If there’s ever a thing to get a collector going it is a couple of different versions of the same release….
Enter the George Harrison side project The Traveling Wilburys, a super band he shared credit for with Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty. (Or, as they are credited on the album sleeve: Lucky, Otis, Charlie T. Jnr. and Nelson Wilbury).
In 2007 Rhino Records released a limited edition box set of the two Wilbury albums, plus a DVD disc featuring a twenty-four minute documentary on the band and a collection of music videos.
The box set was released in three editions; the standard edition, with both CDs and DVD in a silver-coloured double digipak package with a 16-page booklet, and a “deluxe” boxed edition with the CDs and DVD, a hard-back 40-page booklet, and an envelope containing two old-style photos, two modern band photos, and a sticker.
The first release of this deluxe edition came out in a white linen covered box. However, you can see in the pictures below not one, but two versions of this deluxe box set – that’s because the first edition was so popular it quickly sold out….and so a year later they released another version – this time with the exact same content inside but housed in a blue linen covered box.
Each comes with a “Certificate of Authenticity” and is numbered. The white box here is number 18887. The blue box is numbered 102681. Both are now pretty hard to find, though I think the white box is the rarer as there were fewer produced. There was also a vinyl edition of the set – but I haven’t got that one. Yet…..
Traveling Wilburys The Traveling Wilburys Collection
(First & Second Editions)
Label: Rhino Records
Cat. No.: R2 167868 (8122 7998 233)
2007 and 2008/US/2 CD/1 DVD/Ltd. Ed./book/4 photos/sticker/linen covered box sets
Traveling Wilburys 1st and 2nd Editions
Traveling Wilburys 1st and 2nd Editions - Front
Inside the 1st Edition Deluxe Box