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Machine Head 40th anniversary box set

Machine Head 40th anniversary box set

Deep Purple (Overseas) and EMI have announced a 40th anniversary box set edition of the Machine Head, to be released on October 8, 2012 (in Europe, presumably). This five discs special edition will be accompanied with illustrated 60 page hardback booklet.

Contents of the box set include:

  • CD1: original album 2012 remaster
  • CD2: 1997 remix by Roger Glover
  • CD3: original album quad SQ mix in stereo (2012 remaster)
  • CD4: In Concert ’72 – 2012 remix (recorded live at Paris Theatre, London 9th March 1972)
  • CD5: 2012 high resolution remaster and surround mix (DVD)

Booklet features:

  • Detailed essays from original bassist Roger Glover and Mojo magazine editor Phil Alexander
  • Quotations from Deep Purple fans Mikael Akerfelt, Luke Morley, Sebastian Vettel, Eddie Jordan, Brian Tatler, Janick Gers and Peter Hook.
  • An interview with famed photographer Didi Zill, whose photos of the legendary recording sessions in Switzerland illustrate the booklet.

40 Comments to “Machine Head 40th anniversary box set”:

  1. 1
    HardRockPete says:

    I don’t quite see the point in releasing all this stuff again, but…..that’s just me I guess!?!

  2. 2
    buttockss says:

    Have the 35th anniversary edition, which is good enough people . Not much needed here besides cd5, also own the 72 concert on dvd.

  3. 3
    Scoot says:

    I like the looks of this, especially the inclusion of the Paris Theater concert from 1972. To me, that’s what makes this package buyable….and I will.

  4. 4
    purpledaniel says:

    And we have even f1 guys Seb Vettel and Eddie Jordan that is really funny!
    A shame that the rehearsals from th In concert tapes are not to be included 🙁
    But otherwise a very important release.

  5. 5
    Peter says:

    Why don’t they just put it out on limited edition purple vinyl with out all remixing crap on it. But keep the bonus stuff on it. Peter

  6. 6
    peter chrisp says:

    What can we do, who do they think they are? Hate to quote “how many more times”, well i guess it had to happen, i remember way back in ’71 when the original came out on “vinyl” then over the years more “mixes” later, special editions, and now we get the “ultimate” edition, to me on a personal level it would have to rate one of the top 10 hard rock albums of all time? One thing i have noticed with many artists over the past few years, everyone seems to jumping on the bandwagon. The question is entirely up to you yes or no?

  7. 7
    John says:

    I do not quite to see the point for this releasing stuff
    This has been digitally remastered in 1997 as a double cd

    Money making style is sucks

  8. 8
    Radek says:

    Money, money, money….

  9. 9
    Ole Jacobsen says:

    Bought the Deep Purple – Machine Head (DVD Audio) 10 years ago. If this is the same as CD5 it would be worth it alopne. The DVD Audio version is easily the best sound experience. Lost the DVD Audio, it would be great with a normal DVD. 🙂

  10. 10
    Drdp says:

    A Must have. First Day Buyer!

  11. 11
    Matjaz says:

    I agree with the comment that there is nothing new here, except the new media, Record companies make us buying the same stuff over and over again. I am a bit fed up with this and luckily i kept all my vinyl records and am getting more and more back to the real analog stuff. What about new Made In Japan 40th anniversary set, compelting all three shows and as announced some time ago will also be released as 6 LP set.

  12. 12
    Anthony says:

    Generally I suppose its a welcomed release but the 35th anniversary release does the trick ( for me anyway )

  13. 13
    Anthony says:

    …sorry that should be 25th anniversay release doh! ( lol )

  14. 14
    purplepriest1965 says:

    At first I did not read carefully.

    I thought it would include a recording of the tour in the city of Paris : )

    I took a quick look in my map with 1972 boots I recently gathered from The Clock Went Backwards Again, Paris is not there!!!!

    They ve toured extensively in those years.
    Hopefully other recording will come on my way as well.

    I ll have to look up if they did gig in Paris in 1972.
    As far as I know Belgium and Holland were not on the tourlist.

    The recording I recently heard from Amsterdam 1973 sounds AWFUL.

    But weird to hear because of the story behind it.
    I always thought they only played a few songs.

    They stopped while doing Space Trucking. And as we know that’s quite a long way into the set.

  15. 15
    stephen says:

    4 You mention rehearsal tapes, not heard about that before do they exist and if so what is on them/what are they like.

  16. 16
    kontol says:

    what a wasting money making style
    I have my remastered edition 2 CDs,…that is enough for me

  17. 17
    cja74 says:

    This looks great. In Concert was one of my first DP albums and I will like to hear the ’72 part remastered. It will also be interesting to compare the new 2012 surround mix with the older SACD version. Can’t Wait!

  18. 18
    Rick Damigella (@LinerNotes) says:

    It will be interesting to hear what the new remixes on discs 1, 3 and 4 bring out. The new In Concert mix and the Surround DVD are what’s most interesting here, but I agree with purpledaniel, the rehearsals, or perhaps even demos, would have been a no brainer for a sixth disc.

  19. 19
    Rob says:

    I would prefer an ‘IN ROCK’ or ‘PERFECT STRANGERS’ version but still enough here of interest!!

  20. 20
    gillan says:

    The first two CDs are not necessary . They are nothing more than to raise the price of the box. Another remaster more? for what?
    Again the ’97 remix? I repeat. For what?
    The rest it’s ok

  21. 21
    purplepriest1965 says:

    A REMIX of the In Concert albums are very welcome, considering the job they did on Live On Stockholm 1970.
    That was a vast improvement.

    I wish had the equipment to fully appreciate certain remixes of MH but……..

    So, I m not sure if I ll buy it or download just the remixed Paris Theatre gig.

  22. 22
    Marcelo Soares says:

    I don’t know if my ears are accurate enough for CD5. And I don’t think I have the gear to correctly listen to CD3.

    All I know is this: I’ll buy it for the booklet.

  23. 23
    LRT says:

    The In Concert portion is already released in half form on hybrid disc, it will be no improvement from that and it made very little difference in sound to my ears to want to really listen to the whole thing like that, but if they did a better job it might suffice.

    Priest, read my comments, the In Concert portion is surround sound. That was never done to Stockholm.

    The bottom line is there isn’t hardly anything new here, but that is by far not the point at all. The point is to put them all in one nice box and celebrate the anniversary, even though it is quite late, which I’m sure had to do with the usual red tape factors. I’m behind this, the Re-Machined I am not, it’s nothing but a support joke to me. and I would drop a penny for that.(I have at least three of the quad mixes that aren’t offered here, the original DVD-A, the DTS from DVD-A and the transfered quad-8track to DVD versions) So for a completist this doesn’t even begin to reach the mark, but again it is not the point.

  24. 24
    purpledaniel says:


    Simon Robinson wrote not long ago that some rehearsals of the Paris theater gig existed but were not “great deal” in one of his latest DTB newsletters.

  25. 25
    Syed Shahroll Jamalulail (Malaysia) says:

    Great, can’t wait to have it. Do they have in vinyl format too? And how much does it cost?

  26. 26
    Ianfan says:

    How about releasing a new cd with some new old style purple sounding tunes on it. Then a U.S tour with another act that will create a buzz here in the states. Deep Purple and Black Country Communion would be a killer double bill!

  27. 27
    Ianfan says:

    In fact add a third act to the bill, Whitresnake. Bill the tour as The Purple Tree!

  28. 28
    Solaic says:

    Agree with many people here. yet another repackaging with no real sense behind it. The only way of repackaging that I would accept (and nobody did this excersise before) – to have a whatever remastered version and original version (how it sounded on vinil – a direct analog-to-digital transfer). Let people choose what they want to listen to. To me all these remasters are for young ears who are used to compressed sound. But in reality this music was not recorded like this back then….it sounded deeper, without any treble. Compare a standard first late 80-s CDs made without any sound processing and any re-master. These are two different sounds and two different groups. I prefer not modern but original sounding. Somebody enjoys clarity of sound and all this pin drops (although they were not there then!). Therefore ideal solution is to have both as a set so people can compare.

  29. 29
    Juan Sebastian Rubio says:

    aqui un video de Bonammasa y Barnes grabando Lazy.


  30. 30
    Alfredo vega says:

    Ganas de sacar mas dinero…por que no solo poner en venta solo los cd 3-4-5.? Ya muchos tenemos los primeros dos…

  31. 31
    Alfredo vega says:

    Ganas de sacar mas dinero…por que no solo poner en venta solo los cd 3-4-5.? Ya muchos tenemos los primeros dos…Así no vale la pena comprar este box set

  32. 32
    Roberto says:

    Any song will be worst than the original one…that’s what most of the time happen with covers (demonstrated even by ‘Highway star’ and ‘When a blind men cries’ covers of this compilation) but it’s alwyas a pleasure to see some Purple recognizement….

  33. 33
    Roberto says:

    oh yes, the wrong “post-position-comment”…sorry!

  34. 34
    Jim Irons says:

    Looking forward to adding this classic to my Purple collection.

  35. 35
    Tracy (Zero the Hero) Heyder says:

    Not sure I would throw down at ‘Cover vs. Original’ with a blanket statement that the original is always better. Purple’s first 3 albums were covered with covers and many of which are much better than the original. Hush, Hey Joe, Kentucky Woman. Yeah I know, that’s because Purple did it…..There are many others outside the Purple realm that follow suit also….”Live and let Die” where G&R covered the McCartney hit and totally improved upon it.

    Now, better or worst isn’t even the issue with Tribute albums. It’s musicians paying homage to songs that are worthy of revisiting and enjoying playing. Usually giving the song their own spin or interpretation, making it something worth listening to for a little different perspective. It would be pointless to cover the song note for note. Judging the cover version based on whether it isn’t as good as the original is also pointless. But as with any song, everyone has a different ear and taste, therefore some may actually prefer one to the other and in all actuality, neither would be wrong.


  36. 36
    Juan Sebastian Rubio says:


  37. 37
    Michael says:

    Waste of time and money. Another Purple rip off. This is getting as bad as the 1977-80 period where it was all crap comps of no substance. C’mon how about some unreleased live stuff from the period. I have plenty of boots that are up to sctatch for fans, so surely somebody at EMI could think outside of the box for once. Hang on, they got rid of all people that used to think!

  38. 38
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Did anybody hear the REMIX of the Live In Concert 1972(NOT to be mixed up with the DVD/VHS of the recording in Scanduinavia, please!!!!)?

    Cant find it yet on Amazon while I received my copy of the VINYL edition las weekend.

    Cheers, Mark

  39. 39
    Ile says:

    Hi, i bougt this VINYL from Stockhom and it was 30€! I am happy owner because this Machine Head is most important vinyl for me forever!!

    If you are really fan you must have all publications of Deep Purple!

    I have seen band 16 times on stage, but is not enough! Of course there are many good band in the wolrd but one is only one!!

  40. 40
    Dave says:

    Heard this at a mates place. Nothing new except the quad mixes, whic aren’t in tha same league as the RG remixed DVD-A 5.1 release that came out at the same time as the 25th anniversary 2-disc. Now that rocks!!!

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