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Machine Head

Deep Purple Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (15 Oct 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Catalogue
  • ASIN: B008S6B48K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,798 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Highway Star (2012 - Remaster)
2. Maybe I'm a Leo (2012 - Remaster)
3. Pictures of Home (2012 - Remaster)
4. Never Before (2012 - Remaster)
5. Smoke On the Water (2012 - Remaster)
6. Lazy (2012 - Remaster)
7. Space Truckin' (2012 - Remaster)
8. When a Blind Man Cries (Non Album B-Side) (2012 - Remaster)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my life's defining moments... 22 July 2011
By David P TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
... was hearing this for the first time.

I grew up in the 60s/70s with 2 quite older sisters. They were very much in to The Beatles and Elvis, and hence so was I. At school in the mid 70s I was still mad keen on Elvis, and shared my passion with one of my best mates. We were always swapping records and boring other friends rigid with our love and knowledge of Elvis and his music. Then one rainy lunchtime at school, my friend dragged me in to one of the music rooms where there was a record player which a few select pupils were allowed to use so long as they were careful. When we got in there, there were a few other boys from my class, and my mate said to me, "You have just GOT TO HEAR THIS", and then gave a nod.

The needle was carefully cued up over the appropriate track and then gently lowered, and then Smoke On The Water started to wash over us all.

We all know what a stunning track this is, but the effect on me was electrifying and profound. I can still remember that day 37-ish years ago as clearly and vividly as if it were yesterday, quite literally. In my rather sheltered musical exposure up to that moment, I had never heard anything like it before, and I just fell in love with rock, instantly.

Whenever I hear it now, and I hear it a lot, I am transported back to that day that changed my taste in music, and it is no exaggeration to say my life, for ever. I can see all my mates grinning at me, I can smell the rain and my damp blazer, I can hear the gentle hiss and crackle of the vinyl as the track started to play, I can feel the shivers going up my spine.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST ROCK ALBUMS EVER! 10 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
I still have the old vinyl LP on my shelf, bought back in the 70's, but haven't played it in many years as I no longer have a record deck. My missus bought me the CD for xmas and she is now probably regretting it, as I've been playing it to death ever since! I'd forgotten just how good it is - every track is a gem! The musicianship, the songs, the production and even the digital remastering is right on the money. 'When A Blind Man Cries' was not on the original album (apparently Ritchie Blackmore didn't want it) but I'm glad it is on this CD release as it is a fantastic song and deserves to be there. Machine Head is a rock classic!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Machine Head 22 Aug 2011
By XBBX
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Before we get started, a quick note for those of an audiophile persuasion;

This is a review for the 1986 CD issue of Machine Head, EMI CDP 7462422. It seems to be a nice flat transfer from the original tapes, with no extraneous compression or use of noise-reduction, although it does have pre-emphasis (which will usually only make a difference to the quality of sound if you rip it to CDR without setting the flag properly during the process, so no big deal for the majority who will listen to the actual CD). It comes with a 10 page booklet full of photos, which makes a pleasant change because often with CD's of this vintage you're lucky to get more than a basic 2 page fold-over featuring only song titles and advice on how to treat your disc.

Ok, and so to my brief review of this album

Machine Head saw something of a return to form for Deep Purple after the very good - but slightly lacking - Fireball. Despite that album's inherent funkiness and drive, it featured a lot of instrumental sections which were laid-back to the point of being almost horizontal. Very uninspired. With Machine Head the band tightened up their focus as a musical unit. They got their groove back.

But is Machine Head "the" Deep Purple album it's often cited to be? That's up for debate really. It lacks the primal ferocity and barely restrained brutality of In Rock, which is the only other Deep Purple album which can legitimately battle against Machine Head for pole position as "the" classic. Yet each are very different musical beasts.

Machine Head is the more mature of the pair and most certainly has a more professional production.
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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Groundbreaking! Deep Purple at their best! 10 Aug 2004
Format:Audio CD
If you're looking for the best Deep Purple album, then look no further! Machine Head is one of the greatest albums known to rock. The Mk II lineup consisting of Ian Gillan on vocals, Ritchie Blackmore on guitar, Roger Glover on bass, Jon Lord on keyboard and Ian Paice on the drums are at their finest. Considering all that the band had been through at the time - read the 28-page booklet supplied with the album - witnessing the destruction of the Casino in Montreux as it was burned to the ground by "some stupid with a flare gun" (hence came the idea for the incredible Smoke On The Water) and being unable to find a place to record their songs for weeks - their skills and determination shine through in Machine Head.
The two discs supplied with the album are essentially the same, although it is interesting to listen to both. Disc 1 consists of the 1997 remixes, Disc 2 the originals. Both discs are truly awesome.
1. Highway Star - Superb, brilliant vocals by Gillan and fantastic guitar play by Blackmore. Probably the second best track on the album. 10/10
2. Maybe I'm A Leo - Just listen to that opening riff by Ritchie! This is an excellent track full of rhythm, one of the album's strongest. 10/10
3. Pictures Of Home - An ace song. Pictures Of Home simply reeks of perfection. 10/10
4. Never Before - Amazing. Never Before is just outstanding. 10/10
5. Smoke On The Water - Who hasn't heard of Smoke On The Water? With the greatest and most famous riff ever shredded, Smoke On The Water is the best song DP have ever done, bar none. 10/10
6. Lazy - Incredible, you'll want to listen to Gillan insisting you never get out of bed again and again. A great mixture of blues and hard rock. 10/10
7. Space Truckin' - Fantastic all over, the heaviest track on the album. 9.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
No problems, delivered on time.
Published 3 days ago by Ron
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic band, superb cd and a very special edition
Blackmore, Gilan, Glover, Paice and LORD. Fantastic band, superb cd and a very special edition.
Published 5 days ago by CJorge
5.0 out of 5 stars I am very happy!
hi! order received, packaged well, the state corresponds to the description, I am very happy!
Published 21 days ago by Good
5.0 out of 5 stars Real blast from the past!!...
Real blast from the past!! ...tremendous AND it includes the long lost extra track which makes the album how it should have been on release
Published 23 days ago by F. COOPER
5.0 out of 5 stars deep purlple
this was what i want, so , i decided and bought this cd. i'm satisfied , tank you . 5 stars
Published 2 months ago by Joćo Valente
2.0 out of 5 stars cd
this cd sounds aweful lost all the atmosphere of the original album. I bought the original album when it was first released back in 1972 and it is the only rock album In my... Read more
Published 3 months ago by D. HUDSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Album
I originally bought this on vinyl in the 1970s and had not heard it for years. It is a great album with some terrific songs. Read more
Published 4 months ago by K. Cawser
5.0 out of 5 stars The deepest of Deep Purple
I'm not the greatest of metal fans in any of its forms but I am a rock fan.I see this album not just as one of the foundation stones of
metal but of the best of rock in the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jimmy D
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Seller
Arrived quickly and in very good condition. Vinyl plays perfectly. Inner lyrics notes slightly curmpled but othwerwise great. Highly recommend.
Published 6 months ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I have always loved Deep Purple and bought this because I love Smoke on the Water and had only got it on a record and my record player gave up some time ago.
Published 10 months ago by susan baker
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