Dylan & the Dead

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The Traveling Wilburys' song "Handle With Care" easily ranks among my Top 25 singles of all time. It's pure pop perfection bolstered by George Harrison's

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Dylan & the Dead

The Traveling Wilburys were a great idea, but not a great band.

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    The Traveling Wilburys' song "Handle With Care" easily ranks among my Top 25 singles of all time. It's pure pop perfection bolstered by George Harrison's supergroup shackup involving Dylan, Petty, and Orbison (and producer/bandmember Jeff Lynne). This one-off band was a great idea, as evidenced by the super cool DVD documentary included in the Wilburys' new deluxe triple disc, The Traveling Wilburys Collection.

    But other than the aforementioned track and the rollicking "End of the Line," the two discs devoted exclusively to music reveal the Wilburys to be better in concept than execution. It's fun to see these rock legends having so much fun together while holed up at a friend's house in the Hills for a marathon sleepover recording session. But the end product, unfortunately, mirrors the going-through-the-motions look in Dylan's eyes throughout the documentary. The Wilburys Collection is mostly uninspired, middlebrow pap, as is George Harrison's feathered mullet.

     
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