By Scott Cunningham // Deal includes provisions for streaming
Concord Bicycle Music announced today that they will be re-issuing the music of the Traveling Wilburys, one of the best super groups ever formed. Additionally, the band's music will also become available on streaming services for the first time. Both are set for June 3, 2016.
The release will include albums Vol. 1 and Vol. 3, bonus tracks, and a DVD. It will be available as part of a limited edition, numbered box set, standard CD and DVD, and 180-gram vinyl in addition to high resolution digital download.
In a wild afternoon of coincidences, George Harrison recruited fellow musicians Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, and Bob Dylan to lend a hand on recording a B-side to Harrison's single This is Love.
Recalling the experience, Harrison 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."
So they formed the Traveling Wilburys, posing as a group of brothers. The project resulted in Vol. 1 being released in 1988, a sly nod to the fact that they never expected a second album. Vol. 1 ended up being a commercial smash and won a Grammy for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group.
Vol. 3 (there was no Vol. 2) came out two years later and was dedicated to Lefty (Roy) Wilbury following the death of Orbison in late 1988.