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In a world that is constantly changing and where trends and fashions are unforeseeable, Deep Purple are among the few reliable constant factors of music history. For more than 30 years now, they have enriched the spirit of rock music regularly with new albums, fascinating tours, and projects causing quite a stir. Five years after their latest studio album Abandon and three years after the ... Read more in Amazon's Deep Purple Store

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  • Vinyl (18 Dec. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B00AO7HQAG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 259,866 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Long before reunions became big-money pursuits, the key members of Deep Purple put aside differences that caused them to split in 1973 and, bowing not to financial concerns but public demand, reformed for their first album in 11 years and a subsequent blockbuster tour. While the record's title cleverly acknowledges the long time the musicians spent apart, everything about the LP confirms the inimitable blend of creative chemistry, crafty songwriting, and trademark skills shared by the five players. All the hallmark traits from Deep Purple's golden era (1970-1973) are on display throughout this platinum comeback affair, which has aged much better than most mid-80s efforts in terms of sound, performance, and content. At times mystical, aggressive, and dramatic, Perfect Strangers leaves a lasting impression courtesy of Ian Gillan's leather-lunged vocal range, Roger Glover's self-assured bass lines, Ian Paice's titanium-tough drumming, and the trade-off soloing between the wizard-like, vibrato-emboldened guitar playing of Ritchie Blackmore and voodoo-casting organ spells of Jon Lord. Compositions such as the hit ''Knocking at Your Back Door,'' hook-laden title track, and racing ''A Gypsy's Kiss'' could be deemed products of a supergroup. Yet calling them so shortchanges the artistry, as the posturing asides and attention-getting episodes common to such projects aren't here. Perfect Strangers is hard, heavy purity, the last album Deep Purple crafted of its kind - and one that stands right up to the ensemble's classic Fireball and Machine Head. Featuring dead-quiet surfaces, this Wax Cathedral LP is pressed at RTI.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kingcrimsonprog TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 July 2011
Format: Audio CD
Perfect Strangers, the 11th studio album by the band, and the fifth by the celebrated MKII line up (this meant the return of singer Ian Gillian and guitarist Ritchie Blackmore) which had not been together for 11 years. Furthermore it was Deep Purple's was first album at all in eight years.

The funk and soul elements on the previous three Deep Purple albums are gone, and the progressive and acoustic elements from Fireball are also absent. Stylistically, The album is a mixture of the style from Machine Head with some of the music from the time.

The album makes some concessions to the sounds of the 1980s, such as use of an autotuner on the chorus of single `Knocking At Your Back Door,' and some keyboard sounds and production techniques which wouldn't be found on the band's earlier music.

There is however, quite a strong collection of songs to be found on Perfect Strangers, the years had not adversely affected their musicianship and though certain sections may seem dated, the majority of the album is just well written and enjoyable rock music, with big guitar solos, flailing drum fills and furious key solos.

The album contains the concert favourite title track `Perfect Strangers,' which many Deep Purple fans would consider must listen stuff, the album isn't exactly full of filler either. The driving and hard closer `Not Responsible,' and the catchy `Gypsy's Kiss,' are both standouts and `Nobody's Home,' would fit well into any of the MKII albums from the 70s.

In summary; Perfect Strangers is a good Deep Purple album, the songs are good, the musicianship is exemplary and the only real flaw is that the production is a little too 80s in places. Highly recommended; For newcomers maybe not the first album you should get by the band, but if you already like the band this is definitely one to add to your collection.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Shrews_Tyke on 18 Jun. 2002
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I bought the original LP on vinyl back in 84 when the album was released. I only got eight tracks. This revamped version has all 10. Perfect Strangers (The track) blew me away when I first heard it! When they played it live on the following tour it was even better. Some great tracks from the best rock band ever, back together and back on form. The extra tracks:- Not Responsible has an excellent Ritchie Blackmore solo but Son of Aleric tends to drag a little. If you haven't got this buy it, if you've got the original stick with it. Still a great rock album after all these years.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sera69 on 27 May 2008
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My favourite Purple album by far.

I love virtually everything about it. From the simple, yet iconic DP logo that i scrawled on countless surfaces to the thick and heavy production.

From the opening riff of the dirty, dirty 'Knocking At Your Back Door' to the sprawling very 70's-esque title track, it's perfect Purple. Heavy, hard and tuneful with a dash of experimentation. It doesn't sound like supposed 'classic' Purple and it's all the better for it; this is a rejuvenated band showing the critics that there is still plenty of fuel in the tank and fire in the belly.

Blackmore is buzzing and the writing is top notch. I'd say there is no filler at all, although the blend of styles from the straight rock of 'Not Responsible' to the slow 'Wasted Sunsets' and the recurring Eastern motif's in that epic title track may divide some purists. These are also complete 'songs' rather than a stitched together showcase for the individual talents to shine. As such, i think there is a greater overall cohesion to this album than to many of Purple's other efforts. It is very much an album from a band on form.

One word must go to my favourite track 'Hungry Daze' which recalls the story telling of 'Smoke On The Water' a style of writing Deep Purple were always very good at. For some reason it always makes the hairs stand up and makes me want to stand up, jump up, play air guitar and sing-a-long. Any album with even one song that makes you want to do that is worth the money, especially at the price this classic is going for!

So buy it!
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By Cubby Kovu on 15 Feb. 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
After listening to this album for the first time ever I have to say it has some really quite awesome music on it

its solid 80's hard rock, and is everybit as good as some of the older stuff not quite as adventurous and not quite as Pure BUt the songs are awesome the playing is brilliant and Gillans voice is sounding utterly brilliant, compare to the last two albums which were ok but nothing great this album is an outstanding come back.

Some excellent guitar playing, perhaps the two things that are missing, is a bit more emphasis on the bass guitar like there used to be and maybe a bit more 70's style prouction so it sounded raw, having said that its sound just fantastic , Hugnry Daze has some awesome Keyboard playing catchy little intro and some wonderful guitar licks.Knocking at your back door caught my attention too
fabulous and solid and not nearly as bad as the bad reviews make it out to be I can't honestly find anything that is sooo bad that it merits reducing its star rating.

except maybe a 70's rediculous intrumental/extended keyboard solo/ guitar solo/ bass solo <<<< that would be nice a bass solo
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By RustInPeacePolaris on 24 Oct. 2011
Format: Audio CD
This is truly awesome for Purple's 80s comeback. A great start with the gritty Knocking At Your Back Door, then the ferocious anger of Under The Gun with a great "Land of Hope and Glory" Blackmore solo. Then we have the two weird ones, Nobody's Home and Mean Streak. The title song is amazing, with exellent keyboards and briliant singing from Gillan. A Gypsy's Kiss has Under The Gun's pace to it , but Wasted Sunsets is a bit muted and slow. Hungry Daze has got great bass and singing to it, and the same for Not Responsible. Then with have ultra-drums with Son Of Alerik, the instrumental. This is a great album and is worth listening to over and over again.
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