Machine Headby Deep Purple
Led Zeppelin's fourth album, Black Sabbath's Paranoid, and Deep Purple's Machine Head have stood the test of time as the Holy Trinity of English hard rock and heavy metal, serving as the fundamental blueprints followed by virtually every heavy rock & roll band since the early '70s. And, though it is probably the least celebrated of the three, Machine Head contains the "mother of all guitar riffs" -- and one of the first learned by every beginning guitarist -- in "Smoke on the Water." Inspired by real-life events in Montreux, Switzerland, where Deep Purple were recording the album when the Montreux Casino was burned to the ground during a Frank Zappa concert, neither the song, nor its timeless riff, should need any further description. However, Machine Head was anything but a one-trick pony, introducing the bona fide classic opener "Highway Star," which epitomized all of Deep Purple's intensity and versatility while featuring perhaps the greatest soloing duel ever between guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and organist Jon Lord. Also in top form was singer Ian Gillan, who crooned and exploded with amazing power and range throughout to establish himself once and for all as one of the finest voices of his generation, bar none. Yes, the plodding shuffle of "Maybe I'm a Leo" shows some signs of age, but punchy singles "Pictures of Home" and "Never Before" remain as vital as ever, displaying Purple at their melodic best. And finally, the spectacular "Space Truckin'" drove Machine Head home with yet another tremendous Blackmore riff, providing a fitting conclusion to one of the essential hard rock albums of all time.
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- Warner Bros / Wea
Performance CreditsDeep Purple Primary Artist
Ritchie Blackmore Guitar
Roger Glover Synthesizer,Bass
Jon Lord Keyboards
Ian Paice Drums
Technical CreditsDeep Purple Producer
Ian Gillan Contributor
Roger Glover Liner Notes,Remixing,Cover Design
Martin Birch Engineer
Peter Denenberg Remixing
Peter Mew Remixing
Simon Robinson Producer,Liner Notes,Artwork
John Coletta Cover Design
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While "Smoke on the Water" is the timeless classic anthem on this album, it's Ritchie Blackmores guitar work on "Highway Star" that was simply amazing! No one in 1972 was playing quite the way Blackmore was. Listen to the dueling lead with keyboardist Jon Lord, it's effect can be felt throughout the history of modern Hard Rock and Metal. Many metal guitarists have been since been influenced by Blackmore. Listen to Van Halen, Rhodes, Malmsteen or Vai they are all students of Blackmores early hammer-on techniques. Yes there are guitarists that have come along since then and mastered his techniques, but it was Blackmore that wrote the book. Ian Gillan vocals are more than adequate for this legendary album and have stood the test of time on classics such as "Space Truckin", "Smoke on the Water" and Highway Star". Over all "Machine Head" rightfully deserves its place in the Holy Trinity of early metal albums and has endured through over 35 years. It is still relevant and essential for any serious Metal afficianado's collection.
Okay, I don't care who you are, or how you feel about rock, but if you are even a casual rock fan, YOU NEED THIS ALBUM!!!!!!!
No weak links! "Highway Star", "Smoke on the Water", "Space Truckin'" and "Never Before" are tracks that everyone know. This is hard rock at it's best!
This album is just ok, good guitar, decent vocals, but if it wasnt for smoke on the water I would be forced to give it 2 Stars. This band in my opinion is very over rated, Bands like Zeppelin and Pink Floyd blow this band right out of the water, but this album is Deep Purples finest work featuring there masterpiece smoke on the water so I thought I would give it at least 3 stars.