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Relive Bob Dylan’s 1974 Tour with The Band on a 27-Disc Set
FILE – Musician Bob Dylan belts out a tune as members of The Band, Robbie Robertson, partially hidden left, and Garth Hudson, background center, accompany him, during a concert at the Forum in Los Angeles, Calif., Feb. 15, 1974. Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings announced Tuesday, July 9, 2024, plans to release a 27-disc CD box set of Dylan’s memorable 1974 concert tour with The Band on Sept. 20. (AP Photo/Jeff Robbins, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Dylan fans who want to relive his 1974 concert tour with The Band will soon have the opportunity to do just that — ample opportunity.

He is releasing a staggering 27-disc box set that includes full recordings of 27 of the 40 shows from that tour, which marked Dylan’s theatrical return to the stage with the backing of The Band, the group with whom he made some of his most memorable music. Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings announced Tuesday that the set will be released on Sept. 20 and will retail for $129.98.

The box set contains some 417 previously unreleased performances, according to the record company. Fans who prefer a more concise collection can opt for a three-album highlights box on vinyl.

It’s definitely a set for completists: the collection will feature 21 different versions of “Lay Lady Lay” alone. There was already a live album of songs from that tour, “Before the Flood,” which came out in the 1970s.

Dylan has never been shy about giving fans the chance to hear him. “The 1974 Live Recordings” will only be his third-largest box set, following the 47-CD complete album collection released in 2013, and the 36-CD set chronicling Dylan and The Band’s 1966 tour.

Source: Associated Press