Jimi Hendrix — All Along The Watchtower
Album: Electric Ladyland
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Released: 1969
Length: 3:56
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There must be some kind of way out of here
Said the joker to the thief
There's too much confusion
I can't get no relief
Businessmen, they drink my wine
Plowmen dig my earth
None will level on the line
Nobody offered his word, hey!

No reason to get excited
The thief, he kindly spoke
There are many here among us
Who feel that life is but a joke, but, uh
But you and I, we've been through that
And this is not our fate
So let us not talk falsely now
The hour's getting late, hey!

Hey

All along the watchtower
Princes kept the view
While all the women came and went
Barefoot servants too
Well, uh, outside in the cold distance
A wild cat did growl
Two riders were approaching
And the wind began to howl, hey!

All along the watchtower
All along the watchtower
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Thank you Jimi Hendrix
for  All Along The Watchtower
 for me  9- Outstanding

TY RP 


 thewiseking wrote:

agreed, but that opening riff is a huge hook{#Bananajam}
Wonder why CLASSIC ROCK chose this one over all the others? So many better offerings from Jimi yet it was this they chose to kill

 


I have this sudden urge to watch "Watchmen" all over again.

When this was a current hit, we often went to our local Boston Pizza after a night of partying.  They had a juke box with great sound and had the volume cranked – this song was always played - bliss!

Here’s something I noticed while listening to a tribute album to Hank Williams:

Williams lyrics from “Alone and Forsaken”:

The darkness is falling, the sky has turned gray
A hound in the distance is starting to bay

Dylan lyrics from this song:

Outside in the cold distance 
A wildcat did growl
Two riders were approaching
And the wind began to howl

Maybe another example of one great artist taking something very good and making it even better?


 slikr wrote:
best cover ever?
 
  yes... and godlike at that.. {#Cheers}
Wonder why CLASSIC ROCK chose this one over all the others? So many better offerings from Jimi yet it was this they chose to kill


                                         The only studio recording that Jimi played any slide guitar on.
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                                                                           SEATTLE'S OWN. 



Thank you Jimi Hendrix
for  All Along The Watchtower

For me  9- Outstanding


goosebumps... bumping from 9 to 10
 Skydog wrote:
still the number one rated RP song 

 
Which one is in last?
best cover ever?
I think this guy would have went places.
 westslope wrote:

Yes, I believe that he was right about the 'application'.  Dylan must find that amusing.  

 
But this is the most excellent cover by far!


Ok. Enough of the silliness. Give it a 10 and move along.
 unclehud wrote:
Was at a college baseball game last week when this came on.  Turned my my grad school buddy (son of a Navy colleague who's at school in town) and asked, "Do you know this song?"

"Sure, man.  Hendrix.  All Along the Watchtower.  Always comes on in a war movie when the shit's about to come down."

Well, he's sho'nuff right about the title and artist, and he may be right about the application.

 
Yes, I believe that he was right about the 'application'.  Dylan must find that amusing.  
Was at a college baseball game last week when this came on.  Turned my my grad school buddy (son of a Navy colleague who's at school in town) and asked, "Do you know this song?"

"Sure, man.  Hendrix.  All Along the Watchtower.  Always comes on in a war movie when the shit's about to come down."

Well, he's sho'nuff right about the title and artist, and he may be right about the application.
Nothing better!
Filmore East, New Years Eve 1969, pitch black and at the stroke of midnight, Jimi starts this song. Burned in my memory. I had a mind before then.
 SuperWeh wrote:

no amount of radio play will ever be able to kill the genius of this piece.

 
Right! And there are not many other songs in that league.
pure pleasure!
Immaculate.
 thewiseking wrote:
another one killed by overplay
give us Bold As Love
give us Rainy Day Dream Away
give us 1983
give us One Rainy Wish
leave this one to the CLASSIC ROCK schlockpile 

 
no amount of radio play will ever be able to kill the genius of this piece.
another one killed by overplay
give us Bold As Love
give us Rainy Day Dream Away
give us 1983
give us One Rainy Wish
leave this one to the CLASSIC ROCK schlockpile 
It took a while to warm up to Hendrix. More a combination of posthumous reviews, Belly Button Window (likely, the Cry of Love album) and general progression of rock (noise) into the 70's.
Favorite recording of the entire rock era.
 On_The_Beach wrote:

{#Yes}  {#Cheers}

 
Could not agree more.  It is absolute performance perfection. I only wish we could go back and capture this performance with today's technology.  It is both electrifying and an old friend whenever I hear it.
       You'd know If you reflect  more than usual on some house of cards.
My kiss. uhm keys was in the bowl, spring time wasted no time and kissed fish.
There's a version by Bear McCreary, that I also quite like. It was done for a Soundtrack and was so, so perfectly fitted to the scenes. So this is no "i like the cover better" but rather, "if you like the song, maybe check out the other. Sounds quite different, though."

nice btw - stevie, ye good ol ludwig van, hendrix and flogging molly. much wow.

and sixstringsamurai is such an awesome movie - too bad you didnt like the order of songs. 
 Highlowsel wrote:
The Apex.  The Pinnacle.  The very top of the highest mountain.  To my mind without question the very definition of ROCK AND ROLL..  Sublime and caustic, noisy yet harmonious.  It grabs your ears and pulls you in whether you want to go along or not.  You know it the moment you heard the first opening riff, and it stays with you in ephemeral fashion when it leaves.  As done by Hendrix it may be the ultimate cover tune but if this man had an opus moment this, this must be it. 
 
{#Yes}  {#Cheers}
 SixStringSamurai wrote:
Jimi Hendrix after Beethoven. "Our specialty is taking a diverse assortment of songs and making them flow together in a way that makes sense harmonically, rhythmically, and lyrically." I must have missed something ...

 
maybe it was just the seamless ooze of awesomeness that you missed.. shall I get my banjo? That might rectify things.
 Skydog wrote:
still the number one rated RP song 

 

quite rightly!
Bob Dylan out of step with the times releases this great song in December 1967 and somewhere over the next few months Jimi Hendrix hears it in some other magnificent way. To call this arrangement historic and transcendental at the same time does not seem an understatement. 
Jimi Hendrix after Beethoven. "Our specialty is taking a diverse assortment of songs and making them flow together in a way that makes sense harmonically, rhythmically, and lyrically." I must have missed something ...
Beethoven then this?
WOW

Superb{#Clap} 
The Apex.  The Pinnacle.  The very top of the highest mountain.  To my mind without question the very definition of ROCK AND ROLL..  Sublime and caustic, noisy yet harmonious.  It grabs your ears and pulls you in whether you want to go along or not.  You know it the moment you heard the first opening riff, and it stays with you in ephemeral fashion when it leaves.  As done by Hendrix it may be the ultimate cover tune but if this man had an opus moment this, this must be it. 

Highlow
American Net'Zen
 coloradojohn wrote:
The very voice of stoned guitar your mind thinks should be telling this and what a timeless verve this cat put into every little riff and, dig

 
upvote
 RiverOfLife wrote:
Beethoven 5 followed by Jimi - PERFECT!!!

Simply awesome programming ....

 
AND Stevie Ray's Pipeline before Ludwig Van.  Thanks Bill and Rebecca.  Now that's what I call eclectic! {#Clap}{#Notworthy}
still the number one rated RP song 
Beethoven 5 followed by Jimi - PERFECT!!!

Simply awesome programming ....
You wowed  with that seg
I was wondering what could follow a 9.2 Beethoven, I agree this makes sense!
 
The very voice of stoned guitar your mind thinks should be telling this and what a timeless verve this cat put into every little riff and, dig
 springof63 wrote:
i know what you mean, but I think you mean Bob Dylan, don't you? (except, as far as i know, he is still with us...)
 
Hmm, of course Dylan wrote the song, so maybe he needed to sign off on the deal as well?
I'm sure someone out there knows the answer? . . .
 On_The_Beach wrote:
My heart sank when I saw this was being used to sell Men's perfume . . . groan.
Jimi is no doubt rolling over in his grave.

At least when Pete Townshend and the rest sell their songs, it's their own decision.
Although I'm not sure who has the rights to the Beatles catalogue.
Michael Jackson's estate, or did Sir Paul buy 'em back?

 
i know what you mean, but I think you mean Bob Dylan, don't you? (except, as far as i know, he is still with us...)
My heart sank when I saw this was being used to sell Men's perfume . . . groan.
Jimi is no doubt rolling over in his grave.

At least when Pete Townshend and the rest sell their songs, it's their own decision.
Although I'm not sure who has the rights to the Beatles catalogue.
Michael Jackson's estate, or did Sir Paul buy 'em back?
A "9." At least. 
You know it's his vocals that are superb apart from maestro guitar
 phlattop wrote:

Jimi's version heavily influenced Dylan's live version for years according to Bob himself. The best cover of a Dylan tune and there's been some pretty damn good ones.

 
Dave Mason's version is better than this one.
Beethoven followed by Hendrix. One of the best composers followed by one of the best performers in music ever.