The House of Blue Light is the twelfth studio album of British rock band Deep Purple and the second, recorded by the reunited "classic line-up" of the group, released in January 1987 . In the USSR, it was released by the record company Melody in 1988.
|The house of blue light|
|Studio album Deep Purple|
|Date of issue||January 12, 1987|
|Recorded by||1986 , The Playhouse, Stow, Vermont|
|Genre||hard rock , heavy metal|
|Duration||46:18 (Reprinted on 1999 CD and 1987 LP ), 50:39 (1987 CD )|
|A country||Great Britain|
|Labels||Polydor ( UK )|
Mercury Records ( USA )
|Timeline Deep Purple|
The group got together to record the album on April 12, 1986 in Massachusetts , USA , however, it was already recording in Vermont . According to Richie Blackmore , the recording of this album was a long and painful process, many tracks had to be rewritten. September 26, 1986, Roger Glover began mixing the album at Union Studios in Munich . It was assumed that all members of the group would be present in order to make the last adjustments, however, the musicians appeared at the studio and left it when it pleased: the contradictions between the group members intensified again, the long-standing conflict between Ritchie Blackmore and Ian was especially tense Gillan . So of all the members of the group, only Gillan recorded a few small additional parts. There were various disputes about the album: for example, by name ( Pace proposed to name the album by the name of one of the songs - Black and White ; options such as The Acid Test and It's Not That Bad! Were also considered)  , by songs ( the inclusion of the song “Mitzi Dupree” was disputed). Due to recording difficulties and disputes, the test version of the master disk appeared only on December 18, 1986, and, for example, in the USA, the album was scheduled to be released (and this was announced) at the end of October of the same year. Accordingly, the release date of the album was postponed to January 12, 1987.
The album was released on CD in 1987, and many of the songs were longer than on LP . In 1999, the vinyl version was reissued on a CD with songs matching the length of the vinyl.
The song "Call of the Wild" was released by the single , which took 92nd place in the UK.
The album gave rise to various opinions, both among critics and fans. Perhaps the most apt about the album was Ian Gillan :
When I take a retrospective look at the album, I see that there are really worthwhile songs there, however, something important was lost in general. You don’t feel the spirit of the group, you can see five professionals doing a wonderful job ... It's like a football team, 11 superstars playing on the same field, but not touching in heart or spirit.
List of Songs
The words and music of all the songs are written by Ritchie Blackmore , Ian Gillan and Roger Glover , except as specifically indicated.
|LP edition and reissue on 1999 CD|
|one.||“Bad Attitude” (Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord)||4:43|
|2.||“The Unwritten Law” (Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Pace)||4:34|
|3.||Call of the Wild (Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord)||4:50|
|five.||Black & White (Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord)||3:39|
|6.||"Hard Lovin 'Woman"||3:24|
|7.||"The Spanish Archer"||4:56|
|ten.||"Dead or Alive"||4:42|
|Original CD Edition|
|one.||“Bad Attitude” (Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord)||5:04|
|2.||“The Unwritten Law” (Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Pace)||4:54|
|3.||Call of the Wild (Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord)||4:48|
|five.||Black & White (Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord)||4:39|
|6.||"Hard Lovin 'Woman"||3:25|
|7.||"The Spanish Archer"||5:32|
|ten.||"Dead or Alive"||5:01|
- Richie Blackmore - Guitar
- Ian Gillan - Vocals , Harmonica , Conga
- Roger Glover - bass , synthesizer
- John Lord - Organ , Keyboards
- Ian Pace - drums
- The text of the song “Mitzi Dupree” is based on a real meeting on a Gillan’s plane with a girl who bore such a name and made erotic performances with balls for table tennis  .
- The title of the album is a reference to the line of the song “Speed King” (“When she was rockin 'in the house of blue light”), which in turn contains a quote from Little Richard ’s song Good Golly Miss Molly : “When I caught miss Molly rocking at the house of blue light. "