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Steven Myers
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Posted: 16 September 2017 at 10:12am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Listening to ELO has led me to the Travelling Wilburys.  Amazing group. Dylan is perhaps the greatest songwriter of his genre, Lynne is great at everything, Orbison has an awesome voice, and Harrison was a Beatle (and an great guitar player!). Oh, yeah. They also had Tom Petty.  Seriously, Petty just seems outclassed in this group. They are amazing and the fact that they recorded together is something you wouldn't believe in a fiction story.

And the second album really does miss Orbison's voice. Too much Dylan I think.
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Yes,second album really missed Orbison,and i think the
songs were not as good.I Love the bonus track of Del
Shannon`s Runaway though! Never really been keen on Tom
Petty,but i do like his stuff with Jeff Lynne.
On a related note,i only recently got the Xanadu
album,when it came out i didn`t want the non-ELO side,so
just bought I`m Alive and All Over The World as
singles,but boy those other ELO tracks are brilliant!
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I was then and still am a big fan of Tom Petty. I wanted to like the Wilbury albums, but outside of "End of the Line" and "Handle With Care" I find little that appeals to me. And I agree with Steven about the second album.
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Agree about the second album, but the first is an absolute classic. I don't think there's a track on it I don't like. Having not listened to very much ELO, I always saw Lynne as the guy just happy to be there. I know he's not, but I always saw him as the weak link. There really is NO weak link in that group. 

Oh, and I frikkin' love Tom Petty.
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Jeff Lynne is a genius and you should investigate ELO!
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Listening to Volume 3 right now. I still like it a lot. But then, of course, I'm a huge Dylan fan.
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Love the Wilburys! Both albums are great in my opinion.
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That first album is amazing start to finish.
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Both albums are great... sometimes the lyrics can get a little too silly, and I think that may have been the cause of some initial derision when these first came out.  I get the feeling "rock critics" were hoping this group would positively save the world, just with the line-up alone... but really, it's a bunch of top-notch musicians just having a ball.  The Traveling Wilburys are meant to be fun!

I do wish Lynne, Dylan and Petty would give it one last go-round.  I would LOVE to hear a stripped-down, all-acoustic follow-up (maybe with some additional piano and/or harmonica), with those three iconic voices.



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The question I have is: could they recruit someone else to join and do another set? I don't know if they can be "Wilburys" though because  George's estate owns the rights. Jeff Lynne is the best producer of the group, so it would probably up to him to "lead"--at least as much as George "led".

And I don't mean to bash Tom Petty. I just don't put him in the same category as the others. Being the "worst" one of that group is hardly an insult!

By the way, one of the most fascinating thing I've read is how the others were basically in awe of Roy Orbison.
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Interestingly enough, Steven, I can remember when the Wilburys first hit... it was Jeff Lynne, at the time, who was considered the "worst" one of the group.

Nice to see that his stock has risen so considerably, almost 30 years later.

(Personally, I think he's phenomenal!)



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The First WILBURY album, IMO,was a classic, followed by one of Tom Petty's best albums (Full Moon Fever). George Harrison's Cloud Nine was also in the mix during that period. Both albums had some heavy involvement from Jeff Lynne.
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Lynne also produced Roy Orbison's final album. If he wasn't working on it and Harrison's stuff the Wilburys probably would not have been formed.

Re-listening to the second album, I do like She's My Baby, Inside Out, New Blue Moon, and Wilbury Twist a lot. Songs like Poor House and Where were you Last Night would probably be great if only Roy Orbison could have sung on them! 
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I think I mentioned this in another thread, but the documentary about Jeff Lynne, called Mr. Blue Sky is really great, and has a ton of Wilburys material. 
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Jeff Lynne is definitely a genius,there must be
something in the water in the centre of England!
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