House of Blue Light was the 6th album for the Mark II lineup of Deep Purple. It had two singles: “Call of the Wild” and “Bad Attitude”. The album reached #10 in the UK and #34 in the US.
Ian Gillian: vocals
Ritchie Blackmore: guitar
Roger Glover: bass
Jon Lord: keyboards
Ian Paice: drums
- “Bad Attitude” : A great opening song, with a good guitar and bass.
- “The Unwritten Law “: Gillian has some of his best vocals on this album. One of my favorite songs.
- “Call of the Wild ” : Of the two singles, this is my favorite. Everyone brings their A-game.
- “Mad Dog “: This one’s a little cheesy for my taste.
- ” Black and White”: Another one of my favorite songs, with excellent vocals from Gillian and some good keyboards from Lord.
- “Hard Lovin’ Man”: I didn’t like this song.
- ” The Spanish Archer”: A great song with good drumming.
- “Strangeways: Lord does some of his best keyboards on this one.
- ” Mitzi Dupree”: Another song I thought was too cheesy.
- “Dead or Alive “: Pretty good closing song with a good bass.
Final Verdict: While there are some strong tracks on this, the cheesy ones lose me a little.