Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Round 2: Bob Dylan Vs. Jimi Hedrix

Bob Dylan recorded "All Along The Watchtower" in 1967. It has become one of his most famous and most frequently covered songs. With intriguing lyrics and a structure that some critics claim to be circular (some say the last verse is the beginning of the narrative), Dylan created a unique vision of reality.



Versus:

Jimi Hendrix.

In 1968, Hendrix took Dylan's song, and doubled it's length, painting the emotions and story of the with his unforgettable guitar playing. Jimi's singing is fearful and other-worldly as  thick cloud of distortion permeates the song.   




The Winner:
Dylan after hearing Hendix's version said, "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."  Yes, Dylan's original is interesting and intimate.  However, Hendrix takes all of the emotions that Dylan implies and expresses them opening and forcefully.  You only need to hear the first 10 seconds of Hendix's version to know what this song is all bout.     

Next week: Madonna Vs. Don McLean

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