Bryan Adams is coming in concert to Charlotte, NC on May 4th, 2019. I thought this would be a great date night for my wife and I so bought 2 tickets. With each pair of tickets you buy, you get a copy of the new Bryan Adams album ‘Shine A Light’. I hadn’t bought any new Adams stuff in quite some time so I was glad to get this and I thought, why not review it. So, here is that review.
The first thing I noticed is that Bryan is more Easy Listening than he is rock now and I guess that comes with age. And getting through those first two tracks was not easy to listen to at all. The first song is the title track, “Shine A Light”, and was written by both Bryan and Ed Sheeran. Yes, the Ed Sheeran. It is a catchy enough song, but it is pure pop dribble. And the second track is no better as it is a duet with Jennifer Lopez called “That’s How Strong Our Love Is”. Yes, the J-Lo herself. Now if you can make it through those tracks, it will get better, I promise.
“Part Friday Night, Part Sunday Morning” is probably my favorite song on the album. It is a fun, good old-fashion rock song that Bryan is really good at it. Great tempo and great rhythm and all around good time. Not to be out done is “Driving Under the Influence of Love” written with his long time writing partner, Jim Vallance. Another rocker that takes me back to Bryan in the 80’s. These are the two songs that should have kicked off this album rather than that crap before it. It is uptempo and has a guitar solo. What more could you want.
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Back in 1984, Jim Vallance and Bryan Adams wrote a fun song about a young lady that was about to marry her Prince…literally. The song was about Princess Diana or so it is assumed. The song is taken from the viewpoint of a gentleman who had seen Diana in a magazine and then on TV and fell in love with her. “Diana” was his profession of that love for her and he begged her to leave the life she was about to enter and be with him.
We know that she didn’t do that, sadly, as she might still be with us today. “Diana” was supposed to be on Bryan’s album ‘Reckless’; however, he left it off as he didn’t want to upset the Royal Family. He also probably didn’t want to make them mad and screw up his dual Canadian & British citizenship. The song has actually never been released on any Bryan Adams album or compilation. It is probably his most popular non-album song.
“Diana” was released as a B-Side to the song “Heaven” and it was released as this very special 12″ 3 Song E.P. which I came across in a collection of vinyl I picked up. Bryan used to play the song in concert on a regular basis, but upon Princess Diana’s death he has since put the song to pasture and no longer plays it live. I did find a rumor that stated that Bryan actually did date Diana after her split from Prince Charles. Now of course, it is solely a rumor and has never been stated as fact by Bryan or anyone from Diana’s camp. It was a rumor started by one of Bryan’s ex-girlfriends.
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For the next single that was in my box of vinyl, you get two for the price of one. It is actually a re-issued single of two of Bryan Adams most popular songs from his ‘Cuts Like a Knife’ album. A&M Records had a 45 single series called A&M Memories where they re-released singles of artists and both sides were previously released singles from the artist and from the same album.
The original singles “Straight From the Heart” and “Cuts Like a Knife” were actually released in 1983 as separate singles. The B-Side for “Straight From the Heart” was “One Good Reason” and the B-Side for “Cuts Like a Knife” was “Lonely Nights”. This release of those singles was done only a couple years later in 1985. The concept of this A&M series was pretty smart as it gave the customer two hit songs for the price of one.
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