The Traveling Wilburys will be making a bit of a comeback in 2016 courtesy of a new agreement with Concord Bicycle Music.
The fictitious band, made up of George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, released two studio albums, Vol. 1 and Vol. 3 between 1988 and 1990 and had hits with Handle With Care (1988 / #45 Pop / #2 Mainstream Rock), End of the Line (1989 / #63 Pop / #2 Mainstream Rock) and She's My Baby (1990 / #2 Mainstream Rock).
Now, Concord Bicycle Music has announced 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 super group’s music will be available on streaming services, beginning June 3, 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 both 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 number 1 in the U.K. and six other countries and entered the U.S. charts at number 9, making it the highest chart debut of a box set at the time, and has since been certified Gold.
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 number 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 number 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."