Bob Dylan – Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1 (1988)

Parts of Bob Dylan’s soon-to-be-released record “Modern Times,” his first in five years, were “leaked” by Sony last Friday – and while I get my mind around those tracks, I’ve begun my own never-ending tour of his old stuff.

“TRAVELING WILBURYS, Vol. 1,” 1988

Recording a song a day, Dylan hooks up with old and new friends – including George Harrison and the great Roy Orbison – for some of his best and most lighthearted music of the decade. In fact, “Tweeter and the Monkey Man” may have been Dylan’s wittiest offering in years.

Though loaded with names, to my ear it was Dylan who acquits himself the best on the Wilbury projects — both here and on the underappreciated followup.

Nick’s Pick: This really cool moment where Dylan croaks out: “Rolled and tumbled, ’til I saw the light. Went to the Big Apple, took a bite.” He’s almost JUKING, man.

Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso has also explored music for publications like USA Today, Gannett News Service, All About Jazz and Popdose for nearly 30 years. Honored as newspaper columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association, he oversaw a daily section that was named Top 10 in the nation by the AP in 2006. Contact him at nderiso@somethingelsereviews.com.