Bob Dylan re-recording classic songs from his catalogue with T Bone Burnett

The new versions of Dylan hits will be released in conjunction with the launch of a new high fidelity audio format

Bob Dylan is currently in the process of re-recording some of his classic songs in high fidelity audio, producer T Bone Burnett has revealed.

According to Burnett, he and Dylan have been in the studio to record the new songs as part of the launch for Burnett’s new high fidelity medium Ionic Originals.

The new medium is hailed as the first major breakthrough in the reproduction of analogue sound in over 70 years, and Burnett said: “An Ionic Original is the pinnacle of recorded sound. It is archival quality. It is future-proof. It is one of one. Not only is an Ionic Original the equivalent of a painting, it is a painting.

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“It is lacquer painted onto an aluminum disc, with a spiral etched into it by music. This painting, however, has the additional quality of containing that music, which can be heard by putting a stylus into the spiral and spinning it.”

It’s not clear what form an Ionic Original will take, when we might hear Dylan’s newly re-recorded tracks, or which songs have been redeveloped, but a press release says Burnett’s creation aims to “reset the valuation of recorded music.”

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Bob Dylan performs on stage in Hyde Park on July 12, 2019 in London (Picture: Matthew Baker/Getty Images)

The most high-profile case of re-recording music currently active in the industry is from Taylor Swift, who in 2020 confirmed her plans to re-record songs from her first six records in a bid to take control over her music once again after music manager Scooter Braun and his media holding company, Ithaca Holdings LLC, acquired Swift’s old label, Big Machine Label Group, back in June 2019.

So far, she has released re-recorded versions of her albums ‘Fearless’ and ‘Red’, and other artists including Snoop Dogg have since revealed that they have considered doing similar.

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Elsewhere, Bob Dylan recently announced a number of new West Coast tour dates in North America this summer – see the full list of tour dates below and pick up tickets here.

The dates, an extension of the ‘Never Ending Tour’ that Dylan is currently out on the road for, come behind his lauded 2020 album ‘Rough And Rowdy Ways’.

MAY 2022
28 – Spokane, First Interstate Center for the Arts
29 – Kennewick, Toyota Center
31 – Portland, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

JUNE 2022
01 – Seattle, Paramount Theatre
02 – Seattle, Paramount Theatre
05 – Eugene, Hult Performing Arts Center
07 – Redding, Civic Auditorium
09 – Oakland, Fox Theater
10 – Oakland, Fox Theater
11 – Oakland, Fox Theater
14 – Los Angeles, Pantages Theatre
15 – Los Angeles, Pantages Theatre
16 – Los Angeles, Pantages Theatre
17 – San Diego, Civic Theatre

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