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Deep Purple - House of Blue Light [CD]
- Deep Purple - House of Blue Light [CD]
- Deep Purple: Ian Gillan (vocals, harmonica, congas); Ritchie Blackmore (guitar); Jon Lord (keyboards, synthesizer); Roger Glover (synthesizer, bass); Ian Paice (drums).
- Recorded at The Playhouse, Stowe, Vermont.
- Personnel: Ian Gillan (vocals, harmonica, congas); Ritchie Blackmore (guitar); Jon Lord (keyboards); Roger Glover (synthesizer, bass guitar); Ian Paice (drums).
- Recording information: Playhouse, Stowe, VT.
- Illustrator: Dieter Zill.
- During the '80s, Deep Purple, like Aerosmith, was a hard rock giant of the prior decade that ended up getting a second career chance. Three years after the band's triumphant 1984 comeback, PERFECT STRANGERS, the band released HOUSE OF BLUE LIGHT, a follow-up that continued showcasing the band's sweeping brand of hard rock.
- Anchored by the solid rhythm section of drummer Ian Paice and bassist/producer Roger Glover, the formidable triumvirate of Ian Gillan, Ritchie Blackmore, and Jon Lord drove these songs of devil women and outlaw living. As always, Gillan's forceful vocals and quirky lyrics brought to life femme fatales in songs like "Call of the Wild," "Hard Lovin' Woman," and the bluesy "Mitzie Dupree." The iron-lunged vocalist even wails a bit on harp before tossing in the kind of glass-breaking phrasing on "Black & White" that made "Highway Star" such a classic cut. When Lord's new-fangled synthesizers aren't replicating string sections on "The Unwritten Law," his trademark organ juices up songs like "Bad Attitude." Blackmore tattoos his distinctive string-bending technique all over BLUE LIGHT and particularly shines on "Dead or Alive."
|Producer:||Deep Purple; Roger Glover|
|Format:||CD (1 Disc); Stereo|
|Release Date:||21 March, 2002|
1. Bad Attitude
2. The Unwriiten Law
3. Call Of The Wild
4. Mad Dog
5. Black And White
6. Hard Lovin' Woman
7. The Spanish Archer
9. Mitzie Dupree
10. Dead Or Alive
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Released in 1987, Deep Purple's second "reunion album" was overlooked upon release, but is actually one of their most precisely formulaic albums since "In Rock." While it's not as daring as their 70s releases, "Blue Light" is a highly enjoyable blueprint for the plan of finding a hit. Each track sounds like an attempt to score a hit single, which means the band rarely crosses any musical boundaries, but that's part of the album's hard-edged charm. Despite a strict, limited approach, Deep Purple's musicianship still carries the power of a fiery chariot battalion, and they gut it out on each song with admirability. What's most important is that the group takes the seemingly cliched ideas of 'Mad Dog,' 'Bad Attitude,' or 'Black and White' and presents them as stunning, addictive hard rock tracks. If one were to hand these musical ideas to most other bands, the results would not be as satisfying. Ian Gillan's lyrics do the impossible task of sounding fresh, despite the limited formula, and Richie Blackmore and Jon Lord are typically dazzling, anchored by the rhythm section of producer Roger Glover and Ian Paice. Virtually all of the music here is catchy and exciting, most notably on the addictive 'Call of the Wild,' 'The Unwritten Law,' 'The Spanish Archer,' and 'Dead Or Alive,' a song that expresses the dangers of drug addiction, with a very frank, that's-the-way-it-is perspective, preached with force by musicians who have been there and back. 'Hard Lovin' Woman,' 'Bad Attitude,' and 'Dead Or Alive' would be featured on the in-concert "Nobody's Perfect," the latter receiving a blazing treatment including a slightly bluesy intro.
Everyone's favourite Purple lineup (Gillan, Glover, Blackmore, Paice and Lord) released 2 studio albums in the 80s (this was the second, after Perfect Strangers). We all know that their style changed noticably over the years, influenced by changes in the band lineup, and the passage of time, but the MKII albums of the 80s are amongst my favourites...probably due to nostalgia as much as anything. Most-listened-to tracks: 'Call of the Wild', and 'Dead or Alive'.
1 Bad attitude
2 The unwritten law
3 Call of the wild
4 Mad dog
5 Black & white
6 Hard lovin' woman
7 The Spanish archer
9 Mitzi Dupree
10 Dead or alive
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