Favorite "Strange" Songs #3 - "Perfect Strangers"
Colorado Springs, Colorado
September 15, 2017 11:45am CST
A bit strange, this one, and I'm not talking about the title. Songs with "strange," or variations, in the title is the theme of this particular music series, and we are at #3: "Perfect Strangers" by Deep Purple. The 1984 album, Perfect Strangers, was a reunion of the classic Deep Purple lineup: vocalist Ian Gillan, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, bassist Roger Glover, keyboardist Jon Lord, and drummer Ian Paice, the same roster that brought you "Smoke on the Water." The first of two singles from the album, "Perfect Strangers" performed decently enough, reaching #12 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, #48 in the UK, and #45 in France. What's so strange about it, you ask? It is one of only a handful of Deep Purple songs without a guitar solo from Blackmore, who, despite this, has called it his favorite song by the band. And if it's good enough for Ritchie Blackmore, it's good enough for me. (Info verified by Wikipedia)
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• Redlands, California
Interesting, even punk rock has guitar solos, they only 5 seconds long, but they are there. I have never noticed this did not have a guitar solo. Shows my lack of observation at times. Thanks for pointing that out. I like subtle things like this. Little things like that that separates them from others. To be fair, they have a solo, but take it that is not Blackmore. Still would have never figured that out on my own.