John Mayer - All Along the Watchtower (Live in LA)

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  1. soulman77

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    The video/show is at least a couple years old but it's new to me.

    I feel bad for having mildly poked fun at the dude in the past - his skills, soul, sound and musicality are simply undeniable.

    John took a pot, mixed in equal parts Hendrix, SRV and Clapton, shook vigorously and out came this performance.

     
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    I think Jimi would approve. The interesting thing was watching teenage girls getting off on a guitar solo. That's promising.
     
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    Great performance. He really is a versatile guitar player.
     
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    He wears the tans pants. We must accept him. One of us! One of us!
     
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    MoPho Pho Shizzle Silver Supporting Member

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    Mayer's guitar skills are only matched by the jealousy that runs rampant on TGP. You've got a guy who is a total gearhead and a great guitar player making it big time amongst a sh!t ton of crap being passed off as music and TGP disapproves. I call BS.
     
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    In before ze hate...
     
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    I like his singing voice.

    But that was way too rocked out, why not just make it a death metal version already. He's blugeoning something that was originally a folksong. Even Hendrix's version had some restraint. And he needs to put on a shirt ferchrissakes
     
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    Funny, I feel the opposite. I generally (and strongly) dislike his singing voice - he does a mighty fine job on this track though.

    Like many others, I am pretty damn snobby when it comes to guitar players. Having said that, I absolutely dig every minute of Mayer's guitar work on this performance - particularly the little Hendrix-esque fills on the main riff - those just tickle my silly. I must have listened to this 100 times by now (and I only discovered it a few weeks ago).

    Agreed it is quite different from Dylan's but that's kind of the point, no?
     
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    Except his tan pants are $850 designer tan with fur and softened leather braces. And he wears them ironically.


    Disclaimer... I love John Mayer's guitar work. Out-freakin-standing.
     
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    Great all around! Guitar work, vocals, and the band!
     
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    I loved this rocked out version and it inspired me to add it to my set. I could hear Smells Like Teen Spirit in the drums so I created a midi for this track using the Teen Spirit drum beat.

     
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    The dude owned it.
     
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    There's not much about that video I liked.
    Yup...he's a skilled player, but his voice just bugs me...the phrasing, the tone...irks me. Also did not care for the arrangement.
    Couldn't care less how he looks on stage.
    Good on him...he's made it doing what he loves, and he has certainly attracted a lot of fans.
     
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    Nothing I could find wrong with that....one of the better versions on all level I've heard.
     
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    Newfound respect. For real.

     
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    Lol, those girls they showed don't have the faintest idea what he's doing. Listening with their eyes...
     
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    John Mayer is the real thing. So is Joe Bonamassa. Derek Trucks, Gary Clarke Jr... these guys are freakin awesome. They are every bit the masters that we had with Clapton, Page, Beck, and dare I utter the name, Hendrix. These young guys play with every bit the feel, every bit the dynamics, and even greater skills. I know the grumpy old guys will never be happy, because they don't want to be. And the young players won't be suddenly old school in a way that satisfies the codger critics. But these young guys will be old, and I hope that they are given the same respect that we give to the masters of the previous era.
     
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    John Mayer is the reason I picked up a guitar again. I love that man.

    I think that is the worst version of that song I've ever heard. Dead serious.
     
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    Bro, you should hear it at my local pub.
     
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    But since you're being serious, I'm gonna answer seriously. I'm a full-tilt Bob Dylan fan. Lots of people hear Watchtower, and they think of Hendrix... I think of Dylan. I love Dylan, I wake up thinking of Dylan, and when I hear Hendrix, I only like it because he's true to Dylan. So when I tell you this, please understand that I love Dylan...

    Mayer's version is better than most of Dylan's own recordings of this song. I don't know if Bob Dylan is gonna hear this or comment on it - he's not the most vociferous of social media citizens. But if he does, I'm expecting he's gonna say that Mayer is doing magic with this song that Dylan has not heard since 1970.

    Mayer is freakin' killing it. And if you're not hearing it, I pity you. I seriously wonder what intervention is gonna break you out of the stupor which leads you to suggest that this is the "worst version of the song you've heard." This song gets played every day in every town on Earth. There is no universe in which Mayer's version is the worst. You can check this with Neil De Grasse Tyson. Mayer's version is kosher. You can check that with Sanders. Mayer is the shizz. and this version of All Along the Watchtower kills it. Please, correct your opinion.
     

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