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Atlanta Rhythm Section - Are You Ready! Import

4.8 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews

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Digitally remastered CD edition of this 1979 live album from Southern rockers Atlanta Rhythm Section which showed the world the power that ARS could bring to a live performance. Following the band's biggest album chart success in 1978 with Champagne Jam, which was the breakthrough album for ARS, Are You Ready! Made #51 in the US charts. ARS have been part of the Southern Rock scene for more than 30 years and with 15 albums of outstanding songwriting and performances, they represent all the good things the phrase 'classic rock' implies.. Beat Goes On.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Prelude: Tara's Theme
  2. Sky High
  3. Champagne Jam
  4. I'm Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight
  5. Large Time
  6. Back Up Against the Wall
  7. Angel (What in the World's Coming Over Us)
  8. Conversation
  9. Imaginary Lover
  10. Doraville
  11. Another Man's Woman
  12. Georgia Rhythm
  13. So Into You
  14. Long Tall Sally


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 1, 2015)
  • Rmst ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: BGO
  • ASIN: B007R1PGNG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,354 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By David L. Anderson on September 16, 2012
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This is one of my all time favorite live albums. Regardless of what may have been done in the studio to sweeten or clean up the sound, there is no doubt in my mind as to the live warmth and power of the Atlanta Rhythm Section as demonstrated here. This is one of those shows that I wish I could have been at, but was just a little too young and without the means at the time. I used to hear them on the radio and always appreciated Ronnie Hammond's smooth vocal delivery and Barry Bailey's biting Gibson tone. I also became very partial to the Fender Rhoades keyboard sound because of Dean Daughtry's chord work. Everything about them screamed professionalism and showed a group of men who had truly mastered their instruments and found their sound. Barry Bailey had a huge influence on my own guitar playing and his sound is still easily recognizable and still a pleasure to listen to. Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers were always touted as the two greatest bands from the south when I was growing up, but the Atlanta Rhythm Section could easily hold their own with both of them and was my personal favorite. If there is a weakness to be found with ARS material, it sometimes showed in the lyrics. Some of them could be a little "trite" at times, but then they would redeem themselves with solid content like "Conversation" or later with "Alien". "Doraville" is still one of my favorite songs to drive to with the windows down. I like the vulnerability in Ronnie's comment from the stage when he says "y'all remember that, right?" after doing an older song. A little unsure of himself in front of the large crowd maybe, but you would never know it as they tear through their set. Wonderful stuff and many of their songs sound even better on this live set than on the studio albums. Absolutely essential, do not hesitate to own this one.
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For all their success, I was always convinced ARS was under-sung. I saw them at least a half-dozen times in the '70s, and they always tore it up. Given that they were all studio musicians before banding as ARS and hitting the road, they also possessed levels of finesse and musicality that still remain rare. And the late Ronnie Hammond, a studio technician before someone found out about his pipes, had the most distinctive voice in so-called Southern Rock. I'm so glad this collection was re-issued.
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I stumbled upon this album on vinyl several years ago, and on a whim purchased it. I always enjoyed ARS, but never considered myself a big fan. This all changed when I played the album. I was hooked from the first track - "Sky High". Their normally laid back, casual sound was gone, replaced by a no apologies rock band. The guitar solo starting at 3:25 in "Sky High" is, for my money, the best ever recorded, bar none. It doesn't cram in the most notes, doesn't have crazy whammy bar dives and screams - it's just an incredible, soulful and awesome performance by one of the world's most underrated guitarists. The rest of the album follows suit, with all band members especially shining on the wonderfully extended version of "Another Man's Woman".

The album and the CD release make clear mention that some of the sound was done in the studio, suggesting some overdubs and doctoring was done. I know that most live albums (especially ones from the 1970s) were doctored in the studio, so I don't know if ARS is just being up front about it, or if the only true live component was the crowd noise. Once you listen to the album, these details become of little importance. Most bands couldn't put out an album this good in any format, be it live, studio or hybrid.

If I could only have five CDs, this would be one of them. It is a true classic. This is one ARS should be pleased to call their own.
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This is one of the best live recordings out there. Yes there are some hits on here and they are performed with the precision and warmth one would expect from the Atlanta Rhythm Section but the real jems are the tunes that never made it to the radio waves. Nothing short of exciting these guys show how to jam and improvise through some well crafted tunes. Ronnie Hammonds vocals have never sounded better, framed by some of the best guitar work ever recorded along with phenomenal bass and drum work. This is true classic southern rock-buy it -you'll get hours and hours of listening pleasure.
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Though I remember seeing the album when it came out, I never heard it. Big mistake on my part. I ordered the reissued CD in 2013 and was blown away. What a GREAT album this is! As a previous reviewer mentioned, regardless of whatever post production or "sweetening" took place, the album still sounds fantastic and is a solid representation of the ARS catalog to that point. Barry Bailey really shines on this album and one could easily make the case for him being one of the most underrated guitarists ever based on the extended solos on "Angel" and the marvelous stretched out version of "So Into You." This album ranks real close to some of the definitive live albums of the era which include UFO's Strangers In The Night, REO's You Get What You Play For and Pat Travers'
Go For What You Know. Get it!!
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