Bob Dylan recording new album

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Bob Dylan is recording a new album of covers, his engineer Al Schmitt has confirmed.

Bob Dylan is recording a new covers album.

The 74-year-old singer is laying down tracks in Studio B at Hollywood's famous Capitol Studios for the follow-up to his critically-acclaimed 2015 record 'Shadows in the Night' and sessions are going "great" so far.

His engineer, Al Schmitt - who also worked on 'Shadows in the Night' - explained he is again covering standards, though didn't say if they were all songs previously recorded by Frank Sinatra, as with his last album.

He added: "It's going along great. He sounds great. His mood in the studio is fabulous. We're having a good time. We're like two old shoes together now, we're so comfortable with one another now."

Dylan is also producing the record and the engineer praised him for his intelligence.

Asked what surprised him about the legendary singer, he told Billboard: "He's extraordinarily smart and he's so aware of everything that's going on, so he knows what's happening at every moment."

On 'Shadows in the Night', the 'Ballad of a Thin Man' hitmaker recorded the songs live with his five-piece band.

It is unclear if he is taking the same approach to his new album.

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