Deep Purple's Perfect Strangers vs. House of Blue Light

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Claus, Feb 12, 2019.

  1. Claus

    Claus Eating is a need, enjoying is an art. Thread Starter

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    I listened to both records. Perfect Strangers sounds so dated today. House of Blue Light has some cheesy synths sounds, but the song material is stronger than the best on Perfect Strangers.

    My rating...
    Perfect Strangers 5,5/10
    House of Blue Light 7/10
     
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  2. zen

    zen Forum Resident

    My rating...

    Perfect Strangers 8/10
    House of Blue Light 9/10

    However, excluding the 70's...The Battle Rages On LP is my favorite from MKII.
     
  3. Claus

    Claus Eating is a need, enjoying is an art. Thread Starter

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    Good idea to listen to Battle again.
     
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  4. GodShifter

    GodShifter Negative Creep®

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    I thought there weren’t supposed to be anymore versus threads. What gives?
     
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  5. Curveboy

    Curveboy Forum Resident

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    My rating:

    Perfect Strangers 8/10
    House of Blue Light 2/10

    It's no contest...one of the best comeback albums followed by one of the worst. The only reason HOBL even gets a 2 is because Bad Attitude is one of the greatest tunes the band has ever produced.
     
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  6. Claus

    Claus Eating is a need, enjoying is an art. Thread Starter

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    When I heard PS the very first time, I was blown away. My favorite song is the title track, like the Eastern-mood.
     
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  7. rstamberg

    rstamberg Senior Member

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    No contest.
    PERFECT STRANGERS.
     
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  8. tkl7

    tkl7 Agent Provocateur

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    I think that was between different bands, not where the albums/songs are by the same group. That's why the annoying weakest link threads weren't banned.
     
  9. Curveboy

    Curveboy Forum Resident

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    I threw my copy in the garbage. No joke.
     
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  10. GodShifter

    GodShifter Negative Creep®

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    Okay, in that case, I vote for Perfect Strangers. By no means a perfect album, but the strong tunes on it eclipse anything on HoBL.
     
  11. carlwm

    carlwm Forum Resident

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    This.
     
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  12. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialist™

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    Perfect Strangers all the way on this one for me Claus.
     
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  13. antonkk

    antonkk Senior Member

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    Perfect Strangers is BY FAR the best Purple record ever. Side 2 is pure perfection. The best Blackmore playing ever and the rest of the band is in the perfect spot between ability and maturity. Nobody overplays a single note. House of Blue Light is a great record but it has it's flaws and one obvious filler track (Hard Loving Woman).
    I'd say

    PS 10/10
    HOBL 9/10
     
  14. antonkk

    antonkk Senior Member

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    Very weak record. Bought it on the morning of it's release and was horribly dissapointed. Now it sounds even worse with exactly one (!) strong song on it - Solitaire.
     
  15. Spitfire

    Spitfire Senior Member

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    Perfect Strangers for sure. One piece of trivia for myself is that House Of Blue Light was the last new album I bought on vinyl for over 20 years. I still have it.
     
  16. tkl7

    tkl7 Agent Provocateur

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    Perfect Strangers for me.
     
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  17. carrolls

    carrolls Forum Resident

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    Perfect Strangers rocks.
     
  18. shadowlord

    shadowlord Forum Resident

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    Perfect Strangers is my favourite of the MKII reunion albums.
    but i like TBRO and HOBL too.
     
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  19. Holy Diver

    Holy Diver Forum Resident

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    Perfect Strangers, for me.
     
  20. anth67

    anth67 Purveyor of Hogwash

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    Perfect Strangers title track, apart from Child In Time, is as strong as anything on Deepest Purple.

    Sadly, Bad Attitude is all I've ever heard of HoBL. Which is pure DP, but I don't care for it as much as the strongest songs on PS.
     
  21. YMC4

    YMC4 Forum Resident

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    Perfect Strangers is the 4th best MKII album ahead of Who Do We Think We Are.
    Blue Light is the 6th and Battle...i don't even count that one to be honest.

    1, Machine Head
    2. In Rock
    3. Fireball
    4. Perfect Strangers

    5. Who Do We Think We Are
    6. House Of Blue Light


    7. The Battle Rages On
     
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  22. abzach

    abzach Forum Resident

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    Perfect Strangers beats House of Blue Light by miles, no contest.
     
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  23. Frozensoda

    Frozensoda Forum Resident

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    Gotta go with Cousin Larry and Balki for this choice.
     
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  24. Claus

    Claus Eating is a need, enjoying is an art. Thread Starter

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    I thought your favorite is Slaves & Masters?

    I agree side 2 is better than the 1st one... Wasted Sunsets has a killer guitar solo.
     
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  25. O Don Piano

    O Don Piano Forum Resident

    Why wouldn't you just give it to somebody who may want it? Or donate it to a thrift store? No need to EVER throw music in the garbage.
     
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