Ritchie Blackmore released a new Blackmore's Night album last week, Dancer and the Moon, and it includes a tribute to his old Deep Purple bandmate Jon Lord—who passed away last year—called "Carry On... Jon".
It's a beautiful, heartfelt instrumental, but man, does it sure sound a lot like "The Loner", a tune written by jazz-rock keyboardist Max Middleton, and first recorded as a dedication to Jeff Beck on Cozy Powell's 1979 album, Over the Top.
I first heard "The Loner" when Gary Moore recorded it on his 1987 album, Wild Frontier, which was dedicated to Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott. It's probably one of my fave guitar instrumentals of all time.
Without getting too technical, it sounds to me like Blackmore just replaced the last note of the "The Loner"'s main seven-note lick to come up with the underlying idea and feel for "Carry On... Jon".
But hey—I'm gonna let that one slide. As soon as Blackmore recorded the guitar parts for "Highway Star", he was forever immune from negative comments in my books.