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Pickin LeBrain’s….Deep Purple/Perfect Strangers

 

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!

Pickin LeBrains…Rainbow/Straight Between The Eyes

Welcome to Pickin LeBrains  Week here at Arena Rock….

Mikey himself is reading this  going ” wawazat Deke?”

I came across Mikes Word Press Blog when i was surfin one Sunday afternoon (about 3 years ago)and came across his site as I had googled Helix and BOOM a interview Mikey had conducted with Brian Vollmer appeared. I than commented on his blog and told him a Helix/Triumph story and also where i was from….

Mikey response was classic …he told me he went out with a PYSCHO Girl from Tbay and all his cassette tapes were  in Tbays landfill after the breakup!

Hahahaha….a musical blog friendship was born! Along with Mikey I got to know a bunch of great bloggers thru WordPress…Aaron,Rich,Sarca,HMO, James,mr 1537, and many others as well it’s a huge community and check out these guys/gals sites off to the right of my page under the title Fellow Friends.

Also you just maybe never know you might be next in line for a 3 album Personal Fav Salute!

So I thought for fun this week I would review 3 albums under the category of Pickin Lebrains! 3 bands that Mikey loves and knows every stitch,every nook and cranny of there music and for your reading pleasure for everyone else 3 albums by 3 artists I have not reviewed yet! Believe it or not but these 3 reviews this week I don’t think Tbone ever bought. I could be wrong and Tbone if your reading this, it may be the first week I don’t cheap shot you with a Nightranger,Y&T or Bad English Jab in print! Enjoy the week off my friend! Hip Hip Hooray!

First up…..Rainbow…..sorry Dorothy not that Rainbow but Richie Blackmores Rainbow featuring AOR Pop Tart Joe Lynn Turner on vocals,Bobby Rondelli on the drums,David Rosenthal on keys and Richies sidekick from his Deep Purple days Roger Glover on bass….

Rainbow I got into back in early 82 and that was due to John Young. He’s the fella I have discussed in various posts here at Arena Rock and you can read about him here under Nicknames.(on the right side of the page under Categories)

Straight Between The Eyes was my first ever Rainbow purchase that year of 1982 and why not its a great slice of Hard Rock done good…..

DEATH ALLEY DRIVER-this is a Kickin opener and as soon as I heard this track at John Youngs house I had to get my own copy! Death Alley Driver is just that, big sound (this album was recorded in Quebec at Le Studio) so the sonics are here! Richie goes nutty on his strat while  Rondelli pounds the gas pedal on his kit and Richie weaves up,and down his fretboard along with Rosenthals keys! Turner is a good hard rock AOR singer and here he proves it. This song is played fast and sets the tone and makes me as a young snot nosed kid take notice!

STONE COLD-for me this is the Rainbow I got know and sure I knew Ronnie James Dio was in Rainbow a while before in the 70s so I guess perhaps Turners voice was too tailor made for American audiences and well can Ya blame Richie? That’s were the dough is made and I’m sure they made dough off of this tune! This tune could have fit nicely on another big album at the time Foriegners 4 album. Watch the video posted to see what I’m yapping about!  Stone Cold is here though and it’s a good track and kudos to Rainbow for tacking on a slower tune 2nd track in! Who the hell does that ever?

BRING ON THE NITE(DREAM CHASER)-Bobby plays a quick snap happy drum beat on this tune and it’s too me sounding like another single kids with a real super catchy chorus and Richie cranks his guitar up during the solo and that’s to keep the metal heads like me happy basically tossing me a McHappy Blackmore Meal Deal during solo time. This is a real good song and it’s evident to me that Richie I’m  sure  woulda punched me in the mouth with the comment that Foreigner 4 was a huge influence  in this song and Stone Cold.

TITE SQUEEZE-This one sounds like a jam turned into a song! Love the Purplish sounds courtesy of the keys! Take a bow Mr Rosenthal! Love how the song shifts kooky gears after the chorus with Richie conducting the troops thru this tune.

TEARIN OUT MY HEART- Yeah you can tell by the title that this one is gonna be the slowey doughey balladeer song of the record and why not in Turner, Richie has the voice to do it and he does. Now this is a good song at the time I skipped it every time but here 33 years later and well it’s not too bad. Yeah call me Mush! For my money though Stone Cold is the better of the two! Having said that though I do dig when the song goes into the chorus it ramps into big power chords and Richie torches his fretboard with tons of blazing licks but stays in the frame of the song! Ahhh crap maybe I do like this song better than Stone Cold!??

POWER-Straight ahead rocker! The keys are cranked and Roger Glover is working the bass hard and Rondelli is playing a straight ahead groove on the drums while the dude in black keeps everyone in check and this is no nonsense Rainbow! Turner is giving his all vocally and Yep Rainbows a Rockin!

MISS MISSTREATED-great title! Richie leads the pack and another straight ahead rocker with once again the keys are  filling out the sound huge! Miss Misstreated is a romping good time rocker! Dig the chorus where the song courtesy of the keyboards sounds like it’s gonna come unhinged but thankfully that does not happen!

ROCK FEVER-Joe throws down some cliche lines like ” never seen you rock,never seen you roll…Rock Fever!”  The band does not deviate to far from the rock road and were good here if your looking for a no brainer 4 on the floor stomper! This is your track than and for 93.7 % of the time this  is my deal!

EYES OF FIRE-Wowzers now we’re talking! Eyes Of Fire is a big bombastic slab of progressive Rock served with a side order of Deep Purple! This song smashes and crashes with epic greatness and for me it’s one off those end of album Gems! All these players take this song to the next level! I friggin dig it! You can too crank the video!

IN CONCLUSION- Rainbow 1982 is my intro to there music and by early 1984 Rainbow is defunct as Blackmore and Glover revamp Deep Purple and release a masterpiece called Perfect Strangers! Rainbow though for me put out a real good hard rock album chocked full of Big Arena Rock and even though all these years later I hear some Foreigner in this record I tell Ya one thing I would rather have Rainbow nicking a bit off of 4 than Journeys Escape( as that one was the other big seller at the time! ) Gosh that would have been aweful!

Check back Wednesday for another instalment of PICKIN LeBRAINS!