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The House Of Blue Light

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Though it was considered a disappointment upon its release (indeed, its production was much too sleek at times, and it lacked the creative daring of Perfect Strangers), 1987's House of Blue Light has actually stood the test of time just as well, if not better, than its predecessor. The second effort from the re-formed Mark II lineup, this album showed Deep Purple searching for an '80s-flavored hit single, and by doing so, sounding uncomfortably similar to guitarist Ritchie Blackmore's other band, Rainbow. Virtually all of the record's first half suffers from this (especially "Unwritten Law" and "Bad Attitude"), but things improve with the Eastern-flavored melodies of "The Spanish Archer" and "Strange Ways." The eerie sound textures explored on the latter evoke memories of classic Purple, and finally allow some space for soloing from Blackmore and keyboardist Jon Lord. And the telltale lyrics to the equally interesting "Mitzi Dupree" (based on a true story), are vintage Ian Gillan, as the singer combines James Bond-style international intrigue with high comedy.

© Eduardo Rivadavia /TiVo

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1
Bad Attitude
00:04:46

Ritchie Blackmore, ComposerLyricist - Deep Purple, Producer, MainArtist - Ian Gillan, ComposerLyricist - Jon Lord, ComposerLyricist - Roger Glover, Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1986 Mercury Records

2
The Unwritten Law
00:04:36

Ritchie Blackmore, ComposerLyricist - Deep Purple, Producer, MainArtist - Ian Gillan, ComposerLyricist - Ian Paice, ComposerLyricist - Roger Glover, Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1987 The Island Def Jam Music Group

3
Call Of The Wild
00:04:54

Ritchie Blackmore, ComposerLyricist - Deep Purple, Producer, MainArtist - Ian Gillan, ComposerLyricist - Jon Lord, ComposerLyricist - Roger Glover, Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1986 Mercury Records

4
Mad Dog
00:04:33

Ritchie Blackmore, ComposerLyricist - Deep Purple, Producer, MainArtist - Ian Gillan, ComposerLyricist - Roger Glover, Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1987 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Black & White (Album Version)
00:03:41

Ritchie Blackmore, ComposerLyricist - Deep Purple, Producer, MainArtist - Ian Gillan, ComposerLyricist - Jon Lord, ComposerLyricist - Roger Glover, Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1987 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Hard Lovin' Woman
00:03:24

Ritchie Blackmore, ComposerLyricist - Deep Purple, Producer, MainArtist - Ian Gillan, ComposerLyricist - Roger Glover, Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1986 Mercury Records

7
The Spanish Archer (Album Version)
00:05:00

Ritchie Blackmore, ComposerLyricist - Deep Purple, Producer, MainArtist - Ian Gillan, ComposerLyricist - Roger Glover, Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1987 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Strangeways
00:05:58

Ritchie Blackmore, ComposerLyricist - Deep Purple, Producer, MainArtist - Ian Gillan, ComposerLyricist - Roger Glover, Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1986 Mercury Records

9
Mitzi Dupree
00:05:05

Ritchie Blackmore, ComposerLyricist - Deep Purple, Producer, MainArtist - Ian Gillan, ComposerLyricist - Roger Glover, Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1987 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Dead Or Alive
00:04:43

Ritchie Blackmore, ComposerLyricist - Deep Purple, Producer, MainArtist - Ian Gillan, ComposerLyricist - Roger Glover, Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1986 Mercury Records

Album review

Though it was considered a disappointment upon its release (indeed, its production was much too sleek at times, and it lacked the creative daring of Perfect Strangers), 1987's House of Blue Light has actually stood the test of time just as well, if not better, than its predecessor. The second effort from the re-formed Mark II lineup, this album showed Deep Purple searching for an '80s-flavored hit single, and by doing so, sounding uncomfortably similar to guitarist Ritchie Blackmore's other band, Rainbow. Virtually all of the record's first half suffers from this (especially "Unwritten Law" and "Bad Attitude"), but things improve with the Eastern-flavored melodies of "The Spanish Archer" and "Strange Ways." The eerie sound textures explored on the latter evoke memories of classic Purple, and finally allow some space for soloing from Blackmore and keyboardist Jon Lord. And the telltale lyrics to the equally interesting "Mitzi Dupree" (based on a true story), are vintage Ian Gillan, as the singer combines James Bond-style international intrigue with high comedy.

© Eduardo Rivadavia /TiVo

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