..The real prize of the collection, however, is the film included on the DVD, titled The True History of the Traveling Wilburys. Watching it makes listening to the albums a totally new experience..
~Michael Franco (popmatters.com)
..a bonus DVD featuring an amazing 24-minute documentary showing unseen footage of the Wilburys and their five video clips, filmed largely on George Harrison’s home video recorder.
A nice documentary included in the CD/DVD box: Traveling Wilburys (2 CD / 1 DVD)
|Director: Willy Smax
Runtime: 25 minutes
TV Rating: TVPG
|The real prize of the collection, however, is the film included on the DVD, titled The True History of the Traveling Wilburys. Watching it makes listening to the albums a totally new experience, as it provides background and context that cast the songs in a new light. True, some of this stuff may border on music geek trivia, but it’s fascinating nonetheless. The inspiration for “Last Night”, for example, was “Sidebury” Jim Keltner drumming on jars in a refrigerator. And, just as odd, the lyrics for “Dirty World” were, in part, lifted from an auto magazine. If you’ve ever wondered how geniuses create, this twenty-five minute documentary is an enlightening watch.
The main reason you should watch it, however, is that it captures the sheer joy of the entire experience for the band. The members of the Wilburys were (and are) such icons that’s odd to picture them as human beings, and yet here they are on camera breaking into dance, losing their concentration in the recording booth, and feeling absolutely awestruck of one another. The Wilburys, indeed, were nothing if not a reminder that music is a joyous experience, and it’s a shame that they only put out two albums.