Are You Ready for Love

Elton John

About Are You Ready for Love

"Are You Ready for Love" is a song recorded by Elton John in 1977 and first released in the UK in 1979 on the EP The Thom Bell Sessions. It was written by Leroy Bell, Thom Bell and Casey James, and was originally produced in Philadelphia by Thom Bell (who had already produced a series of hits for The Spinners, The Delfonics and The Stylistics). While the song, "Mama Can't Buy You Love" from the EP charted in 1979, this song and the other track on the three-track 12-inch vinyl disc, "Three Way Love Affair", were only minor footnotes at the time. In 1989, MCA released a 6-track CD, The Complete Thom Bell Sessions, which contained a different mix of "Are You Ready for Love" in place of the one that appeared on the original 1979 EP. (The original "Thom Bell Sessions" EP mix did, however, surface — along with the EP's other two original tracks — as a b-side to a UK CD-single of "The Last Song" in 1992, issued as Rocket/Phonogram EJSCB-30). In 2003, it was remixed by Ashley Beedle and released as a 12" vinyl single on 25 August 2003. It gave John another No. 1 hit in the UK Singles Chart on its first week of its 2003 re-release, following his performing the song in a television advertisement promoting the new 2003–2004 football season for Sky Sports. It scored John his fifth UK No.1. The 2003 single's B-side is "Three Way Love Affair" (from the original EP) and also the full-length 1979 Version of "Are You Ready for Love". On some CD versions, the CD also contains a QuickTime version of a video for the song, with recording studio footage from 1977 with Elton recording his vocals. 


Year:
2003
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Catch a star if you can
Wish for something special
Let it be me, my love is free
Sing a song to yourself
Think of someone listenin'
One melody, you're all for me

I'll write a symphony
Just for you & me
If you let me love you
I'll paint a masterpiece
Just for you to see
If you let me love you
Let me love you.
            
[Chorus]
Are you ready, are you ready for love
Yes I am
Are you, are you ready,
Are you ready for love
Yes I am
Are you, are you ready
Are you ready for love
You're the one, like the sun
Shine your love around me
You'll always be, the one for me
Say the world, and I'll be there
Loving you forever
Don't let me go, just say it's so

We'll hear the music ring
From the mountain tops
To the valley below us
We'll serenade the world
With a lullaby
So the angels will know us
Angels will know us

[Chorus]

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Elton John

Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is an English rock singer-songwriter, composer, pianist and occasional actor. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriter partner since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date. more »

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Written by: THOM BELL, LEROY BELL, CASEY JAMES

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11 facts about this song

Song’s Origin
Released on "The Thom Bell Sessions" EP in 1979, "Are You Ready for Love" is a song recorded by Elton John and initially credited as a duet with the Spinners.
Genre Mix
The song is a blend of Pop and R&B, showcasing John's versatility as a musician.
Song composer
Thom Bell, a distinguished American producer known for his significant role in creating the 'Philadelphia Sound' in the 1960s and 1970s, co-wrote the song with his then-regular songwriting partners, LeRoy Bell, and Casey James.
Popular Covers
Although the song wasn't a major hit upon initial release, it found a roundabout way to success in the UK when DJ Fatboy Slim remixed it in 2003.
Chart Success
The Fatboy Slim remix helped "Are You Ready for Love" shoot to the No. 1 spot in the UK Singles Chart, nearly 25 years after its initial release.
Usage in Media
The song was used in a major advertising campaign for British football (soccer), which also contributed to its late blooming popularity.
Collaboration
This track allowed Elton John to collaborate with The Spinners, a popular American soul and R&B outfit. Their vocal contributions are a distinguishing feature of the song.
First Release
The first version of "Are you Ready for Love" was released as a single by Philadelphia soul group The Spinners, known as "The Detroit Spinners" in the UK.
Song's Duration
The original version of the song was nearly eleven minutes long, while the remix was brought down to a radio-friendly three and a half minutes.
Song's Theme
The song explores the theme of proactively seeking and being open to love, a common topic in pop and R&B songs.
Re-release
Following the unprecedented success of the Fatboy Slim remix, the original version of "Are You Ready for Love" was re-released by John's record label in 2003.

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