Bryan Adams – Waking Up The Neighbours (1991)

FrontCover1.jpgWaking Up the Neighbours is the sixth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams, released on 24 September 1991. The album was recorded at Battery Studios in London, and at The Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, mixed at Mayfair Studios in London, and mastered by Bob Ludwig at Masterdisk in New York City. The album reached the number one position on the album charts of at least eight countries. Its first single, “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” was number 1 on the British charts for a record sixteen weeks. The album sold more than 16 million copies worldwide.

The album was recorded at Battery Studios in England and the Warehouse Studios in Canada. Recording began in March 1990, and along with mixing, finished in June 1991. Robert John “Mutt” Lange, previously known for his work with AC/DC, Foreigner, and Def Leppard, was helping Adams writing the songs for his next album. Adams spent much of his time in Hindhead and London, England with Lange working on his sixth album.

“(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” was the most successful single off the album, and has become one of the most successful songs of all time, having spent seven weeks at number one in the United States’ Billboard Hot 100, sixteen consecutive weeks at Bryan Adams1number 1 on the UK Singles Chart, eleven weeks on the Dutch Top 40 and nine weeks at number 1 on the Canadian singles chart in Canada. The song won a Grammy Award for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television at the 1992 Grammy Awards, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song of 1991.

The song came about when Adams was approached to write something by the producers of the then-upcoming Kevin Costner film, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, and was asked to work on a theme song. He was provided a tape of orchestration written by the composer of the film score, Michael Kamen. With this, he and Lange used a section of Michael’s orchestration and created “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You”, which was then placed deep into the closing credits of the film when it opened on June 14, 1991. The song went to number 1 in the United Kingdom the week before the film’s British release and went on to top the charts in 16 countries and sold over 10 million copies worldwide, becoming one of the biggest selling singles of all time.[8] The song was nominated for an Academy Award but won a Grammy Award for Best Song from a Motion Picture. Years later when the BBC asked Bryan (about the recent acoustic live version from his Bare Bones CD), “Do you ever get bored of hearing your record-breaking hit ‘Everything I Do’?” Bryan said “Of course not. What a silly question.”

“Can’t Stop This Thing We Started” was the second single from the album. A rock song in contrast to “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You”, it peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 behind Prince’s “Cream”. “Can’t Stop This Thing We Started” received two nominations at the Grammy Awards of 1992 for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance, Solo, winning none.

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“There Will Never Be Another Tonight” was the third single from the album. The title came from a fragment Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance wrote in late 1980s. The phrase was written into the song in the end of 1990 and released on Adams’ album in 1991.

“Thought I’d Died and Gone to Heaven” was the fourth single released from Waking up the Neighbours. Written by Mutt Lange and Bryan Adams the song was the first song written for the album. “Thought I’d Died and Gone to Heaven” reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #14 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks. In the UK, it reached #8.

“All I Want Is You”, “Do I Have to Say the Words?” (#11 on the Billboard Hot 100) and “Touch the Hand” were also released as singles but didn’t get the heavy rotation as the first four singles released.

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Waking Up the Neighbours was co-produced by Adams and Mutt Lange, and peaked at number six on the Billboard 200. The album was released in September 1991 and album and single topped the charts in many countries with “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” spending record-breaking 16 weeks at number one on UK Singles Chart and topped the charts in 17 countries. It also made record-breaking sales of 4 million copies in the US.[18] Canadian content regulations were revised in 1991 to allow radio stations to credit airplay of this album towards their legal requirements to play Canadian music. The album has become Adams second best-selling album worldwide. Adams won a Grammy Award in 1992 for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television for “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You”. (by wikipedia)

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Although not as good as Reckless, Bryan Adams’ 1991 album, Waking up the Neighbours, signaled his commercial apex. Bridging the time gap between ’80s arena rock and ’90s angst-ridden grunge, the album also ushered in an era in which Adams became more known for his sweeping power ballads than his straight-ahead rock tunes. This album, filled with nearly 75 minutes of showstopping arena rockers and mid-tempo ballads, churned out no less than five hit singles, the most notable being the Robin Hood Prince of Thieves theme “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You.” That ballad spent seven weeks atop the U.S. pop charts, becoming the longest-reigning American chart-topper since Prince’s “When Doves Cry” seven years earlier. The song also became a phenomenon in Europe, becoming Adams’ biggest hit ever.

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Other singles which followed included the joyous rocker “Can’t Stop This Thing We Started,” which became a number two hit, the mid-tempo ballads “Do I Have to Say the Words” and “Thought I’d Died and Gone to Heaven,” and the fun, straight-ahead rocker “There Will Never Be Another Tonight.” Waking up the Neighbours was co-produced by Robert Jon “Mutt” Lange, and as a result, many of these songs sound as though they could have easily been Def Leppard recordings, especially “All I Want Is You,” which sounds like “Pour Some Sugar on Me” part two. Nonetheless, Waking up the Neighbours is a fun album and perfect for those who expect nothing more than an old-fashioned good time from their rock & roll. (by Jose F. Promis)

Oh yes … Bryan Adams knows how to rock … listen and enjoy the power of Bryan Adams !

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Personnel:
Bryan Adams (vocals. guitar)
Mickey Curry (drums)
Tommy Mandel (organ)
Keith Scott (guitar)
Dave Taylor (bass)
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Robbie King (organ)
Larry Klein (bass)
Phil Nicholas (keyboards, programming)
Bill Payne (keyboards)
Ed Shearmur (keyboards)
The Tuck Back Twins (background vocals)

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Tracklist:
01. Is Your Mama Gonna Miss Ya? (Adams/Lange) 4.40
02. Hey Honey – I’m Packin’ You In (Adams/Lange/Russell/Scott 3.59
03. Can’t Stop This Thing We Started (Adams/Lange) 4.29
04. Thought I’d Died And Gone To Heaven (Adams/Lange) 5.48
05. Not Guilty (Adams/Lange) 4.12
06. Vanishing (Adams/Lange) 5.03
07. House Arrest (Adams/Lange/Vallance) 3.57
08. Do I Have To Say The Words? (Adams/Lange/Vallance) 6.11
09. There Will Never Be Another Tonight (Adams/Lange/Vallance) 4.40
10. All I Want Is You (Adams/Lange) 5.20
11. Depend On Me (Adams/Lange/Vallance) 5.07
12. (Everything I Do) I Do It for You (Adams/Lange/Kamen) 6.34
13. If You Wanna Leave Me (Can I Come Too?) (Adams/Lange) 4.43
14. Touch The Hand (Adams/Lange) 4.05
15. Don’t Drop That Bomb On Me (Adams/Lange) 6.02

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Bryan Adams – Reckless (1984)

FrontCover1Reckless is the fourth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams. Released on 5 November 1984 through A&M Records, the album was co-produced by Adams and Bob Clearmountain, and it was arguably Adams’ most successful solo album. The album was a huge international hit, selling over 5 million units in the United States for a total of 12 million worldwide. It was the first Canadian album to sell more than a million units within Canada. The album reached number 1 on the Billboard 200 and reached high positions on album charts worldwide. (by wikipedia)

Bryan Adams capitalized on the momentum of Cuts Like a Knife with 1984’s Reckless, a virtually flawless collection of melodic hard rock which would dominate radio for years to come. “Run to You” was a brilliant lead-off single which remains one of Adams’ best songs ever, but its success still pales in comparison to follow-up smashes such as “Summer of ’69,” “It’s only Love,” (a duet with Tina Turner), and the ballad to end all ballads, “Heaven.”

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Although some songs haven’t aged very well (especially the overtly cheesy “Kids Wanna Rock”), these weak links are easily eclipsed by further highlights such as the cool rock of “One Night Love Affair” and the irrepressible pop chorus of “Somebody.” Sales figures may point to 1991’s Waking Up the Neighbors as the peak of Bryan Adams career, but the songs from Reckless will most certainly prove to be his lasting legacy. (by Eduardo Rivadavia)

This album is a killer album … and “Summer Of ´69” was and is an anthem of a whole generation:

I got my first real six-string
Bought it at the five-and-dime
Played it ’til my fingers bled
Was the summer of sixty-nine

Me and some guys from school
Had a band and we tried real hard
Jimmy quit, Jody got married
I should’ve known we’d never get far

Oh, when I look back now
That summer seemed to last forever
And if I had the choice
Yeah, I’d always wanna be there
Those were the best days of my life

Ain’t no use in complainin’
When you’ve got a job to do
Spent my evenings down at the drive-in
And that’s when I met you, yeah

Standin’ on your mama’s porch
You told me that you’d wait forever
Oh, and when you held my hand
I knew that it was now or never
Those were the best days of my life

Oh, yeah
Back in the summer of sixty-nine, oh

Man, we were killin’ time, we were young and restless
We needed to unwind
I guess nothin’ can last forever, forever, no

Yeah

And now the times are changin’
Look at everything that’s come and gone
Sometimes when I play that old six-string
I think about you, wonder what went wrong

Standin’ on your mama’s porch
You told me that it’d last forever
Oh, and when you held my hand
I knew that it was now or never
Those were the best days of my life

Oh, yeah
Back in the summer of sixty-nine, oh
It was the summer of sixty-nine, oh, yeah
Me and my baby in sixty-nine, oh
It was the summer, the summer, the summer of sixty-nine, yeah

Oh yeah …

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Personnel:
Bryan Adams (vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica)
Keith Scott (guitar, background vocals)
Pat Steward (drums, background vocals)
Dave Taylor (bass)
Jim Vallance – percussion
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Mickey Curry (drums)
Tommy Mandel (keyboards)
Jody Perpick – backing vocals, background sounds
Steve Smith (drums on 04.)
Tina Turner (vocals on 08.)

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Tracklist:
01. One Night Love Affair 4.32
02. She’s Only Happy When She’s Dancin’ 3.14
03. Run To You 3.54
04. Heaven 4.03
05. Somebody 4.44
06. Summer Of ’69 3.35
07. Kids Wanna Rock 2.36
08. It’s Only Love 3.15
09. Long Gone 3.57
10. Ain’t Gonna Cry 4.06

All songs written by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance.

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And here´s the best live recording ever of “Summer Of ´69”
directed by Andrew Catlin: