Nobody's Perfect (Deep Purple album)

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Nobody's Perfect
Deep Purple Nobodys Perfect.jpg
Cover design by Hipgnosis
Live album by
ReleasedJune 1988
Recorded23 May 1987 – 26 February 1988
GenreHard rock
Length84:53 (1988 2LP edition)
74:00 (1988 CD)
LabelPolydor (UK)
Mercury (US)
ProducerRoger Glover & Deep Purple
Deep Purple live albums chronology
Live in London
Nobody's Perfect
Scandinavian Nights
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal5/10[2]

Nobody's Perfect is a live album released in 1988 by the British rock band Deep Purple. It was recorded during the tour in support of The House of Blue Light in 1987 in Europe and the US. The outer sleeve photography was designed by Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis.

Track transitions are marked by fades. It also contains a new live in studio version of "Hush" to commemorate their 20th anniversary. "Black Night" was also re-recorded but never released. "Hard Lovin' Woman" includes parts of "Under the Gun" during Blackmore's guitar solo. "Strange Kind of Woman" includes the "Superstar" chorus from Jesus Christ Superstar. "Woman from Tokyo" changes into "Everyday" by Buddy Holly halfway through. The album represented Deep Purple's setlist at the time, which consisted much of the typical Made in Japan set, combined with newer material from the 1984 reunion album Perfect Strangers and The House of Blue Light. Songs such as "The Unwritten Law" and "Difficult to Cure" (which included an extended-riff from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, 4th Movement) were played every night on the tour, but were not included on this album. On some nights they also played "Call of the Wild" or "Mad Dog".

Track listing[edit]

Some of the tracks are not necessarily included in every existing edition of the album. The original 1988 2LP release has 13 tracks, omitting "Dead or Alive". The 1988 cassette version includes "Dead or Alive", but omits "Bad Attitude". First 1-disc CD edition from 1988 consists of just 11 tracks, leaving out both of these and also "Space Truckin'". Finally, all the indicated tracks were included on the 1999 2CD remaster.

All tracks written by Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord and Ian Paice, except where noted.

Disc one
No.TitleRecorded atLength
1."Highway Star"Irvine Meadows, California on 23 May 19876:10
2."Strange Kind of Woman"Irvine Meadows, California on 23 May 19877:34
3."Dead or Alive" (Blackmore, Gillan, Glover)Milan, Italy on 4 September 19877:05
4."Perfect Strangers" (Blackmore, Gillan, Glover)Irvine Meadows, California on 23 May 19876:25
5."Hard Lovin' Woman" (Blackmore, Gillan, Glover)Oslo, Norway on 22 August 19875:03
6."Bad Attitude" (Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord)Phoenix, Arizona on 30 May 19875:30
7."Knocking at Your Back Door" (Blackmore, Gillan, Glover)Phoenix, Arizona on 30 May 198711:24
Disc two
No.TitleRecorded atLength
1."Child in Time"Phoenix, Arizona on 30 May 1987 and Oslo, Norway on 22 August 198710:36
2."Lazy"Phoenix, Arizona on 30 May 19875:10
3."Space Truckin'"Oslo, Norway on 22 August 19876:03
4."Black Night"Verona, Italy on 6 September 1987 and Oslo, Norway on 22 August 19876:06
5."Woman from Tokyo"Irvine Meadows, California on 23 May 19874:00
6."Smoke on the Water"Oslo, Norway on 22 August 19877:46
7."Hush" (Joe South)Live Jam at Hook End Manor on 26 February 19883:32


Deep Purple
  • Produced by Roger Glover and Deep Purple
  • Mixed at Outside Studios, Hook End Manor, England 11 February - 16 March 1988
  • Engineered by Nick Davis
  • Assistant engineer: Simon Metcalfe



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  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 91. ISBN 978-1894959315.
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