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You may have noticed that I picked all of the song selections from merely one album out of Deep Purple’s vast catalog. That’s because, for the purpose of checking out the very roots and flavoring of metal, Machine Head is really all the Deep Purple you need in one handy little package. You’ve got it all here: the classic guitar riffs, the heavy drive, and the sense that everything just came together as lightning in a bottle, ushering in something different as far as rock and roll went. Whenever you hear of someone mentioning Deep Purple’s influence on heavy metal, this is the album they’re speaking of.

“Highway Star”

“Smoke On The Water”

“Space Truckin'”