A couple of weeks ago I posted about the worst cover song of all time, America as recorded by Yes. Before anyone gets the idea that I think that a cover song has to be a note for note rendition to be good, I offer up today’s bonus edition of Two’Fer Tuesday which features three great cover versions of All Along The Watchtower each of which is unique. First up is Bob Dylan’s original version of the song.
The first, and probably most well known cover of the song, is from Jimi Hendrix. An amazing performance by an amazing artist. In my opinion this version is better than the original.
Next up is a great version by a very much under rated Dave Mason. While very much guitar driven like Jimi’s version, I think this one has a different feel to it.
My final version of the song is a 1o + minute version by Neil Young. Old Black was screaming on this rendition and I absolutely love it.
Send me a comment and let me know which version you prefer!
When your career starts with the formation of Traffic, one of the best groups from the late 60s and early 70s, you could easily spend the remainder of your career resting on your laurels. To Dave Mason’s credit he did not take this path, instead he produced some of my favorite music as a solo artist. He not only wrote and performed his own great songs as a solo artists but he was also a great interpreter of songs written by others. If you have never heard his version of Bob Dylan’s All Along The Watchtower, you are really missing a treat. The song I have for you today is Look at You Look At Me from his debut solo album called Alone Together.
As an aside you might be interested to know that a small percentage of the Alone Together albums were pressed with what was intended to be swirls of color. Unfortunately these albums came out in an unappealing shade of light brown that kind of reminds me of vomit. I am the “lucky” owner of one of these colored albums. Fortunately the music makes up for the color of the vinyl.