Traveling Wilburys-Vol 1 25th anniversary-Tom Petty

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Much portrayed as “the moody one” during his Beatles years, in actual fact George Harrison had an impish sense of humor. “Silly, really,  he told me, ” Really silly.” So it is completely imaginable that George ( a former executive producer of Monty Python movies) and former Electric Light Orchestra leader Jeff Lynne would concoct a fictitious band of mythic proportions to amuse themselves while laboring over Harrison’s terrific comeback album in Fall 1987, Cloud Nine. Engaging every rock cliche ever used to describe Harrison’s and Lynne’s long careers, they first named their imaginary band of brothers The Trembling Wilburys. When Lynne subsequently produced the Mystery Girl album for his idol, Roy Orbison, and then Tom Petty‘s first solo album Full Moon Fever after Petty and the Heartbreakers had toured as Bob Dylan‘s band, there was a lot of mojo juice bubbling up to the surface. When they all found themselves at a barbeque in Bob Dylan’s backyard at the same time that George was on deadline to deliver a single “B” side within 48 hours,” It was just too good to miss “, Harrison relates in this week’s classic rock interview,” so I conned them into doing it!”

 So the brothers Wilbury, Nelson ( Harrison), Lucky ( Dylan), Lefty ( Roy Orbison ), Otis ( Lynne ), and Charlie T jr (Petty) comprised a Dream Team of rock’s hall of fame super elite, featuring five rhythm guitar players no less, achieving #1 sales success with ” Handle With Care”,”Tweeter and the Monkeyman”,” Rattled”, “Heading for the Light”, the scintillating Roy Orbison masterpiece “You’re Not Alone Anymore”, and the poignant, almost prescient closer “The End of the Line” ( Orbison passed away suddenly not long after this album was released, then Harrison in November 2001). With archival comments from  George Harrison, Tom Petty reminds us In the Studio that the Traveling Wilburys Vol 1 “…is not a dream come true, because it’s not the kind of thing you’d even DREAM ! It was just so great. I’m just happy to have had them in my life. I think that a lot of the positive things that have gone on with me are because I’ve had the support of such good friends.” – Redbeard

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