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Cuts Like a Knife Import

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 25 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Gut Bounce
  • ASIN: B000002GCX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
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1. The Only One
2. Take Me Back
3. This Time
4. Straight From The Heart
5. Cuts Like A Knife
6. I'm Ready
7. What's It Gonna Be
8. Don't Leave Me Lonely
9. Let Him Know
10. The Best Was Yet To Come

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Bryan Adams doesn't want to change the world or even rearrange the furniture. No, he just wants to write songs people will sing in the shower or the car or, best of all, the arena. Cuts Like a Knife, from 1983, features no less than six tunes, including the raucous "Take Me Back" and the hit title track, that will be instantly recognizable to anyone who was within earshot of '80s rock radio. All accomplish what they set out to do. Some, like "This Time" and "I'm Ready," rock like a cleaner-cut Bon Jovi, while "Straight from the Heart" and "The Best Was Yet to Come," show Adams's sentimental side. Goofy lyrics abound--"It cuts like a knife / but it feels so right" remains a howler--and tracks like "Don't Leave Me Lonely" and "What's It Gonna Be" are pure filler, but as a showcase for Adams's talents, Cuts Like a Knife lacks for little. --Shawn Conner

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"Cuts Like a Knife" was the third studio album by Canadian Bryan Adams. This is his second in a series of four albums in a row co-produced by legendary mix expert Bob Clearmountain. Like on the previous two efforts, Jim Vallance remains his songwriting partner (for all but one song). On this collection, Bryan Adams picks right up where he left off with "You Want It, You Got It". This album has much more depth from a songwriting and musicianship standpoint than the previous album. This is the album that helped shape the "Adams Sound". Bryan Adams' albums have always great team efforts that tight collaborations between his songwriting partner and his studio band "Cuts Like a Knife" is perhaps the strongest team effort of any Adams album that was released.
Bryan Adams has been fortunate to have nearly the same studio band for two decades. On "You Want It, You Got It" - keyboardist Tommy Mandel and drummer Mickey Curry were brought in. On "Cuts Like a Knife", Bryan went out and recruited Keith Scott for guitars and Dave Scott for Bass (Scott was very well known in Vancouver). Scott and Adams' guitaring combine for some incredible jamming - especially on this collection. These four band members would form the nucleus of Bryan Adams' studio band for the next 2 decades. This album features some incredible background vocals - two main background vocalists include Scott and Foreigner's Lou Gramm. Combine this with strong songwriting by the Adams/Vallance connection and Bob Clearmountain's mastery, the makings for a very strong album are clearly in play. A lot of why Adams really grew on this album are some of the contributions of Keith Scott, he was the perfect right-hand man for Adams.
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Looking at the musicians involved in Bryan Adams' third album, one would expect a good calibre of rock. There's backing vocals by Lou Gramm, guitar from Keith Scott, whose ferocious playing would become more than apparent on Reckless, and percussion by Bryan Adams' songwriting partner Jim Vallance. As a result, much of the songs are lightweight compared to Reckless and Waking Up The Neighbours. The overall tone is more mid-paced, good for soundtracks, such as "The Only One".
"Take Me Back" has a more slower bluesy rocking chug to it, the kind of track that would be more refined in "Heat Of The Night" from Into The Fire. However, the chorus has shades of Loverboy's early material, a rhythm like "Turn Me Loose."
Then comes the three big singles. The daydreaming rocker "This Time" is the second most engaging track here, and its musical tone at times reminds me of "Running On Empty." The ballad "Straight From The Heart" was a good proving ground for Adams doing great ballads such as "Heaven" or "Do I Have To Say The Words." Bryan does piano as well as the heartfelt vocals, and yes, it pales to the power vocals and instrumentation of his other ballads, but call this a nice little ballad. This song was covered by Bonnie Tyler on Faster Than The Speed Of Night.
The title track features the crunching guitar that only hints of Reckless. It's kind of leisurely but Keith Scott and Bryan Adams' guitarwork puts this above other songs here. The phrases "cuts like a knife, but it feels so right" is justified if one has done the best one could in keeping the twosome alive and failed.
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As far as world-wide fame and popularity, the best was still yet to come for this Vancouver born and raised rocker. Bryan would later move out of Canada and call England home, date Lady Diana before she tragically died, and musically, slow things down. But before all that, he exploded onto the North American music scene in the early and mid-eighties. I agree with Bob Schneider's review, but having seen Bryan perform live before 11,000 people 2 nights ago, I felt compelled to make a slight correction to his comments regarding "The Best Was Yet To Come". (By the way, tickets were only $35 Canadian!!!! How's THAT for a breath of fresh air in this day of $100+ ticket prices???)
And don't feel bad, Bob, because until 2 nights ago, I didn't know what the song was really about either, and I have been an Adams fan since the early 80's - before the rest of the world "discovered him". In fact a good friend knew him when he played lead guitar in the club band Roxy Roller a long time back in Vancouver - when Keith Scott was touted as "the best guitarist to ever come out of the Vancouver music scene.....he's gonna be HUGE some day". Bryan later hooked up with Keith (with Keith as the lead guitarist in his band) on the album "Cuts Like A Knife", and fame and fortune soon followed. In fact, Keith is STILL with him to this day, and was unbelievable 2 night's ago. But I digress.
"The Best Was Yet To Come" was a song Bryan wrote about Dorothy Stratten. I can't recall EXACTLY word for word how he introduced the song 2 nights ago, but it went like this..."I'd like to play a song for you now that I wrote 20 years ago, about a Vancouver born girl, who went to Hollywood and found fortune and fame as a Playboy bunny." (Hoots and hollers from the crowd at this point.
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