Machine Head

~ Release group by Deep Purple

Album

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
Machine Head12" 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 Head12" Vinyl7
Hör ZuSHZE 344[none]
Machine Head12" 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 Head12" Vinyl7
Purple Records (releases 1971-1979 , currently sub of EMI)TPSA 7504[none]
Machine Head12" Vinyl7
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)BS 2607[none]
Machine Head (Quadraphonic)12" Vinyl7
Purple Records (releases 1971-1979 , currently sub of EMI)Q4-TPSA-7504, Q4TPSA 7504[none]
Machine Head12" Vinyl7
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)BS4 2607
Machine HeadCassette7
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 Head12" Vinyl7
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)P-10130W[none]
Machine HeadVinyl7
Purple Records (releases 1971-1979 , currently sub of EMI)1932611[none]
Machine Head12" Vinyl7
Purple Records (releases 1971-1979 , currently sub of EMI), Fame038 15 7641 1, 1C 038-15 7641 15099915764119
Machine Head12" Vinyl7
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)P-10130W[none]
Machine HeadCassette7
  • -1985
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972), Fame, Purple Records (releases 1971-1979 , currently sub of EMI)1C 238 15 7641 45099915764140
Machine HeadCD7
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)CDP 7 46242 2077774624220
Machine HeadCD7
  • JP1987-02-25
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)32XD-5644988014313537
Machine HeadCD7
  • US1987-07-07
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)3100-2075992732420
Machine HeadCD7
  • JP1989-02-10
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)20P2-26054988014726054
Machine HeadCD7
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)CDP 7 46242 2077774624220
Machine HeadCD7
EMI Odeon Brazil368 746242 2077774624220
Machine HeadCD7
  • 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)2×CD8 + 10
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)7243 8 59506 2 9724385950629
Machine Head (25th anniversary edition)2×CD8 + 10
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)7243 8 59506 2 9, CDDEEPP 3724385950629
Machine Head (25th anniversary edition; made in UK)2×CD8 + 10
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)7243 8 59506 2 9724385950629
Machine HeadCD7
  • 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)2×CD10 + 8
  • US1998-11-17
Rhino (reissue label)R2 75622081227562229
Machine HeadDVD-Audio18
  • US2001-01-30
Rhino (reissue label), Warner ArchivesR9 76664081227666491
Machine HeadDigital Media7
Rhino (reissue label), Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)603497940790
Machine HeadVinyl7
  • US2003-11-18
Rhino (reissue label)R1 75622081227562212
Machine HeadHybrid SACD (CD layer) + Hybrid SACD (SACD layer)7 + 10
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)07243 538601 2 7724353860127
Machine HeadHybrid SACD (CD layer) + Hybrid SACD (SACD layer, 2 channels) + Hybrid SACD (SACD layer, multichannel)7 + 8 + 10
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)
Machine HeadDigital 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 HeadCD7
  • JP2006-02-22
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)WPCR-122554943674061419
Machine HeadSHM-CD7
  • JP2008-09-17
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)WPCR-131124943674083237
Machine HeadCD7
  • US2010-03-16
Audio FidelityAFE 65780014206529
Machine Head (Numbered, Limited HDCD 24 KT Gold CD Edition)HDCD7
  • US2010-03-23
Audio FidelityAFZ 065780014206529
Machine HeadHybrid 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)4×CD + DVD-Video8 + 8 + 9 + 9 + 18
  • XE2012-10-08
Purple Records (releases 1971-1979 , currently sub of EMI)TPSAD 75045099946326928
Machine HeadDigital Media7
  • XW2012-10-08
Deep Purple (Overseas) Ltd.
Machine HeadDigital Media8
  • MX2012-10-12
  • GB2012-10-12
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)5099931955959
Machine Head (40th anniversary edition)CD8
  • GB2012-10-12
Purple Records (releases 1971-1979 , currently sub of EMI)TPSAR 75045099946327420
Machine Head (Reissue)CD7
  • AT2015-11-06
Universal (plain logo: “Universal”)600753627358
Machine HeadHQCD7
  • JP2019-08-07
Warner Records (2019–present; circle imprint with “Warner Records” next to it)WPCR-182364943674298235
Machine HeadCD7EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)7 46242 2077774624220
Machine HeadCD7Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)CD 310007599273242
Machine HeadCD7Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)3100-2081227976545

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:Smoke on the Water
included in:Machine Head / Burn
The Complete Albums 1970–1976
supporting tours:Machine Head Tour
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/1843 [info]
lyrics page:http://lyrics.wikia.com/Deep_Purple:Machine_Head_(1972) [info]
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.