Perfect Strangers (album)

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Perfect Strangers
Perfect Strangers (Deep Purple album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by
Released29 October 1984
RecordedAugust 1984
Studio"Horizons" in Stowe, Vermont, USA with Le Mobile Studio
GenreHard rock, heavy metal
Mercury (US only)
ProducerRoger Glover & Deep Purple
Deep Purple chronology
Come Taste the Band
Perfect Strangers
The House of Blue Light
Singles from Perfect Strangers
  1. "Perfect Strangers"
    Released: 1984
  2. "Knocking at Your Back Door"
    Released: 1984

Perfect Strangers is the eleventh studio album by the British rock band Deep Purple, released in October 1984. It represents the first (as well as the most successful) album recorded by the reformed 'Mark II' line-up.[1]

It was the first Deep Purple studio album in nine years, and the first with the Mk II line-up in eleven years, the last being Who Do We Think We Are in 1973. Ritchie Blackmore and Roger Glover arrived from Rainbow, Ian Gillan from Black Sabbath, Jon Lord from Whitesnake, and Ian Paice from Gary Moore's backing band.

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 1999 with the bonus instrumental track "Son of Alerik". The latter had previously been available as a B-side on the single "Perfect Strangers" in 1984.

The album was a commercial success, reaching #5 in the UK charts and #17 on the Billboard 200 in the US. Perfect Strangers was only the second Deep Purple studio album to be certified platinum in the US, following 1972's Machine Head.[2] The tour was so successful that the band had to book many additional dates to the US arena tour, as tickets sold out very quickly. Their US tour in 1985 out-grossed every artist that year except Bruce Springsteen.[3]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal10/10[4]
Rock Hard9.0/10[5]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[6]

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". But she also stated, "Blackmore's Strat has such a great roar that you're willing to just let it reverberate in your eardrums for a bit. And it's nice to hear Jon Lord's synthesized 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."[6] 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".[4]

"A great moment in time," suggested Glover, "but, as an album, it doesn't quite hang together."[7]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan and Roger Glover except where noted. "Not Responsible" was originally cassette and CD only, not on vinyl LP. "Son of Alerik" was not on original cassette, vinyl or CD release; used as an edited 7" B-side, or full version on the 12" of the "Perfect Strangers" single and the European version of the compilation Knocking at Your Back Door: The Best of Deep Purple in the 80's

Side one
1."Knocking at Your Back Door"7:09
2."Under the Gun"4:40
3."Nobody's Home" (Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Jon Lord, Ian Paice)4:01
4."Mean Streak"4:22
Side two
1."Perfect Strangers"5:31
2."A Gypsy's Kiss"5:14
3."Wasted Sunsets"3:58
4."Hungry Daze"5:01
5."Not Responsible"4:53


Deep Purple
  • Produced by Roger Glover and Deep Purple
  • Recorded at "Horizons", Stowe, Vermont with Le Mobile Studio, 1984
  • Mixed at Tennessee Tonstudio, Hamburg, Germany
  • Engineered by Nick Blagona
  • Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, New York



Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1985 Platinum (+ 1,000,000)[25]
Canada CRIA 1985 Platinum (+ 100,000)[26]
Germany BVMI 1985 Gold (+ 250,000)[27]
UK BPI 1984 Gold (+ 100,000)[28]
Argentina CAPIF 1984 Gold (+ 30,000)[citation needed]


Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Kerrang! United Kingdom "End of Year Lists – Top Album of 1984"[29] 1984 7


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