|Initial UK Release Date||24 October 1988|
|Initial UK Catalogue Number||Wilbury Records 925 796-2|
|Weeks On UK Chart (to date)||35|
|Peak UK Chart Position||16|
Released on 24 October 1988 in the UK and 18 October 1988 in the US, The Traveling Wilburys Vol 1 peaked at number 16 in the UK charts during it’s thirty five week stay whilst in the US it managed to climb to number 3.
One day in April 1988 George, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty and Roy Orbison wrote and recorded Handle With Care at Bob Dylan’s home studio over a period of just five hours with the intention of it being the B side to George’s next single This Is Love. George’s record company, Warner Bros, deemed the track too good to be tucked away on a B side so, as all five had enjoyed the experience so much, they decided to record a full album.
The album was written and recorded over a ten day period in May 1988 at Dave Stewart’s (The Eurythmics) home studio in Los Angeles with overdubs and mixing done later at George’s home studio at Friar Park. All ten songs on the album are credited as simply being written by the Traveling Wilburys though publishing credits later show that George was mainly responsible for Handle With Care, Heading For The Light and End Of The Line (plus later bonus track Maxine). Bob Dylan was mainly responsible for Dirty World, Congratulations and Tweeter And The Monkey Man (plus later bonus track Like A Ship) whilst Jeff Lynne’s major contributions were Rattled and Not Alone Any More and Tom Petty’s were Last Night and Margarita.
Taking the Wilbury concept further you’ll find that none of the five members real names appear anywhere at all on the album, sleeve or inner – they are simply known by their pseudonyms of Nelson Wilbury (George), Lucky Wilbury (Bob Dylan), Otis Wilbury (Jeff Lynne), Charlie T Wilbury Jnr (Tom Petty) and Lefty Wilbury (Roy Orbison). The liner notes about the Wilburys on the inner sleeve were written by Michael Palin (Monty Python) under the pseudonym Hugh Jampton.
The album was nominated for two Grammys in 1990 and although it lost out to Nick Of Time by Bonnie Raitt in the Album Of The Year category it did win the Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal award.
The initial UK/Europe and US CD releases are both on Wilbury Records and were released on the same date as their vinyl counterparts. The UK release was made in Germany.
The next major UK outing, not counting the Traveling Wilburys Collection release, was in June 2008 when the remastered version was released. It was a UK/Europe release on Rhino Records with two bonus tracks – Maxine and Like A Ship. I believe the US got this release a year earlier, again on Rhino Records.
Finally, in October 2016, a further UK/European remastered version was released, this time on the Concord Bicycle label. I’d imagine the US also received this release.
I have 3 copies of Vol 1 on CD, the one shown below and another two in my two Traveling Wilburys Collection sets.
Original UK Release
The pictures below are of my original 1988 release. The case (usual light storage marks), and insert are in excellent condition whilst the CD itself has a few marks but plays through great.
Estimated Value : £5 – £10