If it’s Friday, it must be Bootleg City…and today, our visit takes us right down Wilbury Way.
You must remember The Traveling Wilburys — George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, and Roy Orbison — and the way their accidental first album, Volume One, set hearts aflutter upon its release in 1988. Four rock legends and the guy from ELO, having fun and making music! You could hardly go wrong!
Then Orbison had to go and fuck it all up by dying, of course, and 1990’s Volume Three, though still a decent record, couldn’t help but fall short. Sure was nice while it lasted, though, wasn’t it?
Both Volume One and Volume Three have been out of print for years, which is totally inexcusable; I’ve read different explanations for this, and lots of reissue promises, but the fact remains: Copies of these albums should not be going for $40+. And, to that end, here’s Volume One for free. Rock on, friends, and I’ve got Volume Three, too, so if enough of you want it, we can stick around Wilbury Way next week…