July 7, 2022

A month in the past, Americana overlord T Bone Burnett introduced the appearance of a brand new analog audio format referred to as Ionic Originals, launched via Burnett’s firm NeoFidelity, Inc. and billed as “the head of recorded sound.” Every disc is a one-of-a-kind artifact, supposedly containing sound high quality that surpasses customary vinyl and high-quality digital audio. As defined by Burnett, “Not solely is an Ionic Authentic the equal of a portray, it’s a portray. It’s lacquer painted onto an aluminum disc, with a spiral etched into it by music. This portray, nevertheless, has the extra high quality of containing that music, which might be heard by placing a stylus into the spiral and spinning it.”

The announcement additionally included information that Bob Dylan had re-recorded a few of his basic songs for launch as Ionic Originals. At this time Christie’s has introduced that the primary of these recordings, a brand new tackle the early Dylan basic “Blowin’ In The Wind,” will go up for public sale July 7 for an estimated worth of £600,000-1,000,000. That is billed as Dylan’s first recording of the tune since 1962, and I’m undoubtedly curious to listen to what it seems like. (Are you able to think about these lyrics sung in his present grizzled croak? Did he maintain the previous acoustic setup, or has the tune been reworked into smoky blues or some form of ethereal “Homicide Most Foul” scenario?) Alas, for now it seems this new “Blowin’ In The Wind” will solely be launched as an Ionic Authentic, to be loved by one wealthy particular person and their buddies.

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Properly, there is one option to hear it aside from shopping for it. You merely have to precise curiosity in shopping for it and persuade the Christie’s individuals you’re a severe sufficient bidder to get a preview. The public sale home will likely be internet hosting personal listening classes by appointment: first in Los Angeles on June 8, then in New York on June 15, and eventually in London from July 2-7 main as much as the public sale.

A press release from Burnett:

Sixty years after Bob first wrote and recorded “Blowin’ In The Wind,” he’s giving us a brand new recording of his tune; one that’s each deeply related for our instances and resonant with a long time of the artist’s life and expertise. We’re grateful to Christie’s for his or her perception within the “Ionic Authentic” and for presenting Bob’s masterful recording to the world in a singular and significant method.

And listed here are some extra footage: