More from Machine Head, Pictures of Home

Since I got to thinking about the Machine Head album (named after the gear mechanisms used to tune guitar and bass strings), I listened to perhaps my favorite track and will share it.

The high energy and driving beat of this song can distract one from its virtuosity. I first noticed the drum intro jumping seamlessly to the guitar when I watched a ‘making of” CD about the album–they played it together in the room. I also liked the lyrics with soaring mountain imagery:

I’m alone here
With emptiness, eagles and snow
Unfriendliness chilling my body
And whispering pictures of home

First the album version, and then an unleashed live performance 34 years later.

Leave a Reply