Elton John – The Thom Bell Sessions ’77 (Rocket Record Co. XPRESS 13-12) (1979) and Spinners – From Here To Eternally (1978) (Atlantic SD 19219)

A belated and deserved hit for Sir Elton when re-edited eight years back, “Are You Ready For Love” had already had a fairly tortured birth when originally released over three decades ago. Recorded, according to the sleeve notes, in Autumn ’77, but not released until after a January ’79 remix, this 8 minute + mix features an extended breakdown which builds the song back up over a couple of minutes around the two-thirds mark. Not only is this quite different from the hit 2003 edit, it differs markedly from the original 1977 take featuring the Spinners’ Jonathan Edwards vamping on co-lead vocals. While John’s made his fair share of hackwork makeweights, I think this is a great song, a great production and a great performance.

Hey, Spinners, I got Frank Herbert on the line. He wants his cover art back.

A decent version of the song also appears on the [Detroit] Spinners‘ tepid, late period Lp From Here To Eternally, a record distinguished less by its content than its thoroughly inexplicable sexy Sci-Fi cover.

Both records were had at different times from the Ashford boot fair.

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Published in: on October 4, 2011 at 9:54 am  Leave a Comment  

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