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Deep Purple - Machine Head (1972)

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  1. Vintage

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    Deep Purple's Machine Head wasn't exactly made under favorable circumstances. The band was originally scheduled to record the album at The Casino in Montreux, Switzerland, but, in their own words, "some stupid with a flare gun burned the place to the ground." So they went out andf rented a concert hall to properly capture their 'live' sound. Unfortunately, the locals didn't too kindly to volume level, and Purple were evicted by the police. With the Rolling Stones' 16-track mobile studio in tow, the band members and their entourage finally settled in on the ground floor of the Grand Hotel in Montreux for three weeks of intense tracking. Having refined their sound with In Rock and Fireball, Deep Purple Mark II would soon join the ranks of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath as the frontrunners of the early 70s hard rock sweepstakes. Released in April 1972, Machine Head would become a definitive hard rock record of the era.

    Hitting Number One in the UK, Machine Head eventually stormed the charts in the States as well. This was due, in part, to the release of Made In Japan, a double LP live album released a mere eight months later. More than anything, it was the "Smoke On The Water" single, with an edited "studio" version from Machine Head on Side A and the "live" version from Made In Japan on Side B, which ultimately placed the band into the upper echelon of America's favorite bands. Ritchie Blackmore's inimitable riff would soon find its way to the fingers of any would-be guitarist, but it wasn't the album's only strong point. "Highway Star," a second single, was just as important in establishing Purple's identity. It is a mainstay of the band's live performances to this day, and was, for several years, the opening number of their concerts. Moreover, "Highway Star" features intertwining guitar and organ exchanges between Blackmore and Jon Lord — something that would eventually evolve into a Deep Purple trademark.

    "Lazy" and "Space Truckin'" would also become staples of Purple's shows — the former a bluesy toss-off that showcases Ian Gillan's ear-shattering vocal calisthenics and Ian Paice's resplendent drumming; the latter a stratospheric joy ride that became the launching pad for exploratory 30-minute jams. The inconspicuous chemistry of "Maybe I'm A Leo," "Picture Of Home" and "Never Before" beautifully underscores Purple's credibility as a world-class rock and roll outfit. In 1997, Purple bassist Roger Glover remixed the entire album, added "When A Blind Man Cries," the lone B-side, and bundled it with the original mix for a two-CD 25th Anniversary extravaganza. In the liner notes, Glover more or less says the circumstances surrounding the band at the time and their accumulated abilities as musicians are what give Machine Head its fresh, uncluttered and honest sound. After repeated listenings, it is an assessment few can argue with.
     
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    Re: Deep Purple ~ Machine Head

    One of the greatest rock albums ever recorded. A masterpiece from start to finish.
     
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    Re: Deep Purple ~ Machine Head

    It was a rather misunderstood album by the 'traditional' DP fans at the time :)
     
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    Re: Deep Purple ~ Machine Head

    Vintage:

    Great review!

    "Machine Head" is an absolutely splendid album. I agree with your assessment that It and "Made in Japan" were the records that vaulted Deep Purple into superstardom.

    Deep Purple opened their set with "Highway Star" when I saw them in concert at the Molson Amphitheatre by the lake here in Toronto early in this millennium.
     

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    Re: Deep Purple ~ Machine Head

    Top notch review, Vintage!

    Machine Head is Deep Purple's masterpiece, IMO. Not that other albums by DP are bad, quite the contrary, but this album is their best :)
     
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    Re: Deep Purple ~ Machine Head

    Cant not post in this thread, this album is one of those records that shapes the music industry forever.
    Highway Star, Space Truckin such epic tunes to rock out in your car to.
    Smoke on the Water speaks for itself.
     
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    Re: Deep Purple ~ Machine Head

    Agree with all the comments made.

    Machine Head is a milestone in the history of rock music.

    The music is still as alive as ever.

    It is truly timeless music.
     
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    Re: Deep Purple ~ Machine Head

    Classic Deep Purple album. When i first bought it on vinyl when it first came out i was blown away by it. A studio album that will go down in the annuls of music history !
     
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    I don't believe this to be true! I was a fan & a teenager when this was released & I was not misunderstood!!
     
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    Re: Deep Purple ~ Machine Head

    Ditto to what the others have been saying, classic album, true milestone in rock.
     

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