‘All Along The Watchtower’ was released on Jimi Hendrix’s 1968 album ‘Electric Ladyland.’ The song is a cover of Bob Dylan’s original, of the same name, which was released a year prior. Both versions are extremely distinct. Nonetheless, it is as iconic as it is today because of Hendrix, who mixed Dylan’s lyrics with signature guitar work, with a combination of blues and rock elements.
Even Dylan commented “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.” Then later stated, “strange how when I sing it, I always feel it’s a tribute to him in some kind of way.”
The combination of biblical lyrics with a fast-paced guitar riff adds power and a sense of revolution to the song. The whirlwind of emotions in the song is reflected through unorthodox chord progressions, making ‘All Along the Watchtower’ the catchiest philosophical melody.
Song covers put a new spin on a tune, and offer a new perspective on the lyrics. This is one of the reasons why I love listening to covers, as they can elevate the piece and turn it into something brand-new and completely alter your perspective.