Deep Purple
Machine Head


5.0
classic

Review

by ElectricFuneral9719 USER (43 Reviews)
June 27th, 2013 | 22 replies | 715 views


Release Date: 1972 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Rocking The Milky Way

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

Just when you think that with 'Fireball', Deep Purple were slowly going downhill, they release 'Machine Head', which is just as good as 'In Rock' and maybe even better. This is also the home of the most iconic guitar riff of all time in 'Smoke On The Water' and while you can call the song overrated, you certainly cannot get it out of your head. Considering the popularity of the song, it's hard to believe that it wasn't released as a single. Instead, the leading single off of the album was 'Never Before', which is a great attempt at a more mainstream song than what they did before, but sadly didn't get enough attention to be massively popular like 'Smoke On The Water' was.

The high point of the album is neither of those. It's the opener, 'Highway Star' which solidifies 'Machine Head' as a truly classic album with its simple-but-effective chugging into leading into a driving hard rock masterpiece combining simplicity with intricacy. 'Space Truckin'' also deserves a mention for the unique guitar-esque organ sound and the screeching vocals in the second verse of the song which had to be in influence on vocalists such as Rob Halford.

Ritchie Blackmore stepped up his game in a huge way on this album, as he has mastered the trinity of heavy metal (example: the verses to 'Pictures Of Home'), blues (example: the intro to 'Maybe I'm A Leo') and classical music (example: in one of the 'Highway Star' solos ( at 2:35)) and used these three influences in various doses in different songs. Ian Paice shows some incredible skill as usual, with moments such as the opening drum solo to 'Pictures Of Home', Ian Gillan and Roger Glover both have some stand-out moments, like the gritty verses of 'Never Before' and strong bass-line in 'Maybe I'm A Leo' respectively. Jon Lord's approach to organ-playing was in a different context on this album, due to him plugging his organ into a Marshall amplifier, giving a weightier quality to the organ's sound, which paid off tremendously.

In conclusion, this is the last Mark II Deep Purple album which could be considered an essential listen and 'Machine Head' could also be the definitive Deep Purple album due to how it combines the positive qualities of all their albums up to this point, before they started to deteriorate in meritable material. Unfortunately, it only goes down from here.



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facupm (5)
One of the best albums ever made...

Matthijs van der Lee (4.5)
Sure, it has Smoke on the Water, but Deep Purple's sixth carries much, much more than just that....

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Comments:Add a Comment 
ViperAces
June 27th 2013



12357 Comments


prog metal masterpiece

TheNotrap
June 27th 2013



7811 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

"...The high point of the album is neither of those. It's the opener, 'Highway Star' which solidifies 'Machine Head' as a truly classic album..."
Agreed.

An absolute classic. Have a pos.

Friday13th
June 27th 2013



1206 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yes! Second verse of "Space Truckin" is the highlight for me. "They got music in their solar systeaaaaaym!" Oh so good.

Digging: Khan - Space Shanty

YoYoMancuso
June 27th 2013



10104 Comments


Fireball rules, but review is awesome and correct.

ChopSuey
June 27th 2013



2383 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fireball rules[2]

facupm
June 27th 2013



5565 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

best album ever

Digging: Queens of the Stone Age - Songs for the Deaf

manosg
June 27th 2013



4666 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

lol viper.

best album ever [2]

Digging: Jan Akkerman - Tabernakel

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 27th 2013



18169 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album rules.

Digging: Benoit Pioulard - Hymnal Remixes

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 27th 2013



18169 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nah, it's like 4th for me.

facupm
June 27th 2013



5565 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

no way

DavidScott
June 30th 2013



37 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

correct rating, purple's best

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 30th 2013



18169 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nah.

BigPleb
June 30th 2013



28265 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Made in Japan, sorry.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 30th 2013



18169 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Made in Japan is best, agreed.

facupm
June 30th 2013



5565 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

purple's best studio for sure

NapalmCrusader
June 30th 2013



1737 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This and In Rock are the best ones. Machine head contains a lot of enjoyable songs. Still, those songs are not better than child in time despite of being very solid

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 30th 2013



18169 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I prefer both In Rock and Fireball to this but all of the first three Mk. II albums are really close.

facupm
June 30th 2013



5565 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Child in Time is their best song, agreed, but this album is their most consistent.

facupm
June 30th 2013



5565 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

And most of the songs here are better than any other one on In Rock (except child in time of course)

DavidScott
June 30th 2013



37 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

And most of the songs here are better than any other one on In Rock [2]



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