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"Are You Ready for Love"
Single by Elton John
B-side "Three Way Love Affair"
Released 1979, 2003
Recorded 1977
Genre Pop, Rock
Label Southern Fried (UK)
Universal Records
Ultra Records
Writer(s) Thom Bell, Casey James
Elton John singles chronology
"Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"
(2002)
"Are You Ready for Love"
(2003)
"Heart of Every Girl"
(2004)

"Are You Ready for Love" is a song recorded by Elton John in 1977, and was originally released in 1979 on the EP The Thom Bell Sessions. It was written by Leroy Bell, Thom Bell and Casey James, and was originally produced by Thom Bell. Interestingly, while Elton charted in 1979 with the song "Mama Can't Buy You Love" from the EP, 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 curiously 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 by Southern Fried Records (catalogue number ECB50) in the United Kingdom on 25 August 2003 [1] and gave Elton a #1 hit in the English top 40 singles chart on its first week of release, due to its being featured in a television advertisement for Sky Sports promoting the new English Premier League season of that year. In the US, the song became a top dance hit, reaching #1 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart in January 2004.[2].

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, intercut with concert and other clips from his heyday, including footage from Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium gig in 1975.

Various hit R&B vocalists of the late 1970s, including Bell & James, M.F.S.B. and The Spinners, contribute backing and accompanying lead vocals, most prominent on the Thom Bell Sessions mixes of the song, but downplayed somewhat in the 2003 single remix and its edits. In 1979, The Spinners, or Detroit Spinners as known in the UK, also recorded a version of the song which didn't chart either side of the Atlantic.

Contents

Track listing (2003 remix)

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UK CD single

  1. 1979 radio edit
  2. Full length 1979 version
  3. "Three Way Love Affair"
  4. Music video

Covers

This song was covered by The Kooks along with the Buena Vista Social Club in 2007 on the album Rhythms del Mundo Classics.

Track listing (2003 remix) [Promo]

  1. Original version

References in pop culture

"Are You Ready for Love" is featured on the PAL version of Donkey Konga 2.

Charts

Chart (2003) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 1
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 1

References

Preceded by
"Breathe" by Blue Cantrell featuring Sean Paul
UK Singles Chart number-one single
August 31, 2003 - September 7, 2003
Succeeded by
"Where Is The Love" by The Black Eyed Peas

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