Saturday, June 23, 2007

Travelling Wilburys

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Look some would call buying your dad the new Travelling Wilburys collection for Father's day and then listening to it yourself (and putting it on your mp3 player) is a bit cheeky. But hey, it's only payback for the time he bought "me" Meat Loaf's Bat Out Of Hell II album for Christmas one year. At least my dad wanted the Travelling Wilburys.

Common consent would be Volume 1 = Good, Volume 3 =Not So Good, but really, Volume 3 isn't as bad as people make out. Yes, it does somewhat miss the presence of Roy Orbison (who added style and gravitas (even in such exalted company) to the proceedings) but it's not as bad as some critics would have you believe by any stretch of the imagination.

For the new release you only get two totally brand new unreleased tracks, but crucially both Maxine and Like A Ship are winners. It's also nice for completism's sake to have Nobody's Child and Runaway on the collection (even if they are tweaked versions from the soundtrack/b-side originals).

The DVD is ok too. All the videos (although there is some disappointment amongst long-term fans that the originals don't survive intact) and a nice, if short, documentary.

Quite frankly, if you're a music fan you should have this in your collection.

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