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Deep Purple - Smoke On The Water 1972 (HQ)

One of the most known guitar riff’s in rock’s history from Richie Blackmore there 🎸  Smoke One the Water from Deep Purple’s 1972 album Machine Head 👍  

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On this day in music history: March 31, 1972 - “Machine Head”, the sixth album by Deep Purple is released. Produced by Deep Purple, it is recorded at the Grand Hotel in Montreux, Switzerland w/ The Rolling Stones Mobile Studio from December 6 - 21, 1971. The band had initially intended to record at the Montreux Casino normally closed for the winter season. However, a fire on December 4, 1971 burns the building to the ground, becoming the inspiration for the classic “Smoke On The Water” (#4 Pop). The track “Highway Star” also becomes a rock radio staple. In time, the album is regarded as a landmark and influential release in the heavy metal music genre. For its fortieth anniversary in 2012, it is reissued as a five disc box set featuring a remastered version of the original album, a remixed version (originally released in 1997), the quadraphonic stereo LP mix, a remastered version of the “Deep Purple In Concert” album (recorded in 1970-72, but released in the UK in December of 1980 and in the US in June of 1982), and the fifth disc being a DVD of the live concert album. “Machine Head” hits number one on the UK album chart, number seven on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

“Smoke on the Water” by David Gilmour, et al. (Deep Purple cover)

We all came out to Montreux
On the Lake Geneva shoreline
To make records with a mobile
We didn’t have much time
Frank Zappa and the Mothers
Were at the best place around
But some stupid with a flare gun
Burned the place to the ground

A really cool thing happened in the late 80′s - David Gilmour, Brian May, Tony Iommi, Ian Gillan, and Bruce Dickinson (and others) got together to record a few versions of THE Deep Purple song to benefit victims of the earthquake in Armenia.

When a blind man cries
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When a blind man cries

Deep Purple - When a blind man cries

If you’re leaving close the door. 
I’m not expecting people anymore.
Hear me grieving, I’m lying on the floor.
Whether I’m drunk or dead I really ain’t too sure.

I’m a blind man, I’m a blind man and my world is pale.
When a blind man cries, Lord, you know there ain’t no sadder tale.

Had a friend once in a room,
Had a good time but it ended much too soon.
In a cold month in that room
We found a reason for the things we had to do.

I’m a blind man, I’m a blind man, now my room is cold.
When a blind man cries, Lord, you know he feels it from his soul.

Smoke on the Water, Thunderstruck, Upside Down at Eden Court (Medley)
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Smoke on the Water, Thunderstruck, Upside Down at Eden Court (Medley)

Can we just take a moment to appreciate the fact that this group exists, please?

Because this might be the definition of awesome.

(If you glanced at this and thought it was a song from a much less talented group, you are excused. But please take another look, because it’s ACTUALLY THE BEST.)