Opening the iTunes Store.If iTunes doesn’t open, click the iTunes icon in your Dock or on your Windows desktop.Progress Indicator
Opening the iBooks Store.If iBooks doesn't open, click the iBooks app in your Dock.Progress Indicator

iTunes is the world's easiest way to organize and add to your digital media collection.

We are unable to find iTunes on your computer. To preview and buy music from Building the Machine by Glenn Hughes, download iTunes now.

Do you already have iTunes? Click I Have iTunes to open it now.

I Have iTunes Free Download
iTunes for Mac + PC

Building the Machine

Open iTunes to preview, buy and download music.

Album Review

Few musicians have had careers as diverse as Glenn Hughes. He began in hard rock outfit Trapeze before moving on to take the position of bassist for Deep Purple. He has also worked with Pat Travers, Phenomena, Black Sabbath, and even KLF (a techno group). All of this diversity seems to have had an effect on his music. It is a both a help and a hindrance on Building the Machine, his solo effort. While much of the music on the album is in a modern, bluesy, hard-rocking style somewhat in the vein of his old band, Deep Purple, there are a myriad of other sounds here. These range from a Lenny Kravitz-ish texture in points to funk and more. Even progressive rock and jazz leanings show up. This incredible diversity keeps things interesting, but also seems to make it difficult for the disc to serve up any kind of consistent texture. There are definitely some standout cuts, though — most notably the two covers. To be fair, one is not really a cover so much as Hughes was a co-writer of the original with Deep Purple. That track is the hard-hitting "Highball Shooter," which is done fairly straightforward here. The other cover is of Rare Earth's "I Just Want to Celebrate," a cut that has always been a funky rocking classic. Hughes plays it pretty well true to form here, but allows the number to rock out a bit more. Still, all the funk and killer vocal arrangements of the original are intact. Along with his core musicians (Gary Ferguson and J.J. Marsh) and several guests (most notably the aforementioned Travers), Hughes has given listeners an album with plenty of magical moments, but it just seems to lack direction at times.


Born: 21 August 1952 in Cannock, Staffordshire, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Starting out as the bassist and lead vocalist for English hard rockers Trapeze (which evolved from British soulsters the News) in 1969, Glenn Hughes achieved his greatest fame as the bass player of Deep Purple from 1974 until the group split in 1976. Hughes subsequently reconvened Trapeze (with no records resulting) and issued his solo debut, Play Me Out, in 1978. His next effort, recorded with guitarist Pat Thrall under the name Hughes/Thrall, appeared in 1983, and worked in the supergroup Phenomena...
Full bio
Building the Machine, Glenn Hughes
View in iTunes

Customer Ratings

We have not received enough ratings to display an average for this album.