Ready or Not

Ready or Not

by Lou Gramm

CD(Canadian Import)

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Ready or Not

Foreigner vocalist Lou Gramm's 1987 solo album Ready or Not is a winner. It came at a precarious time for Foreigner, despite coming off the success of 1985's Agent Provocateur and the band's first number one single, "I Want to Know What Love Is." Ready or Not is rich with melody and snap, but its sound does vary just enough from Foreigner that Gramm can't really be accused of stealing from himself. The production by Gramm and Pat Moran definitely has that bright 1980s style. Gramm's main sidemen include guitarist Nils Lofgren, keyboardist Philip Ashley, bassist/guitarist/keyboardist Bruce Turgon, and drummer Ben Gramm. Side one absolutely sizzles. "Ready or Not" is a strong, hard-rocking leadoff track and it was a minor hit single. The melodic, lyrical, and vocal hooks on "Heartache" are massive and Lofgren's guitar solo adds an edgy bite. The Top Five hit "Midnight Blue" is a terrific pop
ock song; despite its hit status, it's one of the decade's truly underappreciated singles. Lofgren's rolling, effective guitar riffing and a captivating chorus make "Time" one of the best cuts. Foreigner helped create and master the rock power ballad, and Gramm utilizes that gift on the dark, ethereal "If I Don't Have You." Side two is generally a letdown considering the high quality of the first half. Fortunately, there are two exceptions, "Arrow Thru Your Heart" and "Until I Make You Mine." The commercial and artistic success of Ready or Not was a turning point for Gramm. Foreigner issued the lackluster Inside Information late in 1987, and Gramm followed that troubled project with a second moderately successful solo album, Long Hard Look, in 1989 and then left the band for a few years before returning.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/07/1987
Label: Imports
UPC: 0075678172823
catalogNumber: 871185
Rank: 19103

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lou Gramm   Primary Artist,Vocals
Nils Lofgren   Guitar
Phillip Ashley   Keyboards
Crispin Cioe   Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Benny Gramm   Drums
Ben Grammatico   Trumpet
Richard Grammatico   Guitar
Don Mancuso   Guitar
Sherryl Marshall   Vocals,Background Vocals
Eddie Martinez   Guitar
Mark Rivera   Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals,Background Vocals
Stanley Sheldon   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar
Bruce Turgon   Bass,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards
Cookie Watkins   Vocals,Background Vocals
Benny Grammatico   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Lou Gramm   Producer
Phillip Ashley   Programming
Pat Moran   Producer

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