of which were made in Germany.  The CD and sleeve are in excellent condition.

Estimated Value : £10 – £15


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