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I feel fullfilled by Perfect Strangers. Perhaps not after the first couple listens (maybe that's my problem?), but just like the other reunion albums from MK2, the more I played them, the better they got. The bottom line, all three reunion albums rocked when compared to other "oldies" rock bands. I'm so glad they didn't go the Aerosmith route. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Anyway, what's there not to like about the Perfect Strangers album, except perhaps, the dated production. I'd like to hear what Glover does with these tracks. A remix would be [sign in to see URL] by TURNING DOWN THE SNARE!

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No, but I've felt unfulfilled by *a* perfect sranger a few times emoticon

Seriously, though, if you compare PS to the band's heyday ('70-'73), yeah, it's a bit off. But I remember when it came out, it was on the heels of a pretty sucessful Raunbow lp, 2 ex-Mk@ members, 1 ex-Mk3 member and one well-respected ex-Rainbow drummer playing with an up-n-coming hard rock band called Whitesnake, and I think disenfranchised hard rock fans were gettin' sick & tired of the punk and new wave they were hearing on the radio. All things considered, PS was a fine effort by some fine musicians who wanted to get back on track.

Slaves And Masters? Now *that's* unfulfilling.

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Perfect Strangers is one of Purple's best records, ever!! For me it was a natural follow up to WDWTWA. VERY strong songs! I have never grown tired of it, and I still listen to it regurarly.



Interesting perspective. I've never viewed PS as a "natural follow-up" to WDWTWA. To me, it has always sounded like the natural follow-up to Bent Out Of Shape. More Hammond and better vocals, but musically it follows the direction Rainbow was heading in. I don't think the band ever captured the musical vibe of WDWTWA again, which is sad. It's my favorite DP album and had RB given a damn about the fans it could have been even more spectacular. Perfect Strangers is solid, but only contains flashes of the DP magic. That should not have been a surprise, because all the classic DP albums were moments caught in time. You can't recapture or recreate that. That said, I still listen to PS every now and then. It's a good rock album and when they get it right, it's spectacular.




I see it as a natural follow up to WDWTWA because some of the songs on PS could've been on the WDWTWA album. What makes the difference is the production and instrument sound (all very 80s sounding- not a good thing btw). I don't think the songs differs that much. Fx the riff to Nobodys Home could've easily fitted WDWTWA with a "70s production/ sound", and the same goes for Under The Gun, Perfect Strangers, A Gypsys Kiss, Hungry Daze and (maybe partly) Mean Streak. Try to picture those songs with Martin Birchs 70s production, Blackmore and Lord using their 70s gear and a more 70s sound for the drums.



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For me, Perfect Strangers was like salvation. I had been horribly disappointed by the post 1980 Rainbow, and the Gillan-era Black Sabbath album was only good in places. It was just marvelous to throw on Perfect Strangers: the title song to me sounded a little like what Rainbow (or Deep Purple) would have been had Gillan joined in 1979. In other words, fantastic.

I was awed by Knockin' At Your Back Door, and remain so to this day. Wasted Sunsets, Not Responsible, Hungry [sign in to see URL] amazing songs. Although it was apparently the start of Gillan's decline, his songwriting more than made up for the comparitive lack of power vocally.

I don't quite put PS up there with In Rock, Burn, or Made in Japan. But I think it ranks with Machine Head, Live in Paris '75 and Fireball. I continue to be phenomenally inspired by it, and rarely skip any tracks off of it. Even the lesser tracks, like Nobody's Home, Mean Streak, Under the Gun; they all become likable after repeated listenings.

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Cheers Andy, I have to give the album a spin again one of these days.
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It is a great album no doubt and Ritchie is shining all over it.
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Cheers Andy, I have to give the album a spin again one of these days.




So, Rami, you've spun it recently. What are your thoughts? Songs, guitar, drums, production...

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Cheers Andy, I have to give the album a spin again one of these days.




So, Rami, you've spun it recently. What are your thoughts? Songs, guitar, drums, production...



Sorry, I have missed this topic.

Hard to say anything else but I like it!

The production does sound mid-1980s but great!
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I hadn't heard PS for a long time. It recently came on my IPOD during my morning run. I forgot just how good this album is!!
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I liked PS from day one, still do. Of course it doesn't sound like In Rock, Fireball, MH, MiJ or WDWTWA; they're 11 years older. They were called a progressive hard rock band for a [sign in to see URL] progressed. I'm not knocking any of the 70s releases by any means; I love all of them but PS is the next logical step from WDWTWA.
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