Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Paul McCartney on BBC Radio 4's Mastertapes

McCartney on BBC 4
The recently taped interview with Paul McCartney on a special edition of BBC Radio 4's Mastertapes will be available today on the BBC iPlayer. Paul McCartney talked to John Wilson about his career and answered questions from the audience at Maida Vale studios. A couple of our readers were present during the taping.

During the interview session, Sir Paul said he had been at a loss when the band fell apart in acrimony in 1970.

"It was difficult to know what to do after The Beatles. How do you follow that?" he told John Wilson.
"I was depressed. You would be. You were breaking from your lifelong friends. So I took to the bevvies."

The Beatles officially split in 1970 with the release of Let It Be, but the seeds of their demise were sown a year earlier, when the band appointed Allen Klein as their manager, against Sir Paul's wishes.
Although Klein helped restructure the band's loss-making business, Apple, he also took a hefty share of their profits, and gave his own company the rights to press The Beatles' records in the US.
He further angered Sir Paul by hiring Phil Spector to overdub a choir, orchestra and additional drums on to Let It Be; and attempted to make EMI delay the release of the star's first solo album.
In order to divest himself of Klein's influence, Sir Paul had to sue his bandmates. The legal fall-out was the caustic agent that finally broke his bond with John Lennon.

"The business thing split us apart," said Sir Paul, adding that all the "heavy meetings" were "doing my head in".
He became so depressed that he did not know "whether I was still going to continue in music".
Eventually, he moved to Scotland - partly to make himself unavailable for the business meetings - and hit the bottle.

"I was far gone," he said. "It was Linda who said, 'you've got to get it together...' and that led to Wings."
"I liked the idea of a band. I wanted to go back to square one."

However, he admitted: "We were terrible. We weren't a good group. People said, 'Linda can't play keyboards,' and it was true.

"But John couldn't play guitar when we started [The Beatles]."
Here is a filmed version of the interview:

Mastertapes was recorded in Studio 3 of the BBC's historic Maida Vale, where the Beatles taped numerous radio sessions in the 1960s.

Among the audience were Brad Pitt, Paul Weller, Noel Gallagher, Martin Freeman, James Bay and Simon Pegg, as well as 100 members of the public, many of whom were able to put questions to Sir Paul.

Sir Paul talked about the writing of solo songs including Maybe I'm Amazed, Coming Up and Dance Tonight, as well as his Band on The Run and Sgt Pepper's.
The conversation also covered his recent collaborations with Kanye West, revealing: "We never appeared to write a song. A lot of what we did was just telling each other stories."

"People says he's eccentric... which you'd have to agree with. He's a monster. He's a crazy guy that comes up with great stuff."

And Sir Paul discussed how his relationship with John Lennon had improved in the months before the star's untimely death in 1980.

"I would make calls to John occasionally," he said. "We just talked kids and baking bread."

Sir Paul McCartney's Mastertapes interview is available now on the BBC iPlayer and Red Button. It will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 this Saturday, 28 May..

Video from the interview session.

Monday, 23 May 2016

1985 online

"Cover" for the online release of the remixed tracks.
If you were unable to secure a physical copy of the remixed versions of Paul McCartney & Wings' "Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five (Paul McCartney & Wings Vs. Timo Maas & James Teej)" in April, the three versions have now been released as downloads from Amazon.com. It's the A and B sides of the extremely limited edition vinyl single, plus a radio edit.
The tracks are also on Spotify.

Billboard: Details of these remixes

The white label 12" vinyl promo.
7" radio edit.
Just 100 copies of a one sided 7" single containing the radio edit were pressed at the Vinyl Factory and these were available only at Phonica Records in Soho, London.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

From Me To You jubilee

From Me To You, issue #50.
The Russian Beatles fanzine "From Me To You" celebrates its fiftieth issue. The fanzine has been published quarterly since 2005 - in Russian.

The back cover of issue #50 depicts front pages of earlier #s. 
You can leaf through a few sample pages of issue #33 as a pdf file here.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Tony Barrow

Tony Barrow outside The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool.
Anthony Frederick James "Tony" Barrow (11 May 1936 – 14 May 2016) worked as The Beatles' "press officer" between 1962 and 1968. He invented the phrase "the Fab Four", first using it in an early press release.

Before The Beatles
In the late 1950s, when teenagers John Lennon and Paul McCartney were putting together their earliest group in one part of Liverpool, Tony Barrow was presenting jazz bands and skiffle/folk groups at local dance halls and clubs across town in the south Lancashire suburb of Crosby. Educated locally at Merchant Taylors School, he later studied languages at Durham University. In 1954, when he was still a 17-year-old sixth form schoolboy, he landed his first regular freelance writing job as pop/rock record reviewer for the Liverpool Echo, the largest-selling provincial evening newspaper in the UK. The column was written under the pseudonym "Disker".

At the beginning of the 1960s, while the Beatles paid their dues in the Hamburg clubs, Barrow moved from Crosby to London to work for the Decca Record Company where he wrote the liner notes that appeared on the back of LP album covers. From his new London base he continued to contribute his weekly record column to the Liverpool Echo, and when Liverpool record retailer Brian Epstein signed the Beatles to a management deal at the end of 1961 he contacted Barrow for professional advice. In a 1968 interview, Barrow recounted that Epstein asked him to write a column about the band, as "Disker". Barrow's reply was that as he was mainly writing record reviews, The Beatles first had to make a record.

As "Disker", Barrow started writing about The Beatles in Liverpool Echo.

Working behind the scenes, Barrow then arranged to get the Beatles an audition with Decca, who in turn rejected them.

A privately pressed single record from the Decca audition led to a publishing deal.

But the Decca audition resulted in Epstein making a single record to bring with him to meetings with A&R men from other record companies, and the record was crucial in getting Lennon & McCartney a publishing deal, which again led to The Beatles getting a record contract with EMI's subsidiary, Parlophone Records. Barrow's involvement led to an informal arrangement whereby Barrow became the Beatles' part-time press/publicity consultant, which involved promoting the launch of the new EMI band from behind a desk at rival London record company Decca. His earliest task for Epstein was to co-ordinate a media publicity campaign to surround the release of the group's first UK single, "Love Me Do", on EMI's Parlophone label in October 1962. He was paid a one-off freelance fee of £20 to compile the Beatles' initial press kit.

Epstein was looking for someone to handle the press on behalf of The Beatles. Again asking Barrow's advice, he was introduced to a 19 year old Andrew Loog Oldham, and for a short while Oldham functioned as their London publicist. But Oldham happened upon The Rolling Stones and became their manager, so Epstein looked to Barrow again. When Epstein promised to double his weekly Decca salary of £16 to £32, Barrow left the record company to join Epstein's new artists' management company, NEMS Enterprises, on a full-time basis in May 1963. Barrow opened Epstein's first London office and as head of the Press and Public Relations Division, began to promote the careers of not only the Fab Four but also Epstein's other artists, from Cilla Black to Gerry & The Pacemakers, from Billy J Kramer with the Dakotas to The Fourmost. In view of his previous employment as a liner-note writer with Decca, it was taken for granted that he would do the same job for the Beatles and Epstein's other acts.

Barrow wrote the liner notes on the back of the Please Please Me album.
Barrow saw Beatlemania as beginning with the band's appearance on Sunday Night at the London Palladium on 13 October 1963, at which point he no longer had to contact the press but had the press contacting him instead.

Getting Beatles headlines was soon to be no problem at all for Barrow.
Barrow also went to great lengths to keep John Lennon's marriage to Cynthia a secret, after the couple became parents to their son, Julian Lennon. Around this time Lennon took a 10-day holiday in Spain with Epstein – who was homosexual and had designs on his protégé. Epstein spent the trip picking up boys to make Lennon jealous. Barrow dealt with the fallout, which was triggered by a drunken remark at Paul McCartney’s 21st birthday party a few weeks later by Bob Wooler, the DJ at the Cavern Club, who announced that Lennon and Epstein had just returned from “their honeymoon in Spain”. Immediately Lennon leaped on Wooler, raining blows on him with his fists and, in Lennon’s own words, “beating the shit out of him”.

When the Daily Mirror got wind of the punch-up, Barrow sought to close the story down by spinning a line about an abject apology to Wooler from Lennon, headlined BEATLE IN BRAWL — SORRY I SOCKED YOU in the paper of June 22 1963, the first national press article on the Beatles, in which Barrow manufactured all the quotes from both participants.

The flexi discs
It was Barrow's idea to give out Beatles Christmas greetings to their fan club members. Barrow thought this goodwill gesture might limit the damage done to the group's reputation by delays in replying to an ever-increasing volume of fan mail. The Beatles were three weeks behind in answering membership applications. At the time he said facetiously that he thought of how the Queen always sent out yuletide greetings to her subjects every year on UK radio and TV, and he decided that the Beatles should "follow her fine example but in their own way". All members of the group's official fan club would receive an exclusive flexi-disc carrying messages from John, Paul, George and Ringo. What started as a one-off damage limitation job grew into an eagerly anticipated annual event. Barrow scripted the banter on the discs himself initially, but the boys also ad-libbed a bit, eventually taking over the reign completely by 1966 – on the "Pantomime! Everywhere it's Christmas" disc.

The third annual Beatles Christmas flexi disc.

On the road
Barrow was briefly joined by Derek Taylor in the Beatles' PR department, and it was Taylor who conducted The Beatles' press conferences in 1964. After a dispute with Epstein, Taylor left for California, and started to manage The Byrds. Barrow took over the task of conducting The Beatles' massive daily press conferences in 1965 and 1966, around the globe. He accompanied them on their private meeting with Elvis Presley at his home in Bel Air, California, and he was the guy setting up the Fab Four's media interviews and photo shoots when they returned home. Barrow also wrote articles about The Beatles for their fan club magazine, "The Beatles Book Monthly". It was Barrow who helped organise The Beatles' swift exit from the Philippines after their failure to attend lunch at the presidential palace was perceived as a snub.

Tony Barrow conducting a Beatles press conference in 1965.
Barrow continued to calm down waters after Lennon's interview with Maureen Cleave where he let fall the remark that the Beatles were now more popular than Jesus made it to U.S. teenage magazines and made headlines in the mainstream media. Later in 1966, Paul McCartney asked Barrow to record The Beatles' final concert at San Francisco's Candlestick Park to have a souvenir of The Beatles in concert. Barrow duly recorded the concert on his portable cassette player, but ran out of tape just as they started their final number, "Long Tall Sally". Somehow, the cassette tape fell into the hands of bootleggers and has been circulating among collectors ever since.

After the Beatles
One of Barrow's final tasks as the Beatles' Press Officer was to compile and edit the strip-cartoon story booklet which was part of the "Magical Mystery Tour" recording package at the end of 1967. When the Beatles set up their own self-management operation, Apple Corps, in 1968, the year after Brian Epstein's death, Barrow as the Fab Four's publicist quite naturally became redundant. He left NEMS Enterprises to set up his own independent show business PR consultancy, Tony Barrow International. Headquartered in London's Mayfair district, TBI and its sister company, Tony Barrow Management, represented many of Britain's entertainers and recording artists in the 1970s, including the Kinks, the Bay City Rollers, the New Seekers, Bob Monkhouse, and Hello, and American artists, including David Cassidy, Gladys Knight, David Soul, the Monkees, Tony Bennett, the Jackson Five, Andy Williams, and Neil Sedaka, for their European tours.

Barrow's first Beatles related book was just 56 pages.
In 1980, partly because he disliked the unsavory images portrayed by the era's new wave of punk bands, Tony Barrow quit the PR business to return to freelance journalism, writing various books including a highly successful career guide, Inside The Music Business (co-authored with Julian Newby). He wrote two books about The Beatles: 1999s "The Making of the Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour", and in 2006 "John, Paul, George, Ringo and Me: The Real Beatles Story". The latter is highly recommended, and as it was released in Australia in 2011, it shouldn't be too difficult to find.

Tony Barrow's second and final book about The Beatles.

As Barrow had become the last surviving professional writer from the Fab Four's original inner circle of business aides and associates, he continued to take on selected writing and broadcasting assignments, including some directly linked to his uniquely memorable years with the Beatles. He appears as one of the talking heads in several independent Beatles documentaries, including Freda Kelly's film, "Good Ol' Freda". As late as in 2015, Barrow participated in a discussion over at The Beatles Bible website, sharing a memory about The Beatles' autograph signing sessions at a couple of music shops in Widnes on October 6th, 1962. He seemed to still have vivid memories of the day even at this late stage. We can only hope that Mark Lewisohn was able to mine that mind as much as possible for his upcoming volume of "All These Years".

Barrow fell ill and was hospitalised on Friday 13 May and died Saturday 14 May 2016, three days after his eightieth birthday. In a statement, Paul McCartney said: "Tony Barrow was a lovely guy who helped us in the early years of The Beatles. He was super professional but always ready for a laugh. He will be missed but remembered by many of us." The Beatles also put out a statement on Twitter, saying "Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Tony Barrow, who passed away at the weekend. Tony was the Beatles' first press officer and he played an invaluable role in their early career. At a time when the band had a schedule of uninterrupted touring and countless appearances, Tony managed the ceaseless press activity. He also fulfilled a multitude of other jobs, from writing album sleeve notes to editing the 'Magical Mystery Tour' strip cartoon book. With love from all at Apple."

From that London based inner circle of The Beatles during their heyday, apart from Paul and Ringo the survivors are now limited to Tony Bramwell, Peter Brown, Jane Asher and Patti Boyd.

The Beatles Bible

Monday, 9 May 2016

Beatlemania in St. Louis

Sara Schmidt's book about The Beatles' concert in St. Louis.
Why did Paul McCartney call the 1966 concert at Busch Stadium in St. Louis "the worst little gig the Beatles ever played?" Find out the true story behind the concert as well as other events of Beatlemania in St. Louis through the stories and memories of fans and insiders. Rare photographs and memorabilia from 1963-2015 will help you remember why you fell in love with the Fab 4.

Yes, our friendly neighbourhood blogger from Meet The Beatles For Real, Sara Schmidt has committed a book! Congratulations!

If you would like to purchase an autographed copy of the book Happiness is Seeing the Beatles: Beatlemania in St. Louis, they cost $25.00 plus $3.25 shipping (within the United States) $20 to ship overseas. She accepts paypal at beatlesbusch66@gmail.com or you may contact her for her address to send a money order. She also has available two great photos of the Beatles performing in St. Louis. 4.x 6 are $3.00 and 8 x 10 are $8.00

Sunday, 8 May 2016

The Beatles Live project strays from path

The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl.
It's so disappointing to see that the documentary originally focusing on The Beatles as a touring band has been turned into a film about the general career of The Beatles during the touring years. Back in 1977, the release of The Beatles at The Hollywood Bowl album was able to put a stop to the claims from non-fans (mainly followers of The Rolling Stones) that the Beatles may had plenty of hits but were no good live. After the Hollywood Bowl album, the non-believers were effectively silenced. We so wanted The Beatles Live project to be the film equivalent of that, to show us all aspects of The Beatles as a live band, and to stick to that theme. And it looked promising at first. The people in charge of the original project excitedly shared stories and films that were sent in to the project through their Facebook page and the official website.

Sadly, it seems the film has now shifted it's perspective, and has become yet another in a seemingly never ending line of films, both officially sanctioned and independent releases, summing up all things Beatle. Only the time frame is kept, it's the touring years - but it's not all about touring any more.

Dear film makers, we already have the Beatles Anthology DVD series, we have From Liverpool to San Francisco, we have The Four Complete Ed Sullivan Shows Starring The Beatles, The First U.S. Visit, The Unseen BeatlesThe Beatles Explosion, In Their Own Write, Rare And Unseen, The Long and Fabulous Road, From The Beginning To The End, Fun With The Fab Four, the list goes on and on.

From Liverpool to San Francisco (2005).
And the production team for the Beatles Live Project have seen all these previous DVD releases and wanted to do something else. They wanted to tell a story within the story, we were to be treated to the Beatles on stage and backstage, as well as to see them from their fans' point of view. And that story is worth telling, it is every bit as exciting as the career overview, even more so because it narrows it down.

From the modest package tours of the UK, first as a support act that worked their way up to becoming headliners - in the middle of such a tour - to the test drive first tour in a different country - Sweden, joking with royalty, encountering an audience in France mostly consisting of boys, not girls, conquering America, having to substitute Ringo for Jimmy Nicol, that enormous crowd turning up in Australia, the New Zealand visit with Aunt Mimi tagging along, inventing stadium shows, the not sold out tour of Europe, starring in the NME Poll Winners concerts four years in a row, returning to Germany including Hamburg, being the first performers at the Budokan Hall in Tokyo amidst protests from sports fans, the Philippines scandal and that final USA tour with threats from the Ku Klux Klan which ended the touring years. That story goes from one highlight to another!

And then the Hollywood brass enters and the mantra is general audiences, general audiences. The film gets a new title (although still a working title) of Eight Days A Week - a song the Beatles never performed live. Let me tell you one thing: General audiences will LOVE a focused film. For once you have the chance to actually live up to the hype! The story is there, and it's wonderful and has ups and downs as well as a dramatic ending, but you're watering it out! You have the footage, you have the Giles Martin soundtrack, you've already hyped us up - use it! We have no need of seeing The Beatles getting their MBEs again, we've seen it too many times before. You go that route and you WILL see disappointing reviews. Time to rethink the film, and return to the original idea.
End of rant.

Friday, 6 May 2016

Secret Imagine single

John Lennon's Imagine, with original artwork by Jason Little.
Amnesty International UK has launched a campaign where 100 unique copies of John Lennon's "Imagine" single is available from ebay. The campaign is called Secret 7", where each pressing of the single was given a unique cover. The records come with an authentication slip.
There are also seven test pressings available,  featuring Yoko Ono's signature on the centre label. These come with an ink stamped Secret 7" blank sleeve, which is numbered 1-7/7 on the reverse.
Apart from the Imagine single, the project also has released the following other singles:

Chvrches - Clearest Blue
Etta James - At Last
Jack Garratt - Worry
The Jam - Art School
Max Richter - Dream 3
Tame Impala - The Less I Know The Better

Link: Ebay UK

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Mega festival confirmed

Festival logo or poster.
The Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney have now both confirmed that this festival named The Desert Trip is taking place, and festival passes go on sale Monday, May 9 at 10am PT. As you can see, McCartney, the Rolling Stones and the Who play on separate days. Single day passes are $199 plus fees, whereas a 3 day pass is $399 plus fees. More expensive passes are also available.
This is at Indio, the same place as the Coachella festival grounds in California.

More information: Official Website 

Eight Days A Week - The Beatles Live

The title of Ron Howard's Beatles live documentary has been settled on.
Word just reached us that Ron Howard's documentary film, previously known as "The Beatles Live Project" has gotten its final title, and they have gone the familiar route of using a Beatles song title. This time it's "Eight Days A Week" - a title shared not only with the song, but also with a 2004 book about the Beatles' visit to New Zealand in 1964, by Graham Hutchins as well as Robert Whitaker's 2008 book about The Beatles' final tour in 1966. Some late stage changes to the final cut of the film is rumoured to also have been implemented, an inside source tells us it's a great improvement.

Friday, 29 April 2016

The 1998 Beatles pick-up CD player and radio

Packing case.
How about a piece of memorabilia from the late nineties? Back in 1998, licensed by Apple Corps Ltd as an official Beatles product, a portable Beatles pick-up CD player/Radio was manufactured. Made to look like an old style record player, it was a fully functional CD player and 2 band radio, with a built in arial. This was before Beatles.com and their affiliated officially sanctioned Beatles merchandise shops, so it was only advertised in the printed media. A limited edition of 1000 units is said to have been manufactured.

Made to look like an old style record player.

The back photo of The Beatles lit up at the flick of a switch.
It had two drawers with storage space for CDs, a VU meter and headphone outlet.

The portability meant it ran both on batteries as well as it could be plugged into the mains.

As closed for carrying.
It had a carrying handle with embossed Beatles logo.

Instruction manual in many languages.
Features included:
  • Full function CD-player
  • Memories program/repeat
  • 2 Band radio
  • Light on/off switch
  • 2x (1.2) (20) watt music power
  • Radio/CD selector lights up radio dial scale or CD windows
  • DC operated (8x D-batteries not included) or AC operated with detachable power cord
  • Inside lid features lighted Beatles photo
  • Integrated 2 Drawers for CD storage
  • Carrying handle with embossed Beatles logo
  • The lid opens with a full photo of the Beatles Band with a switch that turns 4 lights on and on that photo if desired.

These are now being sold used at ebay and other places, but at no fixed prices, as I don't believe any current Beatles memorabilia price guide exists.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Danish Beatlemania

The boys are checking out reviews of the previous night's concerts in Copenhagen. Photo: Tage Nielsen.
Danish newspaper Berlingske Tidende, BT for short, has been in print a hundred years in 2016, August 31 to be precise. To celebrate, they are going to publish significant stories and photos from their archives. As a preview of this, they have selected this photo of The Beatles, taken the day after their two concerts in Copenhagen, as Paul is showing Jimmy, George and John photos of Danish Beatlemania in BT.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Paul McCartney records for special edition of BBC Radio 4 series Mastertapes

Get your tickets for a special recording session with Sir Paul at BBC Maida Vale Studios!
The radio series Mastertapes returns to BBC Radio 4 later in the year, and a special edition of Mastertapes with Paul McCartney at the BBC Maida Vale studios will be recorded on Wednesday 11 May. In this exclusive interview ahead of the release of a major retrospective collection, McCartney will talk to John Wilson about his music career and will answer questions from the audience.
A limited number of audience tickets will be available for 24 hours from today (Wednesday 27 April) at 12pm via the Mastertapes pages on the Radio 4 website.

The hour-long special edition of the programme will broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 10am on Saturday 28 May, and a version will be filmed for BBC iPlayer.

John Wilson says: “Mastertapes looks at the nuts and bolts of songwriting, and draws back the curtain on what can often be a private and sometimes lonely art. Having interviewed McCartney many times before, I know he offers great insight into that process. As the most successful songwriter of all time, and the man behind some of my favourite music, I couldn’t ask for a better guest – it’s going to be a very special session.”

In Mastertapes, musicians and artists join presenter John Wilson to discuss their career-defining albums. Usually broadcast over two consecutive days and recorded at BBC Maida Vale studios, each edition of Mastertapes involves an in-depth interview with the artist (for the 'A-side'), questions from the studio audience (for the 'B-side') and exclusive live performances of songs from the albums in question.

The Mastertapes website, which includes additional and exclusive live performances of all the artists featured on the programme (as well as photographs and videos from the sessions), is rapidly becoming a valuable musical resource. It is also the place from which all the previous editions of the series can be downloaded: bbc.co.uk/programmes/b021mjc4. Former Mastertapes guests include Noel Gallagher, Robbie Williams, Natalie Merchant, Manic Street Preachers, Sinead O’Connor, Paul Weller, Corinne Bailey Rae and Rufus Wainwright.

Apply for tickets here.

Monday, 25 April 2016

McCartney biography update

U.K. edition.
Philip Norman is publishing his new biography on Paul McCartney May 5th in the U.K. as "Paul McCartney: The Biography", May 6th in USA as "Paul McCartney: The Life", and for newspaper The Daily Mail, Norman has started a series of articles with excerpts from the book. As a tabloid newspaper, what interests them about McCartney is, you guessed it: not the music.

USA edition.

So far, the newspaper has published two excerpts, one about his relationship, marriage and divorce from Heather Mills, the other is about other romantic conquests of the Beatle.

The Daily Mail: Heather Mills
The Daily Mail: Other relationships with women
The Book: Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com / Kindle

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

The Wilburys are coming...again

The Traveling Wilburys have switched record company.
The Wilburys are coming… again...

Back in 2007, The Traveling Wilburys reappeared on Rhino Records, as they re-released the original two albums the group made, alongside some of the more obscure releases of the band which were made available through limited edition boxed sets on CD and vinyl, and a documentary DVD. What I thought was a revelation then, was that when Rhino found that their limited edition CD+DVD boxed set actually sold out, they simply pressed a second edition, thereby effectively putting an end to the credibility of the so-called "limited edition" lie, rendering it null and void.

Well guess what?  Concord Bicycle Music have now acquired the entire back catalogue of the group's output and they are doing us all over again, with the same releases. What's new is that the music of The Traveling Wilburys is now to debut on streaming services as well, plus that it will be made available for the first time as high-resolution downloads. And all the Rhino releases are going to be pressed up again.

Here's the press release: 
– Concord Bicycle Music is very pleased to announce 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 Traveling Wilburys music will be available on streaming services, beginning June 3RD, 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 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 #1 in the UK and six other countries and entered the US charts at #9, making it the highest chart debut of a box set at the time, and has since been certified Gold.

"…one of the few rock super groups actually deserving to be called either super or a group." —Rolling Stone, Dec 1, 1988

The previously released albums Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 and Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3 feature music's greatest singer-songwriters—George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Bob Dylan—as the legendary band the Traveling Wilburys.

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 No. 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 #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."


The Traveling Wilburys Website: travelingwilburys.com
Facebook: facebook.com/travelingwilburys
Instagram: instagram.com/officialwilbury
Twitter: twitter.com/officialwilbury
YouTube: youtube.com/user/TravelingWilburys