Machine Head [25th Anniversary Edition]

Machine Head [25th Anniversary Edition]

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by Deep Purple
     
 

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Is there anybody out there who doesn't know "Smoke on the Water"? The song's universal appeal is indicative of the importance of this 1972 hard rock masterpiece. Often cited as the album that gave birth to heavy metal, it also manages to transcend that distinction with unique musical invention. The first track, "Highway Star" encompasses many of the band's defining

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Is there anybody out there who doesn't know "Smoke on the Water"? The song's universal appeal is indicative of the importance of this 1972 hard rock masterpiece. Often cited as the album that gave birth to heavy metal, it also manages to transcend that distinction with unique musical invention. The first track, "Highway Star" encompasses many of the band's defining features -- Ian Paice's propulsive drumming, the rock-solid bass playing of Roger Glover, keyboardist Jon Lord's innovative use of organ in a hard rock context, Ritchie Blackmore's fiery guitar solos, and the soaring melodies of vocalist Ian Gillian, fresh off his stint as the voice of Jesus on the original soundtrack recording of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. Other high points include the symphonic interlude of "Pictures of Home", the extended blues of the album's magnum opus "Lazy", and the classic rock staple "Space Truckin', " a funky homage to the joys of space travel complete with a groovy drum solo. Deep Purple and its members went on to form notable bands like Rainbow and Whitesnake, but nothing ever compared to this, their eighth release and, possibly, finest hour.

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All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
Although purists might argue otherwise, Machine Head remains the "ultimate" Deep Purple album, the one LP that everybody knows and loves and the home, of course, to one of the greatest riffs in rock history, the majestic "Smoke on the Water." Celebrating the 25th anniversary of this leviathan's original release, bassist Roger Glover completely remastered the original tapes, turning in a stunning reappraisal of an album that past CD reissues had rendered little more than a muddy puddle. The dynamic that characterized this particular lineup of the band was, after all, built so much on light and shade, that to lose that was to lose most of the album's power. Glover did not simply restore the music's inherent contrasts, he elaborated on them to create one of the best-sounding CDs of the entire digital age. In keeping with Machine Head's glorious reputation, this edition was expanded across two discs. While one features the original album plus three bonus cuts -- the period B-side "When a Blind Man Cries," and quadraphonic remixes of "Maybe I'm a Leo" and "Lazy" (both of which are more or less dispensable) -- the second rounds up an album's worth of remixes that Glover undertook during the remastering stage. It's little more than a bonus for true aficionados, but it is intriguing to hear how the album might have sounded, had Glover himself been in charge of production at the time. Fascinating, too, are the alternate guitar solos that he drops into "Maybe I'm a Leo" and "Smoke on the Water," both of which re-stage all-too-familiar numbers in a different light. As with all the anniversary remasters, Machine Head cannot be praised too highly. Unless, of course, you believe it already has been.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/18/2003
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227562212
catalogNumber:
75622
Rank:
10793

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Machine Head 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.