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Deep Purple - Machine Head



9 | 837 votes |
Release date: 1 March 1972
Style: Heavy metal, Hard rock

Owners:

1180 have it
104 want it


Disc I
01. Highway Star
02. Maybe I'm A Leo
03. Pictures Of Home
04. Never Before
05. Smoke On The Water
06. Lazy
07. Space Truckin'
08. When A Blind Man Cries [25th Anniversary Edition bonus]

Disc II [25th Anniversary Edition: The Remasters]
01. Highway Star
02. Maybe I'm A Leo
03. Pictures Of Home
04. Never Before
05. Smoke On The Water
06. Lazy
07. Space Truckin'
08. When A Blind Man Cries [b-side]
09. Maybe I'm A Leo [quadraphonic mix]
10. Lazy [quadraphonic mix]

Top 20 albums of 1972: 1
Top 200 albums of all time: 32

Staff review by
Dream Taster
Rating:
9.8
There was a time when bands like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest were yet to release their first studio albums, but other English bands were busy shaping the future of music. December 1971, more than 50 years ago, Deep Purple decided to record their new material abroad after a grueling UK and US tour schedule supporting their albums In Rock and Fireball. Montreux, Switzerland was already the place to be in Europe. So in an effort to expand their recording exposure while also dodging UK tax levies, Deep Purple booked the Montreux Casino for their recording sessions. It closed its regular gambling operations in winters to become a music venue. What happened next? If you know the lyrics to "Smoke On The Water", you already know the story.

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published 14.05.2022 | Comments (3)

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Comments: 25   [ 1 ignored ]   Visited by: 1383 users
07.09.2010 - 01:47
Rating: 9
munson

This album was certainly before my time as a music lover (about three decades, really) but it is one of the greatest albums I've ever heard.
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02.03.2012 - 18:30
Rating: 10
Pelagial

This album is the museum of riff and heavy. Who doesn't know Smoke On The Water ?
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16.03.2012 - 17:19
Cuca Beludo
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This is the album that anyone MUST listen.

Wait, who doesn't know this album?
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12.07.2012 - 13:44
musicalkaratekid

Classic album. The keyboard interlude on 'Lazy' is fucking brilliant.
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10.10.2012 - 13:22
Rating: 10
TechMurder

This album is what started me off into metal when i was 3. Yes 3yo. I used to get it onto the old turntable and listen to it over and over on the headphones. I used to scratch the shit out of it trying to put it on. Put a big gouge in pictures of home. Sucks. That was nearly 30 years ago.
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22.01.2013 - 23:51
Rating: 10
AndMetalForAll
kual21
Just perfect!!
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23.01.2013 - 20:50
Rating: 10
Azarath
Free as a.. Fish
Deep Purple's best (studio) album.
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22.03.2013 - 08:28
Rating: 10
R Lewis

It's sad that the only well-known track on this masterpiece is "Smoke On The Water"...
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22.03.2013 - 21:08
Rating: 8
Ace Frawley
The Spaceman
Written by R Lewis on 22.03.2013 at 08:28

It's sad that the only well-known track on this masterpiece is "Smoke On The Water"...


Yeah, you're right in that in the broader mainstream that became a very well-known and popular song but I think amongst hard rock fans and metal fans particularly, the song "Highway Star" is very highly regarded and well-known. Have you seen the doco that was made on the making of the album? Well worth seeing.
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23.03.2013 - 14:22
Rating: 10
R Lewis

Written by Ace Frawley on 22.03.2013 at 21:08

Yeah, you're right in that in the broader mainstream that became a very well-known and popular song but I think amongst hard rock fans and metal fans particularly, the song "Highway Star" is very highly regarded and well-known. Have you seen the doco that was made on the making of the album? Well worth seeing.

No, I still haven't, I'll make sure chacking it. What makes me sad is that, while anyone knows that radio friendly, really less people know about Blackmore's stunning solos, and so on...
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20.02.2014 - 20:44
telephonebear
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Written by R Lewis on 22.03.2013 at 08:28

It's sad that the only well-known track on this masterpiece is "Smoke On The Water"...


yeah, i mean sotw is an amazing track but highway star and my personal favourite pictures of home are better. this album may be over 20 years older than me but its still one of the best i own, love every track
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20.02.2014 - 20:46
telephonebear
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Written by R Lewis on 23.03.2013 at 14:22

Written by Ace Frawley on 22.03.2013 at 21:08

Yeah, you're right in that in the broader mainstream that became a very well-known and popular song but I think amongst hard rock fans and metal fans particularly, the song "Highway Star" is very highly regarded and well-known. Have you seen the doco that was made on the making of the album? Well worth seeing.

No, I still haven't, I'll make sure chacking it. What makes me sad is that, while anyone knows that radio friendly, really less people know about Blackmore's stunning solos, and so on...


is that the classic albums documentary? by pure coincidence i saw that for the first time on Sky Arts yesterday
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20.02.2014 - 21:42
Rating: 8
Ace Frawley
The Spaceman
Written by Guest on 20.02.2014 at 20:46

is that the classic albums documentary? by pure coincidence i saw that for the first time on Sky Arts yesterday


That's the one. From memory, they recorded the album in a house in Montreux - is that right?
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21.02.2014 - 21:08
telephonebear
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Written by Ace Frawley on 20.02.2014 at 21:42

Written by Guest on 20.02.2014 at 20:46

is that the classic albums documentary? by pure coincidence i saw that for the first time on Sky Arts yesterday


That's the one. From memory, they recorded the album in a house in Montreux - is that right?


hotel, its what smoke on the water is all about. i knew the story of the burning casino and recording at the hotel but it was interesting them talking about the red lights and mattresses to stop echoing which is even mentioned in the song. i did find it all very good
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10.06.2018 - 02:51
Rating: 10
MyNameJeff

If this isn't a 10, i don't know what is.
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30.12.2018 - 00:30
Rating: 10
SebaRaven36

Amazing Album!! <<<<<
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17.06.2020 - 14:20
Rating: 10
Jope Steele
Steelmeister
Super album really, better than anything by them before this one. All songs are masterpieces in some degree. I'm not a huge "Smoke On The Water" advocate though, it's obviously a great track, but my favourites on this album are Highway Star, Lazy and Space Truckin'.

Probably deserves the #1 spot in '72 albums -- I haven't heard all the other albums so it's hard to say 100% for now.
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17.06.2020 - 14:30
Rating: 10
Jope Steele
Steelmeister
Written by MyNameJeff on 10.06.2018 at 02:51

If this isn't a 10, i don't know what is.


I do, Argus by Wishbone Ash.
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17.06.2020 - 14:38
gavdann

Back in the mid 80's I bought Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet, then I bought Iron Maiden's Piece of Mind and then I bought Machine Head.

They were were literally my introductions to heavier music.

To be honest, I don't have a great love for Deep Purple but I remember at the time bouncing around to Highway Star in my bedroom.
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17.06.2020 - 14:39
JoHn DoE

Written by Jope Steele on 17.06.2020 at 14:30

Written by MyNameJeff on 10.06.2018 at 02:51

If this isn't a 10, i don't know what is.


I do, Argus by Wishbone Ash.


that, too, but both albums are masterpieces if you ask me.
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17.06.2020 - 15:14
Rating: 10
Jope Steele
Steelmeister
Written by gavdann on 17.06.2020 at 14:38


To be honest, I don't have a great love for Deep Purple


Same for me as most of their albums simply aren't anything remarkable, especially the later ones. The better ones I can, on the other hand, listen to and return to without regrets.
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A Call for Parallel Institutions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=]Vw3tUXdLu2Y
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17.06.2020 - 15:28
gavdann

Written by Jope Steele on 17.06.2020 at 15:14

Written by gavdann on 17.06.2020 at 14:38


To be honest, I don't have a great love for Deep Purple


Same for me as most of their albums simply aren't anything remarkable, especially the later ones. The better ones I can, on the other hand, listen to and return to without regrets.

If I have an urge to listen to them, I tend to go for Made In Japan. It has all their early "hits" and most of those versions sound more visceral than the studio equivalents.
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17.06.2020 - 15:48
Rating: 10
Jope Steele
Steelmeister
Written by gavdann on 17.06.2020 at 15:28

Written by Jope Steele on 17.06.2020 at 15:14

Written by gavdann on 17.06.2020 at 14:38


To be honest, I don't have a great love for Deep Purple


Same for me as most of their albums simply aren't anything remarkable, especially the later ones. The better ones I can, on the other hand, listen to and return to without regrets.

If I have an urge to listen to them, I tend to go for Made In Japan. It has all their early "hits" and most of those versions sound more visceral than the studio equivalents.


With such huge discography it might indeed be better to go for lives, compilations or maybe make some own playlist or burn own cd. I have listened the Deepest Purple compilation most by the band and it has mostly been enough.
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A Call for Parallel Institutions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=]Vw3tUXdLu2Y
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21.09.2020 - 16:16
Rating: 9
metalbrat

I am not a fan of DP but a huge fan of this album coz I was brought up listening to it.
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30.09.2020 - 22:10
Rating: 9
doez
Hallucigenia
It's not so often that absolutely everyone seems to love an album
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