Lou Gramm Ready Or Not
Label: Atlantic 81728-1
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Style: Pop Rock
A1 Ready Or Not 3:25 Guitar [Additional] Eddie Martinez
A2 Heartache 4:26
A3 Midnight Blue 3:45 Bass Stanley Sheldon, Guitar [Additional] Eddie Martinez [“Midnight Blue” is the first single released by Lou Gramm from his debut solo album Ready or Not in 1987. The single spent five weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot Album Rock Tracks, starting on February 14, 1987, and peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was covered by R.E.M. on their 1987 tour]
A4 Time 3:23 Guitar [Additional] Richard Grammatico
A5 If I Don’t Have You 4:38 Bass Stanley Sheldon, Guitar [Lead] Richard Grammatico
B1 Shes Got To Know 3:59
B2 Arrow Thru Your Heart 3:46
B3 Until I Make You Mine 3:29
B4 Chain Of Love 3:58 Guitar [Additional] Don Mancuso, Eddie Martinez
B5 Lover Come Back 5:20 Guitar [Lead] Bruce Turgon, Saxophone [Soprano] Mark Rivera
Total Running Time: 40:18
Recorded At BearTracks Recording Studio
Recorded At The Hit Factory
Mastered At Sterling Sound
Backing Vocals Cookie Watkins, Sherryl Marshall
Bass, Guitar [Rhythm], Keyboards, Arranged By Bruce Turgon
Guitar [Lead] Nils Lofgren
Keyboards Philip Ashley
Producer, Engineer Pat Moran
Producer, Written-By, Arranged By Lou Gramm
Saxophone [Tenor], Backing Vocals Mark Rivera
Saxophone [Tenor], Saxophone [Baritone] Crispin Cioe
Trumpet Ben Grammatico Jr.
Trumpet [Lead] Ben Grammatico Sr.
Written-By Bruce Turgon (tracks: A1 to A5, B2 to B4)
Recorded at Bear Tracks Recording Studio, Suffern, NY and The Hit Factory Recording Studios, NY
Mastered at Sterling Sound, NY
Barcode: 0 7567-81728-1
Ready or Not is the début solo album from Lou Gramm, released in 1987
The album charted at number 27 in the United States. The single “Midnight Blue” was number one on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks.
All Songs Written By Lou Gramm/Bruce Turgon, except tracks 6 & 10 written by Lou Gramm.
Lead Vocals: Lou Gramm
Backing Vocals: Sherryl Marshall, Mark Rivera, Cookie Watkins
Guitars: Richard Grammatico, Nils Lofgren, Don Mancuso, Eddie Martinez, Bruce Turgon
Keyboards & Programming: Phillip Ashley, Bruce Turgon
Bass: Bruce Turgon, Stanley Sheldon
Drums, Percussion: Benny Gramm, Jack Allen Smith
Trumpet: Ben Grammatico, Sr.
Saxophone: Crispin Cioe, Mark Rivera
“Ready or Not”
I was pleasantly surprised by this album. I figured that Lou would be crooning the way Steve Perry did for his first solo album. The songs are well written and Nils does some very good guitar work on this album. I love Midnight Blue. A very good album.
Well written tunes,good romantic lyric writing,and responsible and tight musicianship,of course with the trademark:the emotional,warm voice of Lou Gramm. This is a good contemporary rock effort.Not too commercial,quite AOR. Also there is a big variation between the songs.
this is the sort of record that doesn`t show it`s hooks on a first impression,but right after the third time you listen to you just can`t get enough of it!!!!!
This is a fantastic album. Not quite a rehash of Foreigner material, which is refreshing. “Ready Or Not” and “Midnight Blue” are IMO the best tracks here and are a potent 1-2 punch to start the LP. Fantastic AOR is of the order. “If I Don’t Have You” is a stab at power ballad territory. It works, and is a fantastic slab of AOR balladry. This is a must own for any AOR fan and of course any Foreigner fan.
This is the hard rocking antithesis to Inside Information. Lou really made a top notch solo album that sounds like Foreigner. Midnight Blue and Ready Or Not are pretty good and theres no weak tracks really so its a great listen for Foreigner fans.