Machine Head (studio album) by Deep Purple

Machine Head by Deep Purple
Year: 1972
Overall rank: 241st   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
83/100 (from 994 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 10 albums of 1972 (7th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1970s (59th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (241st)
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83/100 (from 994 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 82.7/100, a mean average of 81.9/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 82.8/100. The standard deviation for this album is 13.9.

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80/100
From 02/27/2023 18:01
A hugely influential album in the history of music and with all the quality that is on here you can see why this is the case. They start the album with an absolute classic that is Highway Star which gets you so pumped to listen to this release. Unfortunately this is then followed up by a 3 track run which isn't bad but they aren't great either. They are on the edge of being filler but the instrumentation, mainly the guitar work, saves them in my opinion. After this it is an energetic and full on ride to the finish with 4 massive songs that are just brilliant. Everything just comes together on these closing 4 songs and all you can do is sit back and admire the musical genius on display. This finale elevates the record so much and is probably my favourite run of songs in any Deep Purple record. Overall, a great experience that is full of power and quality which makes it so easy to fall in love with this release.
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From 08/05/2022 21:56
Don' t forget "when a blind man cries"
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From 07/03/2022 17:59
One of the albums that inspired heavy metal and all hard rock genres to come, my favorite album with Ian Gillan, Jon Lord here is top tier keyboardist ever
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From 02/06/2022 11:52
Top notch hard rock, Highway Star is an all time great. Smoke On The Water and Lazy are classics too. Amazing instrumentals on this one and the vigals are pretty consistent as well.
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From 10/06/2021 18:10
Machine Head was a monster album for Deep Purple and fans. The musicianship and vocals are excellent throughout. There are no filler songs at all. It's a wild excursion from beginning to end. Ritchie Blackmore is a killer guitarist. Jon Lord's keyboard playing is utterly innovative; he's like a second guitarist at times. Great album all around!
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From 09/27/2021 13:22
Obra maestra.
El mejor disco de los Purple y un imprescindible del hard Rock.
Canciones como Lazy o Highway Star son de lo mejorcito que se puede escuchar con Blackmore y Lord en su punto más álgido.
No sobra ni una sola canción y Smoke on the water sigue siendo un gran tema a pesar de su sobreexposición
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From 06/18/2021 14:52
one of my earliest purchases still excellent overall these years guitar, keyboards vocals the complete package.
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75/100
From 12/06/2020 15:30
So many iconic tunes, as classic as it gets.
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From 08/04/2020 23:48
Amazing instrumentation throughout! Highway Star is amongst my favorite guitar solos of all time. Pictures of Home and Lazy were also highlights for me. I have mixed feelings about Ian's vocals (a bit too....arena rock maybe on a couple of tracks?) and some of the lyrics here are uninspired.
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From 07/12/2020 18:44
A good album filled with hits, Pitcure of home, highway stars and space truckin' are my favs.
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