THE NASHVILLE TEENS - 'All Along The Watchtower'/'Sun-Dog' (Decca F 12754) March 1968
By 1968 the hits had well and truely dried up for The Nashville Teens and this 45 just happened to be their last Decca release.
It flopped of course but I don't know how. Their version of Bob Dylan's 'All Along The Watchtower' is a classy rendition with it's full production sound by Vic Smith (Vic Coppersmith-Heaven) and pulsating psych guitar leads. Maybe the public just weren't ready for this sort of bluesy psychedelia yet. The Jimi Hendrix Experience released a version seven months later in Oct '68 and had a big hit with it.
The flip 'Sun-Dog' is a traditional blues song but with the bands own lyrics. Even the producer Vic Smith gets a credit. It's a typical early 1968 blueswailer and an indication of the direction the English music underground was going in.
|Record Mirror - March 1968|
|NME - March 1968|
|The Nashville Teens pictured in 1968 with Cathy McGowen|