One fine album Perfect Strangers is. Deep Purple got reunited with each other and didn’t it feel so good (for a few years that is) that they dropped Perfect Strangers in late 84. I bought Perfect Strangers early 85 as DP hooked in new recruits like me.
I was snapping up records left and right in 85 and DP with this record drew me right in. So much so that it is easily entrenched in my all-time Top 20 studio albums.
Perfect Strangers combines the best of 70s Purple with the technology of the 80s. By that I mean Jon Lord, not only was rocking his 70’s Hammond organ but also dabbled with some 80’s synth as well.
Purple in other words adapted.
(That back cover picture looks more like Mug shots than band pics!)
If Purple were thugs they would seriously kick your ass with this record. Blackmore and his 6 string strat wail on tunes like Under The Gun and Gypsys Kiss while the Man In Black eases right off the gas pedal on Wasted Sunsets which is a brilliant moody piece of rock.
Ian Gillian is a powerhouse of a singer. Not only that but he’s pretty funny when it comes to the fine art of lyrics.
Knocking At Your Back Door …
Sweet Nancy was so fancy
To get into her pants we
Had to be the aristocracy
The members that she toyed with
At her city club
Were something in diplomacy
So we put her on the hit list
Of a common cunning linguist
A master of many tongues
And now she eases gently
From her Austin to her Bentley
Suddenly she feels so young
Better yet for your viewing pleasure(below) here is the Mighty Purple back in 1984 laying it down while Knocking off the hinges off your back door if you crank this one loud enough.
The live video is the best as there’s Roger Glover dressed like he came off of Pablo Escobars Luxury Yacht. You got Ian Paice wearing the Gilligan hat while Blackmore is like twitching, tweaking, or something but what a six-stringer!
As good of a track, Knockin is, how about the title track that leads off Side 2.
Perfect Strangers is so good. Paice drives those drums almost Zep like. Keeping Roger Glover and his bass in check. Gillian while the music goes at mid-tempo clip Ian delivers a smooth vocal.
Perfect Strangers came into my life when I was 17 heading into 18 years young and to this day this album is still one of the all-time best.
Plus D.P did it right as I loved liner notes/lyrics/pics as packaging played a huge part in it as well as a hard rock fanatic I was diving into all things Hard Rock and Metal!
Give this one a spin or a stream!