Released today (November 2nd) is Traveling Wilburys' debut album Vol. 1 in a newly remastered vinyl edition. Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 was released on October 18th, 1988 and peaked at Number Three on the Billboard 200 album charts. The Wilburys included George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, ELO's Jeff Lynne, and Roy Orbison. Orbison died only two months after Volume 1 was released and still riding high on the charts.

According to the press release for the new reissue, "Craft Recordings’ 30th-anniversary 12-inch picture-disc features the band’s bold logo on the A-side with the B-side displaying an Alberto Tolot photo of the Wilburys, and a die-cut sleeve revealing the picture disc in all its glory."

Vol. 1 has since been certified triple platinum. In 1990, Vol. 1 went on to score the Traveling Wilburys their only Grammy for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group.


Jeff Lynne was serving as George Harrison's co-producer and collaborator for his 1987 comeback album Cloud Nine. He recalled the exact moment the seed of the Traveling Wilburys was first planted: "George had this great idea and he said, 'Y'know what? You and me should form a group' -- while we were making his album, Cloud Nine. I said, 'Really? That sound great to me, mate!' Sure enough, we formed a group. I said, 'Who should we have in it?' -- and he said, 'Bob Dylan.' 'Of course, yeah. Who else?' And then I said, 'Can we have Roy Orbison there?' 'Yeah, great! That'd be good.' And we both loved Tom Petty, so we had him, as well. And it was just a marvelous time. It was probably one of the most marvelous times I can ever remember."

AUDIO: JEFF LYNNE ON FORMING THE TRAVELING WILBURYS