Machine Head

~ Release group by Deep Purple

Album

ReleaseArtistFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
Machine HeadDeep Purple12" Vinyl7
Pathé Marconi EMI (record company, renamed EMI Pathé Marconi in 1986), Purple Records (releases 1971-1979 , currently sub of EMI)2C 064 93261[none]
Machine HeadDeep Purple12" Vinyl7
Hör ZuSHZE 344[none]
Machine HeadDeep Purple12" Vinyl7
Warner-Pioneer Corporation (Japanese holding company, 1972–1991), Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)P-8224W[none]
Machine HeadDeep Purple12" Vinyl7
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)BS 2607[none]
Machine Head (Quadraphonic)Deep Purple12" Vinyl7
Purple Records (releases 1971-1979 , currently sub of EMI)Q4-TPSA-7504, Q4TPSA 7504[none]
Machine HeadDeep Purple12" Vinyl7
Purple Records (releases 1971-1979 , currently sub of EMI)1E 064 o 93261, TPSA 7504[none]
Machine HeadDeep Purple12" Vinyl7
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)BS4 2607
Machine HeadDeep PurpleCassette7
Purple Records (releases 1971-1979 , currently sub of EMI), EMI Electrola GmbH (not for release label use! DE subsidiary of EMI Records from 1972–2002)1 C 244-93 261, 1C 244-93 261
Machine HeadDeep Purple12" Vinyl7
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)P-10130W[none]
Machine HeadDeep PurpleVinyl7
Purple Records (releases 1971-1979 , currently sub of EMI)1932611[none]
Machine HeadDeep Purple12" Vinyl7
Purple Records (releases 1971-1979 , currently sub of EMI), Fame038 15 7641 1, 1C 038-15 7641 15099915764119
Machine HeadDeep Purple12" Vinyl7
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)P-10130W[none]
Machine HeadDeep PurpleCassette7
  • -1985
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972), Fame, Purple Records (releases 1971-1979 , currently sub of EMI)1C 238 15 7641 45099915764140
Machine HeadDeep PurpleCD7
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)CDP 7 46242 2077774624220
Machine HeadDeep PurpleCD7
  • JP1987-02-25
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)32XD-5644988014313537
Machine HeadDeep PurpleCD7
  • US1987-07-07
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)3100-2075992732420
Machine HeadDeep PurpleCD7
  • JP1989-02-10
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)20P2-26054988014726054
Machine HeadDeep PurpleCD7
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)CDP 7 46242 2077774624220
Machine HeadDeep PurpleCD7
EMI Odeon Brazil368 746242 2077774624220
Machine HeadDeep PurpleCD7
  • JP1996-10-10
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across), WEA Japan (Japanese artists' imprint - used to be the "main" manufacturer of Warner Music Japan)WPCR-867[none]
Machine Head (25th anniversary edition; made in EU)Deep Purple2×CD8 + 10
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)7243 8 59506 2 9724385950629
Machine Head (25th anniversary edition)Deep Purple2×CD8 + 10
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)7243 8 59506 2 9, CDDEEPP 3724385950629
Machine Head (25th anniversary edition; made in UK)Deep Purple2×CD8 + 10
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)7243 8 59506 2 9724385950629
Machine HeadDeep PurpleCD7
  • JP1998-04-15
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)WPCR-15664943674156627
Machine Head (25th anniversary edition)Deep Purple2×CD10 + 8
  • US1998-11-17
Rhino (reissue label)R2 75622081227562229
Machine Head (club edition)Deep Purple2×CD10 + 8
BMG Direct Marketing, Inc. (BMG company that owned their direct marketing company/club editions), Rhino (reissue label), Warner ArchivesD226435, R2 75622[none]
Machine HeadDeep PurpleDVD-Audio18
  • US2001-01-30
Rhino (reissue label), Warner ArchivesR9 76664081227666491
Machine HeadDeep PurpleDigital Media7
Rhino (reissue label), Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)603497940790
Machine HeadDeep PurpleVinyl7
  • US2003-11-18
Rhino (reissue label)R1 75622081227562212
Machine HeadDeep PurpleHybrid SACD (CD layer) + Hybrid SACD (SACD layer)7 + 10
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)07243 538601 2 7724353860127
Machine HeadDeep PurpleHybrid SACD (CD layer) + Hybrid SACD (SACD layer, 2 channels) + Hybrid SACD (SACD layer, multichannel)7 + 7 + 10
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)
Machine HeadDeep PurpleDigital Media7
  • US2005-02-08
Rhino (reissue label), Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)081227883164
Machine HeadDeep PurpleCD7
  • JP2006-02-22
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)WPCR-122554943674061419
Machine HeadDeep PurpleSHM-CD7
  • JP2008-09-17
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)WPCR-131124943674083237
Machine HeadDeep PurpleCD7
  • US2010-03-16
Audio FidelityAFE 65780014206529
Machine Head (Numbered, Limited HDCD 24 KT Gold CD Edition)Deep PurpleHDCD7
  • US2010-03-23
Audio FidelityAFZ 065780014206529
Machine HeadDeep PurpleHybrid SACD (CD layer) + Hybrid SACD (SACD layer, 2 channels) + Hybrid SACD (SACD layer, multichannel)8 + 8 + 8
  • JP2011-08-17
Warner Archives, Rhino (reissue label)WPCR-141664943674108886
Machine Head (40th anniversary deluxe edition)Deep Purple4×CD + DVD-Video8 + 8 + 9 + 9 + 18
  • XE2012-10-08
Purple Records (releases 1971-1979 , currently sub of EMI)TPSAD 75045099946326928
Machine HeadDeep PurpleDigital Media7
  • XW2012-10-08
Deep Purple (Overseas) Ltd.
Machine HeadDeep PurpleDigital Media8
  • MX2012-10-12
  • GB2012-10-12
Parlophone (UK)5099931955959
Machine Head (40th anniversary edition)Deep PurpleCD8
  • GB2012-10-12
Purple Records (releases 1971-1979 , currently sub of EMI)TPSAR 75045099946327420
Machine Head (Reissue)Deep PurpleCD7
  • AT2015-11-06
Universal (plain logo “Universal” used by Universal Music and Universal Pictures)600753627358
Machine HeadDeep Purple12" Vinyl7
  • XE2016-01-25
Purple Records (relaunched 1999)0600753635827, 3635827600753635827
Machine HeadDeep Purple2×CD8 + 9
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)R2 555153081227945299
Machine HeadDeep PurpleHQCD7
  • JP2019-08-07
Warner Records (2019–present; circle imprint with “Warner Records” next to it)WPCR-182364943674298235
Machine Head (180g vinyl)Deep Purple12" Vinyl7
Warner Records (2019–present; circle imprint with “Warner Records” next to it)0081227562212, R1 75622081227562212
Machine HeadDeep PurpleCD7EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)7 46242 2077774624220
Machine HeadDeep PurpleCD7Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)CD 310007599273242
Machine HeadDeep PurpleCD7Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)3100-2081227976545
Promotion
Machine HeadDeep PurpleDigital Media7
[none]

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:Smoke on the Water
included in:Machine Head / Burn
Machine Head / Who Do We Think We Are
The Complete Albums 1970–1976
supporting tours:Machine Head Tour
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/1843 [info]
lyrics page:https://genius.com/albums/Deep-purple/Machine-head [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/3r3n [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/deep_purple/machine_head/ [info]
https://www.metal-archives.com/albums/Deep_Purple/Machine_Head/3387 [info]
https://www.musik-sammler.de/album/6781/ [info]
https://www.musik-sammler.de/album/deep-purple-machine-head-6781/ [info]
https://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=9223 [info]
https://www.spirit-of-metal.com/en/album/Machine_Head/6383 [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000189625 [info]
Wikidata:Q211742 [info]

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Though not without its moments, 1971's Fireball described something of a non-descript holding pattern for Deep Purple. Not a bad album as such it was, artistically at least, a curious underachiever compared to In Rock. What they needed was something with as much impact and which delivered them new standards to ensure their upwards path. With not a lot of spare change in the pocket as far as new material went, the recording session was a fraught affair. Yet out of such adversity, Purple dug deep into their reserves producing their strongest and most consistent set.

Released in 1972, Machine Head become the benchmark against which everything that followed would be judged against. In the canon of heavy rock this is an album replete with classic tracks. Concise in nature, killer punches are only ever a minute away no matter which song you play. Vocalist Ian Gillan excels himself on "Highway Star," and "Never Before", the latter an excellent single, released ahead of the album covering both pop, rock and some righteously funky turn-arounds. Blackmore dominates the album turning in some of his most understated and reflective playing on "When A Blind Man Cries" (the b-side to the single and not included on the original album) and of course, "Smoke On The Water."

Its devastating simplicity is the foundation stone of the whole record and one of rock's most archetypal riffs. Not only heavy as hell, it was insanely catchy and the long-haired denim-wearing world grasped it to their bosom without a moment's hesitation. Detailing the burning of the casino near Lake Geneva (which caused yer actual smoke on the water), the lyrical content perhaps presaged the internal fires that would consume the group.

Released in May it went straight to number one but by August Gillan had resigned. Though he would stay on to record the live Made In Japan and the lack-lustre, Who Do We Think We Are, the mark II line-up was all over bar the shouting - and there was going to be plenty of that. Machine Head however remains their finest hour.