The House of Blue Light

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All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
Though it was considered a disappointment upon its release indeed, its production was much too sleek at times, and it lacked the creative daring of Perfect Strangers, 1987's House of Blue Light has actually stood the test of time just as well, if not better, than its predecessor. The second effort from the re-formed Mark II lineup, this album showed Deep Purple searching for an '80s-flavored hit single, and by doing so, sounding uncomfortably similar to guitarist Ritchie Blackmore's other band, Rainbow. Virtually all of the record's first half suffers from this especially "Unwritten Law" and "Bad Attitude", but things improve with the Eastern-flavored melodies of "The...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
Though it was considered a disappointment upon its release indeed, its production was much too sleek at times, and it lacked the creative daring of Perfect Strangers, 1987's House of Blue Light has actually stood the test of time just as well, if not better, than its predecessor. The second effort from the re-formed Mark II lineup, this album showed Deep Purple searching for an '80s-flavored hit single, and by doing so, sounding uncomfortably similar to guitarist Ritchie Blackmore's other band, Rainbow. Virtually all of the record's first half suffers from this especially "Unwritten Law" and "Bad Attitude", but things improve with the Eastern-flavored melodies of "The Spanish Archer" and "Strange Ways." The eerie sound textures explored on the latter evoke memories of classic Purple, and finally allow some space for soloing from Blackmore and keyboardist Jon Lord. And the telltale lyrics to the equally interesting "Mitzi Dupree" based on a true story, are vintage Ian Gillan, as the singer combines James Bond-style international intrigue with high comedy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/22/1999
  • Label: Umvd Special Markets
  • UPC: 731454616225
  • Catalog Number: 546162
  • Sales rank: 22,498

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bad Attitude (4:43)
  2. 2 The Unwritten Law (4:34)
  3. 3 Call of the Wild (4:50)
  4. 4 Mad Dog (4:29)
  5. 5 Black and White (3:39)
  6. 6 Hard Lovin' Woman (3:24)
  7. 7 The Spanish Archer (4:56)
  8. 8 Strangeways (5:56)
  9. 9 Mitzi Dupree (5:03)
  10. 10 Dead or Alive (4:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Deep Purple Primary Artist
Ian Gillan Harmonica, Conga, Vocals
Ritchie Blackmore Guitar
Roger Glover Synthesizer, Bass Guitar
Jon Lord Keyboards
Ian Paice Drums
Technical Credits
Deep Purple Producer
Roger Glover Producer
Nick Blagona Engineer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Dieter Zill Illustrations
Andrew W. Ellis Art Direction
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