Released in 1972, “Machine Head” by Deep Purple is one of the greatest Hard Rock and Heavy Metal records of all time. Some of these songs were some of my first songs that I learned on the guitar back in the mid 1980’s. This record contains some of the best guitar riffs in history of heavy metal music.
Ritchie Blackmore shows what a great talent on the guitar he is. He just throws out riff after riff on this record. These riffs, like “Highway Star”, “Smoke on the Water”, and “Space Truckin'” are still among the best guitar riffs today. His leads just kick ass. The guitar tracks alone show signs of classical, jazz and blues influences.
The keyboardist Jon Lord is powerful than ever. Between his playing and Blackmore’s guitar, they give this record a very beefy and very heavy sound to it. This is what sets the stage for the making of a great Heavy Metal record. You combine this with Ian Paice’s drumming and Roger Glover’s bass work, you have a very strong rock solid foundation. Both contribute some of their best work with Deep Purple on this record. Vocalist Ian Gillan I think is on top of the world. He’s powerful and he’s got range.
“Machine Head” is an amazing piece of work. It’s got a lot of great melodies and harmonies conducted by the band. The musicianship is very tight on this record. “Machine Head” is a great album period. Again, it contain elements of Classical, Jazz and Blue music and the band using the best of the influences to create one of Heavy Metal’s most enjoyable records.
1. “Highway Star” 6:05
2. “Maybe I’m a Leo” 4:51
3. “Pictures of Home” 5:03
4. “Never Before” 3:56
5. “Smoke on the Water” 5:40
6. “Lazy” 7:19
7. “Space Truckin'” 4:31