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Adams, Bryan - 1987 Into The Fire

ARTIST: Adams, Bryan
ALBUM: Into The Fire
SERIAL: SP 3907 (LP), CD-3907 (CD)
YEAR: 1987


LINEUP: Bryan Adams - guitar, piano, keyboards, vocals * Keith Scott - lead guitar, backing vocals * Mickey Curry - drums * Dave Taylor - bass * Tommy Mandel - organ, keyboards * Robbie King - organ * Jim Vallance - piano, percussion, sequencer * Dave Pickell - piano * Ian Stanley - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Heat Of The Night * 02 Into The Fire * 03 Victim Of Love * 04 Another Day * 05 Native Son * 06 Only The Strong Survive * 07 Rebel * 08 Remembrance Day * 09 Hearts On Fire * 10 Home Again


He's currently out there touring on the back of a 'Reckless' reimaged concert run. I'm not sure why he has to do this some thirty years after the pinnacle of his success with that album, but I'm sure we can all remember those hit singles during 1984 and 1985 which defined his career. A couple of years on, and 'Into The Fire' could arguably be Adams' most overlooked album of his vast discography. It was a time when he and cohort Jim Vallance had decided to mvoe on from the success of 'Reckless', and create a new set of tunes pitched at a different angle. Songwriting moved away from boy-meets-girl love songs, there's less guitar construction, less conventional methods to build songs, instead favouring a move to sequencers, emulators and programming. Also, the song content became a lot more serious. Too much hanging with the likes of Sting and Bono put ideas into Adams' head about being taken seriously as a songwriter. The output on 'Into The Fire' didn't quite reach dizzying heights, but still, there's enough good stuff on here to blow away the 'most overlooked album' status.

The Songs
If you can remember back as far as 1987 (believe me, some people can't.. lol!), then there were a handful of songs which battled its way across radio and TV. You'll remember some of these. Lead off 'Heat Of The Night' and the title track 'Into The Fire' should be familiar to most of you, while 'Hearts On Fire' is reminiscent of the 'Reckless' era, that's because it was written back during the recording sessions for that album. The subject matter gets a bit serious on 'Native Son', where Adams and Vallance write about the injustices of the Native American Indians. Vallance goes an extra step, 'Remembrance Day' a reflection of his time spent travelling the battlefields of Northern France, the lyrics taking in the horrors of war during the 1st World War. Both 'Another Day' and 'Only The Strong Survive' bounce around like popcorn in a well buttered pot, while 'Victim Of Love' takes a darkened hue, offset by the power ballad 'Rebel'.

In Summary
I'll admit to not playing this album as much as I should have back in 1987. Despite its indifference from the likes of Adams and Vallance, I don't think it deserves the underdog status. When you compare this to the earlier albums from Adams' discography (albums 2, 3 and 4 especially), then this fifth effort makes a fine compendium for his 80's era output.

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#1 | gdazegod on July 24 2014 09:10:15
Bryan Adams - Heat Of The Night
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#2 | gdazegod on July 24 2014 09:11:25
Bryan Adams - Victim Of Love
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#3 | gdazegod on July 24 2014 09:13:24
Bryan Adams - Hearts On Fire (live)
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#4 | jeffrey343 on July 24 2014 18:00:57
I recall buying this CD as soon as it was available - and being quite disappointed that it wasn't the fun romp that "Reckless" and "Cuts Like A Knife" were. I didn't play it enough straight through or hear the songs on the radio enough for it to ever grow on me. I've played it a few times since, including today, hoping that I wasn't mature enough to "get" it back then. All in all, it's not at all a bad album, just more serious in nature. The song that works best for me is "Hearts On Fire", and that is precisely because it sounds like the songs on the previous two albums.
#5 | roadrunner158 on July 28 2014 09:01:03
Fine CD, "Heat Of The Night", "Native Son" and "Remembrance Day" are my favourites. Of course, Bryan's output from that point on went all downhill quality-wise...
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