This blog will feature Finnish pop music covers and their original versions mainly from '60s and '70s.
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.