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.

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Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Ready an’ Willing Vinyl 8 Liberty Records 11C 080 82904 [none]
Ready an' Willing Vinyl 9
Ready an’ Willing CD 9 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation), Sunburst (rock label) P33P-25055 4988005027047
Ready an' Willing CD 9 Fame CD-FA 3134
Ready an’ Willing CD 9 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) POCP-1822 4988005064448
Ready an’ Willing CD 9 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 0777 7 52054 2 8 077775205428
Ready an' Willing CD 13 Axe Killer 3055262 3596971552626
Ready an' Willing CD 14 Sunburst (rock label) UICY-93055 4988005429117
Ready an’ Willing (Remastered, Reissue) SHM-CD 14 Sunburst (rock label) UICY-93739 4988005532480
Ready an' Willing 12" Vinyl 10 Back on Black RCV007LP 803341325081
Ready an' Willing Vinyl 9 Liberty Records 1C 038-15 7608 1 5099915760814


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