Machine Head [Special Edition]

Machine Head [Special Edition]

by Deep PurpleDeep Purple


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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. [A 2016 Special Edition added a second disc with remastered versions of each of the tracks from the original album.]

Product Details

Release Date: 05/20/2016
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227945299
catalogNumber: 555153
Rank: 155496

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Deep Purple   Primary Artist
Ian Gillan   Harmonica,Vocals,Group Member
Ritchie Blackmore   Guitar,Group Member
Roger Glover   Bass Guitar,Group Member
Jon Lord   Organ,Piano,Group Member
Ian Paice   Drums,Group Member

Technical Credits

Deep Purple   Producer
Ian Gillan   Composer
Ritchie Blackmore   Composer
Roger Glover   Composer,Liner Notes,Cover Design
Jon Lord   Composer
Martin Birch   Engineer
Ian Paice   Composer
Hugh Gilmour   Producer
Nigel Reeve   Producer
John Coletta   Cover Design
Helen Owens   Producer

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