Space Truckin' (4:33)

Cover of Deepest Purple - The Very Best Of Deep Purple

From Deepest Purple - The Very Best Of Deep Purple and 38 other releases

Space Truckin’ is a song by British hard rock band Deep Purple. It is the seventh track on the Machine Head album. Its lyrics talk of space travel and it showcases the vocal abilities of singer Ian Gillan and powerful drumming of Ian Paice.

The song’s legendary chorus riff, although different, slightly resembles that of the song “Red the Sign Post”, released in 1968 by the band Fifty Foot Hose on their album Cauldron.

The intro was featured on the TV show WKRP in Cincinnati on the episode “The Airplane Show” (later issues of the episode replaced this track with generic music).

When it was first performed live, the band appended an instrumental that was originally part of the song “Mandrake Root” on their first album but gradually evolved into a showcase for Jon Lord’s Hammond organ and Ritchie Blackmore’s guitar solos. This usually took the length of the overall song to over twenty minutes, and was always performed as the last number of the main set. A good example of this arrangement can be found on the Made in Japan album, wherein Blackmore also quotes “Fools” of Fireball “cello” solo.

Jon Lord played his solo through a ring modulator or played some of it on an ARP synthesizer. Meanwhile, Ritchie Blackmore usually split the guitar solo into two halves, a quiet section with just drums, then a loud section with the full band. The second half was often when Ritchie would smash his guitar, play it with his feet or throw it into the air. One of the most infamous incidents where this happened was at the California Jam festival in 1974, where he dropped one guitar over the edge of the stage, smashed a second against a TV camera, then set his amplifier on fire which subsequently exploded.


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  • swamp031965

    COME ON.

    6 May 9:35am Reply
  • lastfmgs

    this hits so hard

    23 Feb 5:05am Reply
  • rockandrolljoe

    Man those cats can really swing

    11 Jan 2:52pm Reply
  • RAY7654321

    Perfection especially the drums.

    31 Oct 2014 Reply
  • TheGhostMutt

    Great song :)

    26 Oct 2014 Reply
  • mariolitoro

    space in my head

    28 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Nafister

    Great :)

    10 Jul 2014 Reply
  • SlamRod

    RIP!!! the LORD of KEYBOARDS!!

    29 Jun 2014 Reply
  • theironictea

    Aww yeah.

    30 May 2014 Reply
  • mhb1323

    @theoriginaljuan. Its called weed you dingus. You make it sound like you tried mustard for the first time.

    18 Apr 2014 Reply
  • DaiTheFlu_

    awesome song ! perfect drums

    3 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Zzmilezz


    22 Feb 2014 Reply
  • theytsejamer

    Paris 1975! Child in Time in the interlude.

    19 Jan 2014 Reply
  • theoriginaljuan

    On the album 'Made In Japan(Deluxe Edition)' all 19:54 minutes of it. A really good listen with the proper condiments. [2] (all my early listening experiences consisted of my nerdy mom's careful selection of classical music and 'clever' children's books on tape. at age 11 I got into my dad's old LP collection. the Made In Japan version, about 12 minutes long, was the first rock track I ever heard. it is responsible for me enjoying good rock without condiments for six years. again, at age 17, the 'machine head' version is playing while I try condiments for the first time. it is single-handedly responsible for my entire appreciation of the condiments, as well as rock. this is MY greatest song of all time.)

    19 Jan 2014 Reply
  • marjo47

    David Coverdale just fab. thats why I love Whitesnake to.

    19 Nov 2013 Reply
  • ChaCro1313

    This is NOT on "deepest purple"

    20 Oct 2013 Reply
  • vinman07

    come on! come on! come on! lets go space truckin!

    6 Sep 2013 Reply
  • mehradoo

    Sick solo

    27 Aug 2013 Reply
  • bytor54

    With all due reverence for one of the legendary bands of hard rock, the cover version on Tesla's Real To Reel CD is actually better than this live version! But great song either way.

    12 Aug 2013 Reply
  • stargazer916

    one of the best songs on the album

    20 Jul 2013 Reply
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