Deep Purple at their ultimate very best. The classic line up of Gillian, Blackmore, Lord, Glover and Paice. Too bad they only made a few albums with this grouping. Sure, we all know it’s tough to get along with Ritchie Blackmore, but the esoteric types usually are. Blackmore shreds & slings like there is no tomorrow on Machine Head. All the band members click her, but most notably are Blackmore & Ian Paice. Paice is one of the most under-rated drummers ever… he cooks on this album. His drumming is smooth and almost effortless. “Highway Star” and “Smoke on the Water” are two songs that any person even slightly interested in rock & roll will remember. But, the songs that didn’t make it to the radio (or got very little air play) are the ones that hold this great album together. “Pictures of Home”, “Maybe I’m a Leo”, “Never Before”… and “Lazy”… how can you not jump up from whatever you are doing and just run yourself silly? This classic hard rock is full of energy & heart. A 1972 essential in any rock library.