The American edition of Rolling Stone celebrated 80 years of Bob Dylan, completed on Monday, 24, compiling what, in the opinion of its journalists, are the 80 best versions ever made for songs by the singer and composer. First place went to Jimi Hendrix and his unforgettable rendition of “All Along The Watchtower” released in 1968, just a few months after its author released it on the “John Wesley Harding” album.
According to the magazine, “if there’s one thing almost everyone agrees on is that this version may be one of the few times Dylan has been improved on one of his own songs.” The text also says that the version really sounds like “the end of the world” and recalls that, contrary to what often happens, the guitarist, who died in 1970, did not approach the music with extreme reverence, quite the contrary. An opinion that is shared by the author of the song.
Live, Dylan would play “All Along The Watchtower” based on the interpretation of Hendrix and would have told the musician himself that he didn’t know if anyone had ever done a version of one of his compositions better than him.
The other top-ranked covers were “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues” in the voice of Nina Simone (1969), “Mr. Tambourine Man”, which the Byrds took to the top of the charts in 1965, Elvis Presley’s little-known interpretation of “Tomorrow Is a Long Time” in 1966, and well-known cover of “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” by Guns N’ Roses (1991).