deep_purple_machine_head_640x640For this week’s Album Of The Week, I was in a classic rock kind of fix and I wanted to review an album from someone that I never had before. One of the bands that immediately came to mind was legendary English rock band Deep Purple and their sixth studio album Machine Head, which is one of my personal favorites. Deep Purple is one of those bands that has been continuously snubbed by The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame for a very long time and why you ask? Well, to be frank with you, I have no idea. Machine Head is considered one of the most influential rock albums and it said that the album laid down the ground work for what would become Heavy Metal. The band at the time was made up of Ritchie Blackmore (Guitars), Jon Lord (Keys), Ian Paice (Drums), Ian Gillan (Vocals), and Roger Glover (Bass) and this was called the Mach II-a lineup. The album itself made it to number one in England where it stayed for 40 weeks and it peaked at number 7 on the Billboard top 200 in the US as it charted for 118 weeks. While it has charted and made it to number one in several other countries as well, it has gone platinum here in the states twice.

deep purple back1. Highway Star– Clearly one of my all time favorite Deep Purple tracks, it was created on the fly one day on a tour bus as the band was being interviewed. Ritchie Blackmore grabbed an acoustic guitar and continuously played a G Note over and over while Gillan came up with the words of the top of his head. In my opinion, it’s the quintessential rock classic. 5/5

2. Maybe I’m A Leo– A real groovin track from the band that Glover has said, “I wrote the riff to “Maybe I’m A Leo” after hearing John Lennon’s “How Do You Sleep?”. I liked the idea that the riff didn’t start on the down beat, like 99% of riffs do. Most of the songs on Machine Head were from the first take, or not long after.” 4.5/5

3. Pictures Of Home– Ian Paice starts off the song with a cool drum intro before Blackmore pushes it into overdrive with some cool solos thrown in. 4.5/5

4. Never Before– Besides Smoke On The Water, this was the only other single from the record released. Paice kicks off the track again before it gets kind of funky a little in the beginning. 4.5/5

deeppurplemachine2607aa-1000x10005. Smoke On The Water– This is the most recognizable rock song because it’s the first guitar riff every guitarist learns how to play. The song tells a true story of how the band was at Montreaux recording a record when a Frank Zappa concert went up in flames during a performance of King Kong. 5/5

6. Lazy– Another classic from the band that starts with an organ intro from the great Jon Lord and then a solo swapping moment with Blackmore begins before Gillan comes in. This is the band’s longest track on the record at over seven minutes. 5/5

7. Space Truckin– There are a couple of things you will notice about this track, Ian Gillan shines vocally and Paice shows you what he can do on the skins. The track talks about space travel and other madness as it closes out the record. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– My final thoughts are simple tonight, this is a must have record for anyone looking to get into the history of rock and metal. The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame need to hurry up and induct this band already because it’s a travesty. This is why no one takes them serious anyways. I am giving the album five stars out of five for a final grade.

  1. Good choice. Legendary Album.



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