What a surprise to find Jonah Goldberg mentioning this morning a unique version of the song Smoke on the Water originally by the rock’n’roll band, Deep Purple, in one of his posts on The Corner.
If Deep Purple can make The Corner, then it can make Anchor Rising!
Now I know something about Deep Purple, having seen them in concert many times over the years and having over 30 CD’s of their music. (Did you even know there were that many? And did you care!) For me, it all began back in the 1972-73 school year when Smoke on the Water (and Stairway to Heaven) were new songs played at my high school senior prom.
So, for a trip down memory lane, here are some other YouTube videos of the song, Smoke on the Water:
First found on the studio album, Machine Head, Smoke on the Water reached even greater popularity when it was one of the songs on Made in Japan, a 1973 album many consider one of the greatest live albums of all time. A quintessential version of the song, which they say had no remixing done to it.
Here is a video clip of the band performing the song in 1973, with what was called the MkII lineup of Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord and Paice.
After Gillan and Glover were replaced as members of the band by Coverdale and Hughes, Deep Purple performed the song when they headlined the California Jam near my hometown in 1974.
When Bolin joined after Blackmore left the band for the first time, this version of the song was performed in Japan in 1975.
The MkII lineup reformed in 1984 and this is a 1993 version of the song.
More recently, two versions are here and here (the former has some nice guitar riffs at the beginning and the latter with Ronnie James Dio and an orchestra) where Morse replaced Blackmore after the latter’s second and final departure.
For when you are feeling Lazy (Catch the first 3+ minutes of keyboard playing here and the walking bass line later on; and you thought Deep Purple was only about lead guitar playing! Earlier live version of Lazy is here.) and like a Child in Time, then sit back and enjoy this live version of another classic song from the MkII era, Highway Star, recorded during their Made in Japan tour and the opening song of MkII concerts. An early live version of the song is also here.
Okay, enough already. Now you can return to thinking about dismal budget deficits and how you live in a place where many in leadership positions in the state of Rhode Island act like they are Perfect Strangers. What a Black Night we face; it is as if people in the state are Haunted by unresolved legacy issues. It’s enough to make each of us say that Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming.
Guess that leaves us no choice but to go Space Truckin’.