Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3

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Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 29, 1990
RecordedApril–May and July 1990
StudioWilbury Mountain Studio, Los Angeles; FPSHOT, Oxfordshire
GenreFolk rock, pop rock[1]
ProducerSpike Wilbury, Clayton Wilbury
Traveling Wilburys chronology
Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1
Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3
The Traveling Wilburys Collection
Professional ratings
Review scores
Chicago Tribune[3]
Christgau's Consumer GuideB+[4]
Down Beat[5]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music[6]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[7]
Rolling Stone[8]

Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3 is the second and final studio album by the Traveling Wilburys, a group consisting of George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Bob Dylan and Tom Petty. It was released on October 29, 1990 as the follow-up to their 1988 debut, Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1. The band members again adopted pseudonyms for their contributions, using new names from the fictitious Wilbury brothers.


Though it was their second release, the album was mischievously titled Vol. 3 by George Harrison. According to Jeff Lynne, "That was George's idea. He said, 'Let's confuse the buggers.'"[10]

As the dynamics within the band had shifted with Roy Orbison's death, the four remaining members all adopted new Wilbury pseudonyms: Spike (George Harrison), Clayton (Jeff Lynne), Muddy (Tom Petty) and Boo (Bob Dylan). With Harrison and Lynne producing again, the sessions were undertaken in the spring of 1990. An additional track, a cover of "Nobody's Child", was recorded and released in June 1990 as a charity single in aid of Olivia Harrison's Romanian Angel Appeal. The song was also the title track of a multi-artist fundraising album compiled by the Harrisons, Nobody's Child: Romanian Angel Appeal. Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3 was dedicated to the memory of "Lefty Wilbury" (Roy Orbison).

Released in October 1990, the album was less positively received than Vol. 1, yet still saw a fair measure of success. In the United States, "She's My Baby" (with guest guitarist Gary Moore) and "Inside Out" became radio hits, charting at number 2 album rock and number 16 album rock, respectively. The album peaked at number 14 in the UK and number 11 in the US, where it was certified platinum by the RIAA.

Comparing the two Wilburys albums, a reviewer in The New York Times wrote in November 1990: "The superstar pop group stays close to 50's and 60's rock roots, drawing on blues, doo-wop, rockabilly and Buddy Holly. But their second album is faster, jokier, lighter and meaner than the first."[8] Rolling Stone described the blending of the four participants' musical styles as "seemingly effortless", and said that the album showed they continued to enjoy their collaboration.[8] In the years following Vol. 3, there was speculation about further Wilbury releases. Since Harrison was viewed as the de facto leader of the group, his death in November 2001 ended the possibility of any future projects.[11]

When Harrison's distribution deal with Warner Bros. expired in 1995, ownership of his Dark Horse Records catalog and the two Wilburys albums reverted to him, and the albums went out of print.[12] On June 12, 2007, Vol. 1 and Vol. 3 were reissued by Rhino Records as The Traveling Wilburys Collection, packaged together with bonus tracks and a DVD.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Traveling Wilburys, except "Nobody's Child" written by Cy Coben and Mel Foree; and "Runaway", written by Max Crook and Del Shannon.

Side one
No.TitleLead vocalsLength
1."She's My Baby"all3:15
2."Inside Out"Bob Dylan (Bridge: George Harrison; Chorus: Tom Petty)3:35
3."If You Belonged to Me"Bob Dylan3:13
4."The Devil's Been Busy"all (Bridge: Bob Dylan)3:18
5."7 Deadly Sins"Bob Dylan3:17
6."Poor House"Jeff Lynne/Tom Petty3:16
Side two
No.TitleLead vocalsLength
7."Where Were You Last Night?"Bob Dylan (Bridge: George Harrison)3:03
8."Cool Dry Place"Tom Petty3:37
9."New Blue Moon"George Harrison/Jeff Lynne/Tom Petty (Bridge: Bob Dylan)3:20
10."You Took My Breath Away"Tom Petty (Bridge: Jeff Lynne)3:18
11."Wilbury Twist"all2:58
Bonus tracks on the 2007 CD reissue
No.TitleLead vocalsLength
12."Nobody's Child"all3:29
13."Runaway"Jeff Lynne3:36


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

Additional personnel

Engineered by Richard Dodd



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