The only known video recording of "Smoke on the Water", performed by the original Mark II lineup. Filmed during a US concert in New York City at Hofstra University in Hempstead, Long Island, in colour.

Recorded in December 1971, Deep Purple's Smoke On The Water is one of the worlds greatest rock songs. Incredibly the song only became in a hit on the billboard charts when the live version from 'Made In Japan' rocketed into the charts. For a significant period, both the studio and live versions were in the US Top 10. This version is from the #1 Global Album 'Machine Head'

Deep Purple featuring Ian Gillan, Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord, Roger Glover & Ian Paice. The classic Mark 2 line up!


We all came out to Montreux On the Lake Geneva shoreline To make records with a mobile We didn't have much time Frank Zappa and the Mothers Were at the best place around But some stupid with a flare gun Burned the place to the ground

Smoke on the water, fire in the sky Smoke on the water

They burned down the gambling house It died with an awful sound Funky Claude was running in and out Pulling kids out the ground When it all was over We had to find another place But Swiss time was running out It seemed that we would lose the race

Smoke on the water, fire in the sky Smoke on the water

We ended up at the Grand hotel It was empty cold and bare But with the Rolling truck Stones thing just outside Making our music there With a few red lights and a few old beds We make a place to sweat No matter what we get out of this I know we'll never forget

Smoke on the water, fire in the sky Smoke on the water

Songwriters: Ritchie Blackmore / Ian Gillan / Roger D Glover / Jon Lord / Ian Paice Smoke On The Water lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC