V.A. – Re-Machined; A Tribute To Deep Purple’s Machine Head (2012)

Re-Machined; A Tribute To Deep Purple's Machine Head (2012) collectors edition

Collector’s Fan Pack


“Re-Machined; A Tribute To Deep Purple’s Machine Head” isn’t exactly a tribute album.

It’s in fact an official re-recording of Deep Purple’s seminal album ‘Machine Head’ – celebrating its 40th Anniversary – by some of the biggest names in today’s Rock music.

‘Machine Head’ has been re-interpreted by such genre star acts such as Chickenfoot, Metallica and Iron Maiden in addition to legendary guitarists Steve Vai, Carlos Santana, Joe Bonamassa and Zakk Wylde.

The result is truly successful, finding all these classic songs played with respect and first class music journalism. Some versions in style are faithful to the originals, some not.

Glenn Hughes & Chad Smith do some magic with their heavy funk take on “Maybe I’m A Leo”, Black Label Society rocks on “Pictures Of Home” with a hot version, while Jimmy Barnes & Joe Bonamassa shine in “Lazy”, although organist Arlan Schierbaum is the star there.

After that, Iron Maiden plays a good, heavy & loud “Space Truckin´” cover.

Metallica does “When A Blind Man Cries”, a b-side that R. Blackmore used to hate back in a day. Hetfield and Co. have been playing this tune for years as some kind of ballad, maintaining the Purple spirit and soul.

“Never Before” is played by Kings Of Chaos, somekind of supergroup feat. Joe Elliott, Steve Stevens and the once Gun ‘N Roses rhythm section; Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum. This is a groovy cover with a superb guitar work (as usual) by Stevens.

And then let’s talk about the real classics; I was really curious to listen “Smoke On The Water” by The Flaming Lips… such an odd choice. Well, it’s some kind of electronic weird re-work, totally bizarre and silly.

In the other hand, Santana & Jacoby Shaddix play a pretty same-as-original version of this eternal classic.

At the beginning of the CD Chickenfoot delivers a great rockin’ version of “Highway Star”, but the bonus one with Glenn Hughes makes you forget about this.

Originally Black Country Communion was going to do “Highway Star”, but Bonamassa was just too busy. So Chickenfoot did it.

When Hughes heard the news about Jon Lord’s death, wanted to record his own cover of “Highway Star” as tribute to Lord. So they got Steve Vai for a very quick, live and wonderful recording session.

According to Hughes; “Steve Vai is a king… he inspired me to really open up my pipes and go for it, which I did, for Jon.”

“Re-Machined: A Tribute to Machine Head” is a really good album.

It will be released at the end of the month, but I strongly recommend this Classic Rock’s Collector Fan Pack including the exclusive bonus track, plus an official, band-endorsed 124-page collector’s magazine featuring interviews with Metallica, Maiden, Chickenfoot, Bonamassa and Vai.


1. Smoke On The Water

Carlos Santana & Jacoby Shaddix

2. Highway Star


3. Maybe I’m A Leo

Glenn Hughes & Chad Smith

4. Pictures Of Home

Black Label Society

5. Never Before

Kings Of Chaos: Joe Elliott, Steve Stevens, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum

6. Smoke On The Water

Flaming Lips

7. Lazy

Jimmy Barnes with Joe Bonamassa

8. Space Truckin’

Iron Maiden

9. When A Blind Man Cries


10. Highway Star [Collector’s Fan Pack Bonus Track]

Glenn Hughes, Steve Vai, Chad Smith, Lachlan Doley

V.A. - Re-Machined; A Tribute To Deep Purple's Machine Head (2012) collector's fan pack



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