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‘Under the Dome’ Trailer – What’s the Song?

The trailer for the upcoming CBS series ‘Under The Dome’ contains an unfamiliar version of a very familiar tune. The song in question is ‘All Along the Watchtower,’ written by Bob Dylan, released on his ‘John Wesley Harding’ album in late 1967 and made famous via the Jimi Hendrix version in ’68.

In this new trailer, however, we are presented with a new take on the legendary song, this time around performed by James Devlin, who goes simply by his surname. Devlin is a British rapper who — along with British pop star Ed Sheeran — gives his own twist on the Dylan song.

Written by Brian K. Vaughan (of ‘Lost’ fame) and directed by Niels Arden Oplev (‘Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’), ‘Under The Dome’ is an adaptation of a Stephen King book about a small New England town that is, somehow, encased in a transparent dome. Inside the dome, the people of the town battle what can best be defined as apocalyptic conditions as they try to comprehend what’s happened to them.

Classic rockers may feel the same way about Devlin’s take on the sacred ground of ‘All Along the Watchtower,’ which has been renamed simply ‘Watchtower’ for some reason by the young rapper. In early 1968, ‘All Along the Watchtower’ was quickly seized upon by Jimi Hendrix, who recorded it shortly after for inclusion on his classic ‘Electric Ladyland’ LP. Hendrix’ version would become the definitive take on the song — so much so that Dylan himself once said, “Strange how when I sing it, I always feel it’s a tribute to him in some kind of way.”


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