Thinking about the members of the fleeting Traveling Wilburys makes you wonder just how the band came together. I mean, how exactly were Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison, George Harrison and Jeff Lynne, all virtual legends by the 1980s, able to join forces to become rock ‘n’ roll’s all-time Dream Team? Well, it all began as an accident. In 1988, former Beatle Harrison was looking for a B-side for his new single “This Is Love.” It just so happened that Harrison, Petty, Orbison and Lynne were playing together in Dylan’s studio, so Harrison had them all record a new song with him, “Handle with Care.” The studio execs loved it and thought it should be turned into an album. The Wilburys recorded The Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 and then recorded a second album after Orbison died in 1988. The band’s music doesn’t stand up to what each musician did with his primary outfit, but being able to listen to Dylan and Petty’s vocals scratching against each other or hearing Harrison’s guitar slide along with Orbison’s unique voice is still as remarkable today as it was 23 years ago.
With Our Powers Combined