Last month saw the 40th Anniversary pass of one of the most influential rock albums ever recorded. Deep Purple's 'Machine Head' was the bands 6th studio album and their most successful, topping the charts in the UK, Germany, Australia and Canada. It was also certified platinum and reached number 7 on the US Billboard charts.
Machine Head has frequently been cited as a main influence in the development of Heavy Metal. Alongside Led Zeppelin's IV and Black Sabbath's Paranoid, it has stood the test of time as one of the quintessential English hard rock albums since it's birth 40 years ago.
This documentary, featuring Jon Lord, Ian Gillan, Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Paice and Roger Glover gives an account of the events surrounding the recording of 'Machine Head' in December 1971 and the Casino fire on the 4th December which resulted in the band writing and recording 'Smoke On The Water'. Described as the "mother of all riffs" it became one of the most famous and instantly recognisable songs in history and it's simplicity made it a dream for all beginner rock guitarists wanting to sound like their heroes.