Sonic Gems – Deep Purple – Machine Head

In 1968 Herford England, probably no one knew that the progressive rock band Deep Purple would form and become a top originator of heavy metal and modern hard rock.  That shift occurred, however, in 1970 when the band became all the more heavier and together with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath formed the trinity of British hard rock.  So loud were they that the 1975 Guinness Book of World Records listed the band as the globe’s loudest band.  They sold over 100 million albums worldwide.

Throughout the years they have had multiple line ups of band members.  The most successful was their second lineup with Ian Gillan on vocals, Jon Lord on keys, Roger Glover on bass, Ian Paice on drums and, of course, the one and only Ritchie Blackmore on guitar.  This lines as active from 1969-1973, revived from 1984 through 1989 and again from 1992 to 1993.  Deep Purple was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016.

Machine Head is the sixth studio album and was recorded December 1971 in Montreux, Switzerland, before being released in March of 1972.   In the countless times I have played the music from this album, I believe I learned more than I could ever express a proper amount of gratitude for.  The musicianship is consummate.  The album reached number 1 in the United Kingdom and stayed in the Top 40 for 20 weeks.  In the United States, it reached number 7 and remained in the Billboard 200 for 118 weeks.

The riff from Smoke On the Water despite its rather dubious easiness became every misfit kid’s short cut to coolness.  But once you move past this trademark riff, the rest of the album provides a musician’s lexicon to extremely well crafted playing and a guide to writing music that has led me through a lifetime of musical wonderment.  For these reasons and a zillion more, Machine Head is rated a 10+out of 10 by Aloha Promises Forever.

You may listen to Machine Head here:




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Writer, poet, musician, surfer, father of two princesses.
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