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Machine Head

Deep Purple

1972

Machine Head

Album Summary

Machine Head is the sixth studio album released by the English rock band Deep Purple. It was recorded in December 1971 at Montreux, Switzerland, and released on 25 March 1972 on Purple Records. As previous recording sessions had been slotted into the group's gigging schedule, Deep Purple wanted to dedicate time to record an album away from the typical studio environment, hoping it would result in a sound closer to their live shows. They hired the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio for recording, and block-booked the Montreux Casino as a venue, but during a Frank Zappa concert immediately before the sessions, the casino burned to the ground. After a week of searching for an alternative venue, including a session at a nearby theatre that was abandoned due to noise complaints, the band managed to book the Grand Hotel, closed for the winter, and converted it into a live room suitable for recording. These events, particularly the casino fire, became the inspiration for the song "Smoke on the Water". Machine Head is Deep Purple's most commercially successful album, topping the charts in several countries, including number one in the UK. Influential in the development of traditional metal, it continues to be viewed favourably by music critics and has been reissued several times.

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Rating

3.62

Votes

4860

Genres

  • Hard Rock
  • Metal
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I mean, "Smoke on the Water" amirite? I feel like you get an automatic 2 star bonus just for that song. That said, I can see why this band is often (erroneously) included on one-hit-wonder lists. Their songwriting is, for the most part, mediocre. It's just generic 70s, white-guy, early-metal. The guitar solos in particular are just really REALLY uninspired and boring. But this band was a powerhouse band that was instrumental in moving metal into the mainstream cultural conciousness. This album is an integral piece of the heavy metal story... but it's not the most important or impressive piece. I ALMOST gave this 3 stars but the insane keys intro for "Lazy" tipped it over to a 4 star review. That track is tasty as hell. In fact, the album is back-stacked with the last 4 tracks (starting at "Smoke on the Water" and ending with the non-album b-side, "When a Blind Man Cries") being head-and-shoulders better than the first 4 tracks.

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Oh my god please stop giving me shit old dad rock.

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5

One of the giants of rock and the album that out them there. The legendary first chords learned by a generation of guitar players was the opening riff from the rock anthem Smoke On The Water. Richie Blackmore's guitar icon status aside, the secret sauce of Machine Head is Jon Lord's revolutionary sound design created by piping his Hammond organ through a Marshall amplifier, giving Deep Purple a key component of their signature sound. A landmark album front to back.

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cheddar. a big block of cheddar. i like cheddar, i don't like this album. 70s rock by numbers. cheesy in a bad way, like vegan cheese. a 1 star rating is harsh as i sat through it without feeling existential dread, so it's getting a 2.

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5

Deep Purple made great albums before and after Machine Head but it is here where everything worked. Like all classic albums, this one is defined as much by the deep cuts as much as it is the singles and the ones that endured on classic rock radio. The single and the track that everyone knows, is "Smoke in the Water", as memorable a classic rock song as any thanks not only because of Ritchie Blackmore's iconic guitar riff but by its chorus, Jon Lord's keyboard lines, and Ian Gillian's powerful vocal. Nearly as memorable is the soaring "Highway Star", where both Lord and Blackmore shine like the sun during their solos, and the glorious riffs that carry the excellent closer "Space Truckin". The aforementioned deep cuts are all killers as "Maybe I'm A Leo" is carried by another killer riff while "Never Before" is defined by its groove and Lord's magical keyboard lines while the driving "Pictures of Home" is anchored by the superb rhythm laid down by drummer Ian Paice and bassist Roger Glover and features more Blackmore goodness. Finally, "Lazy" is a tour de force for Lord that is one of those great tracks that is most appreciated after hours. Deep Purple made a ton of strong albums but Machine Head is their Mona Lisa.

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5

An absolute masterclass in rock musicianship and virtuosity without becoming overbearing or wanky. Every band member brings a tour de force performance, complimenting everyone else perfectly and the only negative is that they didn’t include When A Blind Man Cries on the original release. Best track: Highway Star

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5

Deep Purple in Rock was the first album I ever bought. My brother bought (or borrowed long term) qMachine Head shortly after. The cover screams I'm stoned. The marker of a Deep Purple classic is a song with a guitar solo followed by (or preceded by) an organ solo. This is the case on Highway Star, Lazy, Pictures of Home and Smoke on the Water (although in Smoke . . . the organ was just on the fade out as Ritchie did an extended guitar solo.) Ritchie Blackmore was a very capable guitar soloist but all bands had one of those. Jon Lord's organ playing is the unsung hero of this band and what set Deep Purple apart from the many three instrument bands. I'm not sure this band would have been as successful if they were from an era when songs had to be no more than 3 or 4 minutes long since they need 5 minutes to allow both an organ and guitar solo and need even longer to have a third instrument solo which they do with the mighty fine harmonica solo in Lazy. I like how in the lyrics to Smoke on the Water they call the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio the "The Rolling Truck Stones thing”. Guess they didn't feel the need to give The Glimmer Twins any free advertising in their song. They wanted to record in a place that gave this album the energy they had when playing live. imo using the Rolling Truck Stones Thing accomplished that goal.

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5

5/5. Classic. In 2022 it will be 50 years great. Standouts: Highway Star Smoke on the Water Space Truckin' Lazy

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5

Makes me jizzum in my tighty whiteys

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5

I had this album back when I was a teenager and I figured when it came up on 1001 I would give it only a 4 because I had grown weary of Smoke on the Water and Space Trucking, and the lyrics are a bit lame. However, there’s something about the instrumental passages, the way they’re structured and the interplay between the organ and the guitar that is sublime, especially on a track like Lazy, which seems like a cross between the Allman Brothers and Phantom of the Opera, And Richie Blackmore's guitar solos are so melodic and memorable. And you know (unlike many of the metal guitarists of the 80s and 90s) he’s not propping his guitar up vertically on his knee when he’s playing them. It’s a 5 for me.

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5

Love this album! Every song is a winner - (evidenced by the fact that each track gets its own Wikipedia page - thanks for pointing this factoid on previous albums Emily!) Smoke on the water is overplayed for a reason and is still listenable even after about eleven thousand listens… 🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘

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5

Fuck you Jake this album is fantastic. One of the most foundational albums from one of the most foundational heavy metal acts of all time, incredible performances from all players, Blackmore bringing in the classical music ideals, Paice being the most underrated drummer ever, and just loads of fun songs. 2 stars my ass ya scrub.

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4

DP is a very talented bad and very under-rated. John Lord and Ritchie Blackmore playing over a driving rhythm section (Glover & Paice). This album really captures that.

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5

Deep Purple is one of my all time favorite bands. This album will definitely be a 5 star rating

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5

pog and the album has more good stuff than just smoke on the water

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5

I love it I need it

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5

tanta nt atn atna tant

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5

Easily Deep Purple's best album. Classic

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5

Classic rock album. Essential listening, though you should have heard the hits already.

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5

Por una parte, cuando se incorpora una vocecita a-la-Steve Tyler, no me puedo tomar ninguna canción en serio, me causa mucha risa y cringe. Por otra parte, qué album tan movidito de estos anbuelos del hardrock. El disco del infame riff de Smoke on the Water, super cliché y choteado por los adoradores de la vieja escuela, pero al fin y al cabo un disco muy divertido en el sentido de pegajoso y cagado y que pone de buenas. Quizás uno de los más comerciales y suaves de la banda. Creo que la canción que más me gustó fue la primera, también disfruté la vibrita Pat Matino-ish de Lazy y la ondita motocicletera de Pictures of Home. Creo que la única que no me gustó fue la balada del final, pero esa no estaba en le lanzamiento original así que x. Mood: On the road again.

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5

Una joya de disco, puro Rock. Nunca había escuchado When a Blind Man Cries y veo que me gustan hasta los descartes.

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5

Need to catch up on this one

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5

Actually very good. I always thought about Deep Purple as having their moments but not really interesting to me in general. But I enjoyed this album way more than I expected. The playing is quite 'tight' but technical at the same time. Definitely reevaluating DP and will listen to them again.

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5

Well I have listened to this a number of times, starting out strong!

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5

Nach wie vor super

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5

I will always love a Ritchie Blackmore project. All of the riffs on this album are perfect, the anthems are anthemic, and Deep Purple continues to be one of my favorite rock/hard rock bands of all time. While all the tracks could be considered highlights, the abbreviated list is: 1, 3, 4, 5, and 7.

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5

Highway Star - Classic song, good for an opener. High tempo, great solo, just a fun energetic tune. Maybe I'm a Leo - More of a jam, lots of distortion but almost a funk melody to it. Good tune. Pictures of Home - Quick drum solo to open. More of a wailing tune, some Kiss vibes in the vocals. Not bad, but weaker than the previous two. Long instrumental to finish that's very solid. Never Before - Back to the funk, very similar to song two. Good tempo, definite bop. Smoke on the Water - Needs no review, it's the Deep Purple song. Lazy - Very spacy opening. Almost like In a Gadda da Vita, then gets into a high energy dueling guitars instrumental. Space Truckin' - Great tune, heard this one on the radio but didn't know it was Deep Purple. Overall - Great album, lots of jams, front to back pretty consistent and solid with great instrumentals.

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5

Que buen álbum, no se como no lo había escuchado.

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5

Perfect commute album. The driving instrumental and booming vocals just makes you feel cool as you sit stagnate in bumper-to-bumper traffic.

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5

One of the most iconic rock albums of all time, and rightly so given that it contain the definitive guitar riff. But there is a lot more to Machine Head than just Smoke on the Water. The whole album is a master class of technicality and versatility. Ritchie Blackmore and Jon Lord combine spectacularly throughout with their relentless solos and catch riffs and Ian Gillan is on top form also. Highway Star, Pictures of Home, Lazy, Space Truckin are all classics - making this a classic album in the truest sense.

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5

Rock & Roll del viejo. Dos megahits.

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5

Own it, love it.

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5

Very good work. The bests are highway star, never before, smoke on the water, lazy and when a blind man cries.

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5

Une classique 5*

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5

A classic

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5

Płyta z hiciorami, ale też kilka słabszych. Lepiej posłuchać już Made in Japan

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5

A classic

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5

Легендарно

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5

Classic album. This is an essential album for rock lovers, there's nothing much else to say

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5

Great old fashioned Hard Rock

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5

Now we have a classic rock album! Every song is great, Maybe I’m a Leo is probably my favorite.

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5

Every track on this record kicks ass

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5

It’s not metal but it’s damn close! Legendary and amazing album

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5

Probably a 4 for me overall, but the intro to highway star as the intro for the album bumps it up to a 5. Loved the back half of Lazy

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5

Great!

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5

BEEF

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5

Great Rock album. Love highway star for sure. A bit more upbeat and high energy than deep purple in rock, but still excellent!

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5

DP at their best

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5

Some of the best head I've ever gotten

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5

Hotter than a pepper duel, each instrument plays out of its skin and is so well recorded. Every track a cracker

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5

This album was definitely ahead of its time in sound and musicianship when compared to other works of 1972. They sound like a crossroads between Zeppelin and the metal that is to come. Several massive songs throughout with great mastery of their respective instruments.

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5

Highway star Smoke on the water Lazy When a blind man cries Chef d'oeuvre

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5

An absolute powerhouse of an album, with some fantastic riffs and driving bass lines. Some highlights (not including the better known hits) include Lazy; an absolute banger with a mesmerising organ part, and Never Before; with an intro so good you can't help but pull that stanky face! Top album, definitely going into rotation!

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5

I like it

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5

Bellissimo l'intro di 'Highway Star' e la canzone come intro all'album. L'album è molto interessante, una versione classica di Hard Rock, ancora piuttosto tranquillo, ma con un ottimo sound. Oh poi c'è 'Smoke on the water', il voto è scontato. E 'Lazy'? Wow! Tanta roba anche 'Space truckin'' che chiude, ottimo album!

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5

Masterpiece!

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5

Well I first discovered Deep Purple in the late 1990s and it has probably been a decade or so since I took the time to listen to them. Highway Star was always one of my favourite tracks, but honestly, listening to it again this time I'm utterly blown away. This is from 1972, nobody had done Heavy Metal before Deep Purple, Led Zep and Black Sabbath and this album absolutely exemplifies the genre. Love it, and although Smoke on the Water has become a massive cliche, this album rocks so goddamn hard. Amazing!

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5

Eixo que encaminhou o rock pesado.

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5

I should have listened to this before. Cool stuff.

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5

La neta es que es un discazo en muchos sentidos. Hoy por hoy solo pensamos en Smoke on the Water pero de las (tan solo) 7 rolas del disco no hay una que sea mala o aburrida. Mi favorita es Highway Star, especialmente por la genial idea (para aquel entonces) de hacer solos de teclado conectado a un amplificador de guitarra.

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5

Rock de los setentas en su forma más pura y sin diluir. Highway Star pone la métrica con la que serán medidas las demás canciones muy muy alto y creo que eso le juega un poco en contra a las siguientes 3 canciones, sin embargo levanta de nuevo con la muy conocida Smoke on the Water. Lazy se mantiene y Space Truckin' revienta de nuevo. El final es un freno de mano muy fuerte que creo que no me funcionaría si When A Blind Man Cries fuera ligeramente de menor calidad, pero me parece un cierre muy afortunado. 4.5 que originalmente iba a bajar a 4 por el bache de las canciones 2-3-4 pero tampoco son malas, quizá el orden del disco no me encanta pero son de buena calidad. Sube a 5. Songs: Highway Star, Space Truckin', When A Blind Man Cries y pues sí, Smoke.

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5

Now THIS is rockin! Is it me or does nobody ever discuss how FUNKY this band is? Most British bands don’t get this down and dirty part of the blues right, but DP can really stir it. And don’t even get me started on John Lord’s Hammond playing.

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5

Smoke On The Water tem um riff excelente.

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5

Amazing

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5

capelu on the ear

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5

If you don't like Deep Purple, then you should be deaf.

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5

I loved Smoke on the Water, until my guitar teacher pointed out how mundane the subject matter is (there was literally smoke on the water!). But this album has rekindled things between me and DP. It's proper, straightforward rock that never becomes too cheesy or indulgent.

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5

Been listening to this album since high school, just a classic rock album. The mkII lineup sounds the most cohesive on this album but I think I prefer In Rock and the rawness of that album to this. The biggest issue is the overplay of some of these songs over the last 50 years, Highway Star and Smoke on the Water I just don't ever want to hear again.

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5

An understandable classic. From the opening of Highway Star to the last note of Space Truckin’ this is only 38 minutes and it’s fantastic.

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5

It was a while since I listened to Machine Head for the last time. This is one of the albums I grew up to, so I have really fond memories of most of it's songs, but I recalled it being a bit more consistently "high energy". Not saying that tracks like Lazy or When a Blind Man Cries are bad, but there is such a high contrast with Highway Star and Pictures of Home for example that it kind of tames down the whole album pace. Smoke on The Water still sounds great despite being the single most overly-reproduced rock song. That said, this is still one of the most important records of my life, it shaped my taste in music and had it's part on leading me to be who I am today, and hadn't it been for the nostalgia, it probably wouldn't go as far as 5 stars, but I can't help myself.

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5

This album is very influential and is considered one of the most important hard rock/heavy metal albums of all time. That hard rock label doesn’t quite do this album a service as it contains jazz rhythms, acrobatic almost funk like bass, and guitar that utilizes scales and modes outside the minor pentatonic. It’s thoughtfully crafted and is a lot of fun to listen to.

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5

This hit the spot. I needed some early 70's heavy metal on this Friday. "Machine Head" is the sixth studio album from Deep Purple. The band wanted a different recording environment since they felt they had been unable to capture their live performance sound up to then in the studio. So, they rented The Rolling Mobile Studio and were taking it to the Monteaux Casino after it closed for the winter season. However, at the last concert for the season, a Frank Zappa one at that, the casino burnt down. The band actually watched from nearby, saw it up in flames with smoke pouring off and across Lake Geneva. And, this was the inspiration and story to their most popular song "Smoke on the Water." They finally ended up recording at The Grand Hotel in Switzerland with a bunch of sound-insulating mattresses and inconveniences which irritated the band. Nonetheless, they recorded a great album. This is put in the hard rock/heavy metal category and is considered one of early heavy metal albums. I also caught a jam band-type style in a few of the songs. The first side starts ablazin' with the driving "Highway Star." One of the great opening songs ever. Great Ritchie Blackmore guitar and guitar solo. Great organ too. Fast Car, hot girl...Let's Rock! The first side ends with another driving song "Pictures of Home." Apparently, it's about the band missing home during the recording. Guitar, bass, organ and drum solos. Check. The second side begins begins with their first single "Never Before" which was released first since it was thought to be their most commercial song. A decent song although my least favorite on the album. It sounds like a pretty standard rock song for the time. And then we come to "Smoke on the Water" with probably one of the most recognized guitar intros and riffs in rock history. I always loved the drumming too. The album ends with my two favorite songs on the album and both to me have a jam-band feel. Heavy metal jam band if that's a possible category. "Lazy" was their second single and has a bluesy feel with the organ and guitar. Great guitar intro. The album ends with the science fiction-themed "Space Truckin.'" This song just grooves and, yes my head was bobbin.' This album pretty much sizzles from start to finish. It has very straight-forward lyrics which I appeciated. A classic in its precursor to heavy metal category and rightfully in the 1,001 list.

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5

Classic

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5

Awesome classic, prime Deep Purple.

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5

Loads of fun and it sounds great. Early metal mixed with a little bit of prog and a lot of groove. Warra rhythm section dat was den

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5

Reading some of the other reviews I'm struck by how tastes differ and how being an originator matters little now. To me though this is a virtuoso performance that never ages and each listen reveals new nuances. Simply one of the best.

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5

Highway Star is my new favorite song!

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4

Some classic songs

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4

Got kicked out of the guitar store

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4

A wonderful, powerful album.

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4

Gritty ditties, roadhouse dirty grooves

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4

Solid! Lazy fav track - If you like this stuff, check out 'The Sword.'

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4

it's more than just smoke on the water...heh

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4

ok . i doubt ill intentionally listen again . but smoke of the water is an exception

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4

Rock and roll classic!

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4

Really cool classic rock vibes.

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4

That's definitely rock (hair rock?) A+ guitar

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4

Ritchie blackmore at his finest

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Whether you know it or not, you’ve heard part of this record. Smoke on the Water and Highway Star are two songs that are fully engrained in our culture and it is hard to escape them, for better or worse. This is a pretty short record (especially for 70s hard rock). I’ve listened to other Deep Purple and I think I prefer some of their other output, but this is a good starting point. The organ tones on this are something to behold. Favorite song: Smoke on the Water (cliche I know but the riff is still killer) Least favorite song: Lazy

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4

Smoke on the water

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4

Kneiter goede plaat die in elke rock collectie thuishoort, vooral erg genoten van het nummer: "when the blind man cries"

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4

Mellow rock. Very 70s/80s

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4

Hrm. There’s something honest about this style of rock from this era. Is a win.

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4

Classic rocky boy

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4

0 - 3 - 5 hahaha funny.

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4

Ah, the album that houses the most classic, classic-rock riff of all time. One riff to rule them all. The riff that made me excited to play guitar. I don't need to name it, you know what it is. I like how few tracks are on here, and I like how long and exploratory some of them get. As a whole, it's nothing crazy, but an enjoyable listen front to back, and I liked more than half the songs, so I'd say it's pretty great. Favorite tracks: Smoke on the Water, Lazy, Pictures of Home. Album art: This is a classic one for sure. It looks like the band is staring in disapproval at an embossed piece of sheet metal. Much more creative than your typical band photo album cover. 4/5

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4

Great

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4

How to forget those songs, listening to them in my youth. Radio Universal in Mexico City

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4

Now here is some classic rock! Fantastic album, listened all the way through, it's got your classic Smoke on the Water (easiest way to learn the guitar I hear) and Space Trucking. I enjoyed the other songs as well and hope we get their album with Hush on it in the future. Album cover is also classic, looking at their reflections in the metal. Very metal.

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4

Hard rock clásico Usa la misma fórmula de siempre, sin embargo cada canción logra algo diferente

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4

I knew a lot of these songs and really enjoyed listening to this album!

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4

Classic

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4

7/10. Nothing to write home about, but had a good sound, and a few pretty good songs as well.

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4

no complaints, I love the fuzzy sounds of the 70s on this album

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4

Fantastic album. Best one I've had randomly picked so far

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4

Ik kan dit wel waarderen. Klinkt goed!

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4

Classic. Good timing heading into the weekend and especially after the previous albums.

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4

Yeah fair play this was pretty good especially after listen to it after Jaques Brel!

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4

Some classics on there

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4

Well good to hear them again ! Enjoyed listening as always and some tracks are amazing but I still love Burn. I wondered what group would feature more than once. Happy that Deep Purple do considering they’re weren’t a chart band. ****

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4

Did I miss some albums here? I'm fuckin livid! My asshole was flapping during this. Fuckin love to drive angry to this. I'm like a roll n rock Derek Bird when this comes on.

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4

These guys are kind of over the top! Some SERIOUS keys and base going on. 2.5 really good songs out of 7, so I'mma call it a 4.

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4

Enjoyable romp of classic rock.

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4

Rocky, funky (in places), a decent listen. Easy on the ear. Highlight - Highway Star, When A Blind Man Cries but they're all good. Lowlight - Smoke On The Water 8 out of 10.

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4

Y'a une raison pourquoi Deep Purple c'est un classique. C'est plus soft que du Black Sabbath mais ça rock.

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4

De estos muchachos solo conocía la obvia (qué de tan clásica me había hartado un poco). Una canción igual muy representativa de lo que hacen en este álbum. Salvo “Lazy”, que es la más experimental (?), me parece que en general todo el disco se apega a un solo registro, muy acorde al rock de su época. Está ok. Me quedó con “Space Truckin’” y “Maybe I’m a Leo”, solo porque últimamente he pensado que los leo sí son chidos.

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4

Proper cheesy dad power rock 😂m but absolutely mint, can't not enjoy it. Saved a couple tracks to a playlist. Smoke on the Water is obv a classic

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4

To my surprise, I enjoyed this alot

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4

Countless hard rock classics in a single album -- most every notable Great White song is from this album.

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4

Similar to Black Sabbath not so much in sound or style, but in how I can hear how much they influenced a lot of 70s rock. I get the influence, makes sense this is on the list. Blackmore’s solo and rhythm riff on ‘Highway Star’ are totally high octane, and ‘Smoke On The Water’ is forever etched on the walls whether we like it or not, but this isn’t on my personal favorites list.

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4

I dig this more than I thought I would! The drums are sick and honestly so is everything else. If Pineapple Express took place in the 70s, this could be the soundtrack. If you needed a default example of 70s hard rock, they would probably be it. Pretty fun album!

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4

That organ shreds

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4

Better than I was expecting. Not a fan of "Smoke on the Water", but "Lazy" is and amazing track. And I discovered "Maybe I'm A Leo" and "Pictures of Home" which are also bangers. Love Deep Purples organ work.

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4

Enjoyed this one way more than I thought I would. I hadn’t heard anything by these guys other than “Smoke on the Water” and found the rest of the album to be equally solid and enjoyable.

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4

Great start, classic groove rock, excited for tomorrow

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4

4

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4

Fantastic!

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4

Pretty good dad rock with a few bangers on there. Highway star is ultimate cock rock. Probably didn’t quite deserve a 4 but a 3 was harsh

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4

Smoke on the Water has that one guitar motif i've heard around before. Nice to see it has a name now. Oh. the lyrics of lazy sure are something.

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4

First time listening except for Smoke on the water. A very rad album.

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70. Vou acertar no preço certo. Desce as escadas. Não tropeces, Henry Mancini. MotA: Lazy "Nobody gonna take my car, I'm gonna race it to the ground"

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I enjoyed this more than I expected to. Generally I'm not a fan of this sound, but I really liked the drums and guitar. Favorite track: Pictures of Home

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glassic

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Smoke in the water Muy buen disco

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nice space/blues rock album. Great riffs, lyrics can be a bit silly.

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pretty good rock album. Enjoyed it and knew a few songs on it.

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Stellar riffage from Blackmore. Gillan does his best Plant impression and Paice tries some Bonham, and both do a decent job. Not sure if this inspires me to dive into their catalogue, but a very enjoyable listen. Choice cuts: Highway Star, Maybe I’m A Leo, Space Truckin’

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Required to listen at 11!

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Quality stuff if you ask me!

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Highway Star is the most underrated Hard Rock song of all time Smoke on the Water is a classic

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Some absolute bangers but not without its flaws (pace is slow in places). Just shy of a 5.

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I'm not a fan of metal but this album is one of the few that I can listen to in its entirety. Smoke on the water and Highway Superstar are iconic head-banger tracks of course, but I also enjoyed Lazy and Space Truckin' and especially the amped up organ which gives them a very distinctive sound. The background story on Smoke is interesting - how some idiot with a flare gun at a Frank Zappa concert burned their concert venue down. This is a solid 3.5 for me, but I'll round it up because its iconic and still rocks 50 years later.

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short album, but very iconic rock. Highway Star & smoke on the water <3.

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Smoke on the water.. The rest isn't fab, but it's Smoke on the water.

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"Smoke On The Water" is the ubiquitous track here, and the only time I purposely listen to is while watching the Season 2, episode 1 episode of The Sopranos. There's a scene of Tony Soprano driving happily while hearing Smoke Of The Water on his car radio. But then T has a panic attack when the song starts to skip (the man did not appreciate having his music interrupted), which means he was listening to it on Compact Disc. I'd be inclined to suggest it was this album Tony was enjoying, but knowing the character, it was likely a Best Of Deep Purple CD. Of course, his panic attack causes him to pass out and crash his car. "Smoke On The Water" is right in Tony's wheelhouse. Dude loved him some early '70's classic rock, so much so that his wife Carmela chooses to play "Smoke On The Water" when a doctor suggests she play some of Tony's favorite music while he's in a coma in a latter season episode. If I came of age during the late '60's/early '70's like a young Anthony Soprano, I would have been all into some Deep Purple. Instead, I only knew of them from songs like "Hush" and the aforementioned "Smoke". This album pretty much slaps from start to finish. I never noticed the "Frank Zappa and The Mothers" line during "Smoke" before listening to this album (in my defense, the song skips for a crestfallen Tony right at that line, where all we hear is "Zap Zap Zap Zap Zap Zap"). After listening to this album, I find myself wanting to stand up and yell a Tony Soprano line from the end of one the series' final episodes: I get it!

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Awesome.

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The album that spawned 'Smoke on the Water' - written after the casino the the album was to be recorded in burnt down during a Frank Zappa concert! Great British rock - tinged with no many genres. Fab.

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There are some classic bangers on here that are so high above the other tracks. Solid!

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A classic for a reason

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11/2 Just some classic hard rock. Standout Tracks: Highway Star, Smoke On The Water, Lazy, Space Truckin', When A Blind Man Cries

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Smoke on the Water is a classic.

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Great album

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Deep Purple is one of those artists that I have always heard of, but never checked out. Aside from "Smoke on the Water", I had never even heard another Deep Purple song before. Once I finished Machine Head, I now understood the praise and recognition this band gets. Simply put, it rocks! It's not as generic as I was expecting it to be. While not a fair assumption to make, I tend to find most classic rock pretty tame. Deep Purple didn't merely meet my expectations, but they exceeded them!

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4.5/5

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BUH BUH BUHH BUH BUH DUH DUH BUH BUH BUHH DUH DUH I actually really liked this one Lazy and pictures of home slap

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Rock

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Amazing album. Probably the Deep Purple album I've heard the most.

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I would never have guessed this album is from 1972! Way ahead of their time and very metal rock. Smooooooke on the waaaaater

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Hørte på albumet tre ganger, veldig stilig. Mye keyboard. Likner litt på the doors, men muligens litt "mørkere" i følelsen. Smoke on the water og highway star åpenbare bangers

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This album contains a classic hit that most people heard one time too many. Even with that crux the rest of the album is amazing. Space trucking, highway star, lazy, ... all deserve as much adoration as smoke on the water. Almost 50 years old and still timeless

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classic 70s rock, whilst I think later generations have iterated and created newer and more unique sounds, this generation of musicians will remain somewhat timeless

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4/5

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Another classic I never got round to checking out. Of course I already know the majority of the songs. I've always loved Highway Star, and it is still the highlight of the album as far as I'm concerned. Just a really great rock album that is rightfully loved by many.

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Classic. Jon Lord's organ and Blackmore's guitar dominate.

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Classic rock, revs up my mornings

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Some classic tracks such as Smoke on the Water and Highway Superstar, and I really enjoyed the energy and musicianship.

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4/5 that was a good one!

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Avant de lancer cet album, je n'avais aucun doute sur la grande qualité de ce dernier, et pour cause: j'ai récemment rendu visite au père de robpalmière, dans sa caverne remplie de vinyls que vous connaissez desormais tous. A peine rentré dans sa demeure, je surprenais le père de rob en plein travail de ses gammes pantatoniques. Ses doigts défilaient sur sa guitare avec une aisance incroyable. Soudain, tout en continuant se partition de guitare, il réussit à enlever ses chaussures, et se mit a tapoter sur son piano avec ses orteils, accompagnant ainsi parfaitement sa guitare. C'est alors qu'il m'aperçut enfin: "Oh quelle surprise, salut Louis, ravi de te voir, installe toi". Il faut savoir que j'entretiens une relation étroite avec le père de rob, qui me considère comme son réel fils. En effet, rob et son père ne s'entendent pas du tout, et ne communiquent que très rarement depuis que rob a suggéré à son père d'écouter le dernier album des Crusaders. Mais passons. Une fois bien installé, et le père de rob ayant enfin fini sa divine performance musicale, nous commençons à discuter. Rapidement, j'expliquais la raison de ma visite: "Oui père de robpalmière, c'est aujourd'hui. Robert a généré Machine Head de Deep Purple. Que peux-tu me dire sur cet album?". Il se mit alors à tout me raconter, de la genèse du groupe, leur histoire, à une démonstration des suites d'accords les plus impressionnantes présentes sur cet album. Une mine d'information, divulguée avec passion. Après plusieurs heures, je pris enfin congé de mon hôte, non sans repartir avec un vinyl de 10cc, glissé dans mon sac par le patriarche de la famille palmière.

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Je pense ne rien apprendre à personne en avouant que j'étais en route pour le Generator Hostel au moment de l'écoute de cet album. À ma grande surprise, quand j'ouvris la porte du hall d'entrée, je tombai nez-à-nez avec Robert, perché sur son immense trône fabriqué à partir de CD non sélectionnés dans le grimoire. Je voudrais à cette occasion raconter brièvement la façon dont Robert, que vous connaissez sûrement pour la plupart sous le nom de Robert Dimery, s'est retrouvé à la tête d'un empire et d'une fortune colossale. Nous sommes en 2004. Robert est un journaliste musical assez peu apprécié dans son milieu. Rien que dans sa rédaction, il est tout simplement détesté par l'ensemble de ses collègues. Ces derniers le décrivent comme collant, imbuvable, retardataire, sale, etc... Sa façon de régler son casque-audio à fond et de le poser derrière ses oreilles afin que le son se diffuse dans la pièce a tendance à irriter ses collaborateurs. Il a d'ailleurs une autre habitude assez particulière ; quand il aperçoit quelqu'un se diriger vers la machine à café, il le rejoint et lui donne son avis sur son idole, Elvis Costello. « T'as vu Costello il a acheté un nouveau pull... ». Ses collègues le fuient autant qu'ils le peuvent. Un jour, c'est la goutte d'eau : « T'as vu Costello il a proféré des insultes racistes envers Ray Charles. Il a eu raison je trouve, t'en penses quoi toi ? » demande-t-il à son patron qui n'en croit pas ses oreilles et le vire instantanément. Après plusieurs mois de dépression durant lesquels il découvre les albums de Morrissey, il a soudain une idée totalement stupide : publier un grimoire compilant les 1001 meilleurs albums de tous les temps. Seulement voilà, au moment où cette idée lui vient, il n'en connaît que treize : ceux d'Elvis Costello et ceux de Morrissey. Robert n'a jamais rien écouté d'autre. Pour pallier ce problème, il décide de partir en Erasmus. Il dépose donc un dossier à l'Université la plus proche de chez lui dans lequel il hiérarchise trois destinations par ordre de préférence : Limoges en premier souhait, Périgueux en deuxième, et Saltsjöbaden en troisième. Ce dossier n'est pas assez bon pour prétendre au deux premières destinations et Robert se retrouve alors en Suède. Ses valises posées, il se rend très vite compte qu'il n'y a pas d'université dans la ville en question et qu'il va donc pouvoir consacrer tout son temps à ses recherches. Il enchaîne alors les soirées dans le but de trouver des musiciens et donc des albums pour son grimoire. Autour d'un chaudron de red mojito, il fait la connaissance de Goldfrapp, un groupe de musique se situant à l'exacte limite entre le médiocre et le ridicule mais qui lui permet d'ajouter deux albums à sa liste. « Et de quinze ! » se dit Robert qui compte alors sur ses doigts le nombre d'albums qui lui restent à trouver (986). Trois jours plus tard, alors qu'il marche dans l'artère marchande de sa commune, il entend une personne crier des insanités en direction de certains passants. Il le rejoint, lui demande son nom et le note sur son carnet : Jon Spencer. Rebelote quelques jours plus tard lorsqu'il enregistre le Penguin Cafe Orchestra lors d'une sortie au zoo. En 2005, il atteint le nombre 1000 albums. Il lui en manque donc un. Fatigué par ses recherches, il se résout à ajouter celui de son fils Mike Ladd et s'empresse de publier son grimoire désormais complet. Vous vous en doutez, il s'agit d'un bide monumental. Personne n'achète sa bouse. Pour recontextualiser, la seule manière d'écouter un album à l'époque est de l'acheter en CD. Or, acheter 1001 albums en CD coûterait à quiconque le souhaiterait une somme d'environ 15 000 €. De ce fait, lire ce grimoire reviendrait donc, par analogie, à regarder une émission de télévision dont le concept serait de regarder des gens cuisiner sans pouvoir goûter les plats ; ça n'a pas de sens. Robert a complètement raté son coup. Oui mais voilà, en 2020, le streaming s'est imposé comme mode de consommation principal de contenu musical. Presque tous les albums de sa liste sont disponibles sur les plateformes. C'est à ce moment précis que le générateur est créé. Son torchon se vend alors comme des petits pains et Robert rejoint bientôt les Jeff Bezos et compagnie au rang des plus grosses fortunes de la planète. Il se lance en 2010 dans l'hôtellerie et développe sa marque de Generator Hostel partout dans le monde. Je vous parlerai dans une critique ultérieure de la relation que j'ai avec lui mais il me semble que je viens déjà de vous donner un grand nombre de clés pour comprendre sa personnalité complexe.

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heard most of these before on live album, definitely solid sound.

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I enjoyed it more than I expected!

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I'll acknowledge that this isn't my version of heavy metal, but it is clean, finds its groove and executes well from start to finish. I can certainly appreciate it as a solid early hard rock album.

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Classic 70's power rock with some shades of psychedelia from the late 60's in there. A very powerful album for it's time.

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Classic guitar rock

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Not as great as “Live in Japan,” but obviously amazing

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Great guitar play but the rest of the album is just decent to good. Bit disappointed, expected a bit more progressive or heavier stuff. Seems to be going more into the direction of for example The Who, without ever reaching that greatness

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Nice, original songs, some of them classics

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Starts off strong with "Highway Star" but I found "Maybe I'm a Leo" to be a bit of a let-down. Everything after that is a banger, though! Great album, 4.5/5 stars

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Classic hard rock, sounds like it is the example of the genre.

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Smoke on water. Bam Bam baaam

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I know, Smoke on the Water has become a bit of a cliche with its highly recognizable, simplistic main riff. But listening to this music with fresh ears and putting oneself in the context of 1972, when heavy metal was still in its formative years, it's really fucking good. The combination of heavy, riff-based guitar and distorted Hammond organ stands out. 4 stars.

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Bière Molson et corvette, rock and roll baby.

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Pomimo, że mieliśmy niedawno okazję posłuchać wersji koncertowych większości utworów, to mimo wszystko tamte wykonania były znacząco inne. Tutaj jest wszystko bardziej dopracowane, bez udziwnień i to po prostu lepiej brzmi. Lazy i Highway Star zawsze na propsie.

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Dużo lepszy, niż album live z Tokio, a powtórzyły się aż 4 utwory. Nie rozumiem mani artystów z lepszym scenicznym brzmieniem, w obecnych czasach średniej półki słuchawki bez wzmacniacza są w stanie zapewnić o wiele wyższa jakość muzyki. I tak faktycznie tutaj można się doszukać bardzo dobrej linii melodycznej, dobrze brzmiącego wokalu I spasowania ze sobą głośności instrumentów - tego wszystkiego, czego brakowało na płycie live przez wciśnięte na scenie przysługiwał improwizacje wykonawców. Zaskoczeniem płyty dla mnie "Never Before", nie pasuje mi do niej za to "Lazy". Mimo to całość albumu spójna I sprawia wrażenie napisanego na kolanie, nieprzekombinowanego I po prostu gra ze sobą.

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An album with some of the best known Deep Purple tracks. An old friend, the ol' reliable, you name it. No surprises, no outbursts of joy. Just a really enjoyable portion of classic rock. Highlight: Space Truckin'

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Smoke on the Water is obnoxiously classic at this point. The whole album I feel follows the trends of the previous ones - good, but not amazing, little highlights or low points, great to listen to but too forgetable to come back to. Lazy is a stand-out, so is Smoke on the Water. 4/5

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Banging proto-metal in the opening and closing portions of the album, they revert to blues appropriation, as was the custom at the time, in the middle portion. Fave track - "Smoke on the Water" is obviously iconic, but "Highway Star" and "Space Truckin'" are prolly more fun to listen to....

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035036503530! Great album with some all time great songs. "Highway Star" is one of my favorite Rock Band songs to play even if it gets tiring by the end. "Smoke On The Water" is obviously one of the most well known songs of all time. I think every guitar player has played that classic riff at least once. My favorite track though is "When A Blind Man Cries" which unfortunately didn't make it on the original track listing. I just love the groovy band jam vibe of it.

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Классные песни, но это рок

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Like it!

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Listening to this album, I could just hear the influences on a bunch of 80s bands. Like if you told me Motley Crue, GNR, or Van Halen grew up listening to this stuff, I could totally see it. The entire album has pretty awesome guitar

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Good

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dudes rock

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4/26/2022 Today's Album: "Machine Head" by Deep Purple - This album is some serious dad rock if I've ever heard it, tapping into that early metal sound while maintaining a mostly generic 70's rock aesthetic. There's a lot of fun performances on here and I think the production is quite nice, but it's definitely an album that caters to it's demographic and just sticks to it. It's pretty much a by the numbers 70s rock outfit full with rock organ, bluesy solos, and 4 chord structures. There's even that classic hit Smoke On The Water, which sounds even more like dad rock in this context than it already did. I'm not saying this album is bad, but I also understand that I am someone who tends to like this kind of music and it really doesn't do much outside of just performing the genre. That being said, if you like dad rock, this album is stellar. The solos throughout are absolutely mind melting and the 7 minute track Lazy is just an all out jam session. I like how many ideas this band traverses in a single song and it really helps to make this album stand out from your typical rock group. There are songs that don't hit as hard as others on this project, but with a runtime of 40 minutes over only 8 tracks, the songs are over before you know it and you're onto the next impressive solo or headbanging chorus. Honestly, this feels like a record that I would be really really on the fence with, but the instrumental breaks and solos just keep bringing me in. Overall, I think this is an above average 70s rock album, but it also doesn't do a ton to really revolutionize the genre. Listen to this one if you like dad rock or can sit through any track if it's got a killer guitar solo. Highlights: Highway Star, Maybe I'm a Leo, Pictures of Home, Smoke On The Water, Lazy, Space Truckin', When A Blind Man Cries Score: 7.5/10 Dad rock, but some of the best of it's breed.

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I love Highway Star. This is a great blues-based hard rock album anchored by Smoke on the Water.

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Genre: Hard Rock 4/5 Oh, hell yes. Rip the hair of your balls rock and roll. It's motherfucking Machine Head. A classic album with classic songs from one of UK's best, the hard rockin' supergroup Deep Purple. An album I've listened to many, many times, and one that continues to reward repeat listens, Machine Head has some of rock and roll's biggest moments ever, and not just from the 70s. The riff from Smoke on the Water is one of popular music's most recognizable licks around, which some call simple and lame, while others deem it iconic and necessary. Deep Purple's synthesis of blues and hard rock wasn't the most unique at the time, but Deep Purple's technical talent set them apart from other hard rock outfits. Ritchie Blackmore on guitar, Ian Paice on drums, Roger Glover on bass, the classically trained Jon Lord on keys, and the incomparable Ian Gillan on lead vocals, made for one astounding rock group. Each musician enjoys their moment in the spotlight on this, as each song gives ample time for extreme noodling. The opener, another classic single, Highway Star, gives Blackmore and Lord plenty of time to showcase their brilliant playing. Space Truckin' provides time for Ian Paice to show off his solo talents, along with Pictures of Home (which even finds time for a Roger Glover bass solo!), all while Ian Gillan gives us some of rock's biggest and best vocal performances throughout this album. Great album that'll grow some hair on your chest, and keep you head banging till the final fade out.

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hadde faktisk aldri høyrt heile albumet før

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This groups was good by what I remember… The album opens with highway star the sonic is like an overexcited catapult of energy crashing into you only stopping for the awesome guitar solo. It’s an excellent opener though; maybe me from some 20 or so days ago would’ve written the length of the song as “ too pretentious” for an opener at 6 minutes, but it doesn’t feel like 6 minutes be honest. Deep purple just have the formula for long songs! Next is maybe I’m a leo it’s a slower track but still keeps the band’s essentials in tact it’s also quite playful for the song’s intro that bit goes but it’s cool while it was there. Pictures of home starts with a brief drum solo it’s quite a cool song to be fair it’s only three verses spanning 5 minutes but still cool. Strangely enough, it’s probably the way he sings it that makes the song unique. An odd favourite! Never before is good but not as good it’s essentially a dive into more of a pop rock sound it works really well for the album, especially the chorus and the slowed down bridge. Smoke on the water has one of the most simple but effective guitar riffs ever ( even I could probably do it). The bass line is also very cool and complements the song quite a bit. As far as the core of the song goes, the verse tell a good story and while the chorus doesn’t lyrically fit up too much with the verses it’s still a top tier chorus and a good song. Now the penultimate track lazy the intro is much more electronic than the others but it somehow works then the song goes into a more organic sound still with the cool keys though . The song is slow and fairly long but after the song’s 4 minute intro there’s a small sonic in there it’s alright not the best, especially with the harmonica solo. Way to ruin a near perfect album. The album finishes with space truckin the lyrics are dumb but it’s good feels like lazy was the end of the set list and this is the encore to the album decent sonic though. Well I must say it was close to a 5 fine it didn’t reach the heights of lets say child in time or flight of the rat on deep purple in rock it still was a consistently good effort that I would have returned to and I still will but lazy is such a drag that I will never touch again.

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As is probably the case for many, the only song I recognized before diving into this album was "Smoke on the Water", so I was pleasantly surprised (as someone who doesn't really listen to hard rock or heavy metal) to enjoy most of the songs, even adding a couple to my personal playlists. It was also cool to peak at the Wikipedia page and learn about the inspiration for "Smoke"!

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Classic rock like a precursor to AC/DC. Includes the overplayed Smoke On The Water - the other songs sound good too.

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