Musical Monday: Cover songs #6

I’m kicking off 2023 with a series of my favourite cover songs. It’s quite amazing how many artists cover one another’s songs. Sometimes they’re not artists you might expect, sometimes they are and often we’re more familiar with the cover than the original. Like, this one.

Jimi Hendrix’s rowdier, louder, punchier, and electrified version of Bob Dylan’s classic song, All Along the Watchtower released in 1968, blew even the original songwriter away.

Dylan’s reported as saying:

It overwhelmed me, really. He had such talent, he could find things inside a song and vigorously develop them. He found things that other people wouldn’t think of finding in there. He probably improved upon it by the spaces he was using. I took license with the song from his version, actually, and continue to do it to this day. Strange how when I sing it, I always feel it’s a tribute to him in some kind of way.

Hendrix’s version hit Number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the biggest hit of his career.

I confess I much prefer Hendrix’s copy as I’m not a fan of Dylan’s voice but it’s surprising how many of his tracks have been copied (and IMHO improved upon) by other artists.

Which of the three versions do you prefer? Let me know below.

12 Comments on “Musical Monday: Cover songs #6

  1. Of course being a devoted Hendrix fan, there is no comparison. The mixed one from around the world was OK. Lenny Kravitz version was helped considerably by Eric Clapton

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  2. πŸ’œ It’s called collaboration and co-operation Control Freak; well worth it but being a Control Freak is well worth it too πŸ˜‰ 😜 πŸ˜€


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  3. Hendrix is of course the best, but I liked that 2nd one with people from all over the world singing the same song a lot, too. πŸ™‚

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