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Editors’ Notes

1984’s comeback album told the world which lineup was considered the "real" Deep Purple. It wasn’t the original group with vocalist Rod Evans, but the second version: singer Ian Gillan, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, bassist Roger Glover, keyboardist Jon Lord, and drummer Ian Paice. The members had to leave their day jobs in Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Whitesnake, and Gary Moore’s backing band to make this happen. But when they did, they were amply rewarded: their 1985 U.S. tour was a mega-success. Live versions of these songs give them even greater room to run, but the charms of “Knocking at Your Back Door,” “Nobody’s Home," and “Perfect Strangers” were clearly enough for everyone involved to feel good about the chemistry. This remastered edition adds the cassette-only track “Not Responsible” and the instrumental track “Son of Alerik,” which had been released as a b-side to the “Perfect Strangers” 12” single in the U.K. 

Customer Reviews

For the musically impaired.

I am about to go all pompous on everyone. With the exception of the one guy who ran down the lineup changes (and even he called Coverdale "Roger" instead of "David", a typo, I'm sure), it seems as if you all only know Perfect Strangers and Machine Head. Don't get me wrong. I love this album but I don't know why it has to be compared with Machine Head and not their other stuff as Mark II. I realize Machine Head was their breakthrough and all but the other three albums they had were equally as good. If you want to start throwing songs around, why not Place In Line? Or Rat Bat Blue? How about Into The Fire? I admit that this lineup is the only one I really cared for, but if you are a true Purple fan you would mention some songs that haven't been over played on the radio. Maybe people who only think they really know music write these reviews, I don't know. As for this album, as great as it is, it does not have the feel of the older stuff. It is very polished and definitely has that 80's sound. That is not a bad thing, but it is not a better thing either. Like what you like and stop comparing.

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i have not heard this whole CD. i am mainly writing a review to criticize the guy who said smoke on the water is deep purple's only song. you sir, obviously haven't heard a lot of their good songs. smoke on the water isn't even THAT good. knockin' at your back door and perfect strangers are my favorite deep purple songs, along with highway star and space truckin'. if you listen to those four songs, i can almost guarantee you that you will regret writing that review.

This was the best, most underrated reunion of the eighties.

It is amazing that this is the same band that recorded Machine head and other Early 70's Purple Albums. Not that it better, or worse just different. The best thing about this lineup( and it is the exact lineup that recorded Machine head) is where everybody went between breakups. Ian Gillan leaves to start his own band, is replaced by Roger Coverdale, Blackmore and Glover Start RAINBOW with Ronnie Dio, Dio leaves Rainbow to replace Ozzy with Black Sabbath, Coverdale and remaining members start Whitesnake, Dio leaves Sabbath and Gillan becomes lead vocalist for Sabbath, then 1984 all original members reform Purple. That is impressive. And best of all the album that follows this, has some other songs that are just as great as these. House of the Blue light 1987, personal favorite Mitzi Dupree.

Biography

Formed: 1968 in Hertford, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Deep Purple survived a seemingly endless series of lineup changes and a dramatic mid-career shift from grandiose progressive rock to ear-shattering heavy metal to emerge as a true institution of the British hard rock community; once credited in The Guinness Book of World Records as the globe's loudest band, their revolving-door...
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