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This is a fabulous album throughout. Why? Read on!
It features rock songs, pop songs and even a dance song (Chicane feat. Bryan Adams).
The album features all of Bryan's greatest hits, including Everything I Do, Summer Of '69, Cloud Number Nine and Don't Give Up. Most of the songs you will know and be familiar with, although a couple of songs were new to me. However, the album is consistent, there's not a bad track on it to be fair. It's an enjoyable album and it's pretty much like "feel good" music, although Everything I Do is a tad depressing!
The album is heaven to listen to, literally speaking. Bryan's vocals are always on the ball and his voice is raw yet soothing. He's a very versatile artist and this album shows that, what with Bryan experimenting with different sounds and genres.
My favourite song on here HAS to be Cloud Number Nine. It's not the most well known of Bryan Adam's hits but it's so happy and uplifting. I also love the video where everything is white and up in the clouds. This song is one of my favourite songs of all time. This is purely because it is so positive and optimistic. I love it so much, from the first time I heard it. It really is a powerful song and I still think it should have been a U.K number one.
A great album throughout.
This was my first ever Bryan Adams album (I have all of them) and I bought it after falling in love with the Robin Hood mega hit "Everything I do (I do it for you)". Little did I know how I would stop listening to pretty much anything else but the raspy voiced Canadian.
1. The best of me - great rock song, good start to the album
2. Can´t stop this thing we started - big 80´s hit
3. I´m ready - not one of my favourites, but nice instrumental bits
4. Summer of 69 - come on, who hasn´t sung this out loud at a party?
5. Let´s make a night to remember - nice song, again not my favourite
6. All for love - featuring Rod Stewart and Sting, their voices mixes great together
7. Have you ever really loved a woman - spanish influenced ballad that you will either love or hate
8. Run to you - one of the best riffs ever made in this song - pure rock n roll
9. Cloud number 9 - this is the chicane re-mix version, the original was more country inspired
10. Everything I do (I do it for you) - no comments needed
11. Back to you - one of my all time favourites of Bryan, just makes me feel incredibly happy every time
12. When you´re gone - featuring Mel C, a groovy little duett that works really well
13. Please forgive me - great lyrics, music is a bit average
14. The only thing that looks good on me is you - absolute class song, so cheeky and rocky
15.Inside Out - nice mellow tune about getting to know your lover really well
16. Don´t give up - a bonus track, quite dance inspired
It is a great album with all the big hits, but it´s far from my favourite Bryan album.
Bryan Adams, the Grover from Vancouver. Love him or hate him you have to admit he has given is some excellent music over the years. This album was released in 1999 and as the title suggests its a best of. I do like a lot of his music and so I bought this album. Here is what I think of each and every track.
1. The Best Of Me - Not all the songs on this album are classics. There were quite a lot of new songs mixed in there too. And this was one of them. Its not a bad song but is nothing really special. A decent start to the album but it doesn't set the world on fire. 3/5
2. Can't Stop This Thing We Started - Now this is a big hit. One of his biggest. Some big sounds and some great words, a real feal good song that we have all heard at some point. This is what this album should be all about, big hits! 4/5
3. I'm Ready - Quite a slow song. Adams is usually at his best when he plays hard and fast, this one is a little boring for me. Its also live which seems a little strange. However it does have a decent sound to it, so its not a bad song. 3/5
4. Summer Of 69 - I got my first real six string. Soon as you hear those words you can't help but sing along. This song is rock perfection, its got everything a good song should have. The words are brilliant and the guitar sounds great. This is Adams at his best. Class! 5/5
5. Let's Make A Night To Remember - Another slightly slow and sultry song. I don't like this side of Adams, he tries to be all seductive and its just wrong. Its a decent song to be honest but it just makes me cringe a little. 2/5
6. All For Love - This song features Sting and Rod Stewart. How can this be bad with those three on, what a line up! I think this was for The Three Musketeers film. Its a really good song, some nice words and some perfect vocals. 4/5
7. Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman - Another slow and sexy one. I hate it. It sounds rubbish and I just wish songs like this were not on the album. 2/5
8. Run To You - This is more like it. Another massive song from Adams. This is one of my all time favourites. The riff is wonderful and the words are just delivered perfectly. This is a really good feel good song, love it! 5/5
9. Cloud Number Nine - Another modern one. This is an average song and even though its ok it does not belong on an album of his biggest hits. Its just bland pop. 3/5
10. Everything I Do - Well do I really need to comment on this one? Its one of the biggest selling singles ever. Its pop perfection. And even though I hate to admit it, its a beautiful song that is a masterpiece. Yes I know a lot of people probably hate it, but it is just brilliant. And some great vocals from Adams! 5/5
11. Back To You - This is another modern one but to be fair its very good. Some good lyrics and a catchy tune. I liked this one when the album came out and I still listen to it often. A good bit of pop rock. 4/5
12. When You Gone - Enter Mel C of all people. This is a song that actually did really well for Adams. The two voices work very well and it really does sound quite good. 4/5
13. Please Forgive Me - More cheese, but I love cheese! This is a little like Everything I Do. It was no where near as big but still did OK. Its a song that a lot of people have probably forgotten but its a nice song that I do enjoy. 4/5
14. The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You - Classic line! Its quite a funky song and even though the lyrics are pretty awful it does sound pretty good! I hate to admit that! 4/5
15. Inside Out - The last song on the album is another new one. I think he should have finished with a big hit, but instead he puts this one on. Its not a bad song at all but it just lacks the brilliance of some songs on the album. 3/5
Overall this is a very good album. Some of the new songs are pretty average but the classics are all there. Adams has produced some class music over the last few decades and this is a really good reminder. If you are a fan of Bryan Adams this is an album I'm sure you will really enjoy.
Bryan Adams is a Canadian singer and songwriter whose work tends to be soft to mid rock with a poppy edge. His slightly gravelly vocals and distinctive guitar riffs are present on almost all of his tracks and they have made him incredibly successful throughout the world.
Released in 1999, The Best of Me is a collection of Bryan Adams' biggest hits. It also includes two new songs, one brilliant rock song entitled The Best of Me and one less inspiring dance-y track called Don't Give Up which is a collaboration with Nicholas Bracegirdle and Ray 'Madman' Hedges. Most of the other songs included are ones that you will recognise, although one or two of them I had not heard before getting this CD.
The CD has some brilliant moments. Summer of 69 is of course one of the most well known and karaoke-ed songs around and its summery, poppy and nostalgic vibe along with the simple chord structure are instantly recognised and enjoyed by almost all who hear it. Similarly Back to You is an addictive pop-rock anthem which always has me singing along, and When You're Gone, a duet with Melanie C, is a very catchy, rocky ode to lost love.
There are some excellent ballads on the CD too, including the phenomenally successful and beautifully sung Everything I Do (I Do it for You) and the lovely All for Love which also features Sting and Rod Stewart. Inside Out is another sweet and gentle song which I didn't recognise and which has some gorgeous lyrics.
However there are some less impressive songs on here, including the quite boring Can't Stop this Thing, the tedious and overly sappy Let's Make a Night to Remember and the cheesy The Only Thing that Looks Good on Me is You.
Despite the fact that not every song on here is a great one, this is overall a very good album and excellent value for money. You can buy it for under £5 on various internet sites, or for less on eBay.
1. The Best of Me
2. Can't Stop This Thing
3. I'm ready
4. Summer of '69
5. Let's make a night to remember
6. All for Love
7. Have you ever really loved a woman
8. Run to you
9. Cloud number nine
10. (Everything I do) I do it for you
11. Back to you
12. When you're gone
13. Please forgive me
14. The only thing that looks good on me is you
15. Inside out
16. Don't Give Up
'The Best of Me' by Bryan Adams
I purchased my Bryan Adams The Best of Me album about 8 months ago. This album contains great songs.
1. The Best Of Me
'When you want it, when you need it, you'll always get the best of me.'
This is a great song with great lyrics.
2. Can't Stop This Thing We Started
'I aint superman and I can't fly, but if you wanna stop me baby , don't even try.' Well, in love, anyone can get stubborn. This is a very good track.
3 . I'm Ready
'I'm ready to love you, I'm ready to hold you.'
This is a very romantic mellow song. I won't get tired of listening to this.
4. Summer of '69
'And if I had the choice, yeah, I'd always wanna be there. Those were the best days of my life.'
I really love this song. This is the kind that makes me turn the volume of my sound system to the maximum level.
5. Let's Make It A Night To Remember: 'I love the way you look tonight, with your hair hangin' down on your shoulders.'
This is a very romantic song.
6. All For Love
'If there's someone that you know, you just let your feelings show.'
This is an original soundtrack of the movie 'The Three Musketeers'. Bryan Adams teamed up with Rod Stewart and Sting in this song. A perfect trio I guess. They have the same thing in common; a husky and sexy voice.
7. Have You Ever Really Love A Woman
'If you find yourself lying helpless in her arms, you know you really love a woman.'
This is a very romantic song.
8. Run To You
'She'd never let me down, but you're the one that turns me on.'
This song is about falling in love with somebody else. The lyrics are nicely-arranged and the rhythm of this song is superb.
9. Cloud Number
'Well it's a long way up and we won't come down tonight well it may be wrong but baby it sure feels right.'
This track has a nice beat.
10. (Everything I Do) I Do It For You: 'You know it's true, everything I do, I do it for you'.
This is an original soundtrack of the movie 'Robinhood: Prince of Thieves' .
11. Back To You
'Like a star that guides a ship across the ocean, that's how your love will take me home back to you.'
This song has great lyrics and arrangement.
12. When You're Gone (featuring Mel C.)
'Baby when you're gone, I realize I'm in love. The days go on and on and the night just seem so long.'
This talks about the significance of a person in his life which was not realized until that person is gone. This is very nice duet of Bryan Adams and Mel C.
3. Please Forgive Me
'Don't deny me this thing I'm going through, please forgive me, I can't stop loving you.'
As the title goes, this song deals with swallowing the pride when it comes to love. This is a very romantic song and so touching.
4. The Only Thing That Looks Good To Me Is You
'I don't look good in no Armani suits, no Gucci shoes and designer boots.'
This track always captures my heart.
15. Inside Out
'You've been alone but ya didn't show it. You've been in pain but didn't know it.'
This song is about trying to know the person inside out. It has a great rhythm and great lyrics too. I love to listen to this song.
About The Album
Bryan Adams: The Best of Me album was first released in 1999 worldwide. It was released in U.S. three years later (2002). Most of the tracks were recorded in 1990 onwards except the songs 'Summer of '69' and Run to you' which were recorded in late '80s.
Bryan Adams: Best of Me album is a compilation of 15 great songs by one of Canada's finest balladeers, Bryan Adams. His sexy and husky voice, good looks and talent in song composition made him stand out. Bryan Adams took part in composing all the songs.
I love the harmony of guitar, piano, vocals and the free-flowing rhythm of most of the songs in this album. This album combines various styles of songs by Bryan Adams from ballad and pop to soft rock. Though this album doesn't include his other big hits like 'Heaven' and 'Do I have To Say The Words', I still think I got the good value for my money considering it contains 15 great hits.
One of my preferred male vocalists, Bryan Adams has been releasing records since 1985 and is still going strong to this day. This collection gathers some of his biggest hits.
Who is he:
Bryan is a Candian singer and guitarist, famed for his croaky voice and craggy skin, oh and 16 week run at number one with 'Everything I Do.'
On this album:
'Summer of 69' is an airplay fave and is one of the best, a rip roaring guitar opens it and Bryan's raspy vocals ignite the track with youthful carefree abandon. 'All For Love' teams Bryan with Rod Stewart and Sting for a soaring power ballad of epic proportions. 'Please Forgive Me' slows things down and shows Bryan getting tender. You will recognise most tracks and there aren't any bad tracks on here.
All of a high standard, but if I had to pick, I would opt for 'Cloud Number Nine' which is wishy washy by his usual standards.
Value for money: Very good, it is crammed with hits
Fact: The inner sleeve has a photo of Bryan's bottom, strange but true!
Ah, the lovely Bryan Adams. So many hits, so little time. I suppose there’s not much that can be said about this chap that hasn’t already been repeated time and time again, but let’s give it a bash anyway. I was converted to the musical wonder that is Bryan by some friends, when they just happened to put on one of his albums when I was staying with them. Of course I knew about him from his amazingly popular theme song from the Kevin Costner film of Robin Hood, but the thought had never occurred to me to really listen to his other work, and frankly after all the airplay ‘Everything I Do…’ received, I was sick of it. However, after hearing ‘Run To You’ and ‘Summer of ‘69’, I was on the verge of becoming converted. So, when I saw ‘The Best of Me’ out shopping one day, I would have bought it anyway, but the fact that it was on sale made it even more of a bargain. After just one play I loved this album completely and still do. All the best and most diverse hits from Bryan’s incredible career in one place? It’s got to be good… Track One: The Best of Me. A perfectly good way to start with a song that, whilst very good and full of sound guitar work, Bryan’s husky voice and some great lyrics, isn’t great enough to dwarf what’s still to come. “When you want it, when you need it, you’ll always have the best of me,” croons the Ontario-born star, which let’s face it is a pretty good proposition for any woman with a pulse. Sorry, I digress… Anyway, this is lively enough to have your foot tapping slowly in time but not too quick-paced to put you off dancing to it if you want to, and have the right partner of course… Track Two: Can’t Stop This Thing We’ve Started. A lively intro, powerful vocals included, herald the start to one of my favourites, the quite lively second track with grea
t lyrics. “I can’t stop this thing we’ve started, I wanna know it’s right, I can’t stop this course we plotted…” isn’t that how relationships are meant to be (sigh)? A great rhythm with a great chorus are two of the main attractions of this song which just shows how good this man is at writing great music and putting all the right emotion in the right place when he sings it. Track Three: I’m Ready. We’ve got a bit of a change here. ‘Can’t Stop’ is all guitars and fast-paced brilliance, and if you like that you may be disappointed when this song starts next. Very gentle accompanying music and a slow tempo drift along with Bryan’s voice possibly not complimented with this style of music, and whilst if you like this kind of song it is undoubtedly very good, I prefer a bit more life in a song. This is a simple and really very touching love song with a slightly haunting quality that fully deserves it’s place on the album but simply isn’t one of my favourites. A case of each to their own rather than of a lacklustre song. Track Four: Summer of ’69. Now we’re talking, you can’t deny this song is a classic. Loud and accurately aggressive guitars kick it off before the drums join in, all the time with those classic lyrics…”I got my first real six-string, bought it at the five-and-dime, played it ‘til my fingers bled, it was the summer of ‘69’. Anyone who has a memory of a golden summer, or of their teenage years, must surely appreciate the lyrical value of this song. Just in case, the whole story is sung along to a brilliant rhythm that you can’t help but nod your head and tap your foot to. Considering it was written in 1984, it still sounds amazing and probably always will. Track Five: Let’s Make A Night To Remember. Another slow track, pretty much perfect for shuffling around contentedly in
the arms of someone you love. God, what is it about his lyrics that makes you want to be in a relationship? Back to the song though, whilst it is slow it is far from dull, with lovely, well-sung lyrics. When it comes to that slow dance at the end of a night out, this quality of music makes the rubbish Gareth Gates and Westlife come up with look like a complete joke. I bet they can’t play guitar this well, either. Track Six: All For Love (with Rod Stewart and Sting). Oh God, why are those two on here? Get off and leave Bryan to it! Oh rats, they’re not going anywhere, I suppose I’ll just have to work around them. Another slow track, which I feel is let down by Rod Stewart’s presence. Bryan’s doing the husky voice thing again and Sting is pretty good at that himself, but Rod isn’t in the same league as far as my opinion is concerned. We have, for the most part, one line sung by Bryan, then one by say Sting, then the last by Rod, and Rod’s vocals seem to make it all feel a bit patchy considering how much more suited the other two’s are together. On the other side, they are three men who have had a lot of success over a long period of time so it can’t be the worst collaboration ever conceived by a long way. Definitely not a bad effort, personally I would have physically booted Rod off the stage and made it a lot better though! Track Seven: Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman? Oh Bryan, stop with the slow stuff and get rocking! What, just one more? Oh, go on then. I can’t help but feel that this is one slow-dance outing too many, and it’s my least favourite track on here by a long way. It has a slightly Spanish, maybe Mexican feel to the guitar work and whilst Bryan’s voice is as gorgeous as ever, it doesn’t really seem to gel with the musical accompaniment. If I had my way I’d get him to sit down with an acoustic guitar, tell the
band to shut the heck up, find the person with the maracas and shove them down their throat, and just let Bryan do this one on his own. Track Eight: Run To You. Wahey! Now we’re talking. A song about a man who is with a woman who is a perfectly good partner but doesn’t quite offer the same passion as the woman he’s singing to. Lucky her. A dramatic intro followed by “She says her love for me could never die, but that’d change if she ever found out about you and I…” you’re just waiting for this one to kick off and when it does it’s time for that classic chorus “I’m gonna run to you, cause when the feeling’s right I’m gonna run to you”. This isn’t really that fast-paced but it is so well written and performed that it doesn’t seem to last long enough. An absolute classic. Track Nine: Cloud Number Nine. One of Bryan’s more recent releases is a pleasant song in it’s own way but isn’t a patch on the one that was just on. Again, the main strengths here are the lyrics and the way Bryan sings them. This one has a slightly more modern sound to it, rather than relying on guitars and drums. It’s no Summer of… but it’s still pretty damn good. Track Ten: (Everything I Do) I Do It For You. Ok, here we go. You all know this one, it just doesn’t need an introduction. Kevin Costner ran around in tights with a bow and arrow and everyone thought all the women who saw it were impressed but really we were listening to (the considerably more attractive) Bryan Adams sing the theme song. Kevin who? Four months at Number One here in the UK. Four months! It seems impossible when you listen to modern charts but that’s what this song achieved. Yes, it’s another slow one but good God is it good. “Look into my eyes – you will see what you mean to me”…excuse me while
I grab a tissue. Ladies, do not listen to this when you’ve broken up with someone. You will be crying for hours. The song starts quite gently and gradually builds up into a staggeringly emotional musical masterpiece that, however many times you hear it on the radio, you still listen to and realise you’ve forgotten a bit. Admittedly, when it was Number One it was on airplay overkill but now you hear it just often enough to fall in love with it all over again. Hey, you can always imagine Bryan’s singing it to you having promised to feed you chocolates afterwards…sorry male readers! I won’t go down that road again, I promise, come back! Track Eleven: Back To You. Something with a bit more kick is essential here because there is no love song in the history of the world that can follow the last track and hold up to it. Lively, optimistic, upbeat, charming and damn satisfying is how I would describe this one. I particularly love the line “Like a star guides a ship across the ocean, that’s how your love can take me home back to you”. The best foot-tapper on this album and one of my personal favourites. Track Twelve: When You’re Gone. Whoa! Sting was one thing, Rod slightly out of place, but Mel C from the Spice Girls? Argh! This was released when Mel C was trying to launch her “rockier” image away from the Spice Girls when they all started to do solo material. She’s still possibly the most credible one of the lot of them but still, she’s a long way from Bryan’s league and the mind boggles at why he agreed to do this song with her. Having said that, whilst in theory it sounds like the most ridiculous pairing ever – the one of the best songwriters and performers in the world and one-fifth of the tackiest pop act in history – the song isn’t that bad. Let’s face it, having heard Mel C’s part of
it you don’t have very high expectations anyway, do you? It’s pleasant enough and moves along nicely, Bryan’s voice is the saving grace and the lyrics aren’t bad either. It could have been worse. A lot worse…it could have been Victoria Beckham. Track Thirteen: Please Forgive Me. Slow stuff to the fore again, not a bad effort by any description but for my liking it’s far too laid back. At least, it is to start with. Just when you don’t expect it, we get some dramatic guitars thrown in and Bryan perks up a bit (vocally speaking!), but it then plunges back into slow and steady mode again. Hard to get into in that respect, but another great song. If you like that sort of thing. Track Fourteen: The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You. A sound contender for the Longest Title You Can Come Up With, Ever crown, but sod the title. This is a great song! Funky, quirky and damn satisfying. “The only thing I want, the only thing I need, the only thing I choose, the only thing that looks good on me…is you”. I don’t know if it would sound so damn good if it wasn’t Bryan singing it, but this song is a classic. Track Fifteen: Inside Out. The last track, gentle and lyrically touching and really rather gorgeous. You have to hand it to the guy, he’s good at the love songs, and this one proves it. Listening to the lyrics, you kind of regain a bit of faith in relationships, and are left with a bit of optimism. Oh, just do us women a favour and clone this guy! Seriously, all attraction to Bryan left out of it, this is an album that has a lot of diversity, even more so when you take into account the hidden track, which is the club-track collaboration with Ibiza regular Chicaine, ‘Don’t Give It Up’. The thought of using a computer to mess up Bryan’s voice makes me want to hit a wall at times, but as dancey, clubby music goes this isn̵
7;t a bad attempt. If it proves anything it is that Bryan is an incredibly versatile and talented guy who never needs to worry about being cast as a love-sick crooner or ageing rocker. He’s just a very, very cool guy. To be honest, any qualms I've written above about any of the songs are simply based on personal taste, not the quality of the music which I can't avoid admitting is flawless. Every song on here has great qualities and is put together seamlessly and is just waiting for someone who appreciates it to come along and think "wow". All in all, this is a really solid collection of songs for anyone of any age, which you could listen to alone, when the girl’s are round, dance to with someone you lurve (aaw), or just when collapsing on the sofa after work, which all the time reminds you how damn talented this guy is. Makes you want to go see him live because anyone who sounds this good recorded has got to be incredible in person.
His unique voice combined with brilliant songs put you on cloud nine. This album contains some incredible ballads, classic rock tunes, up-beat up-to-date catchy pop songs, and even a (hidden) dance track. The album which spans his long career is unmissable and here is the low-down on the tracks catogarised by genre. Ballads -------- "(Everything I do) I do it for you" is his most famous ballad as is the theme tune to "Robin Hood; Prince of thieves" which spent a record amount of weeks at number one. "Inside out" is a great slow ballad about wanting to know a girl "inside out". It combines a slow steady beat and great catchy simple tune, with the fantastic vocals and lyrics of Bryan Adams. "I'm Ready" is superb track with incredible, relaxing backing music including excellent guitar melody and violin chorus with a fabulous solo woodwind instrument (not sure what it is!). This track was performed/recorded live at the hammerstein ballroom, nyc 25th September 1997, which is amazing as it is absolutely faultless. "All for Love" is a great harmonised love ballad sung with Rod Stewart and Sting, and the lyrics are a clever mix of slushy love lyrics and strong sworn companionship and the main chorus: "let's make it all for one, and all for love" is a spin off of the famous musketeers moto "all for one and one for all" which is also echoed by these three singers. I think this song was used consequently for a Three (or even four) musketeers movie, but I'll have to check that! Still it is one of my favorites as the men's voices all compliment each other's beautifully. "Let's make a night to remember" is an oldish song which is about, as the title suggests, proposing to make love. It is a very smooth song with a bit of soul blended in which Adams captures beautifully. "Have you ever really loved a wo
man?" is a slightly more up-tempo track but still slips in under the ballad catagory. It has a latin american style to it which is a first for Adams and although his voice isn't perfect for this style it still works well. There is some stunning guitar playing in this number, with a little latino solo in the middle. "Please forgive me" goes back to the old classic Adams Ballad style. It has the calm reflective emotional verse which is lyrically filled with happy memories, followed by a slightly more desperate, bursting with emotion of his love for the targetted woman. After this apolagetic chorus: "please forgive me I can't stop loving you..." He again nostalgically recalls the "first time" and other such fond past events with this woman. Classic Rock Songs ------------------- "Summer of '69" is probably the most obvious one on this album and it is one of his most famous tracks. Produced in 1984, this classic song still retains its catchy tune and funky beat. It will still be remembered by many for years to come and whenever anyone mentions anything to do with summer and 1969, people will immediately burst into song with this all-time classic. "Run to you" starts with guitar notes which sound quite similar to the beginning to sting's message in a bottle, but not quite! Almost a law suit on your hands there Bryan! However, this rock style song is clearly another of Bryan's 80's classics, but don't be put off as it is not yet dated and can be listened to again and again. "The only thing that looks good on me is you" is really the only other classic rock tune on this album. It is a more funky song than "summer of '69" and "Run to you" with its funky electrical guitar rifts dominating the song matched with Adams' similarly funky (screechy at times) voice. All of these songs under this catagory are great
air guitar songs as well as superb karaoke classics! Up-beat pop ------------ I wasn't sure how to describe this catagory but I did my best! "The Best of me" is the album's opening track and is a great blend of accoustic guitar, excellent tune and of course those brilliant vocls which are the main feature of Adams' songs. "Can't stop this thing we started" could probably actually slot into the previous catagory as it is more of a rock style, with electric rifts and more screechy vocals from our man Bryan. "Cloud number nine" is Adams' most recent hit making it easily into the top ten (possibly top 5 - I can't quite remember). It has a good fast drum beat with guitar chords and piano notes aiding Bryan's great vocals. "Back to you" is one of my personal favorites with the great accoustic guitar acompanying Bryan's vocals. The tune and lyrics are just incredible and the bright tune combined with harmonised vocals is uplifting and can just put you in a good mood listening to it. "When you're gone" is the last track in this catagory on the album and it features Mel C (from the spice girls) who's rather raspy voice harmonises with Bryan's perfectly. It is another of his recent hits (1998) with good reason. The harmony of the two voices is the first thing which will strike you when listening to it with the slightly wild edge to both their voices. The lyrics which are an integral part of most of Adams' records are again prevelant here and it is an unforgetable hit. Dance ------ "Don't give up" is the hidden track on this album as it is not mentioned anywhere on the cover on in the booklet. It is performed by Shicane with Bryan's vocals accompanying. Bryan is not a renowned Dance artist and it is his first attempt at a completely different genre and I think he has succee
ded well on his first try. It is a good track and was another hit for both Bryan and Shicane in 1999 and I think it show his versatility as an artist. All the songs on the album spanning his huge career are written by the man himself with help from other writers which shows Bryan Adams is not only a great artist but a great writer as well. This is a truly fantastic album taking the best songs from all his albums and putting them on one and so if you only buy one album of his, make it this one. Toby
The title sums me up really. It is the first line of the first song this "best of" album. "The Best Of Me" is the title and opening track of the album, and is a bit of an anthem to me. I find it hard to express myself sometimes, and find music a good medium to fill gaps my vocabulary may have left. This song follows that line with "I'm looking for that perfect line to let you know you're always on my mind". After some bad times with my husband this was the song I played for him, and although most people define Adams as a rock singer, this song is a ballad written by Adams, and the words are just so apt for my life. No time to relax with this album though, because you quickly move onto "Can't Stop This Thin We Started". It is an upbeat love song, and defies you to try not to tap your foot at least. Then the mood changes again, and we move to my personal favourite of the album, and many of you may now know that I am a sucker for a ballad, and surprise, surprise this song is a ballad. "I'm Ready" is truly beautiful, and rather than being melancholy, it is a feel good uplifting song. Quick change again onto a song everyone probably knows and has sung along with once or twice in their life. "Summer Of 69". Even if you do not like Bryan Adams, you will probably like this song. It is a heavy guitar based rock song, and possibly about Bryan himself. Then the tempo is slowed down again with "Let's Make It A Night To Remember". One of his lesser known ballads, and criminally ignored by a lot of people. It is a song for lovers about lovers. Then we move onto a collaboration between Adams, Rod Stewart and Sting. "All For Love" was not that well received by the music press, but I think it is a great piece of work, especially because I think it is quite an achievement getting these three megastars working together. "Have You Ever Really Lov
ed A Woman" is another ballad, and this was used on the soundtrack of the film "Zorro" starring Antonio Banderas. Bryan's voice sounds gruffer than normal, almost a whisper in parts. It has a Latin influence, even Flamenco in some parts. Then the tempo is changed again, and we move to another era of Bryan Adams with "Run To You". Simple lyrics that are so effective with the musical arrangement. It is a shame the same cannot be said for the next song, which unfortunately is my weakest link. "Cloud Number 9" was a big mistake. Bryan should stick to what he does best, and not try to change his style, which is what I believe he did with this song. He is trying to hard to update his sound when there is no need. Not much that can be said about the next song. "Everything I Do" was number 1 forever, and frankly started to grate on me after the first few months. Less said the better. "Back To You" is a great song, and it is the lyrics which do it for me. I have a version of this song live, and it is one of my all time favourites. Another collaboration next. On "When You're Gone" Bryan was joined by Mel C, and the chemistry between the two was evident for all to see. As he did with Tina Turner, his voice compliments Mel's, and they work very well together. Then when you're up dancing to this, the mood changes abruptly with "Please Forgive Me". A ballad about someone who was wronged someone they love. The lyrics are from the heart, and they are beautiful, "So if you're feeling lonely, don't. You're the only one I ever want". I am a romantic, so please no mocking comments. The penultimate song is the hilariously titled, "The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You". This song has a slight country and western vibe, and it works well. The final song is the lesser known "Inside Out", and it is not one of my favouri
tes, but it may grow on me. A lot of the songs on here were co written by Adams and Mutt Lange, who is the husband of Shania Twain. This is a great album for me as there are varied styles of music, with excellent lyrics. The only ommission for me would be the spine tingling "It's Only Love" on which he duetted with Tina Turner.
Everyone needs a bit of MOR in their music collection, and MOR doesn't come much cheesier (or indeed better...) than Bryan Adams. This album, his second 'Best Of', was released in 1999 to capitalise on the success of his 'On A Day Like Today' album - his career having been given something of a revival thanks to the aid of sometime-Spice Girl Melanie C. THE BEST OF ME has 15 tracks, plus one hidden: the superb track he recorded which trance music pioneers Chicane, 'Don't Give Up', a UK #1 single and deservedly so: it's one of the best songs he's ever lent his vocals to. Suprisingly, Bryan's vocals sit well with the dubby background beat...it's a strange combination which really works, and is right up there with the best of his work. Elsewhere most of content of this album should be familiar to a lot of people... The good thing about Bryan Adams is you pretty much know what you're getting - plenty of solid, MOR tunes, equally radio/VH1-friendly and purpose built for selling out stadium-sized arenas. The album has a mixture of Adams' big rock numbers and the ballads which have normally produced big hits (for example, 'Everything I Do (I Do It For You'), which is far too long at 6 and a half minutes, but was a massive hit at the start of the 1990s. Summer of '69 and Run To You - Adams' finest hour - remain as brilliant today as they did when they were released all those years ago... Two awesome tracks, which sit alongside the likes of Bon Jovi's 'Living On A Prayer' and Guns'N'Roses 'Paradise City' as classic '80s rock anthems. Strangely for a best of, Adams' more recent work also holds its own well - the aforementioned Chicane duet, 'When You're Gone' with Mel C and 'Cloud #9' (also remixed by Chicane) show that Adams can still cut it with the best of them today. The album is bookended by two brand new cuts
, 'The best Of Me' and 'Inside Out' and these also rank amongst the best tracks on the entire album. Like I said before, the slower numbers expose something of a weaker side to Adams. The acoustic live version of 'I'm Ready' (lifted from the MTV Unplugged album), Adams' more relaxed songs are rock ballads by numbers - 'All For Love' with Rod Stewart & Sting is awful; 'Please Forgive Me' is just plain boring, as is 'Everything I Do' beyond the four minute mark. Overall though it's a good album. It should be in every rock fans' collection, no doubt. Worth investigating who likes to hear a good soft rock tune, quite simply.
This album is a collection of all Bryan Adams` greatest hits, so the CD has to be hit, as the tracks were. The album also includes his most recent release "The Best of Me" which shows more of an up-beat side to him. As this is a greatest hits album, where is "18 till I die"? As it is not on here, which I was disappointed with. I`m not sure if this is the same for every version of this album, but my CD has a secret track of Chicane and Bryan Adams` major hit, "Don't Give Up" at the end. If you already have every Bryan Adams album, then don't buy it as you already more or less own all the songs. But if like me, you like the songs he has released over his time, then go ahead and place your order.
Bryan Adams broke a lot of new ground since his 1993 greatest hits album "So Far So Good". "18 til i die" was an amazing album, mixing pop & hard rock together. his unplugged album again did the unexpected, showing a whole lot of experimentation with various instruments & rearranging previous songs in a new style. then came "on a day like today" which again, was very different, some songs dark & brooding, some gentle, some of them loud enough to blow your speakers. so it's no wonder he's released another best of album! this special edition has a few extra stuff too. here's the track list:- 1. the best of me 2. can't stop this thing we started 3. i'm ready 4. summer of '69 5. Let's Make A Night To Remember 6. All for love 7. have you ever really loved a woman? 8. run to you 9. cloud #9 (chicane mix) 10. (everything i do) i do it for you 11. back to you 12. when you're gone 13. please forgive me 14. the only thing that looks good on me is you 15.inside out. (bonus: enhanced "inside out" video, special ghost track: don't give it up (with chicane)) disc 2 has 5 live tracks: summer of '69, back to you, can't stop this thing we started, have you ever really loved a woman?, rock steady. so what are you waiting for?
I have got to admit that this is the only Bryan Adams Album that I have got - and it is the only one that I need! It has got all of the best tracks - which is probably why it's called "The Best of Me"! It's a superb collection with songs ranging from all his albums - and it conatins the record breaking "Everything I Do"! This really is the collection to go for if you want to buy yourself a Bryan Adams album. Tracks include "Please Forgive Me", "All For Love" and "To Really Love a Woman"! I love the album and did not hesitate to go out there and buy it - I would advise that you don't hesitate - get it as soon as possible if you haven't done already!
The Best Of Me comes only 6 years after the last Bryan Adams compilation, and more than half the tracks here featured on 1993's So Far So Good. Those which appear for the first time are arguably the right choices - Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman, When You're Gone and Cloud #9 among them. So, in its defence, the standout tracks from his albums since 1993 (Unplugged included) are all featured here, even the Chicane collaboration "Don't Give Up" (as a hidden bonus track on later pressings). That track - and their remix of Cloud #9, marked a long overdue change of musical direction. Hopefully it's the start of a new phase in his career, and this money-making exercise - which is of little value to those who shelled out for So Far So Good - will be excused.
~~~~~~~ Background ~~~~~~~ Having been a Bryan Adams fan since 1991, I already had most of his albums when 'The Best Of Me' was released last year, and at first I didn't see the need to buy it, as apart from the title track, there wasn't any new material on it. I eventually gave in and bought it early this year, and I haven't regretted it yet. ~~~~~~~~~ Track Listing ~~~~~~~~~ The Best Of Me Can't Stop This Thing We Started I'm Ready Summer Of '69 Let's Make A Night To Remember All For Love Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman Run To You Cloud Number Nine (Everything I Do) I Do It For You Back To You When You're Gone Please Forgive Me The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You Inside Out According to the CD insert these are the only tracks on the CD, but mine has 'Don't Give Up', by Chicane, featuring Bryan Adams as the final track, after 'Inside Out'. ~~~~~~~ My Opinion ~~~~~~~ Although this is basically another greatest hits album, and the majority of the tracks can be found on at least one of his previous albums, and often on 'So Far So Good' as well, this compilation really works. There is a good mix of rock songs to sing along with, such as 'Can't Stop This Thing We Started', 'Summer Of '69', 'When You're Gone', and 'The Only Thing That Loks Good On Me Is You'. On the other hand, there are several of the great ballads that Bryan is famous for - 'I'm Ready' is so simple and heartfelt, it's right up there with '(Everthing I Do) I Do It For You' and 'Please Forgive Me' in my opinion. There's also @All For Love', with Rod Stewart and Sting, whose voices compliment Bryan's wonderfully, and the theme from 'Don Juan de Marco', the Spanish influenced 'Have You E
ver Loved A Woman'. Along with the other tracks on the CD, this should give hours of listening pleasure to almost anyone. Highly recommended, and essential if you're a Bryan Adams fan.
"Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 The Best of Me
2 Can't Stop This Thing
3 I'm ready
4 Summer of '69
5 Let's make a night to remember
6 All for Love
7 Have you ever really loved a woman
8 Run to you
9 Cloud number nine
10 (Everything I do) I do it for you
11 Back to you
12 When you're gone
13 Please forgive me
14 The only thing that looks good on me is you
15 Inside out
16 Don't Give Up - Bryan Adams, Nicholas Bracegirdle, Ray ""Madman"" Hedges
17 Inside Out - Bryan Adams"