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Bass bonanza

In the spirit of celebrating the 40th anniversary of machine Head, we present you with this gem: Highway Star and Smoke on the Water performed by an octet of double basses aptly named Octobass.

Thanks to almiramarante for the video and to Andrey Gusenkov for bringing it to your attention.

17 Comments to “Bass bonanza”:

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    Martin says:

    I always receive with pleasure any quality performance of this memorable piece (in particular that from a chinese or so traditional band posted here few time ago), also never thought that this piece woold make famous so many people just for playing it to a crowd,


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    Bob says:

    Now I’m in the mood to hear Apocalyptica cover some Deep Purple.

  3. 3
    MacGregor says:

    Excellent renditions indeed, sheesh I hope they don’t turn into a tribute band! Seriously though, a wonderful performance, nice to see & hear!

  4. 4
    Barfy Gypsy says:

    Isent it amazing that a good song fits in all venues and genres like this or transform it in to bluegrass or whatever, a god song goes in all styles

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    Juraj says:

    Great stuff!Thank you.

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    Jose Luis says:

    Great performance, great music, Deep Purple music sounds awesome any way it is played, real classics, thank you.

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    Pedro J. Nunes says:


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    stoffer says:

    Thanks for the clips but I’ll take the Leningrad Cowboys version LOL

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    Scoot says:


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    Another Martin says:

    Musically, these two renditions of the great DP tracks are the worse sounds to have hit my ears in ages, but also the funniest! Thanks to Andrey and Octobass, I will be passing this on.

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    Margaret & Peter says:

    Great!! Toungue in cheek. Although well done indeed. Different. My grandson calls it the cock-a-doodle-doo song. (Highway Star)

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    Peter says:

    I enjoyed it very much way be the could try some other classic tracks

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    Ljubisa says:

    I felt high energy spirith while listening, and I cried.
    Tnx for Great and passionate PERFORMANCE!

    Purple songs shine no matter how you wrap them 😉
    BTW, I can hear those two renditions over and over and never get enough!

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    Craig N says:

    WTF? Hilarious and awesome at the same time!

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    purplepriest1965 says:

    Found this one :

    Mister Big exchanging instruments doing Smoke On The Water…..


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    Tracy Heyder (Zero the Hero) says:

    ‘Bass Bonanza’…..

    Funny, I thought due to the title it was a fishing subject…..oh well.


  17. 17
    David Wells says:

    It’s that Phrygian mode (I’m told) that excites them: the change from C to Aflat in the chorus.

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