Cover vs. Original

All Along the Watchtower

That is not an easy choice: But in this case I have to decide in favour of the cover version ofJimi Hendrix. His style of playing guitar is just sensational.
Bob Dylan was impressed by Jimis version of his song, too. So he even once played it during a concert in the style of Jimi Hendrix.
But I can't wait to see how you will vote...

Jimi Hendrix


Bob Dylan

CD-Cover: Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland 65.6 % 34.4 % CD-Cover: Bob Dylan - John Wesley Harding
Results of the voting: Cover versus Original
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Jimi Hendrix 7655 Votes Bob Dylan

Comments about All Along the Watchtower:

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Both! Hard choice... I have to go with Jimi [I guess]. Jimi adds a bit of a blues element or undertone to the song that I like. This is one I haven't decided yet on really... but I'm going with Jimi for this vote.
- Hurdy Gurdy, Little Rock, United States, 2-.-0.2008
- DAMIAN, COM RIV, Argentina, 2-.-0.2008
thank goodness Dylan wrote this song for Jimi to cover...because I agree, he owns it.
- Lemissa, LawrencefuckingKansas, United States, 1-.-1.2007
I'm a big Hendrix fan, so I'll go with him, but Dylan's version is very cool too. By the way, Jimi would probably say Dylan! He was a HUGE fan of Dylan.
- Mark, San Francisco, United States, 1-.-1.2007
Jimi Hendrix' version of this majestic song is ethereal. Bob Dylan is a master songwriter and too many people have covered his beautiful songs but Jimi took it to another time and place. It sounds just as new today as it did nearly 30 years ago. Jimi Hendrix is forever.
- Chris Tyndall, Bronx, New York, United States, 1-.-1.2007
Dylan's version and Hendrix's version would be comparing the world's two great musisians (singer/songwriter and guitarist). Dylans genious singing/songwriting vs. Hendrix's sweet guitar riffs is just too challenging. It's a shame that people don't appreciate the Dyl's knowledge, genious, and whit in writing it and instead worship Jimi's loud psychodelic guitar solos. A lot of my friends think Jimi wrote the song.
- Jesse Harman, Ocean CIty, United States, 1-.-1.2007
Savage Grace- an extremely talented band out of Detroit circa 1971 has a very interesting version on their first album. Check it out.
- Mike, San Mateo, United States, 0-.-1.2007
original always gonna be the best. am sure would agree also. dylan was best hendrix played it better.
- stu, glasgow, Scotland, 9-.-0.2007
Sal's right. Check out what Bob has said on record about this. Its allowed we have permision from the Bobster hisself. Jimi's version is a breathtaking transformation of a song into a different genre entirely and is close to sublime. Not that the original isn't wonderful but Jimi makes it a wonderment. Can any of us imagine what it must have been like to be Bob and hear Jimis version of it for the first time? Awesome indeed!
- Andy, Oxford, England, 9-.-0.2007
Dave matthews band is a great version have a listen but hendrix was the master
- barry, launceston Tasmania, Australia, 9-.-0.2007
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