Music for Monday: Deep Purple, ‘Highway Star’

Time to break the speed of sound with Deep Purple and 'Highway Star,' 1972

Time to break the speed of sound with Deep Purple and ‘Highway Star,’ 1972



Deep Purple’s “Highway Star” is the lead-off track on the March, 1972 L.P., Machine Head.

Machine Head is Deep Purple’s most successful album and spent 118 weeks(!) on the US Billboard chart, reaching a high of #7. “Smoke on the Water” is the best-known track on the L.P. but if you prefer something more hard-driving you’ll want to spin “Highway Star.”

Here’s the band performing live on German TV’s Beat-Club in 1972. Watch for Ian Gillian’s improvised vocals and Ritchie Blackmore and Jon Lord’s awesome guitar and organ solo freak-outs. Drive on!

Deep Purple “Highway Star,” Live On ‘Beat-Club,’ German TV, 1972

Previously, on Music for Monday: The Kinks, ‘Father Christmas’

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