Album I can't live without: Machine Head
The album I can't live without
Machine Head by Deep Purple is the first album I felt changed my whole perspective on life.
I first heard it when I was about 12 years old. My older brothers and sister were in to The Beatles and never understood the attraction.
It was very moving and revolutionary. It has a brilliant mix of songs from rock to blues and lyrical ballads.
When I heard Deep Purple's Smoke on the Water, I just had to have the album. The variety of music and lyrics captured me instantly.
Fortunately, The Beatles became a distant bad dream from that point on. I then progressed on to Led Zeppelin.
Obviously Smoke on the Water was my favourite, but once I heard their other music and the tune Lazy, that became my favourite because of the organ start leading in to a rock'n'roll-blues style and then rolling in to the lyrics.
It is a fantastic transformation that never fails to stimulate me. The fast beat and the laconic lyrics are mesmerising.
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