“This had a huge impact on me, and it was very instrumental in my wanting to pursue the guitar. Actually, it was the first proper solo I learned how to play.
“Listening to it now, the tone is a little too clean for my taste - I prefer a much dirtier sound - but I’m still very impressed by Ritchie Blackmore’s choice of notes. He doesn’t do anything obvious, nor does he play what a lot of guitarists did back then - all those Jimmy Page blues-rock patterns. Of course, I love Jimmy Page, so I’m not knocking him. I’m just saying that Blackmore took things ‘outside.‘ A very unconventional guitarist.
“Blackmore picks each note with total precision, but he plays with unbelievable fire. The man’s rippin’! Even on some of the stuff that’s sort of classical, he’s going for it.”
Listen: Deep Purple - Highway Star (live in Denmark 1972, solo by Ritchie Blackmore)