The Wilburys are coming…again

The Traveling Wilburys have switched record company.

The Wilburys are coming… again…

Back in 2007, The Traveling Wilburys reappeared on Rhino Records, as they re-released the original two albums the group made, alongside some of the more obscure releases of the band which were made available through limited edition boxed sets on CD and vinyl, and a documentary DVD. What I thought was a revelation then, was that when Rhino found that their limited edition CD+DVD boxed set actually sold out, they simply pressed a second edition, thereby effectively putting an end to the credibility of the so-called “limited edition” lie, rendering it null and void.

Well guess what?  Concord Bicycle Music have now acquired the entire back catalogue of the group’s output and they are doing us all over again, with the same releases. What’s new is that the music of The Traveling Wilburys is now to debut on streaming services as well, plus that it will be made available for the first time as high-resolution downloads. And all the Rhino releases are going to be pressed up again.

Here’s the press release: 

– Concord Bicycle Music is very pleased to announce that it has entered into a worldwide licensing agreement with The Traveling Wilburys to represent the iconic band’s entire catalog, including physical and digital reissues.

For the first time ever, The Traveling Wilburys music will be available on streaming services, beginning June 3RD, 2016, along with the re-launch of the hugely successful Traveling Wilburys Collection box set as a limited-edition, uniquely numbered 2-CD 1-DVD box set, standard 2-CD 1-DVD package, deluxe 180-gram vinyl box and for the first time as high-resolution downloads. The release includes albums (Vol. 1 and Vol. 3), bonus tracks and a DVD featuring footage of the band from the first chord to the final mix.

When originally released in 2007, The Traveling Wilburys Collection debuted at #1 in the UK and six other countries and entered the US charts at #9, making it the highest chart debut of a box set at the time, and has since been certified Gold.

“…one of the few rock super groups actually deserving to be called either super or a group.” —Rolling Stone, Dec 1, 1988

The previously released albums Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 and Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3 feature music’s greatest singer-songwriters—George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Bob Dylan—as the legendary band the Traveling Wilburys.

The Wilburys formed in 1988 after Dylan, Harrison, Petty, Lynne and Orbison assembled at Dylan’s Malibu, California studio to record a B-side for the Harrison single “This Is Love.” The resulting song, “Handle With Care,” was instead released under the Wilburys name, with the artists posing as a band of brothers. George later said, “I liked the song and the way that it turned out with all these people on it so much that I just carried it around in my pocket for ages thinking, ‘Well what can I do with this thing?’ And the only thing to do I could think of was do another nine. Make an album.” The original album release, Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1, achieved great success; after hitting No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, the certified double Platinum album earned a GRAMMY® for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group.

Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3, the group’s second album, was released in 1990 and dedicated to Lefty (Roy Orbison) Wilbury, who passed away in late 1988 before recording could be completed. “She’s My Baby” and “Wilbury Twist” became radio hits as the album reached #11 in the U.S. and was certified Platinum.

Scott Pascucci, CEO Concord Bicycle Music and Sig Sigworth, SVP Catalog Concord Bicycle Music said in a joint statement, “The global success of The Traveling Wilburys reissues in 2007 was one of our career highlights. So, we are very proud to bring the Wilburys’ catalog to Concord Bicycle Music and work with these incredible songs and musicians a second time.”


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5 Responses

  1. Henry Taylor says:

    Sure hope "God willing" Splinter catalog debuts on Streaming platforms soon. Please Concord Bicycle music, make it a Tandem model year!!!

  2. Henry Taylor says:

    Sure hope "God willing" Splinter catalog debuts on Streaming platforms soon. Please Concord Bicycle music, make it a Tandem model year!!!

  3. David Brailsford says:

    I love the line "they simply pressed a second edition, thereby effectively putting an end to the credibility of the so-called "limited edition" lie, rendering it null and void."

    Not to sound like an old curmudgeon, but in my mind, the credibility of "limited edition" is nonexistent. I feel as a Beatles fan that has been beat to death decades ago and I have been treated as a sucker by the record companies.

    Having said that, I still buy the stuff. At least now I wait and buy it cheaper on eBay. 🙂

  4. wardo says:

    Curious to hear if they'll put the original mix of "Runaway" on there, with the harmonica solo, instead of the one without it on the Rhino set.

  5. lmtr14 says:

    even without knowing the details, I instantly doubt your complaint about "limited editions".


    if the first press was a limited edition digipak, and the unlimited second press a jewelcase edition, you surely would complain. but that is not legitimate at all. you can only complain if they repress the exact same thing (down to the matrix number) and I instinctively doubt that is what happened

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