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Congratulations – Traveling Wilburys – Volume One

1 was nominated for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1989 and helped revitalise the careers of Dylan, Orbison and Petty. It has been certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. In early April 1988, George Harrison was in Los Angeles and needed to record a B-side for a European 12-inch single. Handle with Care” was considered too good to be used congratulations – Traveling Wilburys – Volume One a B-side, so Harrison decided to form a band and record another nine songs for an album.

The group got together again for nine days in May, recording the basic tracks and vocals at Dave Stewart’s home studio in Los Angeles. Wilbury, with drummer Jim Keltner credited as Buster Sidebury. Harrison was no stranger to the use of alternate identities, as he had adopted them with Sgt. With Harrison having the greatest claim to the band, he signed them up to Warner Bros.

Records, which distributed his solo recordings, and incorporated their own Wilbury Records label, in addition to producing the sessions with Lynne that spring. Petty subsequently signed to Warner Bros. We would arrive about twelve or one o’clock and have some coffee. Somebody would say, ‘What about this?

Then we’d all join in, and it’d turn into something. We’d finish around midnight and just sit for a bit while Roy would tell us fabulous stories about Sun Records or hanging out with Elvis. Then we’d come back the next day to work on another one. That’s why the songs are so good and fresh—because they haven’t been second-guessed and dissected and replaced. Handle with Care”, “Heading for the Light”, “End of the Line” and the bonus track “Maxine”, identifying him as the main writer of those songs. Rattled” and “Not Alone Any More”. The separation was not repeated for the publishing credits of Traveling Wilburys Vol.

3, which show all songs as being published by all four publishers. Released on October 18, 1988, Volume One became a surprise commercial success, reaching No. 3 in the US and selling two million copies there within six months. With over 50 weeks on the US charts, The Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 was later certified triple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Most critics said the group’s modest ambitions were fresh and relaxing. During 1989 and 1990 the album won many accolades, including a Grammy for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group.

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