Thursday, September 9, 2010

Ready For The Times To Get Better - Olen valmis aikoihin parempiin

Now it's time to switch from past to the future. The next couple of Finnpicks deal with the songs that look into future. Anita Hirvonen recorded "Olen valmis aikoihin parempiin" (I'm ready for better times) in 1977 for her album "Sydän rakastaa". It remained only an album track, but is well worth of reviewing, like many of Anita' songs. The lyrics were provided by Chrise Johansson. The original song was called "Ready For The Times To Get Better", and it was a sizeable hit (not in Finland, though) for American country singer Crystal Gayle. It was Gayle's fourth number one on the US country singles chart. The song hit the number one in 1978, so Anita was obviously well ahead of time to record it already in the previous year. Or, Crystal's version is not the original. Well, nevertheless, both versions are excellent, and the song has one of those haunted melody lines that you want to listen to over and over again.

Here's the pair:

1 comment:

Arrowman said...

The song is written by Allen Reynolds and Crystal Gayle and first time published on her 1976 album "Crystal" UA-LA614-G, the version you picked here must be the album version, 'cos single version is like Anita's without slow starting intro... Wikipedia about the song is erroneously telling only about this top single -> "Ready For the Times to Get Better" is a 1978 single written by Allen Reynolds and recorded by Crystal Gayle. "Ready For the Times to Get Better" was Gayle's fourth number one on the U.S country singles chart. The single stayed at number one for one week and spent a total of ten weeks on the chart.[1]
Well, I just happend to have that album... Album also MIGHT be published with the name "I'm Not So Far Away" but that I'm not sure of