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by Martin Stein


Summer Days!!

1.   Finger-picking Good – New guitarist Stu says his recruitment went something like this: an audition on a day's notice, Dylan's approval, two rehearsals, and then Europe for his debut with the band. With his knack for terse, melodic, bluesy solos Kimball is a fine replacement for guitarist Freddie Koella. He's also had some experience with Dylan's music before, having played on Tight Connection to My Heart, Never Gonna See the Sun Again, and When the Night Comes Falling from the Sky on the rock-and-roll poet's Empire Burlesque. 

2.   Picking up the Pieces - A new jigsaw puzzle feature has appeared on the ISIS website. Depending on how much time you have, you choose the level of difficulty, from 6 pieces, to a challenging 247 piece cut and choose from various shaped pieces. 

3.   Widow’s Peak - The widows of late rock legends Roy Orbison and George Harrison have teamed up to release a series of lost recordings their husbands made as part of 1980s supergroup the Travelling Wilburys. Orbison and Harrison teamed up with Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and Jeff Lynne to record hits like End of the Line and Handle With Care, and many fans thought the group died when Orbison passed away in 1988.  But now, Orbison's widow Barbara and Harrison's wife Olivia are planning to release recordings that have been out of circulation for nearly a decade, with a few rare cuts. Barbara Orbison says, "You can listen to it and it is just like boys having fun together. You can really feel the absence of any business stresses. They are having a good time. There's the excitement of being in a band called the Travelling Wilburys. "It was a special moment in time. It brought out the best in all of them." Orbison has been working on a Travelling Wilburys video set that she hopes to release by the end of 2004.