Best Covers of Bob Dylan’s All Along the Watchtower
February 24, 2020
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Today we’re taking a look at some of the best covers of the Bob Dylan classic All Along the Watchtower. There’s no doubt that you probably heard this song 1st from hearing the Jimi Hendrix version & many falsely believe it to be his song but it is in fact Dylan’s. Dylan recorded the song several months before Hendrix covered it.
One of Dylan’s most performed songs live, during his 60 year career (and still counting) he has performed the song well over 2000 times. Although he recorded the song in 1967, it wasn’t till several years later in 1974 that he 1st performed his own song live. The version he played was closer to the Jimi Hendrix version & he continued to do this throughout the years.
Onto the covers. Each brings their musical genre/style & and puts their own unique mark on it.
More than 50 years on this cover from the Hendrix album Electric Ladyland stands the test of time. After its release the song became Hendrix’s highest ranking American single at the time. The cover went on to win a grammy hall of fame award in 2001. Rolling Stone ranked the song in their top 50 songs of all time list.
George Lynch is one of the guitar greats, known for his work with the metal/hard rock group Dokken and later his own group Lynch Mob in the same genre. More recently in 2013 he teamed up with King’s X Doug Pinnick & Korn drummer Ray Luzier to form KXM. This cover leans more on the Hendrix side with George paying homage to his influences by replicating several of Hendrix’s unique guitar sounds.
This cover by Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) and The Million Dollar Bashers follows the Dylan path. Eddie has continued to perform the song with Pearl Jam & as a solo artist ever since. The song was part of the soundtrack for the biopic inspired by Dylan’s life & music I’m Not There. The movie includes an all-star cast including Cate Blanchett, Heath Ledger, Christian Bale & Richard Gere.
This cover borrows from both the Dylan & the Hendrix versions & throws in 3 new verses of lyrics bringing something fresh sounding to the table. The cover was a hit for both artists & was used in the 2013 movie 2 Guns starring Denzel Washington & Mark Wahlberg. The album this cover is on “A Moving Picture” isn’t available on Amazon or Apple Music.
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