The Traveling Wilburys

Handle With Care

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The opening track to the star-studded Traveling Wilburys album puts the group and their attitude in one compact package. The overall tone of the song is about getting out from under the shell of the '60s fallout, along with a strong theme of survival. George Harrison handles the verses, and there are also two excellent bridges featuring Roy Orbison and Bob Dylan. Orbison's section capitalizes on his awesome, operatic vocal pipes, and the effect is wonderful. Musically, the song is built around a descending, folk-rock chord pattern and some fine major-key chorus movements. In the end, the joy of camaraderie is what hits the listener the hardest and makes this one of the most memorable records of the 1980s.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1 1988 Rhino 3:19
The Traveling Wilburys 2007 Concord / Universal 3:20