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One helluva ride


As promised earlier, Sound & Vision publishes their full review of the 2024 Machine Head remix:

The more aurally adventurous among us are in for one helluva ride. Dweezil’s stereo remix will indeed grab you in somewhat unexpected ways (a la “Never Before”), but it’s in Atmos where Machine Head gets to do some literal space truckin’ nonpareil. “Highway Star” is a balls-out ferocious assault wherein you can discern the layers in Ian Gillan’s stacked lead vocal tracks and get blown over by the clockwise swoosh of the keys-and-guitar-solo section. The 1974 quad version of “Highway Star” is a bit more compartmentalized, though you really do feel Ian Paice pummeling his drum kit. Back in Atmos, Ritchie Blackmore’s searing guitar solo on “Smoke on the Water” takes to the upper stratosphere — and be sure to listen for the vocalized, FZ-related Easter egg at the very end. Jon Lord’s keyboard clinic all throughout “Lazy” in Atmos almost makes the 2012 5.1 mix seem like it’s, well, sleepwalking.

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7 Comments to “One helluva ride”:

  1. 1
    Tony says:

    Up the revolution we’re all prepared to die
    Up the revolution that was the battle cry

    There’s gonna be Hell, Hell to pay
    There’s gonna be Hell, Hell to pay

  2. 2
    Uwe Hornung says:

    I think the whole thing was a worthy release and would look forward to Zappa junior doing more.

    He had a love for the music, but was not paralyzed by reverence, plus the fresh set of ears of a musician of a younger generation.

    Always liked how his dad produced Grand Funk too.


  3. 3
    Skippy O'Nasica says:

    @2 – “Good Singin’ Good Playin'” is a really good record, one of my GFR faves.

    Not only did FZ produce the record, it wouldn’t have happened without him. According to the liner notes, they had already broken up after “Born To Die”. Until FZ motivated them to make one more record.

    Which, happily, turned out to be a much more upbeat and fun LP to go out on.

  4. 4
    Rascal says:

    Waiting with baited breath for the lady gaga MH effort.

  5. 5
    James Steven Gemmell says:

    Even if they don’t ever play together again, it would be quite gratifying to see Blackmore, Gillan, Glover & Paice get together for a video-recorded reunion. Just discussing the old times, burying the hatchet. I’m sure that’s probably a pipe dream, but as they’re about to enter their 80s, it would be nice to have some closure, put a bow on things.

  6. 6
    Uwe Hornung says:

    No such luck, Rascal, she has decided to do In Rock instead.


  7. 7
    Uwe Hornung says:

    I’d be happy if they just met – even without any cameras trunning – shaking hands and saying to each other “No matter what pain in the arse you were and sometimes continue to be, I did some music with you that has stood the test of time. How are the kids?

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