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Album Review

For a midline-priced compilation, this survey of the work of '80s funk band Ready for the World has a lot going for it. At a running time of 73 and a half minutes, much longer than you expect for a disc with such a modest price, it contains all of the group's chart hits as well as "Whose Is It?," the first chart entry by former bandleader Melvin Riley in 1994. To provide variety from the group's regular hits collection, several of the tracks are presented in unusual mixes or edits. The version of "Ceramic Girl" is taken from a 12" single and runs nearly nine minutes; "Mary Goes 'Round," "Long Time Coming," and "My Girly" are the single versions; "Straight Down to Business" is a single remix version; "Digital Display" is a radio edit; and "Can He Do It (Like This, Can He Do It Like That)" is taken from a promotional 12" single, and is thus making its debut on a commercial release. At the time of their commercial peak, 1985-1986, Ready for the World basically sounded like a Prince clone, aping their Upper Midwest neighbor's funky, synthesized, dance-pop style and his salacious lyrics. Even much later they still sounded like Prince, but they also sounded very dated after trends in R&B music had moved on. But for those who enjoyed them then, this album is a good way to relive their heyday.

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One of the last few black bands!

I saw these cats in concert. One of the last truly great black bands. So when you listen, remember that they are playing all the instruments also.

NEVER KNEW!

I never knew that the Trey Songz & Twista song was a remake of "Tonight" by them. I lllllllooooooovvvvvvveeeeeee that song. BUY IT!!!

your not ready for the world...

ready for the world hit the mainstream in the mid 80's with the hit song tonite.. one of the hottest songs that has ever been released. these brothers were multi talented artists that came before their time. so if you don't cop this album, it's your loss. this comes from one hot dj! buy this album.

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 Ten R&B...
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