There is no shadow of a doubt that Deep Purple personifies progressive metal. You can feel the steel crunch in the three powerful tracks on Deep Purple’s Machine Head, “Smoke on the Water” , “Space Truckin‘”, and “Highway Star“.
Machine Head is often cited as influential in the development of the heavy metal music genre. It is Deep Purple’s most successful recording, topping the charts in several countries following its release. The album reached #1 in the UK, where it stayed for 20 weeks in the top-40. It also reached #7 in the US, remaining on the Billboard 200 for 118 weeks. (Source: wikipedia)
My best personal memory of Deep Purple was their appearance at California Jam. This outdoor live event was covered by ABC-TV and 250,000 paid fans attended.
- DEEP PURPLE – The California Jam Book Due Soon (bravewords.com)
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