*DEEP PURPLE: Perfect Strangers [Record bag has lyrics + colour photo. PROMOTIONAL COPY (STAMPED WITH GOLDEN LETTERS IN THE BACK OF THE SLEEVE).
Label: Mercury – 824 003-1 M-1 (on the spine of the jacket / picture sleeve), Mercury – 422-824 003-1 M-1 (on the labels of the disc)
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Allied Pressing
Genre: Rock, Arena Rock, Classic Rock,Hard Rock
A1 Knocking At Your Back Door 7:00
A2 Under The Gun 4:35
A3 Nobody’s Home 3:55
A4 Mean Streak 4:20
B1 Perfect Strangers 5:23
B2 A Gypsy’s Kiss 4:40
B3 Wasted Sunsets 3:55
B4 Hungry Daze 4:44
Record Company – PolyGram Records, Inc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – PolyGram Records, Inc.
Recorded At – Horizons, Stowe, Vermont
Recorded By – Le Mobile
Mastered At – Sterling Sound
Producer – Deep Purple, Roger Glover
Allied Record Company pressing as denoted by ’22’ printed on labels and ‘Ɋ’ (Allied logo) stamped in run-outs.
LP housed in thick, card-stock, lyric inner sleeve.
Catalog Number 824 003-1 M-1 on spine & inner sleeve.
Catalog Number 422-824 003-1 M-1 on labels.
Barcode (Written): 0 422-824003-1 4
Barcode (Scanned): 042282400314
Matrix / Runout (Side A Etched; Ɋ stamped; F circled): instead of the 422 824-003-1-003-1-AS-ALD Ɋ B-20272-ALD SLM ▲ 82681-1 F it actually has the following: 422 824-003-1-003-1-As-ALD Ɋ B-20270-ALD SLM ▲ 82681-1
Matrix / Runout (Side B Etched; Ɋ stamped; First A crossed out; last X circled): instead of the 422 824-003-1-003-1- ABS-ALD SLM ▲ 8268-X 1-1 Ɋ B-20271-ALD X it actually has the following: 422 824-003-1-003-1- ABS-ALD SLM ▲ 8268-X 1-1 Ɋ B-20271-ALD
Matrix / Runout (Stamped Both Sides): STERLING
Other (Pressing Plant Code On Labels): 22
Perfect Strangers is the eleventh studio album by Deep Purple, released in October 1984. It represents the first album recorded by the reformed, and most successful and popular, ‘Mark II’ line-up.
It was the first Deep Purple studio album in nine years, and the first with the Mk II lineup for 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 backing band.
The album reached #5 in the UK (staying for four weeks in the top-40) and #17 in the US (staying for 28 weeks in the Billboard 200).
The tour was so successful that the band had to add many additional dates to the U.S. arena tour, as tickets sold out very quickly.
All songs by Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan and Roger Glover except where noted.
“”Knocking at Your Back Door“” – 7:09
“”Under the Gun”” – 4:40
“”Nobody Home”” (Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Jon Lord, Ian Paice) – 4:01
“”Mean Streak”” – 4:26
“”Perfect Strangers“” – 5:31
“”A Gypsy Kiss”” – 5:14
“”Wasted Sunsets”” – 3:58
“”Hungry Daze”” – 5:01
Ian Gillan – vocals
Ritchie Blackmore – guitar
Jon Lord – organ, keyboards
Roger Glover – bass
Ian Paice – drums
“Knocking at Your Back Door” …Ian Gillan said about this song: “There’s this guy named Redbeard, from a radio station down in Texas. He phoned me up after it had been played on every radio station in America and said, ‘Is this what I think it’s about?’ And I said, ‘Yeah.’ And he said, ‘It’s amazing, every radio station in America is playing a song written about anal sex and they don’t even realize what’s going on.’ And I was like, well it’s not in-your-face anal sex, it’s just a joke. It just came about with the lyrics. It’s no big deal. But it’s a humorous thing and not meant to be offensive. And I think it was just an afterthought. It certainly wasn’t what inspired the song”