"Machine Head" was released on March 1st, 1972 – 40 years ago! The album was their sixth studio album and is simply one of the greatest albums ever recorded.
Below you can watch the entire Classic Albums feature (upper) on the making of "Machine Head". If the video don`t work in your area, try this location.
Also watch the brief documentary (lower) piece featuring Jon Lord, Ian Gillan, Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Paice and Roger Glover gives an overall summary of the events surrounding the recording of 'Machine Head' in December 1971 following the Casino fire of 4th December.
The recording according to Ritchie Blackmore:
"We had the Rolling Stones' mobile recording unit sitting outside in the snow, but to get there we had to run cable through two doors in the corridor into a room, through a bathroom and into another room, from which it went across a bed and out the veranda window, then ran along the balcony for about 100 feet and came back in through another bedroom window. It then went through that room's bathroom and into another corridor, then all the way down a marble staircase to the foyer reception area of the hotel, out the front door, across the courtyard and up the steps into the back of the mobile unit. I think that setup led to capturing some spontaneity, because once we got to the truck for a playback, even if we didn’t think it was a perfect take, we’d go, 'Yeah, that’s good enough.' Because we just couldn’t stand going back again."
2012 will see a series of special events and recordings celebrating this milestone in rock - stay tuned!