Atomic Rooster – Death Walks Behind You

Posted on November 30, 2011

This one will test you memory banks. Yes all the way back to the 70’s for this Atomic Rooster classic Death Walks Behind You from the album of the same name.

One of the best albums I ever owned, so good in fact that when I lent it to a mate, I never got it back, despite numerous requests!! I suppose it was a bit warped, but still, when you lend out your prized albums, you don’t expect so called friends to say ‘not me mate, must have been someone else’. I don’t think so somehow.

Back on topic though, I did consider featuring ‘Devil’s Answer’ which does actually show the band playing and is a fabulous track. Oh what the hell (excuse the pun), lets have both. I was just going to go with Death Walks Behind You because I like the Pink Floydish intro that you get. But I think its OK to stick in a little version of Devil’s Answer as I really can’t decide which I like the best.

This version comes from Top of the Pops2 and the Dj introducing the band wasn’t too impressed with the mental awareness of some of the group members. Probably something to do with fumes from Hades Pit I expect. Or then again perhaps not, perhaps he was saying they were drugged up to the eyeballs, what a cheek. Good job it’s not a recent slur on their character because with all these new litigation cases hitting the fan, he would probably be facing a slander case at the local crown court.

Death Walks Behind You

1. Death Walks Behind You
2. Vug
3. Tomorrow Night
4. Seven Lonely Streets
5. Sleeping for Years
6. I Can’t Take No More
7. Nobody Else
8. Gershatzer
9. Play the Game
10. The Devil’s Answer [Demo Version]
11. Tomorrow Night [BBC Radio Session]
12. Shabooloo [BBC Radio Session]
13. Death Walks Behind You [BBC Radio Session]
14. The Devil’s Answer [Alternate Version]

Smoke on the Water – Deep Purple

Posted on July 23, 2011

Driving around in my teens Smoke on the Water used to come on when I was playing my Deep Purple cassette tape, yes they used to have those in cars way back then, and what happened. I suddenly started to drive a bit faster, inexplicably my right foot would get heavier. Try it yourself if you don’t believe me, play this in the car when you are driving along and the car will start to accelerate and you will not be able to lift your foot off the pedal.

I can’t explain the phenomenon it just happened and it only seemed to be when ‘Smoke on the Water’ was playing for some reason. None of the other tracks had the same affect.

The song itself references the Montreux Casino in Switzerland after it caught fire and burned down. Deep Purple witnessed the event from their hotel the other side of Lake Geneva and watched as the fire worsened and the smoke spread across the water. Many of the lyrics in the song refer to the events that took place to start the fire and during the fire. The song was released as a single in 1973 and more recently (2004) has been voted as one of the top 500 greatest songs of all time by the Rolling Stones Magazine. All I know is that it was a cracking tune for a heavy metal band, and one of my favourites, hence the video below.

I can’t actually remember the album this was on that I listened to, but there is a good chance it was Machine Head. Although I have found it on The Very Best Of Deep Purple, which is probably a more fitting option given they were belting out their best stuff back in the 70’s and a lot of water has passed under the smoke since then. Sorry about that, I couldn’t resist. Anyway, the ‘Very Best of Deep Purple’ is exactly that, all their best stuff since the 70’s and a lot more tunes for the money. Hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane and if you want more of the Top Albums by Deep Purple you can get them here.

Very Best of Deep Purple

1. Hush
2. Kentucky Woman [Single Version]
3. Black Night
4. Speed King [US Album Version]
5. Child in Time
6. Strange Kind of Woman
7. Fireball
8. Demon’s Eye
9. Highway Star
10. Smoke on the Water
11. Space Truckin’
12. Woman from Tokyo
13. Burn
14. Stormbringer
15. Knocking at Your Back Door