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.
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.