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Greatest Hits: Oh Sheila! - Ready for the World

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Album Review

Armed with a whole mess of R&B, Prince and midwest funk influences, Ready for the World, came crashing out the gates at a breakneck pace with their eponymous solo album, no thanks in small part to local Detroit DJ Electrifying Mojo playing the group incessantly on his radio program. A perfect blend of soul, funk, and attitude, RFTW spawned a massive chart hit with "Oh Sheila," but also had several minor hits with "Digital Display," "Deep Inside Your Love," and "Tonight." While there are moments that Melvin Riley's vocals can grate on the nerves, on the whole this is a stellar debut which few of the groups in this genre could match.

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To All MP3 traders-- THIS is who performs "Oh Sheila!"

In the wild early days of MP3s, something weird happened. Some idiot labeled his copy of "Oh Sheila!" as being performed by Prince. It is not. It never was, to my knowledge, released by the Purple One. Although the story (or so I've heard) is that the song was indeed penned by him and may in fact be about the lovely Ms. Sheila E., the artist who performed it and released the single was always Ready for the World. So if you have "Oh Sheila!" in your MP3 collection, and it's credited to Prince, please do the world a favor and change the artist to RFTW, because otherwise you just look like an idiot. Prince never sounded like this, and RFTW was never as good as Prince, even on their best day.

ready for the world greatest hits

I've been looking for these tracks for the longest...they are the bomb! Thanks

WOW!!

OMG it took me forever trying to find this album. But now that i found it i have no more money to buy my song! lol! I love "Love you down"! Its the best song ever!!!!

Biography

Formed: 1982 in Flint, MI

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A Michigan funk band with slight rock leanings, Ready for the World parlayed Melvin Riley's whining vocals and some trendy production into a pair of number one R&B hits in the mid-'80s for MCA. Riley, Gordon Strozier, Gregory Potts, Willie Triplett, John Eaton, and Gerald Valentine began on their own Blue Lake label before signing with MCA. The label reissued the song "Tonight," and it reached number six on the R&B charts in 1984. They followed it with "Deep Inside Your Love," another Top...
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