Throughout their career, Deep Purple has sold over 24.2 million albums. Some of their albums have sold well in the US, while others haven’t.
The band is known for their catchy tunes, as well as their classic songs. Their biggest hits include “Smoke on the Water,” “Back in Black,” and “Whole Lotta Love.” They have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They have played over 30 tours across the globe. Their discography includes 10 multi-million-selling albums.
They helped define Hard Rock in the 70s. Their lineup was made up of five strong personalities. Their Mark II line-up included guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, keyboardist Jon Lord, bassist Roger Glover, and lead vocalist Ian Gillan.
Deep Purple released Machine Head in 1972. The album reached number one in the UK, but it didn’t do as well in the US. It was re-issued several times.
In the UK, Machine Head sold 2.8 million copies. It reached number seven on the Billboard 200, and it also sold 12 million live sets. It has been considered one of the best rock albums of all time.
Machine Head also helped establish traditional metal. The album features seven slabs of hard rock. The album was recorded in Montreux, Switzerland, in December 1971. The first single was “Highway Star.” This is a simple rocker, showcasing the band’s ability to write traditional ballads. The second single was inspired by a fire at the Montreux Casino.
The album’s biggest hit was “Smoke on the Water,” one of the most recognizable guitar riffs in rock history. Deep Purple also had an enormous number of singles and EPs sold in the USSR.