Ready an' Willing

Ready an' Willing is the third studio album by English hard rock band Whitesnake, released on 31 May 1980. It was the group's first album to feature singer David Coverdale and keyboard player Jon Lord's former Deep Purple colleague Ian Paice on drums. It peaked at No. 6 on the UK Albums Chart,[4] it was also the band's first to chart outside of the UK, reaching No. 32 in Norway[5] and No. 90 in the US.[6]

Ready an' Willing
Whitesnake - Ready An' Willing album cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released31 May 1980 (1980-05-31)
RecordedDecember 1979 and February 1980
StudioRidge Farm Studios, Rusper and Central Recorders Studio and Sauna, London
LabelMirage/Atlantic (North America)
Polydor (Japan)
United Artists (Rest of the world)
ProducerMartin Birch
Whitesnake chronology
Ready an' Willing
(1980) the Heart of the City
Singles from Ready an' Willing
  1. "Fool for Your Loving"
    Released: 18 April 1980
  2. "Ready an' Willing"
    Released: July 1980 (UK) [1]
  3. "Sweet Talker"
    Released: 1980 (US)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal9/10[3]


The album featured two of the band's UK single-hits from that year: "Fool for Your Loving" had reached No. 13 in the charts on 26 April 1980,[4] and the title-track, "Ready an' Willing (Sweet Satisfaction)" made No. 43 in July of the same year.[4] On 2 August 1980 "Fool for Your Loving" peaked at No. 53 on the Billboard Hot 100; the song would later be re-recorded for the Slip of the Tongue album. The track "Blindman", initially from David Coverdale's first solo album White Snake, was re-recorded for this album.

Track listingEdit

Side one
1."Fool for Your Loving"David Coverdale, Micky Moody, Bernie Marsden4:17
2."Sweet Talker"Coverdale, Marsden3:38
3."Ready an' Willing"Coverdale, Moody, Neil Murray, Jon Lord, Ian Paice3:44
4."Carry Your Load"Coverdale4:06
Side two
6."Ain't Gonna Cry No More"Coverdale, Moody5:52
7."Love Man"Coverdale5:04
8."Black and Blue"Coverdale, Moody4:06
9."She's a Woman"Coverdale, Marsden4:07
2006 Remastered Edition bonus tracks
10."Love for Sale" (Previously unreleased)Coverdale3:05
11."Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City" (Live at the Reading Festival 1979)Michael Price, Dan Walsh6:54
12."Mistreated" (Live at the Reading Festival 1979)Coverdale, Ritchie Blackmore13:30
13."Love Hunter" (Live at the Reading Festival 1979)Coverdale, Moody, Marsden5:56
14."Breakdown" (Live at the Reading Festival 1979)Coverdale, Moody5:38






Country Organization Year Sales
UK BPI 1981 Gold (+ 100,000)[11]


Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Kerrang! United Kingdom "100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums Of All Time"[12] 1989 81


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  7. ^ Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970-2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9.
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