If you've known me for a while you probably know that I'm a big Deep Purple fan.
I especially enjoy the classic Mark II lineup of guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, bassist Roger Glover, vocalist Ian Gilliam, keyboardist Jon Lord and drummer Ian Paice circa 1969-1973. In their peak years these guys played Rock 'n Roll just as hard as their British counterparts Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath.
As a Friday treat, I present as evidence below, a blistering live version of "Space Truckin'" from Hofstra University in New York during a date in May 1973 recorded at the band's absolute pinnacle. I caught this on television last night and just had to share.
The song originally recorded for their stone cold classic slab of vinyl, Machine Head (Warner Bros., 1972), next to more perfect Classic Rock -- "Highway Star" and "Smoke On The Water."
The stacks of Marshall amps, the Lord freak out on the organ, Blackmore throwing his Stratocaster in the air, the billowing smoke, long hair, sideburns... the girl on the guy's shoulders wearing no bra. What's not to like? The only thing missing in the vocal reprise after the solos to send the song into orbit and give it the proper ending, but that's just being nitpicky.
If you love this as much as I do then go buy this video now!