- Audio CD (8 Sept. 1997)
- Limited Edition edition
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Extra tracks, Limited Edition, Double CD
- Label: EMI
- ASIN: B000006UD8
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | DVD Audio | Vinyl | DVD | Kitchen & Home
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,048 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
Machine Head - 25th Anniversary Edition Extra tracks, Limited Edition, Double CD
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Deep Purple were on the eve of breaking wide open when they made Machine Head, a record that launched a heap of hard-rock hits, not to mention the bulk of the live album Made in Japan. No fewer than three classics were unveiled here: "Highway Star", "Space Truckin'" and their biggest hit ever, "Smoke on the Water". Ritchie Blackmore's crunchy guitar was becoming the group's trademark and the throb that opens "Smoke on the Water" went miles in cementing his position in the pantheon of 1970s guitar deities. But the story here is the second disc, which is composed of remixes by Roger Glover that introduce long-dormant, more-energised variations on the originals and revive separate solos. --Andrew Bartlett
Top customer reviews
It's a strong track and worth the price of the album in its own right, but the rest of the material is very strong and no mere filler. It's still all over the top frenetic rock, with all the usual Gillan howls, Lord organ fireworks and Blackmore guitar heroics, held together by the impeccable rhythm section of Paice and Glover. It's track after track of classic classic rock.
The 25 anniversary edition is a decent affair. It's two discs, disc one is a set of remixes of the original album, including when a blind man cries, a contemporary B side. Disc 2 contains a series of remasters of the original album and a couple of quadraphonic mixes. I'll be honest I am not enough of an audiophile to be able to tell the difference, and usually just play disc 1. The sound is pretty good and clear throughout though. There is also an extensive and informative booklet.
The vinyl sounds perfect. Mixing is very good, you don't hear that loud madness as in nowadays cds.