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How they made the place to sweat

Produce Like A Pro youtube channel has posted their technical analysis of Smoke on the Water, including demonstration of different ways to play the riff. The video digs pretty deep into pre-history of the song, starting all the way back from 1967 Chris Curtis’ Roundabout concept, so the more enlightened and less patient of us might want to skip the first 10 minutes or so.

10 Comments to “How they made the place to sweat”:

  1. 1
    Tony Cools says:

    pffff I don’t understand a word of it !

    I just know that on “made in Japan” there’s one of the best versions on it.

    And ” made in Japan ” it’s the album that made me a fan !

    And all the rest is bla bla bla

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    AnthonyC says:

    This is great! I really enjoyed it, especially the additional historical context and technical details of the song itself. I’ve been listening and following Deep Purple for well over 40 years and I learned some things I didn’t know from this. Well done! Thank you

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    Uwe Hornung says:

    We’ve all heard it to death of course, but it’s actually a cleverly written and played song that eschews a lot of hard rock clichés, yet still sounds both heavy AND nimble. And that chorus in C and Ab is actually an elegant key change before they revert to G minor. When I first heard it on a juke box in 1973/74, I was mesmerized by the monolithic guitar/organ sound, the elegant hihat work and it’s immediate catchiness.

    Imagine what AC/DC would have done to it!

  4. 4
    MacGregor says:

    Uwe not AC/DC, no please no! This early in the new year, that thought, how will I get over it?
    Maybe that is why DP ‘allegedly’ pulled the plug on them at Sunbury in Australia back in 1975.
    Also the scuffle that ensured as a result of certain shenanigans that were going on back stage. Cheers.

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    Henrik says:

    Didn’t Blackers use a Vox amp and not a Marshall as stated in the video?!

  6. 6
    Dr. Bob says:

    Ritchie used Marshall amps in the 70s & 80s that were modified to sound like a Vox amp.

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    James Steven Gemmell says:

    Blackmore has always said the tune is properly plucked, not strummed.

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    Andrew M says:

    The guy in the video gives a good analysis, but he overlooks Jon’s brilliant “rhythm organ” playing and licks during the verses, which help keep the song’s momentum going.

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    Sidney R Fried says:

    He also used Picato strings not the ones stated in the video, although it is true that Clapton turned him on to Picato strings, but he also stated at the time that Clapton went back to using Fender strings but he didn’t know why.

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    Uwe Hornung says:

    Very lucid observation, Andrew, it’s indeed Jon’s rhythm organ that keeps the verses from sounding stiff, as both Blackmore und Glover play very accent-heavy on it. It’s one of those songs where Jon really proved that he was the Keith Richards of Hammond playing.

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