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Smoke On The Water

From the Album Machine Head
October 1, 2011 | Format: MP3

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By Robert I. Hedges HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on April 14, 2010
"Smoke on the Water," originally from the great Deep Purple album "Machine Head," has one of the most iconic riffs in all of rock courtesy of Ritchie Blackmore and his Strat. Easily the most recognizable and popular song from Deep Purple's catalogue, the song chronicles an actual event. In December 1971 Deep Purple was in Montreux, Switzerland to record an album at the Montreux Casino next to Lake Geneva using mobile recording equipment owned by the Rolling Stones. During a Frank Zappa concert on December 4, a fan set off a flare gun, setting the ceiling on fire and burning the complex to the ground. The flames and smoke drifted over the lake, while the members of Deep Purple watched. The band then had to scramble for a venue to record "Machine Head" in, and finally settled on the Montreux Grand Hotel. The song is quite an accurate piece of history, and definitely one of the heaviest, most listenable pieces of musical history ever recorded.

The song has appeared in various versions (the most amusing is from Pat Boone's "In a Metal Mood," with Blackmore reprising his role on guitar) on many albums. I recommend "Machine Head," but the "Best Hits" album is also a good buy at a reasonable price. One thing's certain, though: no musical library should be without this staple.
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Actually it should have been WO MAN WO MAN.

There was this lady that played the electronic Organ in a band that had this song down perfect back in the 80's She wore this slick silky white dress that was cut up from down there to way up where. and boy did it ever look great. she could make you drool just gliding into a room wearing that dress. with really High heels and legs that never stopped.

When she walked in and played this song the place was alive. We never wanted it to stop. Even a lot of the other ladies loved it and her as well. She was a real tall Indian Princess. Thin with high cheek bones. Long Legs thighs that glowed and eyes that created "SMOKE ON THE WATER"

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That classic opening riff will live on forever. As a side note...my non-musical self had a free guitar lesson and I was surprised to learn that the entire opening riff is played on the same string, how cool is that trivia.
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riffs often are very important to hard rock. this one starts in a vacuum & just builds beautifully. the lead singer quavers and lends a tone of pure
passion to the song. lord is in beautiful form on keyboards.
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Smoke on the Water by deep purple as the most recoginized guitar riff in music history, this song tells the story of the band going to Frank Zappa's to record and somebody shoots a flare indoors and burns the place down. This song stands the test of
time I've heard it probably 1,000 times and everytime I hear it I turn the radio up and sing along.
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I think this song is worse than Perfect Strangers. I am pretty disappointed in this band. I think I'm gonna stick to listening to music that I already know or bands that are more popular.
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Very satisfied with the download of this song. Exactly what I wanted.
Again, appreciate the opportunity to listen to multiple samples before making a decision.
Thanks.
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My understanding is that the band wrote the song while on tour, standing on their balcony watching the fire burn near a lake, hence smoke on the water. Timeless classic.
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