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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Jimi Hendrix "All Along The Watchtower" Isolated Guitar Track

Here's a real treat. It's the isolated guitar track from Jimi Hendrix's seminal cover of Bob Dylan's "All Along The Watchtower" from his Electric Ladyland album. The song was magnificently recorded and mixed by Eddie Kramer, with the basics recorded at Olympic Studios in London and the overdubs and mixing at The Record Plant in New York City. The original recording was done on a 12 track (yes, that was a format for about a half a second), then later transferred to 16 track. There were so many overdubs that many had to mixed together on the same track, as you'll hear. Here are some things to listen for:

1. The delayed reverb on the guitars. This is an Eddie Kramer signature.

2. The fills in the first two vocal verses, many of which you can't hear on the record.

3. The track is in stereo, with the lead slightly on the left and the reverb on the right. The stereo is very apparent during the 2nd  and 3rd solo and again on the outro as it pans hard right to left.

4. The 12 string that plays on the intro later reappears during the last vocal verse.

5. You get to hear the entire ending, instead of the one that fades on the record.


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Jef Knight said...

How are they achieving this?

Direct from master tapes?

I'd surely like to know.


Ed Stasium said...

I believe this was "cracked" from the game "Rock Band".
Folks have been isolating the tracks for quite a while. A friend of mine sent me the entire Beatle "Rock Band multitrack" catalog quite some time ago and it has idiosyncrasies similar to this Hendrix track that would not be on an original multitrack. That's my theory!

cheers.... Hi Bobby!


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