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war of the covers  perfect strangers.jpgLast week, we went on the lighter side of the spectrum of music with a hard rock classic in Street Fighting Man by The Rolling Stones and between Motley Crue and Tesla, you voted and chose Motley Crue as the winner by half the votes. This week we have another hard rock classic for you guys to vote on, but this is a unique one because it’s a battle of metal subgenres. This week we are checking out the classic 1984 track Perfect Strangers which was the title track to Deep Purple’s 11TH studio album (check out the review here). The album was iconic because it featured the return of Deep Purple’s famous Mark II lineup consisting of Ian Gillan, Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord, Roger Glover, and Ian Paice. Now you are probably wondering what two bands did I find that covered the track that pin certain metal sub-genres against each other? In one corner, we have progressive metal legends Dream Theater who covered the track for their 1995 EP A Change Of Seasons. In the other corner, we have legendary symphonic black metal legends Dimmu Borgir who covered the song on their 2010 album Abrahadabra. Now only one version can prevail and it’s up to you to make the choice. You have until the next War Of The Covers to decide.

 

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deep purpleFor this week’s album of the week, I wanted to choose an album from a band that I respected and was in the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. So, the band i chose for today is none other than this years inductee Deep Purple and I chose their album Perfect StrangersPerfect Strangers  was the band’s first album since 1975’s Come Taste The Band and it was the first album since 1973’s Who Do We Think We Are with the mark II lineup. The mark II lineup consisted of Ritchie Blackmore (Guitar), Roger Glover (Bass), Ian Gillan (Vocals), Jon Lord (Keys and Organ), and Ian Paice (Drums). It is the most successful album the band had ever recorded in their careers and cemented them as legends as their tour out-grossed every artist except Bruce Springsteen. The album peaked at number 17 on The Billboard Top 200 charts and it went number one in Switzerland. The album also peaked at number two in Norway and Germany, three in Sweden, and five in the UK and Austria. The album went Platinum both in the US and Canada (even though the measurements are different) and Gold in the UK and Germany. Kerrang! Magazine also voted it the number 7TH ranked album in their end of the year lists for top albums of 1984.

deep purple 21. Knocking At Your Back Door– This is definitely one of the funniest stories because just from the title you can imagine what the song is about. Ian Gillan tells the story, “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.” 5/5

2. Under the Gun– a very cool track with some cool organ playing over the sonic assault of Blackmore in a track that was conscious of the issues facing the world. 4.5/5

3. Nobody’s Home– The track starts off with a cool intro before the guitars kick in this cool track about a relationship gone wrong. 4/5

4. Mean Streak– rock and roll madness about a girl that is a complete bad ass mamba that no one wants to mess with. 4/5

deep purple 35. Perfect Strangers– The title track to the album is one of my all time favorite Deep Purple tracks and one of my favorite riffs from them. The song deals with reincarnation in means of one talking to their former self. The only problem is that present and past must remain perfect strangers. Ritchie Blackmore has also gone on to say that it’s his favorite song ever even with the fact that it doesn’t contain a guitar solo.  5/5

6. A Gypsy’s Kiss– a pretty cool track that starts off bluesy with a charging riff before the band kicks in and raises the octane in this track where he describes various people from various areas of the world. 4/5

7. Wasted Sunsets– A slower tempo than most of the track on the album with a real bluesy feel to it about a guy who realizes that way too many days have passed him by. 4.5/5

8. Hungry Daze– A cool rock track with some of that excellent playing from Jon Lord in a track that is retrospective of the band’s career. 4/5

9. Not Responsible– On some formats this was a bonus track and it has a monstrous riff to it that rocks in this track that deals with a guy who does what he wants on this journey called life and says he is not responsible for what occurs. It was the first track the band did that featured profanity in the lyrics. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– As I said, this was definitely one of my favorite Deep Purple records and it showcased what the band was capable of and they were more mature by that time. There are some real classics on this album that should not be ignored. I am going to give the album 4.3 stars out of five for a final grade.

2016 rock hall.pngThe rock and roll hall of fame from time to time has shown us how off they are at recognizing who belongs and when they deserve to get in. Guns N Roses, Metallica, Van Halen, and Green Day were all inducted into the hall of fame before Deep Purple and Cheap Trick. If it weren’t for bands like them, none of these bands would be around. For years, the hall had snubbed acts like Rush and Kiss inducting these bands way after the time they were eligible to be placed in. This year, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame made up for some hefty mistakes as they finally inducted Deep Purple and Cheap Trick into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Class Of 2016. It has been a long time coming for a band that has had so many members and so many amazing albums over the years n Deep Purple. Along with the two, the Hall also inducted Gangster Rap pioneers N.W.A., Steve Miller, and Chicago.

maxresdefault.jpgIt’s kind of ironic how Deep Purple was in the news before the announcement talking about the Hall Of Fame and now they’re in. Ian Paice, the drummer for Deep Purple recently spoke about being inducted saying, “I knew it would probably happen one day. I do appreciate how difficult it probably was for them to do it with so many lineups, so many different members. It’s a minefield, really. I suppose it’s rather nice.” That’s Ian Paice being optimistic, but earlier in the week he suggested it could be chaotic when the band members step on stage. He spoke about what could happen on stage saying, “You also have to bear in mind, that if some people are inducted together, it could end in a punch-up. I don’t need to tell anyone certain key members and former members of this band do not get on. Personally, I think they would be better off inducting us individually. That avoids the problem.” Nevertheless, he is happy about the induction as we are as well. When asked if Ritchie Blackmore would be there, Ian said this, “That’s questionable. He can confuse you sometimes. You think he’ll do one thing and he’ll do the other. I wouldn’t put money either way on that one.”

PaiceyWhat Line up will be inducted, well here is what Loudwire.com pointed out about all the different incarnations of Deep Purple, “Before splitting up in 1976, there were famously four incarnations of the band, labeled MK I, II, III and IV. MK I included singer Rod Evans and scored hits with covers like “Hush” and “Kentucky Woman,” II was the most successful including frontman Ian Gillan, III saw the entrance of David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes and IV experienced the departure of Ritchie Blackmore and a one-off album with guitarist Tommy Bolin who died of an overdose before the band folded. The MK II lineup reunited in 1984 and famously stormed back withPerfect Strangers. Deep Purple have undergone several lineup changes since, but still remain active on tour and in the studio.” I’ll be interested to see where the drama leads us before April 8, 2016 when the bands are inducted. Stay tuned for more info as it comes.

deep_purple_machine_head_640x640For this week’s Album Of The Week, I was in a classic rock kind of fix and I wanted to review an album from someone that I never had before. One of the bands that immediately came to mind was legendary English rock band Deep Purple and their sixth studio album Machine Head, which is one of my personal favorites. Deep Purple is one of those bands that has been continuously snubbed by The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame for a very long time and why you ask? Well, to be frank with you, I have no idea. Machine Head is considered one of the most influential rock albums and it said that the album laid down the ground work for what would become Heavy Metal. The band at the time was made up of Ritchie Blackmore (Guitars), Jon Lord (Keys), Ian Paice (Drums), Ian Gillan (Vocals), and Roger Glover (Bass) and this was called the Mach II-a lineup. The album itself made it to number one in England where it stayed for 40 weeks and it peaked at number 7 on the Billboard top 200 in the US as it charted for 118 weeks. While it has charted and made it to number one in several other countries as well, it has gone platinum here in the states twice.

deep purple back1. Highway Star– Clearly one of my all time favorite Deep Purple tracks, it was created on the fly one day on a tour bus as the band was being interviewed. Ritchie Blackmore grabbed an acoustic guitar and continuously played a G Note over and over while Gillan came up with the words of the top of his head. In my opinion, it’s the quintessential rock classic. 5/5

2. Maybe I’m A Leo– A real groovin track from the band that Glover has said, “I wrote the riff to “Maybe I’m A Leo” after hearing John Lennon’s “How Do You Sleep?”. I liked the idea that the riff didn’t start on the down beat, like 99% of riffs do. Most of the songs on Machine Head were from the first take, or not long after.” 4.5/5

3. Pictures Of Home– Ian Paice starts off the song with a cool drum intro before Blackmore pushes it into overdrive with some cool solos thrown in. 4.5/5

4. Never Before– Besides Smoke On The Water, this was the only other single from the record released. Paice kicks off the track again before it gets kind of funky a little in the beginning. 4.5/5

deeppurplemachine2607aa-1000x10005. Smoke On The Water– This is the most recognizable rock song because it’s the first guitar riff every guitarist learns how to play. The song tells a true story of how the band was at Montreaux recording a record when a Frank Zappa concert went up in flames during a performance of King Kong. 5/5

6. Lazy– Another classic from the band that starts with an organ intro from the great Jon Lord and then a solo swapping moment with Blackmore begins before Gillan comes in. This is the band’s longest track on the record at over seven minutes. 5/5

7. Space Truckin– There are a couple of things you will notice about this track, Ian Gillan shines vocally and Paice shows you what he can do on the skins. The track talks about space travel and other madness as it closes out the record. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– My final thoughts are simple tonight, this is a must have record for anyone looking to get into the history of rock and metal. The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame need to hurry up and induct this band already because it’s a travesty. This is why no one takes them serious anyways. I am giving the album five stars out of five for a final grade.