Bob Dylan’s first new recording of his folk classic ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ since 1962 will be auctioned at Christie’s in July as part of its ‘Classic Week’ in London. According to a statement, the track was recorded by Grammy-winning producer T Bone Burnett using his patented Ionic Original disc format.
“Sixty years after Bob first wrote and recorded “Blowin’ In The Wind”, he offers us a new recording of his song; one that is both deeply relevant to our times and resonates with decades of the artist’s life and experience,” Burnett said in a statement. “We are grateful to Christie’s for their belief in ‘Ionic Original’ and for presenting Bob’s masterful recording to the world in a unique and meaningful way..”
“Blowin'” is the first recording to use Burnett’s NeoFidelity Inc. technology and will go under the hammer in the “Big Sale” on July 7 with an estimated auction range of $752,000-1.2 million bucks. In a statement, Burnett said the technology used to create the recording “advances the art of recorded sound and marks the first breakthrough in analog sound reproduction in over 70 years, achieving dramatic improvements in the experience listening and sustainability”.
Last April, Burnett revealed he was in the studio with Dylan using the new high-fidelity medium which the producer says represents the first breakthrough in analog sound reproduction since the 1950s. haven’t been specifically detailed – will be released in a vinyl-like format, though Burnett promised it would be an all-new medium. A photo accompanying the announcement showed Burnett holding the aluminum tray on which the “Ionic Originals” versions will be available.
In a statement touting the audio technology, Burnett said, “An Ionic Original is the pinnacle of recorded sound. It is archival quality. It stands the test of time. It’s one of the ones. Not only is an Ionic original the equivalent of a painting, but it is a painting. It is a lacquer painted on an aluminum disc, with a spiral engraved on it by the music. This painting, however, has the added quality of containing this music, which can be heard by placing a stylus in the spiral and spinning it.
The upcoming auction will coincide with Dylan’s 60th anniversary as a recording artist and Christie’s is offering exclusive in-person chances to hear the new recording ahead of the by-appointment auction in Los Angeles (June 8) and in New York (June 15) as part of the London Presale Public Exhibition (July 2-7).