|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|
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.Read more ›
"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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›