Archive | Feb 11, 2017

Certain Songs #787: The Jimi Hendrix Experience – “All Along The Watchtower”

Album: Electric Ladyland
Year: 1968

The preferred theme song of both old Cylons and young Popes is also the best artifact from 60 years of Dylanology.

As the consensus “all-time greatest cover version” (though I still prefer Hüsker Dü’s psychedelic thrash version of “Eight Miles High“) in rock history, there is absolutely no question that Jimi Hendrix’s reinterpretation of Bob Dylan’s “All Along The Watchtower” deserves every single accolade it’s garnered over the decades.

Like most of the best songs on John Wesley Harding, Dylan’s original “All Along The Watchtower” was mostly acoustic, completely chorusless with the only concessions to rock ‘n’ roll being Kenny Buttrey’s relentless snare drum.