Machine Head

~ Release group by Deep Purple

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Machine Head 12" Vinyl 7 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 Head 12" Vinyl 7 Hör Zu SHZE 344 [none]
Machine Head 12" Vinyl 7 WARNER–PIONEER CORPORATION (Japanese holding company, 1972–1991), Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) P-8224W [none]
Machine Head 12" Vinyl 7 Purple Records (releases 1971-1979 , currently sub of EMI) TPSA 7504 [none]
Machine Head 12" Vinyl 7 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) BS 2607 [none]
Machine Head Cassette 7 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 Head Vinyl 7 Purple Records (releases 1971-1979 , currently sub of EMI) 1932611 [none]
Machine Head 12" Vinyl 7 Purple Records (releases 1971-1979 , currently sub of EMI) 038 15 7641 1, 1C 038-15 7641 1 5099915764119
Machine Head Cassette 7 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972), Fame, Purple Records (releases 1971-1979 , currently sub of EMI) 1C 238 15 7641 4 5099915764140
Machine Head CD 7 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 32XD-564 4988014313537
Machine Head CD 7 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 3100-2 075992732420
Machine Head CD 7 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) CDP 7 46242 2 077774624220
Machine Head CD 7 EMI Odeon Brazil 368 746242 2 077774624220
Machine Head (25th anniversary edition; made in EU) 2×CD 8 + 10 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 7243 8 59506 2 9 724385950629
Machine Head (25th anniversary edition; made in UK) 2×CD 8 + 10 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 7243 8 59506 2 9 724385950629
Machine Head CD 7 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) WPCR-1566 4943674156627
Machine Head (25th anniversary edition) 2×CD 10 + 8 Rhino (reissue label) R2 75622 081227562229
Machine Head DVD-Audio 18 Rhino (reissue label), Warner Archives R9 76664 081227666491
Machine Head Digital Media 7 Rhino (reissue label), Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 603497940790
Machine Head Vinyl 7 Rhino (reissue label) R1 75622 081227562212
Machine Head Hybrid SACD (CD layer) + Hybrid SACD (SACD layer) 7 + 10 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 07243 538601 2 7 724353860127
Machine Head Hybrid SACD (CD layer) + Hybrid SACD (SACD layer) 8 + 10 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)
Machine Head Digital Media 7 Rhino (reissue label), Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 081227883164
Machine Head CD 7 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) WPCR-12255 4943674061419
Machine Head SHM-CD 7 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) WPCR-13112 4943674083237
Machine Head CD 7 Audio Fidelity AFE 65 780014206529
Machine Head (Numbered, Limited HDCD 24 KT Gold CD Edition) HDCD 7 Audio Fidelity AFZ 065 780014206529
Machine Head Hybrid SACD (CD layer) + Hybrid SACD (SACD layer) 8 + 8 Warner Archives, Rhino (reissue label) WPCR-14166 4943674108886
Machine Head (40th anniversary deluxe edition) 4×CD + DVD-Video 8 + 8 + 9 + 9 + 18 Purple Records (releases 1971-1979 , currently sub of EMI) TPSAD 7504 5099946326928
Machine Head (40th anniversary edition) CD 8 Purple Records (releases 1971-1979 , currently sub of EMI) TPSAR 7504 5099946327420
Machine Head (Reissue) CD 7 Universal (plain logo: "Universal") B0144RDSDU 600753627358
Machine Head CD 7 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) CD 3100 07599273242
Machine Head CD 7 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 3100-2 081227976545
(unknown)
Machine Head (SACD to DTS 4.0) CD 10

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Smoke on the Water
included in: Machine Head / Burn
The Complete Albums 1970–1976
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000189625 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/1843 [info]
Wikidata: Q211742 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Machine Head (album) [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/Deep_Purple:Machine_Head_(1972) [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/deep_purple/machine_head/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/3r3n [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.