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The House of Blue Light
Studio album by Deep Purple
Released January 12, 1987
Recorded 1986, The Playhouse, Stowe, Vermont
Genre Heavy metal, hard rock
Length 46:16 (Original LP)
50:38 (1987 CD edition)
Label Polydor (UK)
Mercury Records (US)
Producer Roger Glover
& Deep Purple
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The House of Blue Light is the twelfth studio album by Deep Purple, released in 1987. It is the second recording by the re-formed Mark II lineup.

The album's creation was an exceedingly long and difficult process, and Ritchie Blackmore has said much of it was re-recorded[1]. Ian Gillan has remarked on how strained relations within the band compromised the album: "I look back at House Of Blue Light, there are some good songs on that record, but there’s something missing in the overall album. You can’t feel a spirit of the band, you can see or hear five professionals doing their best, but it’s like a football team, it’s not functioning. It’s like eleven superstars that are playing on the same field but are not connected by the heart or by the spirit"[2].

Several tracks on the LP version are shorter than those of the original CD released in 1987. The 1999 CD remaster used the original vinyl master tapes, and so its running time is correspondingly shorter than the original CD version as well.


Track listing

All songs written by Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, and Roger Glover; unless otherwise stated

  1. "Bad Attitude" (Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Jon Lord) – 4:43 (5:04 on original release)
  2. "The Unwritten Law" (Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Ian Paice) – 4:34 (4:54 on original release)
  3. "Call of the Wild" (Gillan, Blackmore, Glover, Lord) – 4:50 (4:48 on original release)
  4. "Mad Dog" – 4:29 (4:36 on original release)
  5. "Black and White" (Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord) – 3:39 (4:39 on original release)
  6. "Hard Lovin' Woman" – 3:24 (3:25 on original release)
  7. "The Spanish Archer" – 4:56 (5:32 on original release)
  8. "Strangeways" – 5:56 (7:35 on original release)
  9. "Mitzi Dupree" – 5:03 (5:05 on original release)
  10. "Dead or Alive" – 4:42 (5:01 on original release)



Additional personnel

  • Produced by Roger Glover and Deep Purple
  • Engineered by Nick Blagona



Year Nation Chart Position
1987 United States The Billboard 200 34[3]


Year Single Nation Chart Position
1987 "Call of the Wild" United States Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 14[4]
1987 "Bad Attitude" United States Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 14[4]

Sales accomplishments

BPI certification[5] (United Kingdom)

Date Designation Total Sales
February 27,
Silver 60,000

CRIA certification[6] (Canada)

Date Designation Total Sales
March 9,
Gold 50,000


  1. ^ DPAS Magazine Archive. Issue 33, January 1987
  2. ^ Interview with Deep Purple singer, Ian Gillan
  3. ^ "Billboard album chart history-Deep Purple". Retrieved February 21, 2009.  
  4. ^ a b "Billboard singles chart history-Deep Purple". Retrieved February 21, 2009.  
  5. ^ "BPI certified awards Silver". Retrieved February 21, 2009.  
  6. ^ "CRIA certified awards". Retrieved February 21, 2009.  


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