Perfect Strangers

Perfect Strangers

by Deep Purple
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Perfect Strangers

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/22/1999
Label: Mercury
UPC: 0731454604529
catalogNumber: 546045
Rank: 2038

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Deep Purple   Primary Artist
Ritchie Blackmore   Guitar
Roger Glover   Synthesizer,Bass
Jon Lord   Keyboards
Ian Paice   Drums

Technical Credits

Deep 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

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Perfect Strangers 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
SS70 More than 1 year ago
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.
Sportsnutim More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
great album. I always loved Deep Purples work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago