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View Poll Results: Which do you like better?
Gimme Shelter 16 34.78%
All Along the Watch Tower 29 63.04%
Not my kind of music 1 2.17%
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Old 07-26-2013, 07:34 AM   #1
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Default Music Battle: Gimme Shelter vs All Along the Watch Tower

Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones





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All Along the Watch Tower - Jimi Hendrix version
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Default Re: Music Battle: Gimme Shelter vs All Along the Watch Tower

Absolutely LOVE both these songs. LOVE THEM. Forced to choose one
however, I'd take (in a VERY slight edge) All Along The Watchtower.
I would put that song in the top 3-4 best Rock Songs ever recorded. I
really think the Stones had a couple of songs that were better than Gimme
Shelter, and to be honest, I think Grand Funk Railroad's cover of it was
better. Jimmi's best was AATWT, closely followed by Voodoo Chile, and
maybe Little Wing
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Default Re: Music Battle: Gimme Shelter vs All Along the Watch Tower

I can't really call that one. I seriously can't pick a winner.
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Default Re: Music Battle: Gimme Shelter vs All Along the Watch Tower

I need to change my vote. I voted for All Along the Watch Tower but they were so close that it was basically a coin flip.

I listened to Gimme Shelter again just now and I am reminded how incredible Merry Clayton is just singing rape and murder. It is such an awesome little thing in the bacground but brilliantly exfellent at the same time.
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Default Re: Music Battle: Gimme Shelter vs All Along the Watch Tower

I'm with Spurticus. Watchtower is seriously one of the very best rock songs. Funny thing is, if you listen to the Bob Dylan original, it's only about 2 1/2 minutes long and doesn't even have an electric guitar. Hendrix basically made that song over in such a way that it really became the amazing piece that it is.

But this is a great matchup because both songs were very reflective of the times. Violence, chaos.

Both of these songs are definitely Hall of Fame material
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Love Hendrix, but Gimme Shelter without a doubt.
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Hendrix, but close call.
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I need to change my vote. I voted for All Along the Watch Tower but they were so close that it was basically a coin flip.

I listened to Gimme Shelter again just now and I am reminded how incredible Merry Clayton is just singing rape and murder. It is such an awesome little thing in the bacground but brilliantly exfellent at the same time.

Found this to get further to my point. It has the music down a bit and Merry Clayton/Mick's vocal up.

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Default Re: Music Battle: Gimme Shelter vs All Along the Watch Tower

I can't just narrow it down to Hendrix vs Stones. BTW, happy 70 Mick Jagger! I vote for Watchtower. From Dylan through Hendrix to Havens and others it is superior.







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If I had to pick one, it is All Along the Watchtower
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Found this to get further to my point. It has the music down a bit and Merry Clayton/Mick's vocal up.

Wooooooo

If you listen closely on the master track you can still hear Mick do that when Clayton's voice cracks on the last "Rape Murder"
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Default Re: Music Battle: Gimme Shelter vs All Along the Watch Tower

Not a big Stones' fan, but I really like Gimme Shelter.

Even though All Along The Watch Tower belongs to Dylan, this song will forever identify Jimi. Remarkable compilation and interpretation.

* Rolling Stones' Brian Jones played various percussion instruments in the original track of Jimi's, All Along the Watch Tower. However, he was absent when the Stones recorded Gimme Shelter.
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Watchtower is indeed among the greatest rock songs ever recorded but there is something about Gimme Shelter that is some how more...real...or...important...if that makes sense.

You play this over footage of the Vietnam War and it feels like a movie score to a documentary on the Vietnam War.

This is what made the Rolling Stones the Rolling &^%$ing Stones. This is one of the best songs to come out of the 60's. There is something about what Richards and Watts are doing in this song that is just perfect.

The best song on an album that includes 'You Can't Always Get What You Want' and 'Midnight Rambler'.
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I love gimme shelter, it just goes with so much stuff if that makes sense
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Default Re: Music Battle: Gimme Shelter vs All Along the Watch Tower

Probably the hardest decision I have ever made in a music poll. I would include both these songs on a list of the top songs ever recorded. In the end I had to go with the Stones.
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One thing to add: the actual version of Gimme Shelter from the Altamont concert (live recording) is flat-out unbelievable. It is SICK. One of the most frightening pieces of music you'll ever hear
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Wow.

What a tough choice.

Going with Gimmie Shelter though. Such a high point for the Stones.
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Any BSG fans? One of the greatest moments of all TV:

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this is very tough. Hendrix's Watchtower is the best cover song ever IMO as far as taking a song and completely making it your own. Couple that with how many great versions of Watchtower there are it shows how great the song itself is. The stones gimme shelter is the definitive version of the song
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