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MACHINE HEAD

Deep Purple

 

Proto-Prog

4.28 | 829 ratings

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toroddfuglesteg
4 stars No matter what I think about this album and whatever I write here; this album is a true classic rock album and a must-have. So this review is a waste of time.

I have lately returned to my childhood heroes Deep Purple and really dived down into their catalogue. I have found a lot of good stuff. This album has never been on the forefront of my Deep Purple catalogue. Which is a pity........ Machine Head is really an excellent hard rock album. Agressive, abrasive, loud, brash and strangely enough; progressive. The excellent Lazy is actually as close as Deep Purple can ever come to........ Jazz !! This album has surprisingly many good ideas and covers a lot of ground. So does my grin too. My grin covers more and more of my face after diving deeper into this album.

I am a big fan of the high energy version of Highway Star from Made In Japan. The studio version is almost as good. It is an absolute brilliant track with a lot of prog rock elements. Maybe I'm A Leo and Pictures Of Home also have some good elements, although they are not more than album fillers. The same can be said about Never Before. Smoke On The Water is an iconic track and the Mecca of all rock guitarists. It is also a very good song, although not the best on this album. Lazy comes across as a mix of jazz, prog rock and some hard rock. The second best song on this album after Highway Star. Space Truckin' is an excellent track with alot of psycodelia vibes.

The end result is a very good hard rock progressive rock album. I hate to admit it, but those who think this is an iconic album, is absolute right. Personally; I prefer Deep Purple In Rock, but this album runs it close.

4 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 4/5 |

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