Metallica's cover version of Deep Purple's "When A Blind Man Cries", which will be included on the "Re-Machined - A Tribute To Deep Purple's Machine Head" album, is now available as an official stream via Metallica's YouTube channel, Metallica TV, Blabbermouth reports. Check it out below.
Eagle Records will release "Re-Machined - A Tribute To Deep Purple's Machine Head" on September 25.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of this landmark album and in recognition of the influence of the band, and of "Machine Head" in particular. Some of rock music's biggest names have each contributed a version of their favorite track on the album to create "Re-Machined - A Tribute To Deep Purple's Machine Head".
There are two wildly differing versions of the album's most famous track "Smoke On The Water", one from guitar hero Carlos Santana with vocals by Jacoby Shaddix and one from alternative rockers Flaming Lips, and Metallica have contributed their own special take on "When A Blind Man Cries", a track recorded at the "Machine Head" sessions but originally released as the B-side to "Never Before".
Iron Maiden's"Space Truckin'" cover was actually recorded back in 2006. Lead singer Bruce Dickinson explains, "Initially we didn't think we'd be able to contribute anything due to our touring commitments. Then we remembered "Space Truckin'" which we'd recorded as a single B-side during our "A Matter Of Life And Death" album session, but never used. However now, thanks to Kevin Shirley's remixing skills, we're able to include it on "Re-Machined."
Drummer Lars Ulrich of Metallica, which is also recording a song for the upcoming Ronnie James Dio tribute album, previously said, "We were asked if we'd contribute to the anniversary of "Machine Head" — we can't turn that down. We're circling the Dio and PURPLE catalogs and hopefully we'll come up with something that is worthy of these wonderful men."
Initially released as a limited edition Classic Rock "fanpack" on September 3, this is a truly unique release that will appeal to rock fans everywhere.
"Re-Machined: A Tribute To Machine Head" track listing:
01. Smoke On The Water - Carlos Santana 02. Highway Star - Chickenfoot 03. Maybe I'm A Leo - Glenn Hughes, Chad Smith, Luis Maldonado 04. Pictures Of Home - Black Label Society 05. Never Before - Kings Of Chaos (Joe Elliott, Steve Stevens, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum, Arlan Schierbaum) 06. Smoke On The Water - The Flaming Lips 07. Lazy - Jimmy Barnes, Joe Bonamassa 08. Space Truckin' - Iron Maiden 09. When A Blind Man Cries – Metallica 10. Highway Star - Glenn Hughes, Steve Vai, Chad Smith, Lachlan Doley (exclusive track)
A 26-minute "behind-the-album" video can be seen below.
Several of the tracks — including Metallica's cover version of "When A Blind Man Cries" and Chickenoot's redntion of "Highway Star" — can be heard at UltimateClassicRock.com.
Metallica's cover version of "When A Blind Man Cries":