Friday, April 22, 2011

Jimi Hendrix – All Along the Watchtower (album: Electric Ladyland 1968)

This next song is by Jimi Hendrix. He is considered to be the best electric guitar player ever existed. He was quite amazing with all his guitar playing techniques that included using his teeth and playing behind his back.  He was only 27 when he died but he has contributed greatly to music in his time and even today’s music. His memory and influence will be remembered for ever.

This song is a cover that he did for Bob Dylan’s song, Thanks to Jimi it became so famous. I really love this cover and I personally think it’s better than the original. U2 have also covered it in their album: “rattle and ham” which I love very much, I’ve added all 3 versions below. Dylan wrote this song after he was recovering from a motorcycle accident. I think this song is about his realization of the importance of life and the significant meaning of time but who am I to analyse Bob Dylan’s songs, He is way too complex for me! Check out all 3 versions of this wonderful song.

Link to the song: All along the watchtower Jimi Hendrix

Lyrics: All along the watchtower Lyrics

What’s this song about?

Dylan wrote "All Along the Watchtower" along with the other songs on John Wesley Harding over the year or so following his motorcycle accident in the summer of 1966.His recuperation from the accident, which occurred near his home in Woodstock, New York, enabled Dylan to escape the excesses of touring and make a dramatic turnaround in his lifestyle. With one child born in early 1966 and another in mid-1967, he settled into family life and even took a growing interest in the Bible, as reflected in the album's Biblical allusions, particularly in songs such as "All Along the Watchtower", "Dear Landlord", "I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine" and "The Wicked Messenger".(Wikipedia – All Along the Watchtower)

Info about Jimi Hendrix: Wikipedia - Jimi Hendrix

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