Lou Gramm: Ready Or Not (1987)


As the 80’s rolled on, 1987 to be exact I had checked out on Foreigner after the music they had been releasing by that point sounded like radio fluff.

Lou Gramm though wanted to kick the fluff to the curb and that he did when he released his debut solo album “Ready Or Not” back in February 1987.

I didn’t bite on it right away when I read and seen the adds for Lou’s record. I was thinking 10 songs of “I Want To Know What Love” was my line of thinking. Basically a record of ballads!

I was turning 20 years young at the time so can you blame me for thinking like  that ?

MuchMusic spun Lou’s debut video “Midnight Blue” and as soon as I heard that opening riff on guitar I was drawn in and when Lou opened his mouth to sing, I was hooked.

The power of video sold me on wanting to get “Ready Or Not”  which I did and Teebone bought it as well on cassette and we cruised around like a couple of yahoo’s cranking the rock tracks on this record during those summer months of ’87.

I’m sure we weren’t the only two knuckleheads as this record climbed the Canuck Charts to #25.

Lou showed up on this debut and  I can quite honestly say that the first three tracks on here ( “Ready Or Not”, “Heartache” and “Midnight Blue”) has Lou throwing down the  gauntlet showing  his soon to be ex- Foreigner bandmate Mick Jones that he could still rock it out.

Speaking of bands, below are the cats that helped Lou record this album.

Turgon co- wrote eight of the ten tracks on here and Lofgren when he wasn’t hanging out with Springsteen plays some stellar six string  throughout this record as well.

Sure the album sounds a little over produced but that was the sound for the time.

The two songs that end each side of the record (“If I Don’t Have You” and “Lover Come Back”) are to me the closest things to the stuff that Lou had going on in his day job at the time.

That day job was Foreigner who later in 87 released “Inside Information” and for the record (no pun) I still didn’t bite!

Give Gramm full props as he released a great melodic rock album that still holds up well today.

Best $2 I have ever spent when I came across it recently sitting in the used bins.

35 thoughts on “Lou Gramm: Ready Or Not (1987)”

    1. Foreigner tours without any original guys. Mick Jones is the only guy left and he is still in the band but doesn’t show up all the time. Dudes old. lol
      Lou, I came across some recent Youtube footage of him and he still sounds good. I can’t handle what Foreigner is doing now as they are a tribute act basically…
      Caught Lou and Mick here in town back in 93 when Foreigner and April Wine showed up here to town and pulled in 4000 people at our arena. It was a great show in a time when Grunge ruled the world! lol


  1. I like those finds, where a toonie turns into a solid LP.
    And I enjoyed the description of you & TBone, the Canuck yahoos/knuckleheads, listening in the summer of ’87 – right around the time Gretzky was about to set up Lemieux for the series-winning goal!

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  2. After you and I talked about his album last week…I do remember the title track Ready or Not and I liked that one and Midnight Blue at the time. The guitar riff in Midnight Blue is awesome.
    Nils is a great guitar player…

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      1. Why did they go softer? Because of that hit? I did like the gospel feel of it…but that wasn’t how they were built.
        LOL yea that probably was it.

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    1. I bought Shadow King on cassette tape back in early 92. I have no recollection on any of it. I need to see if Apple has that one.
      Ready Or Not is a great album Pete. Still holds uo well

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      1. The second. Actually, Ozzy was supposed to be the co-headliner, which was why I bought a ticket. It was a stadium show. But a few days before the show was when Randy got killed, so Ozzy of course cancelled. Everyone thought they would scrap the whole show, but instead, they replaced Ozzy with Pat Travers. Bottom line, concert was a snooze-fest.

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  3. Never heard more of it than ‘Midnight Blue’ but that was an OK track… if it was Foreigner, I probably would have put it in the middle of their hits if ranking best to worst.

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