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Vintage Bob Dylan Lyrics Brought to Life By All-Star Band

Mar 27, 2014 at 10:53 AM | Music News | By Rock Square

After his motorcycle accident in 1966, Bob Dylan retreated from the spotlight and holed up with The Band in West Saugerties, New York. It was then that the folk legend and his backing band wrote and recorded dozens of songs together, sixteen of which would see the light of day on the 1975 collection The Basement Tapes, which is still revered as one of Dylan’s and The Band’s greatest achievements.

Turns out Dylan was even more productive during that period than The Basement Tapes would have us believe, as he was cranking out lyrics like a poetry machine. And now two-dozen recently “discovered” Dylan compositions from 1967 will be brought to life by an all-star band featuring Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, Riannon Giddens of Carolina Chocolate Drops and Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes.

Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes is being overseen by famed producer T Bone Burnett, and the album will be released late this year along with a documentary called Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued, which is being directed by rock doc vet Sam Jones.

"The discovery of these previously unknown Bob Dylan songs that were thought lost since 1967 is the stuff of Hollywood fiction and a find of truly historical proportions,” Jones said. “It is a unique opportunity to film T Bone and these great artists as they collaborate with a young Bob Dylan, and each other, to create new songs and recordings. These days and nights in the studio have been nothing less than magical."

Burnett promised that the Dylan lyrics being revived by Costello and company should not be dismissed as second-rate arcana. “These are not B-level Dylan lyrics,” Burnett promised. “They’re lyrics he just never got around to finishing.”

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