DeadSplinter Up All Night: Got it Covered

In honor of Bob Dylan’s birthday today – let’s look at amazing covers. Bob Dylan released All Along the Watchtower on his 1967 album John Wesley Harding. A couple of months later, Jimi Hendrix heard the song and started working on his own version which has become the more popular of the two. Dylan liked Hendrix’s version so much that he started playing the song closer to how Hendrix played it.

In 1995, Dylan has described his reaction to hearing Hendrix’s version: “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.”[39] In the booklet accompanying his Biograph album, Dylan said: “I liked Jimi Hendrix’s record of this and ever since he died I’ve been doing it that way … Strange how when I sing it, I always feel it’s a tribute to him in some kind of way.” Wikipedia

So, jokers and thieves, what are some of your favorite covers? As always, thanks for your support.

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22 Comments

  1. Speaking of Hendrix, SRV did a smokin’ cover of Voodoo Chile.  I saw him do this in concert and OMFG.

     

  2. im quite partial to this iconic song :p

    • I really liked it @Farscythe, irony, pop, and screamo for the win!⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    • That was great. I wonder if they do wedding receptions? I’m still determined to have one at some point, even though I never had a wedding, just a dreary passing of papers in front of a municipal clerk who, you could just tell, focused her mind solely and at all times on her eventual retirement. “12 years, 14 days, 16 hours, 23 minutes. 12 years, 14 days, 16 hours, 22 minutes. 12 years [etc.]” We didn’t blame her. If I could have retired at 45 with an inflation-indexed pension and free health care for life that would focus my mind too. Not that I’m bitter or anything.

  3. I will never not find this fun.

    Reel Big Fish – Take on Me

    • or the surf version!

       

  4. I love Talking Heads cover of the great Al Green’s Take Me To The River. It was both original and respectful of the source material.

     

    Likewise, Angelique Kidjo’s version of  Talking Heads Once In A Lifetime.

     

     

  5. oh wait its twofer tuesday!

    (have i ever mentioned ive spent an unreasonable amount of time in my life collecting covers…..i could keep going all night)

    • Speaking of fantastic Pet Shop Boys covers:

  6. I like both versions, it is such a lovely song:

    Bill Withers Lovely Day

    Alt-J Lovely Day

     

  7. I love rockabilly covers of very non-rockabilly songs…

    and speaking of Jimi, I have a great album of all covers of Jimi songs, this one is a highlight with Seal & Jeff Beck!

  8. ok, I got too many favorite covers…

    and a ska metal song…

     

     

  9. okay okay i will probably shut up now

    maybe

  10. cant help myself…..sorry

  11. one last one for the mellower crowd

    g’nite deadsplinter 🙂

    thanks for being yous

  12. (I know it’s a reverse cover)

  13. Prince originally sang this

    Alt Rock answer to Don Henly

    Call back to the Motown DUAN

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