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DEEP PURPLE ‘Machine Head: Super Deluxe Edition’

Deep Purple’s Iconic “Machine Head” Gets The Super Deluxe Treatment

NB: This is the first in a series of Deep Purple Box Sets – I will be updating this page with more news as I get it. Phil Aston

I have more copies of Machine Head than any other album and I did think the 40th Anniversary of Deep Purple’s classic 1972 album was the last word. However in these days of multi format deluxe boxes it was only a matter of time before somebody thought …what about a Deep Purple box ?

So scheduled for release next month, this 3CD+Blu-ray+LP super deluxe edition will attempt to breathes new life into the English rock band’s sixth studio effort, renowned for its creation under extraordinary circumstances.

First of all I am the target audience and will certainly be getting this and to be fair if you missed out of the previous deluxe / anniversary editions this will tick every box.

What’s New in the Super Deluxe Edition?

Given its storied history and multiple reissues, one might wonder what the super deluxe edition brings to the table. The answer lies in the involvement of Dweezil Zappa, who has remixed the album in both stereo and Dolby Atmos. The new stereo mix graces the included coloured vinyl LP, strikingly presented in opaque white with hints of purple, and the first CD, which also features a 2024 remaster of the album. Additionally, the remixes include the ‘Never Before’ B-side, ‘When A Blind Man Cries’.

There are also two CDs are dedicated to live performances. the first from the March 1972 show at the Paris Theatre in London has been released many times and was last mixed in 2012.

The second is a previously unreleased audience recording from April 1971 at the Montreux Casino, featuring tracks from before the “Machine Head” era, such as ‘Child In Time’, ‘Speed King’, and ‘Strange Kind Of Woman’. From the blurb althought this sounds exciting it is an audience recording which given it’s age could be for completists only.

The Blu-ray audio disc features a new Atmos Mix, the original 1974 US Quad Mix, and three tracks in 5.1 Surround Sound. Curiously, the new stereo mix is absent from the Blu-ray, and the inclusion of only three tracks in 5.1 is odd considering the previous availability of the whole album in this format on DVD-Audio.

There is also a 60-page book filled with new sleeve notes, archive material, and rare photographs. Being an album sized hardback book this will be an added bonus for hard core purple fans.

Set for release on 29 March 2024 via Universal (excluding the USA) and Warners in America.

Dweezil Zappa 2024 Remix
“Highway Star”*
“Maybe I’m A Leo”*
“Pictures Of Home”*
“Never Before”*
“Smoke On The Water”*
“Lazy”*
“Space Truckin’”*
“When A Blind Man Cries” – B-side*

2024 Remaster
“Highway Star”
“Maybe I’m A Leo”
“Pictures Of Home”
“Never Before”
“Smoke On The Water”
“Lazy”
“Space Truckin’”
* previously unreleased

CD 2: In Concert ’72
Introduction
“Highway Star”
“Strange Kind Of Woman”
“Maybe I’m A Leo”
“Smoke On The Water”
“Never Before”
“Lazy”
“Space Truckin’”
“Lucille”
“Maybe I’m A Leo” – soundcheck

CD 3: Montreux ’71
“Swiss Yodel” *
“Speed King” *
“Strange Kind Of Woman” *
“Into The Fire” *
“Child In Time” *
“Paint It Black” *
“Wring That Neck (Hard Road)” *
“Black Night” *
“Lucille” *
* previously unreleased

Blu-ray Audio
Dweezil Zappa 2024 Atmos Remix
“Highway Star” *
“Maybe I’m A Leo” *
“Pictures Of Home” *
“Never Before” *
“Smoke On The Water” *
“Lazy” *
“Space Truckin’” *
“When A Blind Man Cries” – B-side *

1974 U.S. Quad Mix
“Highway Star”
“Maybe I’m A Leo”
“Pictures Of Home”
“Never Before”
“Smoke On The Water”
“Lazy”
“Space Truckin’”

Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound Mixes
“When A Blind Man Cries” – B-side
“Maybe I’m A Leo”
“Lazy”
* previously unreleased

Vinyl LP
Side One
“Highway Star”
“Maybe I’m A Leo”
“Pictures Of Home”
“Never Before”
Side Two
“Smoke On The Water”
“Lazy”
“When A Blind Man Cries” B-side
“Space Truckin’”

Phil Aston | Now Spinning Magazine

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