Allright! So if you remember from Monday’s post I mention the fact that Richie Blackmore and Roger Glover had shut down Rainbow and had reformed Deep Purple with Ian Gillian,Jon Lord(RIP) and Ian Paice.
Perfect Strangers the album was the masterpiece that resulted from this reactaviated group and I can honestly say today that this album is so wickedly good ….well let me tell Ya all about it!
1984 and the magazines like Metallion and Music Express here in Canada as well as Circus and Hit Parader south of the border(USA) were running adds on the soon to be released Perfect Strangers album.
Like any good 17 year old male at the time I bought into the hype! Boy am I ever glad I did! …
Smoke On The Water….Fire ……Bad!
KNOCKING AT YOUR BACK DOOR-Jon Lord begins the festivities with his Hammond B3 and you hear almost like violin sounds in the background and as it gets louder here comes Paice and his drums and Boom were off! Lord drives the Purple Bus on this track and its a great driving keyboard line! Glover nails down the bass and here’s Richie doing what Richie does best! Weaving in and out and mixing it up with Lords keys and Ian Gillian throws down some real awesomely good vocals and some wily Ol coyote sexual innuendo in the lines like “the log was in my pocket,when Lucy met the rocket” and “sweet Nancy was so fancy to get caught in her pantry!” Blackmore tosses down a solo that sounds like he’s inebriated but it works like a Gem! The band wrap up the mid section of the song and solos and rock it out one last time before Ian kicks Nancy and Lucy to the curb! Knockin is 7 minutes and 9 seconds of a hard rockers delight! Cunning Linguist! Watch the live video! It’s the deal….a great version and Ian Paice has the coolest mutton chops In Rock(that’s for you HMO!)
UNDER THE GUN-Purple flies out of the gate with a bang as all 4 dudes are locked n loaded and here’s Ian singing it. Under The Gun is a great track! Lord it even sounds like he taps into some 80s synth in this tune but don’t worry keyaholics there’s still a ton of Hammond B3 to spread around! The middle part of this tune is real good as it breakdowns into some Purple Like Polka and Richie ramps up on all cylinders and shreds his strat at the end of this tune! Drums are rolling and smashing along. Under The Gun just plain out rocks!
NOBODYS HOME-Paice nails down some cowbell and the Purple lads once again aren’t fooling around! This song starts off with a blistering pace and the music in this tune just plain flows with some neat little riffing between all the players. The chorus just rocks and Blackmore is in his element in Purple! Flinging out leads like no ones business and if you ? his business! He’ll punch In the face!
MEANSTREAK-the band including Ian rock right out of the gate with this straight ahead rock track propelled by Glovers Bass and the real cool smooth chorus about a Black Mamba and something bitter sweet! Yeah man another bonafide Classic and like I just said Black Mamba!
PERFECT STRANGERS-Another super duper Lord opener with the bad ass B3! Perfect Strangers is one of Deep Peeps best tracks! Gillian I love it when he sings chill like this song! The verses,chorus everything is just simply awesome! I love before the solo Lord goes Yonkers on his keyboard and throws down some Zep Kashmir stomps before Richie yet again sandblasts his Strat into orbit! Perfect Strangers= Perfect Song! Crank the video!
GYPSYS KISS-Richie starts off this barn burner with some neat little little pickings and than whoosh everyone is jacked and it’s full throttle ahead and Purple 84 proves without a doubt that they can push the pedal to the metal when duty calls! Well,why don’t ya crank the video my friends that I posted and right after the keyboard/guitar fest sing those classic Gillian lines..”John Wayne,The Alamo,Crazy Horse Geronamo,I’ll Smoke A Piece With You” Atta boy Ian sharing the peace pipe!
WASTED SUNSETS-is the slower song on here and it’s a great track. I like to call this one Musical Sunsets as it’s not your 1984ish kind of slop stink Journey balladeer! No Sir and No Mam. Wasted Sunsets is just that a bit of ooomph coming from Mutton Chops(Paice) and he drives this tune with his drums as Glover on bass keeps it Simple Simon while Ritchie, Jon and Ian contribute there parts nicely! Well put together tune that no one ever talks about when Purple is discussed….check it out! No there is not a video posted for this track its out there so go and do your Rock homework and check back with me later!
HUNGRY DAZE-this sounds like a Deep Purple Jig! Quick snappy keyboards with snappy snare blasts from Mutton Chops and Blackmore sizzling out quick little bolts of genius! That’s Hungry Daze! Even included is the middle part of the song where they go Daze like with Paice throwing down some quick little drums rolls and boom Gillian wails and the song is over!
IN CONCLUISON- in 1983 I owned one Deep Purple album(Greatest Hits ) 1984 rolls around and its 2 owned with Perfect Strangers and I can tell Ya all here that this album is lodged easily in my all time top 15 records! Perhaps even the back half of the top 10! Yep so when I wrote this review it was with the knowledge that this was gonna be a great one to review !
Unfotunately though the next Purple album did not deliver(House Of The Blue Light) in my eyes but it did feature the real good song Bad Attitude! Man if the Purps had included Bad Attitude on Perfect Strangers?? Wowzers !
Now if your looking for a ton of Purple Reviews check out MIKEYS Blog ….there you can spend hours reading all his reviews on everything Deep Purple! So the next rainy day that comes your way check out Mikes Blog….tell him DeKEs sent Ya!