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Deep Purple's definitive Mark II lineup reunited for 1984's Perfect Strangers. It is one of the better examples of a reunion album, although the band's uneasy camaraderie only lasted a few more years. "Knocking at Your Back Door" opens the album with a roar. Ian Gillan's lyrics don't make much sense, but Ritchie Blackmore's guitar riffs and Ian Paice's thunderous drumming carry this song as well as the rest of the album. The robotic rhythm of the title cut relies on Jon Lord's organ work. The 1999 remastered reissue features the bonus track "Son of Alerik." This fascinating, mid-tempo, ten-minute instrumental was the B-side of the "Perfect Strangers" 12" single in the U.K.
Performance CreditsDeep Purple Primary Artist
Ritchie Blackmore Guitar
Roger Glover Synthesizer,Bass
Jon Lord Keyboards
Ian Paice Drums
Technical CreditsDeep Purple Producer
Ian Gillan Composer,Contributor
Ritchie Blackmore Composer,Contributor
Roger Glover Composer,Producer
Jon Lord Composer,Contributor
Nick Blagona Engineer
Ian Paice Composer,Contributor
Suha Gur Remixing
George Corsillo Cover Design
Bill Levy Art Direction
Craig Sprovach Logo Concept
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Many people, professional reviewers and laymen alike, have often said that, had Deep Purple never reformed, they would have remained legends forever. I can't really argue against that concept, as I haven't heard any of the Purple albums that followed, with or without Ritchie Blackmore. However, I can tell you that, when my friends and I found out that DP mk. II were going to reunite and cut an album, we were overjoyed, as we'd nearly worn our cassettes of Machine Head out. Perfect Strangers isn't a home run by any means, but it's a damned sight better than many reviewers thought at the time. It's a very consistent collection of songs, with "Perfect Strangers" and "Knocking at your Back Door" the standouts (it took me years to figure out that "Knocking..." was about, well, you know). This is a very respectable effort by the mk. II band, and is certainly nothing to hide or try to live down (those albums would come later; Purple without Blackmore is like the Stones without Keith Richards). If you're not a stone-cold DP fan, there isn't anything here to change your mind. If you're a fan, you've either got this already or are about to get it.
I bought this album when it first came out when I was with the USAF. Brings back great memories when I was in California. Love DP as far back as I can remember.
great album. I always loved Deep Purples work.