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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  • mhb1323

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

    18 Apr 2:39pm Reply
  • DaiTheFlu_

    awesome song ! perfect drums

    3 Mar 10:45am Reply
  • Zzmilezz

    :)

    22 Feb 10:38am Reply
  • theytsejamer

    Paris 1975! Child in Time in the interlude.

    19 Jan 4:03pm 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 9:50am Reply
  • RAYMOND7654321

    On the album 'Made In Japan(Deluxe Edition)' all 19:54 minutes of it. A really good listen with the proper condiments.

    17 Jan 12:32am 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
  • rtcordo

    Any ideas why this 4:33 song plays forever (which is far out!)? Space Truckin' on Machine Head is 4:33 per iTunes. I WANT this version - which CD is it on? thx

    17 Jul 2013 Reply
  • alienXcrement

    he he

    30 May 2013 Reply
  • srdjstuka

    YEAH YEAH YEAH the freak said

    25 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Szopen715

    "The fireball that we rode was movin' But now we've got a new machine" What a great sense of humor, their Fireball album was really moving, but new Machine Head - that's their Magnus Opus!

    7 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Mauseprinzessin

    Yeah..... wild....

    3 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Demian1955

    :-)

    28 Jan 2013 Reply
  • WineOfSabbath

    SPACE TRUCKIN

    20 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Voltagx

    yeah great song

    6 Jan 2013 Reply
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