Whitesnake Ready An’ Willing
Label: Fame CD-FA 3134, EMI CDP 7 52054 2
Format: CD, Album
Genre: Rock, Blues Rock, Hard Rock
1 Fool For Your Loving 4:17
2 Sweet Talker 3:37
3 Ready An’ Willing 3:43
4 Carry Your Load 4:05
5 Blindman 5:08
6 Ain’t Gonna Cry No More 5:51
7 Love Man 5:03
8 Black And Blue 4:05
9 Shes A Woman 4:08
Bass Neil Murray
Drums Ian Paice
Engineer Martin ‘Basher’ Birch*
Guitar Bernie Marsden, Micky Moody
Keyboards Jon Lord
Mixed By Martin ‘Basher’ Birch*
Producer Martin ‘Basher’ Birch*
Vocals David Coverdale
Written-By Marsden* (tracks: 1, 2, 9), Coverdale* (tracks: 1, 2, 4 to 9), Paice* (tracks: 3), Lord* (tracks: 3), Moody* (tracks: 1, 3, 6, 8), Murray* (tracks: 3)
Originally released in 1980.
Recorded at Ridge Farm and Central Recorders Studio & Sauna, Dec ’79 and Feb ’80.
Produced, engineered & mixed for Sunburst Records Ltd.
Distributed by EMI Records Ltd. Hayes, Middx.
Made in U.K.
Barcode: 77775 20542
Other (Label Code): LC 0464
Other (Rights Societies): BIEM/MCPS
Matrix / Runout: CDP 7 52054 2 AR @ 1 : 1 : 1 .+
5.0 out of 5 stars Whitesnake on top of their game,
This classic album was recorded seven years before Whitesnake broke through in America, having changed their sound from hard, bluesy rock n’ roll to big-haired pop metal, so the version of “Fool For Your Loving” that kicks off “Ready An’ Willing” is the original gritty rocker, not the slick, keyboard-laden and slightly evil one from the 1989 MTV video.
Back in 1980 original Whitesnake guitarists Bernie Marsden and Mick Moody played big, bluesy guitar riffs and short, sparse solos, Coverdale didn’t yet bleach his hair, and the music was raw and powerful, more Deep Purple than poodle-pop.
“Ready an’ Willing” goes from highlight to highlight:
“Fool For Your Loving”, the hard-rocking “Sweet Talker”, the superbly groovy “Ready An’ Willing”, the dirty, swaggering blues-rock of “Love Man”, and the ballads “Carry Your Load”, the Zeppelin-like “Blindman” and the acoustic “Ain’t Gonna Cry No More”. And one of the bands unknown gems is also here, the funky, piano-driven R&B of “Black And Blue” which can only be found on this album.
Its not great art, sure, but its really great fun, and there is certainly no need to program anything out here. To me “Ready An’ Willing” is Whitesnakes strongest studio album by far, and its also the last one with the original line-up of Moody, Marsden, Murray, and former Purple members Lord and Paice intact. Never again did the Snake make an album of such consistently entertaining songs.
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive Blues Rock,
The cast of this CD is the true blue whitesnake. I can’t think of a more defining release of the 1000+ rock releases, I have heard that defines the term “Blues Rock”. This is top of the line Rock Blues. Great melodies, perfected instrumentation and Coverdale at peak performance. Don’t delay if you don’t have this recording in your rock collection.
5.0 out of 5 stars NEVER to old to rock&roll,
Enjoyed this album as a teenager. Still enjoying it to this day (now 30 something). LONG LIVE ROCK&ROLL!!!!!!!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars The real Whitesnake sound,
This is one of my favorite albums. Nowadays David Coverdale is remembered as the leader of a hair band. But in the past, Whitesnake was a whole different band, with Moody, Marsden and Murray… they played blues rock with a very personal sound. All the people who love listening to honest music and hate pop music should listen to this album… Fool for your loving, Blindman, Ain’t gonna cry no more… all the songs are great.
5.0 out of 5 stars I get this crazy feelin’….. can you feel me baby……..,
SWEET SATISFACTION, READY AND WILLING……. A classic album of a classic rock band, symply great with John Lord, Ian Paice….. This is the cd for you….
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST early whitesnake.,
this is the BEST of the earlier years. One of Coverdales best. you will definitely enjoy this album if you like great “blues metal”. This album feels real good……
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey, they weren’t always Zep clones!,
“Ready An’ Willing” is one hell of a bluesy hard-rock record. From the familiar intro to “Fool For You Loving” (which blows the remake away, Steve Vai or no) to the haunting strains of “Blindman” to the transcendant “Ain’t Gonna Cry No More,” this album is essential blooze-rock.
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of Whitesnakes Best!
Between the period of December ’79 and February ’80, the definite line-up of the group (David Coverdale on vocals, Brenie Marsden/Mocky Moody on guitars, Neil Murray on bass, Jon Lord on keyboards, and Ian Paice on drums) gathered at Ridge Farm, Central Recorders Studio with producer Martin Birch and recorded ten amazing compositions that continue with their trademark R&B/hard rock style with juvenile lyrics. The arrival of Paice on the drum kit gave the group the tight drumming that they needed! The previous drummer Dowle was more of a jazz-fusion player. This is one of their best albums for sure!
The original version of “Fool For Your Loving” (written by Coverdale/Moody/Marsden) launches the album, a song that Coverdale would later re-record in 1989 for the “Slip Of The Tongue” LP but this is the superior version with an excellent solo from Marsden! And so it continues with many highlights of bluesy hard rock. “Sweet Talker” has a catchy, harmonized intro riff, the title track (written by all members except for Marsden) shows the good backing vocals of Moody/Marsden, stomping bass lines from Murray, and Paices tight drumming while the ballads “Carry Your Load” and the remake from Coverdales first solo album “Blindman” showcases the powerful singing from Coverdale. Listen carefully to the first ballad I mentioned…You’ll notice that some of the notes used in its pre-chorus are similar to an older song that Coverdale wrote with bassist Glenn Hughes: “Holy Man” from Deep Purples “Stormbringer” album!
Completing the set is the acoustic zeppelinesque number “Ain’t Gonna Cry No More” with some killer slide guitar from Moody after the drums come in and the pure blues-rock of “Love Man”. Last but not least, in “Black And Blue” Lord delivers some cool classic rock and roll piano and the up-tempo “Shes A Woman” is a high key exit with great moog synth work from Lord playing a descending pattern that sounds like the music from one of those old video games!
If you are into bluesy hard rock, check out this great album, one of their best if not THE BEST!
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5.0 out of 5 stars They never got better than this!,
Not one of the more popular Whitesnake records, this is nevertheless their finest work.
Everything after this record was a letdown, including the hair-metal 1987 monster. Even today this album does not sound dated… superb music that rocks from the first strains of “Fool for…” to last notes of “Shes a Woman”.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!,
Great! Classic metal album-good for fans of Deep Purple!