Actually Machine Head followed closely by Made in Japan was my intro to Deep Purple and for what ever reason back then I did not dig back into their past. D&W was my intro to UH but I immeadiatly dug back, I have no reason for this, I loved Machinehead, but case you cant tell I was a hardcore Heepster and its still in me though I only listen now on occasion. I just happen to have some old DP tunes "lying around" now. Hush and Kentucky Woman got more airplay after the success of Smoke on the Water so they were like the only old DP tunes besides what MiJ had on it that I knew of at that time. About Rush - there was only one album before Fly by Night right ? The one with Working Man on it ? Which by the way I always felt sounded like a Black Sabbath riff, great song though. Im a big Caress of Steel freak, that album had a HUGE impact on me. Seems to my tired memory that the magazines I read started talking about Rush around the time of Fly by Night. ELP - I dont think Works is too bad ? Not as interesting, more refined or sterilized (depending on how you look at it), broke up and less daring but decent ? Black Moon has two songs I like alot. Farewell to Arms and Footprints in the Snow. I like footprints I guess because I always like Greg Lakes songs but it also has direct personal meaning, has even caused me to shed a tear or two..... dates back to when we were a young family and had footprints in the snow. The rest could have been better though, havent played that tape in a loooong time, I should dig it out.