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The House of Blue Light is the twelfth studio album by Deep Purple, released in 1987. It is the second recording by the re-formed Mark II line-up.
The album's creation was an exceedingly long and difficult process, and Ritchie Blackmore has said much of it was re-recorded. Ian Gillan has remarked on how strained relations within the band compromised the album: "I look back at House Of Blue Light, there are some good songs on that record, but there’s something missing in the overall album.
Though it was considered a disappointment upon its release (indeed, its production was much too sleek at times, and it lacked the creative daring of Perfect Strangers), 1987's House of Blue Light has actually stood the test of time just as well, if not better, than its predecessor.
The eerie sound textures explored on the latter evoke memories of classic Purple, and finally allow some space for soloing from Blackmore and keyboardist Jon Lord. And the telltale lyrics to the equally interesting "Mitzi Dupree" (based on a true story), are vintage Ian Gillan, as the singer combines James Bond-style international intrigue with high comedy.
01. "Bad Attitude" (Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord) 05:04
02. "The Unwritten Law" (Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Paice) 04:54
03. "Call of the Wild" (Gillan, Blackmore, Glover, Lord) 04:48
04. "Mad Dog" 04:36
05. "Black & White" (Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord) 04:39
06. "Hard Lovin' Woman" 03:25
07. "The Spanish Archer" 05:31
08. "Strangeways" 07:36
09. "Mitzi Dupree" 05:05
10. "Dead or Alive" 05:00