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July 16, 2012 11:06 AM   Subscribe


 
Ooh I'm in Heaven again
I got everything
Like a moving ground, an open road
And everything


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posted by spitbull at 11:11 AM on July 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


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posted by jsavimbi at 11:12 AM on July 16, 2012


cancer sucks.

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posted by deadmessenger at 11:12 AM on July 16, 2012


NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!! Time to blast "Space Truckin'".
posted by josher71 at 11:12 AM on July 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


By the way, "Space Truckin'" kills at dance parties.
posted by josher71 at 11:13 AM on July 16, 2012


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posted by evisceratordeath at 11:14 AM on July 16, 2012


oh crap

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posted by valdesm at 11:14 AM on July 16, 2012


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posted by DaddyNewt at 11:15 AM on July 16, 2012


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posted by vorfeed at 11:17 AM on July 16, 2012


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posted by El Brendano at 11:20 AM on July 16, 2012


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posted by bondcliff at 11:21 AM on July 16, 2012 [6 favorites]


Raise your hand if you and your marching band friends played the riff to 'Smoke on the Water' at the back of the stands, when the conductor wasn't paying attention.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 11:21 AM on July 16, 2012


Shit. Space Truckin' and Highway Star will be cranked at the bar today.

RIP, Jon
posted by jonmc at 11:23 AM on July 16, 2012 [3 favorites]



posted by Smart Dalek at 11:23 AM on July 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


Damn.
posted by dejah420 at 11:24 AM on July 16, 2012


Cranking up Highway Star. Thanks, mate.
posted by Ululator at 11:24 AM on July 16, 2012


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posted by tommasz at 11:27 AM on July 16, 2012


Also, "Knocking at your Back Door" from Purple's mid 80's reunion album Perfect Strangers is a neglected gem as well.
posted by jonmc at 11:29 AM on July 16, 2012 [3 favorites]


While visiting family I was riding with my brother in his car, where he has Sirius satellite radio. It was around Thanksgiving, maybe shortly after and Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour was playing. They were playing something by Deep Purple, I'm not even sure what song, maybe a version of Child in Time. The song plays through and Dylan comes back on and says, in only the way Bob Dylan can, "Alright, that was 18 minutes of the Purple."

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posted by IvoShandor at 11:29 AM on July 16, 2012


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(well played, but I think it's in G)

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posted by sourwookie at 11:32 AM on July 16, 2012 [2 favorites]


I can't tell you how thrilled I was in our Winnipeg living room, 1975, to receive not only the Game of Life, and Turtles (how ironic now), but also that beautiful double album: Made in Japan.

I want everything louder than everything else.

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posted by Turtles all the way down at 11:36 AM on July 16, 2012


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posted by doctor_negative at 11:37 AM on July 16, 2012


Thank you Jon Lord, for all the organ riffs.
posted by e1c at 11:39 AM on July 16, 2012


Also, "Knocking at your Back Door" from Purple's mid 80's reunion album Perfect Strangers is a neglected gem as well.

YES. And the live album they did around that time, Nobody's Perfect is in my opinion better than the far better-known Made In Japan live album.
posted by deadmessenger at 11:40 AM on July 16, 2012


Darn.

Darn.
posted by MartinWisse at 11:41 AM on July 16, 2012


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posted by The Michael The at 11:44 AM on July 16, 2012


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posted by luckynerd at 11:46 AM on July 16, 2012


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Like many others out there, Smoke on the Water was the first song I learned on Guitar. R.I.P.
posted by cell divide at 11:48 AM on July 16, 2012


I don't even play guitar, but I can pick one up and do the 035, 0365, 035, 30 thing with the bottom string.

But, I do have Made in Japan and will be listening on 11 tonight.

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posted by JohnnyGunn at 11:57 AM on July 16, 2012


Blazecock: James McMurtry's excellent song 'Levelland' features the verse

Here comes the marching band
Doing the best they can
To play Smoke on the Water
And Joy to the World...
posted by jonmc at 12:01 PM on July 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


I spend hours as a young teenager listening to Made in Japan with gigantic over-the-ear headphones, over and over. Child in Time was amazing, and the 20 minute version of Space Truckin' was mind- blowing. That recording truly transported me. (And without any herbal or similar assistance; never touched the stuff. The music was enough.)
posted by The Deej at 12:02 PM on July 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


Oh man I have listened to some Deep Purple.

I remember Perfect Strangers coming out during my formative years and I was thrilled that a band I loved so much was actually making some music that I got to be in on discovering, as opposed to all the hard rock I was listening to that was a decade+ old.
posted by Nabubrush at 12:05 PM on July 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


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Deep Purple featured prominently in the soundtrack for my wasted youth.
Nobody gonna take my car
I'm gonna race it to the ground
Nobody gonna beat my car
It's gonna break the speed of sound
Oooh it's a killing machine
It's got everything
Like a driving power big
Fat tyres and everything
-- from Highway Star
Dopey lyrics for sure, but it sure sounded right back in the day.
Hush and Highway Star still get played a lot on road trips with the kids.
posted by dougzilla at 12:07 PM on July 16, 2012


Like many others out there, Smoke on the Water was the first song I learned on Guitar. R.I.P.

By fourth set, seems they'd yell for SOTW at edge of stage EVERY NIGHT. Our guitar player would affect his quizzical look, scratch his chin and say "no, I don't believe I've ever heard of that song." The more persistent ones he'd have air-guitaring the chords and he'd pretend to be learning from their instruction but always screwing up. Good times.

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posted by hal9k at 12:09 PM on July 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


When I was a stupid kid, perhaps only 12, I listened to a lot of the pre-hair band heavy metal of the day. One year for my birthday, an older kid who I looked up to in the neighborhood gave me a worn out Deep Purple album. My response was a little incredulous, "what the hell is this?" He just smiled though his wise fourteen year old catfish moustache and said, "you'll thank me one day."

Tommy, thanks.
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 12:13 PM on July 16, 2012 [2 favorites]


I'm sure Mr. Bolin says "you're welcome"
posted by hal9k at 12:17 PM on July 16, 2012 [2 favorites]


My 3.5 year old LOVES Highway Star.

And the music plays on.
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posted by stormpooper at 12:25 PM on July 16, 2012


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sweet child in time
posted by philip-random at 12:26 PM on July 16, 2012


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posted by mosk at 12:28 PM on July 16, 2012


RIP Organ Lord.
posted by Liquidwolf at 12:36 PM on July 16, 2012


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posted by incandissonance at 12:38 PM on July 16, 2012


I may be over-mythologizing this at this point, but I saw the reunited Deep Purple play in the early 80's (maybe '84 or '86? I think Girlschool opened for them) and I found Ritchie Blackmore technically excellent, but a little distant. John Lord, on the other hand, played so hard that I was sure his organ was going to fall over on almost every song. He was the musical and performance highlight of the show. I don't know if this was typical for the band, but my friends and I left the concert kind of stunned that we were spending more time talking organ than guitar.

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posted by Joey Michaels at 12:46 PM on July 16, 2012


There's this spot on Space Truckin' from Made in Japan where Lord gets a little eager and comes in early for one note, cuts it off, and then continues on cue. I always listen for that.

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posted by wrapper at 12:51 PM on July 16, 2012


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posted by Splunge at 1:22 PM on July 16, 2012


Jon Lord taught me more about playing guitar than Blackmore did, and Blackmore taught me a lot.
posted by Ardiril at 1:25 PM on July 16, 2012


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I'm going to CRANK "Child in Time" when I get home.
posted by Renoroc at 1:26 PM on July 16, 2012


I will always remember that trademark Hammond tone. We're left with such incredible music to remember him by and the signature sound which can't be imitated. A true one of a kind. Rest in peace
posted by fatbaq at 1:28 PM on July 16, 2012



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Damn straight. First song I learned how to play on the guitar.

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posted by gwint at 1:36 PM on July 16, 2012


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posted by tykky at 1:50 PM on July 16, 2012


It was a great experience to see the Concerto a few years ago. When he was touring it he would involve the local student orchestras and rock players, giving them a leg up. What an awesome guy.
posted by yoHighness at 1:56 PM on July 16, 2012


A truly great banger of the B3, this man knew how to fucking ROCK on the keys, they really don't make 'em like Lord anymore. Deep Purple was part of the soundtrack of my youth, those Live in Europe and Japan albums were benchmarks of recorded live rock and roll for my generation of rockers. Fucking cancer can kiss my fat ass.

His tone and technique were thick as Hell, so nothing less than this will do:


posted by dbiedny at 2:17 PM on July 16, 2012


"Hush," with bonus Hugh Hefner and Bunnies. You're welcome. *Sniff*

*goes off to cry on jonmc's shoulder*
posted by Lynsey at 2:48 PM on July 16, 2012 [1 favorite]




Ah shit.

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posted by rahnefan at 4:57 PM on July 16, 2012


I will always remember that trademark Hammond tone. We're left with such incredible music to remember him by and the signature sound which can't be imitated.

sure, it can - you put your hammond organ through a marshall amp - that's the secret

as far as i know, he was the one who first thought of that

of course, a great deal of attitude and technique went in, too
posted by pyramid termite at 5:01 PM on July 16, 2012


Ah, when the old gods walked the earth. The late 70's punk rockers called the original Heavy Metal rockers "Dinosaurs" because they were going extinct (like we all are)... but this also implied that they were HEAVY and that THE EARTH SHOOK WHERE THEY WALKED.

My favourite Jon Lord Hammond Organ solo is the intro to 'Lazy'; but here's a swell harpsichord workout that a Baroque session dude could be down with: Blind, from the album 'Deep Purple', solo on the coda.
posted by ovvl at 5:22 PM on July 16, 2012


R.I.P. you mighty bastard. Such a monster of the keys, such a wall of punishing yet soulful sound. They broke the mold when they made you sir.
posted by Ber at 6:20 PM on July 16, 2012


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posted by SenorJaime at 10:25 PM on July 16, 2012


When I heard outside of a concert hall that he was being replaced by Don Airey, I knew I was lucky to have seen him play. They were so influential everyone considers them a given nowadays.

Also, "Knocking at your Back Door" from Purple's mid 80's reunion album Perfect Strangers is a neglected gem as well.

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posted by ersatz at 3:45 AM on July 17, 2012


Deep Purple. I loved them so much. RIP Jon Lord.
posted by h00py at 4:42 AM on July 17, 2012


"Hush," yt with bonus Hugh Hefner and Bunnies. You're welcome.

That clip's sort of hidden in the original post as well. Isn't that video completely ridiculous? Check out the equally ridiculous other clip from that show! Rod Evans dances like a tool. I like his stuff with Captain Beyond, but the fake Deep Purple episode was sad. Also, despite bassist Nick Simper's silly hair in that clip, he also went on to make some good records.

A truly great banger of the B3

you put your hammond organ through a marshall amp - that's the secret

The uniqueness of his particular instrument should be noted. Technically, he played the C3, which is basically the same as the B-3 aside from the trim, and he wired it together with his RMI electric piano/harpsichord before running it through Leslies and THEN the Marshall.

“I’ve got Crown amps running them,” he told Doerschuk, “but the Leslies are completely gutted, with 15" Gauss speakers and heavy-duty JBL horns. Each cabinet can take about 300 watts before they start to blow up, and I’ve got four of them. It’s a huge amount of power, but I’ve still got that lovely Leslie effect.”

The sound is so integral to the Deep Purple sound that Jon bequeathed the instrument to his replacement, Don Airey, who added it to his own arsenal of customized keyboards.
posted by snottydick at 8:19 AM on July 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


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