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Nick Nicely — All along the Watchtower
(Fruits de Mer winkle 35, 2018, 7")

by Henry Schneider, Published 2019-05-03

All along the Watchtower Cover art

It has been three years since nick nicely last appeared on a Fruits de Mer release. So this past December was a treat when FdM released a new single as part of their year-end batch of vinyl. Available in either standard black vinyl or white, nick’s new single includes a cover of Bob Dylan’s iconic “All Along the Watchtower” and an original tune “The Doors of Perception.” As I have stated over and over again, it is always risky to cover an iconic tune, especially a song that Jimi Hendrix made his own in 1968. Not one to shy away from anything, nick has taken this well known song and reinvented so much that it stands on its own. And for the first time in my memory, nick’s vocals are crystal clear and stand above the mix. The song begins with a trippy Mellotron lead-in to acid drenched music that mellows out after a minute or two, giving absolutely no indication that this is “All Along the Watchtower.” Then nick recites the lyrics, and of course he starts to manipulate them with various effects to create an excellent and surprising cover of this classic song. The six minute “The Doors of Perception” completes the package with trippy percussion and heavily processed instruments that sound quite melodic along with nick’s signature megaphone vocals. He even slips in a quiet guitar solo with the song turning freaky for the climax. So fly your freak flags high and grab a copy of this excellent new release for yourself.


Filed under: New releases, 2018 releases

Related artist(s): Nick Nicely, Jimi Hendrix

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http://www.fruitsdemerrecords.com/watchtower.html

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