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Powered by 40 fingers

Here’s a rendition of Highway Star like you’ve probably never heard before. Arranged for 4 acoustic guitars and played by the outfit known as 40 Fingers.

Arrangement: Andrea Vittori
The 40 Fingers are: Matteo Brenci – Emanuele Grafitti – Enrico Maria Milanesi – Andrea Vittori

Thanks to Laughing Squid for the heads-up.

24 Comments to “Powered by 40 fingers”:

  1. 1
    Friedhelm says:

    Perhaps I realized for the first time, how great this song really is. I would have loved it at once, even if I didn’t know the original version. What a wonderful piece of music. And not to forget: Great musicians these 40 Fingers.

  2. 2
    mike whiteley says:

    It’s always fun to see Purple songs performed in unexpected ,interesting ways.
    This take on HS is really good !

  3. 3
    Andrew M says:

    This is really well done. I love that they include the organ solo, and slow down the guitar solo (at first) to bring out the harmony.

  4. 4
    Coverdian says:

    Absolutelly stunning!

  5. 5
    Adel Faragalla says:

    Great well done guys, on the other hand try Smoke on the water
    Peace ✌️

  6. 6
    stoffer says:

    That is so cool!! I really enjoyed that 🙂

  7. 7
    AndreaA says:

    I don’t like it..

  8. 8
    Coverdian says:

    Superb, but there was hard work to transpond THE MUSIC, which was originally performed only by 20 fingers an one throat. It needed double amount of fingers! 🙂

  9. 9
    Coverdian says:

    … an´more PURPLE, forties, more PURPLE, please!!!

  10. 10
    Hiza says:

    Fantastic !

    All the Blues of my Sunday evening was blowed straight away ! Gone !

    …not to mention the brilliant beginning of the video.

    The VW Kleinbus and all : )

    Awesome band.

    Be Well and safe everyone !

    Kippis from Finland !

  11. 11
    Jet Auto Jerry says:

    That’s great. I need to make myself a Collection of versions like this for a change of pace. And without any research I wonder if he always wears the headpiece or if it was a nod to Roger since he is on the left…..

  12. 12
    Uwe Hornung says:

    There is nothing like Italian folk music. Bellisima!

    Love the way they slow down in the middle and then pick up speed again.

  13. 13
    Gregster says:

    Great stuff !

    Easy to see how the music of DP will live on for a long, long time !

    Peace !

  14. 14
    Jet Auto Jerry says:

    Nope, he wears it often.

  15. 15
    Kris says:

    Absolutely Perfect… Respect!!!

  16. 16
    Doug says:

    Brilliant! Loved it.

  17. 17
    max says:

    I was so impressed I had to forward it to the minstrel’s castle. They said it has been watched and approved.

  18. 18
    George in Ohio says:

    Superb! Jon and Ritchie would certainly approve of how their solos were transcribed into a different arrangement, but in a way that still honors the original. And if there was any doubt which is better musically, Smoke on the Water or Highway Star, this absolutely clinches it for me. Give me Highway Star every day and twice on Sundays. Would love to hear more DP from these guys.

  19. 19
    Ivica says:

    The Italian guitar quartet is a frequent guest in Croatia (we are neighbors 🙂 ) this year
    they performed in June, also on November 7, they perform in Zagreb, also Belgrade – Serbia day after
    I know about their crossovers, I didn’t witness their concerts … but this touch of DP makes me want to go on a long journey.
    40 Fingers with his HS, a hit in the heart of DP, Lord’s – Ritchie’s solo, interesting Ritchie’s part (he again !!) initial slow blues to temperamental flamenco. Really exciting! I also like their version of ABBA “Mamma Mia”

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    MacGregor says:

    It is good to hear an acoustic interpretation of a classic ‘modern’ piece. Well done chaps. Cheers.

  21. 21
    eatablepanties says:

    Brutal………thats terrible!

  22. 22
    Dr. Bob says:

    I’ve wanted to hear Rodrigo y Gabriela or Apocolyptica do a Deep Purple song for quite some time. I guess this comes close enough.

  23. 23
    Leon says:

    Fun, but not a patch on Saffire’s 4 classical guitar version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koZBIdlKoRQ

  24. 24
    Uwe Hornung says:

    I’d say both adaptions have their merits, Leon, thanks for posting!

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