29/04/2021: “Highway Star” by Deep Purple

This speedy song is about driving a car, speedily.

The band wrote the song to replace ‘Speed King’ as their concert opener, as they’d got a bit bored of that.

The guitar solos are phenomenal, and are actually inspired by the one J.S. Bach! They transfix me, to be honest. That run from 3:46 to 5:04 is just blistering…

I was also very impressed by the organ solo. It’s unrepentantly baroque.

The song was released on Machine Head, in 1972.

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