The Traveling Wilburys - The Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3

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The Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3 is the second studio album by British-American supergroup The Traveling Wilburys, originally released in October 1990 via Wilbury Records / Warner Bros. Records.

“Super Groups” were commonplace during the seventies and eighties, often causing much hype which was rarely surpassed by the music itself. But in the case of the Traveling Wilburys, by far the most “super” of any super group, the resulting music was downright brilliant. Their debut Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 displayed an incredible array of three decades of pop and rock elements wrapped in concise tunes penned and performed by some of the biggest legends in the business.

The group were not initially planned and came together through a serendipitous series of coincidences they were a group of friends that fell together easily, almost effortlessly, to record a B-side for a single for George Harrison, then had such a good time they stuck around to record a full album, which became a hit upon its 1988 release.


Vol. 3 arrived as one of the most anticipated albums of the year. George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne returned, but the absence of Roy Orbison, who suddenly died just after the Wilburys’ debut arrived, contributed to this second LP’s darker undertones.

They tried to lighten the mood. Lynne said the album’s whimsical, out-of-sequence title was intentional. According to Lynne “That was George’s idea … He said, ‘Let’s confuse the buggers.'”

Vol. 3 was dedicated to Lefty Wilbury (Orbison), and his loss was keenly felt. In fact, many critics unfavorably compared Vol. 3 to the Traveling Wilburys’ debut,  and only reached No. 11.

Vol. 3 opens with its strongest tune, “She’s My Baby”, surpassing anything on either album for sheer rock energy – something that likely propelled it to No. 2 on the mainstream rock charts. All four Wilburys take turns on lead vocals while guest Gary Moore adds a scorching guitar solo.

Inside Out” again features each singer taking the lead, echoing the give-and-take that made the first album so popular. “The Devil’s Been Busy” takes a cynical look at the folks who control your life. Its message? You’re screwed. Bob Dylan sings, “Sometimes you’re better off not knowing / How much you’ve been had.”

Meanwhile, “If You Belonged To Me” finds Dylan in top form. The biting lyrics and harmonica solo recall his ’60s folk period. Dylan has fun as the scorned lover in “Where Were You Last Night?”, a duet with George Harrison. It’s almost impossible not to like Lynne’s lead on “New Blue Moon” either.

Along the way, the Traveling Wilburys tackle a variety of musical genres. “Cool Dry Place” is a bluesy Tom Petty song about moving his music gear into storage. “Poor House” is a catchy bluegrass tune, with Harrison’s wistful slide guitar working a counterpoint to the song’s goofy vocals. The biggest surprise is “7 Deadly Sins”, a doo-wop number that features Dylan’s raspy lead.

There was no getting away from Orbison’s absence. “You Took My Breath Away”, the penultimate song on Vol. 3, is a lovely ballad delivered by Tom Petty with help from Dylan. Some have described it as an homage to Roy Orbison. They tried to diffuse any sense of gloom with the album-closing “Wilbury Twist”, a wild rocker that works as a takeoff on ’60s dance tunes.

While the critics weren’t overly positive about the album it’s, as is usually the case, now being looked at as a worthy release, and companion to the first album. One whose tracks are more notable for their craft rather than impact, but one whose qualities gradually reveal themselves and helps support the notion that The Traveling Wilburys were a band that possessed a unique, almost innocent, charm that isn't diminished after all this time.

Check out the tracks: She's My Baby” and “Wilbury Twist”.

This reissued LP record with Remastered Audio and reproduced original artwork, is pressed in the USA on 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, an independent record store exlusive released for vinyl Tuesday.


The Traveling Wilburys are:

  • Spike Wilbury (George Harrison) - vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, slide guitar, mandolin, sitar, backing vocals
  • Clayton Wilbury (Jeff Lynne) - vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards, bass, backing vocals
  • Muddy Wilbury (Tom Petty) - vocals, bass, acoustic guitar, bass, backing vocals
  • Boo Wilbury (Bob Dylan) - vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica, backing vocals







She’s My Baby (Lead Guitar – Gary Moore)



Inside Out



If You Belonged To Me



The Devil’s Been Busy



7 Deadly Sins



Poor House



Where Were You Last Night?



Cool Dry Place



New Blue Moon



You Took My Breath Away



Wilbury Twist


SKU 888072009646
Record Label Wilbury Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number CRE00215
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 04 October 2016
Original Release Date (Year) 29 October 1990
Barcode # 888072009646
Shipping Weight 0.2850kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Printed Inner Sleeve, Reissue, Indie Exclusive, Released for Vinyl Tuesday
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Pop Rock
Genre Rock
Genre Folk Rock
Genre Classic Rock

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