The House Of Blue Light

Universal Music Portugal SA
Release date
17 May 2004
Running length
10 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Bad Attitude 4:41 38,387
2 The Unwritten Law 4:38 27,401
3 Call of the Wild 4:54 25,827
4 Mad Dog 4:34 22,867
5 Black & White 3:43 18,484
6 Hard Lovin' Woman 3:24 22,683
7 The Spanish Archer 5:00 21,368
8 Strangeways 5:59 17,126
9 Mitzi Dupree 5:06 19,103
10 Dead or Alive 4:41 23,855

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The House of Blue Light is the twelfth album by Deep Purple. It was recorded in 1986 and released in January 1987. It was the second album recorded by the classic Mark II line-up after its reunion in 1984. However, it failed to match the success of their previous release, Perfect Strangers. The album reached # 34 in the States. Two singles were released from The House Of Blue Light: “Call of the Wild” and “Bad Attitude”. Both reached #14 on Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks.

The album is generally criticised by the fans and the musicians themselves for lacking a true band spirit. It is well-known that tensions within the band appeared again during the recording sessions and led to the firing of Ian Gillan 2 years later. Various member of the band also expressed their regrets that they made a mistake in trying to achieve a modern sound, which was not what fans expected from Deep Purple.

It was the twelfth album by Deep Purple, sixth by the Mark II line-up and second after the band’s reunion. After the tour in support of the album, this line-up ceased to exist only to reunite one more time for a short time in 1993.

Deep Purple’s Mark II were:

Ian Gillan
Ritchie Blackmore
Roger Glover
Jon Lord
Ian Paice

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  • OcellatedGod

    Uninspired and pretty terrible throughout. Lyrics are especially embarrassing.

    11 Mar 9:25pm Reply
  • jamesfmurphy

    this album was in the shadow of the awesome Perfect Strangers, and thanks to that it didn't get as much recognition as it might have otherwise.

    13 Nov 2014 Reply
  • serjik44

    Здесь хороший сборник -

    27 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Szopen715

    Not the best, but still really good :)

    12 Jun 2012 Reply
  • ericshep

    dont judasme, please this shit fuckin rocks!

    15 Sep 2011 Reply
  • TheJudasMaster

    Not their best by any means, but still pretty underrated. It pales in comparison with many of their other releases though.

    30 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Tarkus10

    Very underrated. This is my third fav. of Purple. A fucking great album.

    17 Dec 2010 Reply
  • BlisteringDDj

    Great album!

    13 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Bubleg

    an awesome album

    26 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Endophein420

    My first was nobody's perfect the live album

    12 Jul 2008 Reply
  • DashDaring

    My first DP album, too! The only CD which has stayed in my car for about 5 years and is still rocking!

    15 Jun 2008 Reply
  • topl

    This was the first Purple album I bought and I loved it at the time. Not listened to it much recently so I will have to pick it up again. Call of the Wild and Mitzi were my favourites.

    9 Dec 2007 Reply
  • BurningRemnant

    This one is underrated. Sure In Rock, Machine Head and Burn are the masterpieces and the godly Made in Japan, but this one is not that far behind. It's the level of say, Fireball. Maybe a little below

    28 Oct 2007 Reply

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