|UK Release Date||24 October 1988|
|UK Catalogue Number||Wilbury Records WX 224|
|Weeks On UK Chart (to date)||35|
|Peak UK Chart Position||16|
|Lowest Matrix Numbers||R/S Alsdorf 925796-1-A / R/S Alsdorf 925796-1-B|
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.
I have thre copies of the album on vinyl, the two 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 925796-1-A on side 1 and R/S Alsdorf 925643-1-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 224 appears next to the barcode on the back of the cover, bottom left, and also on the spine (both top and side) and at the top right of the inner sleeve. Visually the record looks in excellent condition and it plays through perfectly– no background noise at all. The sleeve is in more than excellent condition, no sign of any ringwear or shelf wear whilst the inner sleeve would be the same if it wasn’t for a very small (1″) split at the bottom.
Estimated Value : £10 – £20
30th Anniversary Picture Disc
The pictures below are of my European 30th Anniversary Picture Disc that was released in the UK on 2 November 2018. The album has The Traveling Wilburys logo on the A side and an Alberto Tolot photograph of the band on the B side and is housed in a die cut sleeve. As you’ll see my copy is still sealed and, as I have other copies to play, will probably remain that way.
Estimated Value : £20