Ready an' Willing

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Ready an' Willing
Whitesnake - Ready An' Willing album cover.jpg
Studio album by Whitesnake
Released 31 May 1980 (1980-05-31)
Recorded December 1979 and February 1980
Studio Ridge Farm Studios, Rusper and Central Recorders Studio and Sauna, London
Genre Hard rock, blues rock
Length 40:00
Label Mirage/Atlantic (North America)
Polydor (Japan)
United Artists (Rest of the world)
Producer Martin Birch
Whitesnake chronology
Ready an' Willing
(1980) the Heart of the City
Singles from Ready an' Willing
  1. "Fool for Your Loving"
    Released: 1980
  2. "Ready an' Willing"
    Released: 1980
  3. "Sweet Talker" / "Ain't Gonna Cry No More"
    Released: 1980 (US only)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 9/10 stars[2]

Ready an' Willing is the third studio album by English hard rock band Whitesnake, released in 1980. It peaked at No. 6 on the UK Albums Chart,[3] it was also the band's first to chart outside of the UK reaching No. 32 in Norway[4] and No. 90 in the US.[5]

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 in April 1980,[3] and the title-track, "Ready an' Willing (Sweet Satisfaction)" made No. 43 in July of the same year.[3] In August 1980 "Fool for Your Loving" peaked at No. 53 on the Billboard Hot 100;[citation needed] 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, was re-recorded for this album.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Fool for Your Loving"   David Coverdale, Micky Moody, Bernie Marsden 4:17
2. "Sweet Talker"   Coverdale, Marsden 3:38
3. "Ready an' Willing"   Coverdale, Moody, Neil Murray, Jon Lord, Ian Paice 3:44
4. "Carry Your Load"   Coverdale 4:06
5. "Blindman"   Coverdale 5:09
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Ain't Gonna Cry No More"   Coverdale, Moody 5:52
7. "Love Man"   Coverdale 5:04
8. "Black and Blue"   Coverdale, Moody 4:06
9. "She's a Woman"   Coverdale, Marsden 4:07
2006 Remastered Edition bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
10. "Love for Sale" (Previously unreleased) Coverdale 3:05
11. "Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City" (Live at the Reading Festival 1979) Michael Price, Dan Walsh 6:54
12. "Mistreated" (Live at the Reading Festival 1979) Coverdale, Ritchie Blackmore 13:30
13. "Love Hunter" (Live at the Reading Festival 1979) Coverdale, Moody, Marsden 5:56
14. "Breakdown" (Live at the Reading Festival 1979) Coverdale, Moody 5:38






Country Organization Year Sales
UK BPI 1981 Gold (+ 100,000)[7]


Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Kerrang! United Kingdom "100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums Of All Time"[8] 1989 81


  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Whitesnake - Ready an' Willing review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (November 1, 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. ISBN 978-1-894959-31-5. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Whitesnake - Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 April 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Whitesnake Ready an' Willing (album)". Media Control Charts. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Ready an' Willing Billboard Albums". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  6. ^ Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970-2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9. 
  7. ^ "Search for Artist Whitenake". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "Kerrang – 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums Of All Time - January 1989". Kerrang!. Retrieved 10 February 2009.