It was the most successful album recorded by the reformed 'Mark II' line-up. It was not until Blackmore left the group in that the issue was finally resolved. The CD and cassette versions of the album contained the extra track "Not Responsible" one of few Deep Purple songs with profane lyrics, as the word " fucking " can be heard in the song.
The album was remastered and reissued on 22 June with the bonus instrumental track "Son of Alerik". The latter had previously been available as a B-side on the single "Perfect Strangers" in The album was a commercial success, reaching 5 in the UK charts and 12 on the Billboard in the US.
Perfect Strangers was only the second Deep Purple studio album to be certified platinum in the United States, following 's Machine Head. Their U. The album received mixed reviews. Deborah Frost of Rolling Stone in a contemporary review remarked that, with the exception of the two singles, "The material consists of hastily knocked-off jams " and wondered if the release was just made "to cash in on the current heavy-metal craze. And it's nice to hear Jon Lord's unsynthesized organ squalls, Ian Paice's electrifying drumming, Ian Gillan's howls and whispers and Roger Glover's solid bass lines once again," although, "Instead of Glover, an outside producer might have forced the band to tighten up its licks and arrangements.
Canadian journalist Martin Popoff praised this comeback album which "only nods to the '70s" and concentrates "on songcraft rather than technical display," placing Deep Purple as "a reference point of a genre in metal without categorization. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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The rest is OK as well - there is no "stinker" on it. Even the CD bonus track is great: Not Responsible. It has simply a great production, Blackmore's guitar playing is great, also the keys from Jon Lord and the drumming from Ian Paice. It went to platinum in the US and had very high charts positions in Europe. I really love it and still listen to it regularly.
Matt Roy: One of my favourite albums of all time. I still remember the day I bought it and put the cassette into my car stereo. It stayed there for several weeks, listening to it over and over again.
I was so stoked to hear Gillan back in the band. The entire album is great. The standout tracks for me are Mean Streak and Perfect Strangers. Graham Tarry: Not played it much since I got it in Too much like post-Dio Rainbow, with little inspiration, but still top playing.
Good solid production, a couple of stand out tunes, but mainly filler. Adam Ranger: It has Wasted Sunsets so it's a winner for me. But yeah, I get the other comments. It's a bit formulaic apart from couple of songs, but way better than I thought it would be. And Wasted Sunsets is one of my favourite latter-day Purple songs though is hardly latter days Joe Cogan: This is actually my favourite Deep Purple album. For a band that tended to fly apart into chaos, bickering, and lineup changes at the drop of a floppy hat, it sounds like a band cooperating, listening to each other and writing some of the best songs of any lineup.
Being Deep Purple, it wouldn't last, alas, but this is a high water mark for them. Tony Rockall: This is where I came in. I was 14 and a mate loaned me this album, along with In Rock, on 12,"vinyl. Sorry to use the old cliche, but I felt blown away by the excellence of the music.
A couple of years later I was even more blown away when I read the band's history in the gatefold sleeve of The Anthology double LP. It was then I realised other great rock bands owed their existence to Purple.
I loved Perfect Strangers then. I love it still. I suppose I'll love it until I'm no longer around. Warren Bubb: Much better than we dared hope for and it's aged really well. One of my most played Purple albums. Bernard Daly: Funny, I seem to recall quite some excitement about Perfect Strangers prior to, and upon, its release. Think I recall the great Tommy Vance devoting a substantial segment to it one Friday night.
Just a tad young for their halcyon days. Loved it then; love it still Still rides high on my Desert Island Discs list! Mike Donnelly: I've been listening to this album since it came out.
I love the whole album from beginning to end, but Wasted Sunsets Gives me goosebumps. I always have to turn it up a little louder when that comes on. Great choice! Another note, there was a record shop by me when this came out that had some real cool owners who were Deep Purple fans.
When you walked in the front door, they had an autographed pic of Ian Gillan that he signed with "I'll drag your lungs out through your nose! All the best Ian" from Gypsy's Kiss. I always thought that was hilariously cool. The title track is sublime, and have stood the test of time. Not all songs were of real quality, a couple of plodders, but then again, this was a more than OK comeback album.
Fielding Fowler: So strange to think only 10 years passed from the lineup's last album to this one. I always loved Purple my favourite band but was in High School when this came out and very little when previous albums came out. Seemed like an "old band" coming back. Every song works. Knocking at your back door is a great opening way to reintroduce the band.
Under The Gun is another classic track. In all, the performance, rudiments, and picturesque lyrics are all excellent as is the long guitar lead by Blackmore to finish things up. The thundering motor-drive of rhythm by Glover and Paice supports the repeated call-and-response between Blackmore and Lord, followed by the strong, harmonized riff through the verses.
A short synth intro is interrupted by another classic Deep Purple riff and a good lyrical catch line. There is a nice upbeat chord progression, but it unfortunately all points towards the rather ho-hum hook.
This song contains a quasi-heavy-metal drive but with great melody and a really cool and subtle passage to the post-chorus Eastern-style phrasing. The rhythm is steady throughout, leaving Gillan the room to vocally paint the pictures of the rich scenery of the lyrics about reincarnation and passing through time.
This was followed up with a highly successful world tour that saw Deep Purple out-grossing every other artist except Bruce Springsteen inPerfect Strangers, an Album by Deep Purple. Released in on Polydor (catalog no. P33P; CD). Genres: Hard Rock.