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I'm Ready

Natalie ColeAudio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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The daughter of jazz and pop legend Nat King Cole, Natalie Cole has forged a successful career in two phases, doing R&B/urban contemporary and then jazz-based pop. She made her stage debut at age 11 and sang in college. Cole met the writing and producing team of Chuck Jackson and Marvin Yancey in 1973. The next year they collaborated on some sessions that were ... Read more in Amazon's Natalie Cole Store

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  • Audio CD (September 8, 1992)
  • Original Release Date: 1992
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000008EG2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,357 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Natalie Cole I'm Ready June 23, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is the most underrated of all the Natalie Cole Albums even by the Musical Icon herself.Natalie Cole's 1983 Album I'm Ready is a very important Album,because it bridged the gap between her R&B releases and the Pop-Rock releases that would dominate her career during the second-half of the 1980's.With Too Much Mister,I Won't Deny You,I'm Ready,Keep It On The Outside,Time(Heals All Wounds),(I'm Coming)Straight From The Heart,Where's Your Angel?,I'm Your Mirror,Winner(Take All),Azz Iz,Movin' On,and How Can You Stop? is definitely a must have Album.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I'm Ready January 18, 2006
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'I'm Ready' was probably the low-point in Natalie Cole's career; even Cole admits this in "Angel on My Shoulder," her autobiography. The album barely charted, and produced only one charting R&B single. Cole's personal problems during the time probably didn't help the album either. Despite this, I can't help but enjoy some of the stuff on this near-forgotten release.

The album starts off with "Too Much Mister." The song isn't much, but is catchy nonetheless. The other single, "Keep It On The Outside" is a standard R&B ballad with a pretty sax part. My favourite on the album is the danceable "Time (Heals All Wounds)." I like the computerized-sounding bass and Quincy Jones-like arrangement of the horns. "Where's Your Angel?" is again lightweight but pleasing, as is the sunny "I Won't Deny You." The title track reminds me a bit of Deniece Williams' "It's Gonna Take a Miracle" (which is a good thing), while "(I'm Coming) Straight From the Heart" is too boring for my taste.

In 1992, Legacy reissued "I'm Ready" and threw in some bonus tracks apparently intended for the album. My favourites are the first two selections, "Winner (Take All)" and "Azz Iz." I like the post-disco feel to both, as well as the cute vocoder on "Azz Iz."

As much as I enjoy "I'm Ready," I don't think that much of Natalie Cole's jazz-loving fan base will care for this too much. It's a long ways away from the sophisticated "Unforgettable" and the like, and doesn't seem as strong as most of her Pop material either. However, for admirers of Nataile Cole's Pop material and early 80's R&B, this may be an enjoyable if not thrilling listen.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not So Ready August 28, 2012
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I'm Ready" originally 8 tracks, was released in 1983 on Epic Records and is now on CD with 4 bonus tracks. It peaked at 182 on Billboard 200 and #54 on Billboard's R&B. In my opinion one thing Natalie Cole does well is sing a ballad and although this was put out during a low point of her life, she manages to do some justice to a few songs, such as "I'm Ready" the title song of the album. It should have done better than #54 on the US R&B charts, but for some reason the song didn't click with the public. "Keep It On The Outside" was another example of a song with some potential. This was also produced by her late husband Marvin Yancy, but the song didn't do anything. I like "(I'm Coming Straight From The Heart)" because of the lyrics, whereas "I'm Your Mirror" is soulful and reminds us what we loved so much about Natalie's voice; she sounds like she is singing from the heart.

This album was not one of Natalie's greatest, and it has a lot of mid-tempo 80's sounding filler songs that just weren't memorable enough to become hits. There are few good songs as I have mentioned but the things that makes this album okay is Natalie's great voice. This Cd appears with 4 bonus tracks (not on original album)3 of which left an impact on me: "Azz Iz" probably could have made some noise on the dance charts with some tweaking ; "Moving' On" has a funky beat and makes me feel like dancing and "How Can You Stop" and a cool, funky R&B groove that also had potential. Had these bonus tracks appeared on the original album replacing some of the fluff, the album may have had more chart success. If you are new to Natalie Cole's music this would not be the album for you, probably "Natalie Cole: Greatest Hits-Vol 1" would probably be a better choice, but for those who are die hard fans and like to see how Natalie's vocals and material improved over the years, this would be a great cd to add to your collection.
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