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Are You Ready

Are You Ready

by Pacific Gas & ElectricPacific Gas & Electric

CD(Dutch Import)

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Anchored by Pacific Gas & Electric's sole hit "Are You Ready," the album of the same name -- actually their third LP -- treads a thin line between eclecticism and confusion, and is actually weaker on the whole than its predecessor, 1969's Pacific Gas & Electric. Certainly the ominous yet inspirational gospel-funk-psychedelia of "Are You Ready" was the strongest track, and to this day the only one that most casual rock fans remember. Yet other cuts on the album indicated they couldn't decide whether to be a heavy blues-rock group ("Hawg for You"), a more soul-dipped version of the Band ("Staggolee"), a swampy soul-rock outfit (a cover of the Isley Brothers' "The Blackberry"), or, least convincingly, cry-in-your-beer honky tonk balladeers ("Mother, Why Don't You Cry?"). This wouldn't have been such a handicap if the material wasn't as mediocre as it was, and any song titled "Love, Love, Love, Love, Love" is a warning that lyrical imagination wasn't in abundance on the day it was composed. They do play the James Brown-psychedelic rock-fusion card with some gusto on "Elvira," and Charlie Allen's vocals are pretty soulful, though it's only on a cover of Percy Sledge's "When a Man Loves a Woman" that they come to the fore in a no-nonsense manner.

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Product Details

Release Date: 04/20/2018
Label: Music On Cd
UPC: 8718627226827
catalogNumber: 7226827
Rank: 44633


  1. Are You Ready?
  2. Hawg for You
  3. Staggolee
  4. The Blackberry
  5. Love, Love, Love, Love, Love
  6. Mother Why Do You Cry?
  7. Elvira
  8. Screamin'
  9. When a Man Loves a Woman

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pacific Gas & Electric   Primary Artist
Clydie King   Background Vocals
Delores Hall   Background Vocals
Merry Clayton   Background Vocals
Frank Cook   Drums
Venetta Fields   Background Vocals
Tom Marshall   Rhythm Guitar
Ginger Schackne   Background Vocals
Glenn Schwartz   Guitar,Harp
Lorna Willard   Background Vocals
Rusty Young   Steel Guitar
Brent Block   Bass
Charlie Allen   Vocals
Shirlie Matthews   Background Vocals
Sherell Atwood   Background Vocals
John Hill   Organ,Piano

Technical Credits

Otis Redding   Composer
Frank Cook   Composer
Tim Geelan   Engineer
O'Kelly Isley   Composer
Rudolph Isley   Composer
Glen Kolotkin   Engineer
Tom Marshall   Composer
Glenn Schwartz   Composer
Andrew Wright   Composer
Brent Block   Composer
David Willardson   Cover Illustration
Calvin Lewis   Composer
Charlie Allen   Composer
Mark Friedman   Engineer
John Hill   Composer,Producer
Don Cochrane   Composer

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