Deep Purple - Nobody's Perfect

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Posted on Sun, 08/13/2017 - 4:03am
by Ron Wallace

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Live Album

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Album Overview

Nobody's Perfect is a live album released in 1988 by the British rock band Deep Purple. It was recorded during the tour in support of The House of Blue Light in 1987 in Europe and the US. The outer sleeve photography was designed by Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis.

Track transitions are marked by fades. It also contains a new live in studio version of "Hush" to commemorate their 20th anniversary. "Black Night" was also re-recorded but never released. "Hard Lovin' Woman" includes parts of "Under the Gun" during Blackmore's guitar solo. "Strange Kind of Woman" includes the "Superstar" chorus from Jesus Christ Superstar. "Woman from Tokyo" changes into "Everyday" by Buddy Holly halfway through. The album represented Deep Purple's setlist at the time, which consisted much of the typical Made in Japan set, combined with newer material from the 1984 reunion album Perfect Strangers and The House of Blue Light. Songs such as "The Unwritten Law" and "Difficult to Cure" (which included an extended-riff from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, 4th Movement) were played every night on the tour, but were not included on this album. On some nights they also played "Call of the Wild" or "Mad Dog".


1Highway Star6:10
2Strange Kind of Woman7:34
3Dead or Alive7:05
4Perfect Strangers6:25
5Hard Lovin' Woman5:03
6Bad Attitude5:30
7Knocking at Your Back Door11:24
8Child in Time10:36
10Space Truckin'6:03
11Black Night6:06
12Woman from Tokyo4:00
13Smoke on the Water7:46

Track Listing

Some of the tracks are not necessarily included in every existing edition of the album. The original 1988 2LP release has 13 tracks, omitting "Dead or Alive". The 1988 cassette version includes "Dead or Alive", but omits "Bad Attitude". First 1-disc CD edition from 1988 consists of just 11 tracks, leaving out both of these and also "Space Truckin'". Finally, all the indicated tracks were included on the 1999 2CD remaster.


  • Ritchie Blackmore - guitar
  • Ian Gillan - vocals, congas, harmonica
  • Jon Lord - organ, keyboards
  • Roger Glover - bass
  • Ian Paice - drums


  • Produced by Roger Glover and Deep Purple
  • Engineered by Nick Davis
  • Assistant engineer: Simon Metcalfe


Mixed at Outside Studios, Hook End Manor, England 11 February - 16 March 1988.