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Mark 2 of Purple was the deepest!
nixskits from Canada
29 December 2009
Another indispensable LP from the last forty years, "Machine Head"
introduced several must learn riffs for young guitarists to start their
education with and so much more. There isn't a weak track out of the
seven on the disc and "When A Blind Man Cries", which was left off the
album, gets some prominent attention here. My only complaint is not
having a chapter for the ferocious "Lazy", which lets Jon Lord's
Hammond organ get very beastly indeed (plugged into a Marshall stack),
as he goes from the playful to the terrifying in this intense workout
of a song.
The circumstances of this recording are quite infamous now and all the
facts are clarified for posterity's sake. Deep Purple eventually lost
their singer Ian Gillan due to the non stop touring which wore them all
out. The emphasis from outside the band for singles to promote was met
with more than a little suspicion on the five musicians' parts. "Smoke
On The Water" is the most easily identified track for even those whose
grandchildren owned "Machine Head". But "Highway Star", both here and
on the phenomenal "Made In Japan" live record, stands as a high octane
trailblazer for hard edged music with a healthy respect for the
classics. Some of Purple's greatest shows ever were in Japan and to
this day, they're revered as musical gods in that country (as seen in
the recent "Global Metal").
Several bonus features, totalling over half an hour, are all worth
checking out. This is one of the very best in the "Classic Albums"
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