Ma­chine Head (1972)

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Like Ris­ing, Ma­chine Head came to­gether im­prob­a­bly quickly, writ­ten and recorded in just over two weeks at the Grand Ho­tel, Switzer­land. Smoke On The Wa­ter fa­mously doc­u­mented the ex­pe­ri­ence of see­ing their pre­ferred stu­dio, the Casino, burn down, with the Rolling Stones later step­ping in with their mo­bile stu­dio to get the al­bum tracked. High­way Star opens Ma­chine Head with a paean to street rac­ing hot-rods, Black­more a fast and fu­ri­ous fran­chise of his own. Then there’s Space Truckin’ with its Jupiter-sized groove, the psy­che­delic Lazy, on which Black­more’s lead phras­ing should be a taught sub­ject in any school of rock, on an al­bum that im­bued us all with our first riff.

Rec­om­mended track: Space Truckin’

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