Ready an' Willing [Japan Bonus Tracks]

Ready an' Willing [Japan Bonus Tracks]

by Whitesnake
     
 

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Despite benefiting from the expert assistance of legendary producer Martin Birch (Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, later Iron Maiden) Whitesnake's early studio albums all tended to sound unexplainably flat. Their fourth effort,

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Despite benefiting from the expert assistance of legendary producer Martin Birch (Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, later Iron Maiden) Whitesnake's early studio albums all tended to sound unexplainably flat. Their fourth effort, 1980's Ready an' Willing, was no exception, but it did make up for this somewhat with solid songwriting. In fact, David Coverdale and company were growing increasingly more consistent and self-assured with each record, and this album's first half shows great progress over the previous year's hit-and-miss Lovehunter. Opener "Fool for Your Lovin'" was their best single yet, as well as their highest charting; with its clever combination of hit-savvy chorus and authentic bluesy resignation, it set the template for subsequent triumphs, and the fact that Coverdale re-recorded it (in disappointing pop-metal fashion) over a decade later for 1989's Slip of the Tongue is a testament to its staying power. Further highlights include the live favorite "Sweet Talker" (given extra bite by Micky Moody's expert slide guitar), the groove monster of a title track, and a set of memorable ballads in "Blindman" and "Ain't Gonna Cry No More." The same laurels can't be awarded to the album's closing trio of songs, all of which evince the tired and formulaic blues-rock that had dominated previous releases. But this didn't stop Ready an' Willing from qualifying as Whitesnake's finest hour thus far, with ever-greater glory waiting just over the horizon. [The 2006 reissue includes five bonus cuts.]

Product Details

Release Date:
06/13/2006
Label:
Emd Int'l
UPC:
0094635969221
catalogNumber:
359692
Rank:
4663

Tracks

  1. Fool for Your Loving
  2. Sweet Talker
  3. Ready an' Willing
  4. Carry Your Load
  5. Blindman
  6. Ain't Gonna Cry No More
  7. Love Man
  8. Black and Blue
  9. She's a Woman
  10. Love for Sale
  11. Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City
  12. Mistreated
  13. Lovehunter
  14. Breakdown

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