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  • Audio CD (Jan. 1 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000002GGU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record  |  Blu-ray Audio
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,395 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. One Night Love Affair
2. She's Only Happy When She's Dancin'
3. Run To You
4. Heaven
5. Somebody
6. Summer Of '69
7. Kids Wanna Rock
8. It's Only Love
9. Long Gone
10. Ain't Gonna Cry

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Most of the songs on Bryan Adams's fourth solo disc are so familiar to radio listeners that the lyrics might as well be tattooed on their brains. Reckless was one of the biggest Canadian albums of the '80s and Adams's first to go diamond (signalling sales of over one million copies) in his native land. Of course, many fans are still surprised when they realize the first line in "Summer of '69"--his immortal ode to the dreams and disappointments of youth--is "I got my first real six-string," not "I got my first real sex dream." The singer shreds his larynx at every opportunity and the hooks come hard and fast, and Reckless is the high point of Adams's collaboration with songwriting partner Jim Vallance. Their forte was radio-ready rockers-- "Run to You," "Somebody," and "One Night Love Affair" all belong somewhere between "Born to Run" and bubble-gum pop--but in "Heaven," Adams and Vallance created the prototype for his later power ballads. More success awaited Adams, but his music was never again so punchy or succinct. --Jason Anderson

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gis A. Bun TOP 500 REVIEWER on Nov. 28 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The packaging for this Adams box set is quite good. Sturdy packaging. Too bad the content doesn’t match.
Even before the album release, some commented on the choice of tracks that missed the cut such as Diana, Christmas Is The Time and the Bryan Adamix. After all, the album still has room on it even with the tracks included [which themselves are quite good]. Also mentioned is three different versions of Summer of '69 during the recording sessions [for example]. Not included except the final release. Or It's Only love without Tina Turner's vocals.
The second CD contains Adams live in London from the BBC.
The DVD [why a DVD?] contains about 27 minutes of the videos taken from the album plus one that wasn’t. They do thrown in the live track of It’s Only live from Tina Turner’s live video. But that’d it. The book included mention the Live Aid show. So why not that? [Queen included their footage in the Rocks Montreal/Live Aid release.] Or maybe they could of found other footage – an era where he seemed to be involved in major concerts such as the Prince’s Trust concerts. The footage itself is in SD format [maybe a reason why not on the Blu-ray] and the videos haven't been cleaned up.
Then the Blu-ray. Unsure why do this hybrid selection of media. The DVD footage could of easily been added to the Blu-ray. In addition, the original album is in surround sound – but just the original mix. The 2014 mix is in stereo. Very odd.
The book includes a lengthy write-up of the history of the album, an "interview" between Adams and co-writer/musician Jim Vallance as well as Adams and Bob Ludwig who mixed the original album and this remaster and explains a bit on how technology has changed in 30 years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steph Feeney on Oct. 30 2005
Format: Audio CD
I borrowed my mom's CD and then after I did, I went out and bought my own copy....along with one for my best friend, who also loved this album and was looking to explore Bryan Adams.

'Reckless' is widely considered Bryan Adams' first master stroke, and to be honest - it deserves all the credit it has been given in this particular scope of his career. I don't think there is one miss on this album, and from his first album to this point Bryan Adams kept improving and growing as an artist.

The album is full of smash hits, and the album had six hit singles from the album that all made the top fifteen in the US Hot 100 - which prior to Bryan Adams achieving was only done so by Michael Jackon's 'Thriller'. The singles from the album have all become staples of Bryan Adams' career - 'Run To You', 'Summer of '69', 'Heaven', 'Somebody', 'One Night Love Affair' and 'It's Only Love' featuring the lovely Tina Turner.

However, while all those songs are great there are definitely some other tracks on the album that deserve mentioning - 'Kids Wanna Rock' is classic BA at his best, She's Only Happy When She's Dancin' is a fun little groove, 'Long Gone' is a silly break up song, and 'Ain't Gonna Cry' is another break up song and the one thing that makes me laugh at the end of 'Ain't Gonna Cry' is the creepy screaming at the end. Kind of reminds me of something I heard in a horror movie.

Overall this is a great album and it's obvious why this album has held the tests of time. If you're looking to explore Bryan Adams more as an artist and aren't yet familiar with his discography, I would definitely recommend starting here, it's an important piece in the Bryan Adams catalogue. Every song on here is a five star classic!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L.A. Scene on May 19 2004
Format: Audio CD
Bryan Adams' 1984 album "Reckless" has really become his signature album for his career. Although "Everything I Do, I Do It For You" was his most successful single, that was found on the "Waking Up the Neighbours". The album "Reckless" really was a monster hit. It spawned 6 Top 40 singles including the #1 hit "Heaven" (the other songs were "Run to You", "Somebody", "Summer of 69", "One Night Love Affair", and "It's Only Love". "Reckless" was released at a time when the music and pop industry was in one of its peak periods for the decade. The fact that "Reckless" had multi-platnium sales and 6 Top 40 singles during a very competitive time in the industry speaks volumes for this particular piece of work. Bryan also came out when Canadian musicians was making an impact. Rush was continuing to be a major force in progressive Rock while Corey Hart had some success on the Pop circuit. Adams would soon pass them and become Canada's #1 music act in terms of commerical sales.
The Title "Reckless" says it all. "Reckless" is actually a reference in to a line in the final song "Aint Gonna Cry" in which Adams sings "I got Reckless baby". The album was made when Adams was in his mid 20s and really does a great job at telling tales from a young male's perspective of someone this age. The songs from the album were all collaborations between Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance. Many people say when the Adams/Vallance duo split from songwriting in the 90s that Adams career went into decline. But it was Vallance who contributed some of the strongest songwriting in Bryan's career.
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