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Machine Head is the sixth studio album released by the English rock band Deep Purple. It was recorded during December in MontreuxSwitzerland, and released in March Machine Head is often cited as a major influence in the early development of the heavy metal music genre.
Commercially, it is Deep Purple's most successful album, topping the charts in several countries following its release. A mobile recording studio owned by the Rolling Stones had been booked and hotel reservations made,  but lead singer Ian Gillan contracted hepatitis. Cancelling a forthcoming tour of America, the band placed all their plans on hold, and Gillan was advised by his doctor to spend the next few months recuperating.
Nevertheless, enthused by the new project, the band travelled to Switzerland to begin recording. The band had performed there in May and enjoyed both the location and Claude Nobsfounder and general manager of the famous Montreux Jazz Festival. The Casino closed for refurbishments each winter, and so the band arrived there on 3 December. One last concert date remained, following which they were to have the location to themselves.
Frank Zappa 's concert of 4 December at the Casino was made infamous when a member of the audience fired a flare into the building's roof. Although there were no fatalities, the resultant fire ruined Deep Purple's plans. Bass player Roger Glover said he woke up one morning saying the title " Smoke on the Water " out loud.
Later Gillan, based on the title, wrote the lyrics describing the band's experience in Montreux, recording the Machine Head album. Ritchie Blackmore . As a new location the Pavilion proved to be impractical, Smoke On The Water - Deep Purple - Machine Head nearby residents flooded the local police station's switchboard to complain about the noise the band made.
Although the police were prevented from entering the building by the band's roadies, who held the venue's doors shut, the band were quickly evicted. They searched for other locations in which to record and settled on the empty Grand Hotel, on the edge of Montreux.
With the mobile recording unit parked at the main entrance, they set up at the Smoke On The Water - Deep Purple - Machine Head of one of the building's corridors, off the main lobby. This proved so arduous that they stopped listening to playbacks of their recordings, instead performing until they were satisfied with what they had. A song entitled " When a Blind Man Cries " was recorded during these sessions, but not included on the album. Instead, it was used as the B-side on the " Never Before " single.
The song appears as a bonus track on the album's 25th anniversary edition. The supporting tour for Machine Smoke On The Water - Deep Purple - Machine Head included a trip to Japan that would later become the double-live Made in Japan album. Machine Head hit the number one spot on the British charts within seven days of its release, remaining there for two weeks before returning in May for a further week. In Smoke On The Water - Deep Purple - Machine Head US, the album peaked at number seven and remained in the Billboard charts for two years.
Rolling Stone 's Lester Bangs praised the lyrics to " Highway Star " and " Space Truckin' " as well as the entire album's music, although he was less complimentary about the lyrics for the remaining songs: "In between those two Deep Purple classics lies nothing but good, hard-socking music, although some of the lyrics may leave a bit to be desired. And I am confident that I will love the next five Deep Purple albums madly so long as they sound exactly like these last three.
Machine Head contains classical and blues influences. Blackmore confirmed that the chord progression for the solos in "Highway Star" was inspired by the work of 18th-century composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Blackmore noted that Machine Head was recorded in about three weeks, remarking that "everything was natural and it all worked. But we had about a month off before Machine Headwhich allowed me to get my head together and write some stuff.
Machine Head is the subject of one of the Classic Albums series of documentaries about the making of famous albums. The 40th anniversary edition of Machine Head was released on 8 October by EMI; it is a five-disc set accompanied with fully illustrated page hardback booklet. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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