Mammal’s Merry Memories: Ready For Love (two versions)
Mott The Hoople had already released four albums and weren’t going anywhere. That changed in 1972 when David Bowie gave them one of his songs, “All The Young Dudes”, and produced an album of the same title for the band. They shot to prominence as a glam rock band. The album is recognised as a classic.
My favourite song on the album is actually “Ready For Love”, a rock ballad. Like the other music on “Young Dudes” it reflects a strong R&B influence. The album features numerous guest performers, including Bowie.The stand-out artist, however, is Ian Hunter, Mott The Hoople’s vocalist.
A year later the supergroup Bad Company formed and recorded their eponymous album. My favourite track on that album happens to be Bad Company’s cover of “Ready For Love”. It’s a lighter, more hard rock version. It is again the vocalist, this time Paul Rogers, who makes this song such a stand-out for me.