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The song initially appeared on his album, John Wesley Harding , and it has been included on most of Dylan's subsequent greatest hits compilations. Since the late s, he has performed it in concert more than any of his other songs. Different versions appear on four of Dylan's live albums. Covered by numerous artists in various genres, "All Along the Watchtower" is strongly identified with the interpretation Jimi Hendrix recorded for the album Electric Ladyland with the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Following a motorcycle accident in July , Dylan spent the next 18 months recuperating at his home in Woodstock and writing songs. Dylan recorded "All Along the Watchtower" on November 6, , at Columbia Studio A in Nashville, Tennessee ,  the same studio where he had completed Blonde on Blonde in the spring of the previous year. The final version of "All Along the Watchtower" resulted from two different takes during the second of three John Wesley Harding sessions. The session opened with five takes of the song, the third and fifth of which were spliced to create the album track. Several reviewers have pointed out that the lyrics in "All Along the Watchtower" echo lines in the Book of Isaiah , Chapter 21, verses 5— Prepare the table, watch in the watchtower, eat, drink: arise ye princes, and prepare the shield.
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