Deep Purple announces ‘Machine Head: Super Deluxe Edition’

The multi-disc set features previously unreleased content

Deep Purple unleashed one of the best guitar riffs since the invention of rock and roll with “Smoke On The Water,” a song dubbed Beethoven’s fifth of hard rock. Since its 1972 debut on Machine Head, the song and the album have left an indelible mark on music, inspiring countless bands worldwide.

Rhino honors the album’s enormous legacy with a comprehensive version introducing new mixes and previously unreleased live recordings. Machine Head: Super Deluxe Edition will be available on March 29th as a 3 CD/LP/Blu-ray set.

Highlighting the collection are several different versions of the album, including new stereo and Dolby Atmos mixes by Dweezil Zappa. The 1974 quadraphonic mix and a newly remastered version of the original album are also featured, adding depth to the extraordinary set. Zappa’s newly remixed stereo version of “Smoke On The Water” is available now digitally.

The Super Deluxe Edition also contains two captivating live performances. The first, recorded on March 9, 1972, at the Paris Theatre in London, captures the group’s unrivaled stage presence during the Machine Head Tour. The second, previously unreleased, was recorded in April 1971 at the Montreux Casino in Switzerland. The band planned to record Machine Head there that December, but the venue burned down right before the sessions began, an event immortalized in “Smoke On The Water.”

In the aftermath, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, keyboardist Jon Lord, singer Ian Gillan, bassist Roger Glover, and drummer Ian Paice relocated to the nearby Grand Hotel (empty for the winter season) to record the album. Despite the chaos, the band created its most successful album ever, topping the UK album chart and cracking the Top 10 in the US, earning a double platinum certification in 1986.

The previously unreleased Montreux concert promises to be a highlight for fans. The audience recording covers songs the band recorded before Machine Head, including “Child In Time” (from 1969’s Concerto for Group and Orchestra), “Speed King” (from 1970’s Deep Purple in Rock), and “Strange Kind Of Woman” (from 1971’s Fireball).

The new Dolby Atmos and 2024 mixes provide fresh and immersive perspectives on this classic album and were made by Zappa using the original tapes. In the liner notes, Zappa says, “It’s one of those records where I think, ‘How did they come up with this?’ It’s got classical influences in the guitar and the keyboard, but then it’s got the blues and there’s little bits of funkiness. And you have this singer who has the most killer voice. All these things come together in a way where it doesn’t sound like commercial music, yet people got really excited about it. It’s a fascinating recipe.”

CD 1: Machine Head

1. Highway Star [Dweezil Zappa 2024 Remix]
2. Maybe I’m A Leo [Dweezil Zappa 2024 Remix]
3. Pictures Of Home [Dweezil Zappa 2024 Remix]
4. Never Before [Dweezil Zappa 2024 Remix]
5. Smoke On The Water [Dweezil Zappa 2024 Remix]
6. Lazy [Dweezil Zappa 2024 Remix]
7. Space Truckin’ [Dweezil Zappa 2024 Remix]
8. When A Blind Man Cries (B-side) [Dweezil Zappa 2024 Remix]
9. Highway Star [2024 Remaster]
10. Maybe I’m A Leo [2024 Remaster]
11. Pictures Of Home [2024 Remaster]
12. Never Before
13. Smoke On The Water[2024 Remaster]
14. Lazy [2024 Remaster]
15. Space Truckin’ [2024 Remaster]

CD 2: In Concert ’72

1. Introduction
2. Highway Star
3. Strange Kind Of Woman
4. Maybe I’m A Leo
5. Smoke On The Water
6. Never Before
7. Lazy
8. Space Truckin’
9. Lucille
10. Maybe I’m A Leo (Soundcheck)

CD 3: Montreux ’71 [Previously Unreleased]

1. Swiss Yodel
2. Speed King
3. Strange Kind Of Woman
4. Into The Fire
5. Child In Time
6. Paint It Black
7. Wring That Neck (Hard Road)
8. Black Night
9. Lucille

Blu-ray: Audio Only

1. Highway Star [Dweezil Zappa 2024 Atmos Remix]
2. Maybe I’m A Leo [Dweezil Zappa 2024 Atmos Remix]
3. Pictures Of Home [Dweezil Zappa 2024 Atmos Remix]
4. Never Before [Dweezil Zappa 2024 Atmos Remix]
5. Smoke On The Water [Dweezil Zappa 2024 Atmos Remix]
6. Lazy [Dweezil Zappa 2024 Atmos Remix]
7. Space Truckin’ [Dweezil Zappa 2024 Atmos Remix]
8. When A Blind Man Cries (B-side) [Dweezil Zappa 2024 Atmos Remix]
9. Highway Star [1974 US Quad Mix]
10. Maybe I’m A Leo [1974 US Quad Mix]
11. Pictures Of Home [1974 US Quad Mix]
12. Never Before [1974 US Quad Mix]
13. Smoke On The Water [1974 US Quad Mix]
14. Lazy [1974 US Quad Mix]
15. Space Truckin’ [1974 US Quad Mix]
16. When A Blind Man Cries (B-side) [Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound Mixes]
17. Maybe I’m A Leo [Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound Mixes]
18. Lazy [Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound Mixes]

Buddy Iahn
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