Machine Head (1972)
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’