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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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,983 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Carroll on April 24 2001
Format: Audio CD
Adams' work is usually easy to sum up; tunes you'll remember, lyrics you'll forget. Love in its many forms, (lost, unrequited, passionate,etc.) is the main topic on Reckless. Many of Adams' most popular songs are found on this disc("One Night Love Affair","Heaven","Run To You")but it's the last five that make this disc worth getting. From the blistering nostalgia of "Summer of 69" (probably Adams'best song ever)the anti-new wave rant of "Kids wanna Rock", Tina Turner's contribution to "It's Only Love" the confused narrator of "Long Gone" and the dumpster solo on "Ain't gonna Cry" this CD finishes with the edge you wish was present throughout.
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By susumu-5 on May 17 2004
Format: Audio CD
Bryan Adams' fourth album in 1984 with whopping six huge hits is by far the best Bryan Adams album so far. The theme is simple and clear "He just wanna rock hard!". This reflects 80s heavy-edged power pop culmination. He felt the air of music scene and he filled the music fans need with such explosive manner. Also this is the solution to fit his unique vocal range to be alive as possible. His earlier albums tried to fit the cleanly high-tone melodic pop trend but this album he adapted backing sound to fit his husky voice. RUN TO YOU is a nice example. He cut his vocal part and put the backing sound for could-be vocal substitution. This worked well in other tracks as well. Then simple but energetic rock music was born. Also he made this album as live-like as possible. In fact, his biggest hit HEAVEN is aired in "live-version". Video clip of SOMEBODY became quite simple using live scene quite effectively. He also joined the rockers alliance to revive the Rock'n Soul legend Tina Turna with "IT'S ONLY LOVE" and that boosted this albums attention as well. SUMMER OF '69 is one of the most played "summer songs" to date.
Essential album for 80's rock fans.
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Format: Audio CD
I first saw and heard Bryan Adams when he that duet, "It's Only Love", with Tina Turner on her Private Dancer concert. Reckless had that song on there so I snagged that up right and proper in 1985, and at the time, that was the hardest rock I was listening to in my musical youth. Keith Scott was some guitarist, I'll say, which perfectly mirrored Bryan Adams' raspy voice!
The stomping drums and hard AC-DC-type chords of "One Night Love Affair" defines the hard-driving sound prevalent on this album. The premise of love without commitment is double-edged, as after the night is over, "now we're left with nothing." This song was featured in the party scene in the Real Genius movie.
"She's Only Happy When She's Dancin'" is another discontented look at the unrewarding 9-5 grind I've noticed in certain 80's songs. Like Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever, "when she's dancin'/[it's] just her heart and her soul and her fantasies." Lou Gramm of Foreigner helps out on background vocals here.
"Run To You" tells the story of a guy torn between two women, one who's loyal and true but with a love that's cold, the other being the one he'll run to. It's veers between ballad-style rock and intense hard rock, particularly Scott's guitar riffs before Adams sings the chorus to the end.
Now, my favourite song here. "Heaven" proves Adams can do wonderful ballads, and he does piano here. The guitars and drums kick in at the chorus. The second verse is a future I hope for: "Oh, once in your life you find someone/who will turn your around/bring you up when you're feeling down." This truly deserved its #1 peak position!! Oh, and never mind DJ Sammie's cheesy oontsa-oontsa version! The original rocks!
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