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Reckless
Studio album by Bryan Adams
Released October 29, 1984
Recorded March-August 1984
Genre Rock
Length 37:58
Label A&M
Producer Bryan Adams, Bob Clearmountain
Professional reviews
Bryan Adams chronology
Cuts Like a Knife
(1983)
Reckless
(1984)
Into the Fire
(1987)
Singles from Reckless
  1. "Run to You"
    Released: October 18, 1984
  2. "Somebody"
    Released: 1985
  3. "Heaven"
    Released: 1985
  4. "Summer of '69"
    Released: 1985
  5. "One Night Love Affair"
    Released: 1985
  6. "It's Only Love"
    Released: 1985

Reckless is the fourth studio album by the Canadian rock artist Bryan Adams. Released on October 29, 1984 through A&M Records, the album was a huge commercial success, selling over 5 million units in the United States alone. The album peaked at number 1 on the Billboard 200 and reached high positions in charts worldwide.[1] It was recorded at Little Mountain Sound Studios, Vancouver, Canada.

Six singles were released from the album: "Run to You," "Somebody," "Heaven," "Summer of '69," "One Night Love Affair," and "It's Only Love." All six singles made the top 15 on the US Billboard Hot 100, a feat that at the time had been accomplished previously only by Michael Jackson's "Thriller."

The album was ranked #49 on Kerrang!'s "100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums Of All Time".[2]

On December 12, 2009 INTHESTUDIO celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the album. It was the first Canadian album which have sold at least one million units within Canada.

Contents

Music

Recording and production

In March 1984, the recording for Reckless began after extensive touring for the support of Cuts Like a Knife.[3] Unhappy with the recording process, Adams decided to take a month off.[3] In August Adams headed back to the studio with Tina Turner on the track "It's Only Love", he also returned to the studio with more new songs and started re-recording songs which would lead to the development of such tracks as "Run to You", Summer of '69", and "Heaven".[3]

"Run to You" was recorded after a tour in Asia.[4] The recording for "Run to You" started on the March 27, 1984 and went through the summer[4] at Little Mountain Sound Studios, Vancouver, and was mixed in New York by Bob Clearmountain.[4] The mixing of the song was finished on September 21.[4] The recording of "Heaven" started on June 6 and lasted only two days, ending on, June 7.[4] The song was recorded for the film A Night in Heaven, and was mixed on June 16, 1984 by Bob Clearmountain.[4] "Summer of '69" was written on January 25, 1984 with Jim Vallance. The recording took place at Little Mountain Sound Studios, Vancouver, Canada where the song was recorded three times over the winter. It was mixed in New York by Bob Clearmountain on November 22, 1984.[4]

Songs

"Run to You" was the debut single from Reckless and was released in October 1984 and became one of the most successful songs from Reckless on the American rock charts and arguably one of Adams most recognizable and popular songs.[4] "Run to You" was released worldwide on the October 18, 1984.[4] The song reached the top ten on the Mainstream Rock Tracks and was Adams first number one hit on the Mainstream Rock Tracks and number six on the Billboard Hot 100.[1] "Run to You" reached the top twenty on the Canadian singles chart and remained in the top twenty for seven weeks. "Run to You" had reached the highest Canadian chart positions Adams had reached at the time of its release and his second top twenty hit single in Canada.[5] "Run to You" was released the following month in Europe and peaked at the top ten in Ireland at number 8 and reached the top twenty on the UK Singles Chart at eleven and was his second single to chart in Europe.[6][7]

"Somebody" was released in the Winter of 1985 and became one of the most successful songs from Reckless on the American rock charts.[4] "Somebody" was released worldwide in 1984.[4] The song reached the top five on the Mainstream Rock Tracks and was Adams second number one hit on the Mainstream Rock Tracks and number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1] "Somebody" reached the top twenty on the Canadian singles chart and remained in the top twenty for six weeks. "Somebody" was Adams third top twenty hit on the Canadian chart.[1] "Somebody" was released the following month in Europe and peaked at the top twenty in Ireland at number 20 and reached the top forty on the UK Singles Chart at 35 and was his third single to chart in Europe.[6][7]

"Heaven" is a rock song written by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance and was the third single from Reckless. The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart and peaked at number 9 on the Billboard mainstream rock tracks.[1] The song has appeared on all of Adams' compilation albums with the exception of The Best of Me. The single was certified Gold in Canada in 1985.[8]

Adams playing "Summer of '69" live in Dublin, Ireland.

Although "Summer of '69" was officially released to US radio in 1984, it appeared on the Billboard magazine's Hot 100 chart at 5 and 40 on the mainstream rock tracks.[1] In Canada, "Summer of '69" was officially released to radio on November, 1984.[4] The song reached the top twenty on the Canadian Singles Chart and remained in the top twenty for another month. "Summer of '69" was the highest charting single from Reckless with "Heaven".[1]

The song was released in Australia, Europe and New Zealand in 1985. "Heaven" reached the UK top fourthy, while "Summer of '69" peaked at the top fourthy.[6] "Summer of '69" continued the trend of higher-charting singles when it debuted and peaked at top twenty in most of the European countries it charted. Adams' previous singles had charted much weaker in Europe and "Summer of '69" would be Adams' second single to chart in mainland Europe.

Although "Summer of '69" reached the top ten in Norway and then the top twenty in the Austria, Ireland and Sweden, it was a moderate top hundred success in Germany where it peaked at 62.[7][9][10][11][12]

Adams has stated that:

"'Summer of '69' - i think it's timeless because it's about making love in the summertime. There is a slight misconception it's about a year, but it's not. '69' has nothing to do about a year, it has to do with a sexual position."[13]

Co-writer Jim Vallance has always gone for the more conventional interpretation of the title being a reference to a year. He notes Jackson Browne's "Running on Empty", which contains references to 1965 and 1969, as his own influence, and recalls Adams cited the film Summer of '42 as his.[14]

Although "One Night Love Affair" was officially released to US radio in 1985, it appeared on the Billboard magazine's Hot 100 chart at 13 and 7 on the mainstream rock tracks.[1] In Canada, "One Night Love Affair" was officially released to radio on February 1985.[4] The song reached the top twenty on the Canadian Singles Chart and remained in the top twenty for another month. "One Night Love Affair" was the lowest charting single from Reckless.[1]

Release and reception

One of Adams' most successful albums, Reckless, co-produced by Adams and Bob Clearmountain, peaked at number one on the Billboard 200. Upon its release, the album reached #6 on the Billboard 200 in January 1985 before dropping out of the top ten. The success of the singles "Heaven" and "Summer of '69" renewed interest in the album and it began climbing back up the chart, eventually reaching #1 in August 1985.

Reckless included the hit singles "Run to You", "Heaven", "Summer of '69", "One Night Love Affair", and "It's Only Love". All the singles had accompanying music videos, and each one charted on the Billboard Hot 100, with "Run to You", "Summer of '69", and "Heaven" peaking in the top ten. "Heaven" would become the most successful single from Reckless at the time of its release on the US music charts, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and number nine on the mainstream rock chart.

The single "It's Only Love" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group. In 1986, the song won an MTV Video Music Award for Best Stage Performance. The album is Adams best-selling album in the United States and was certified five times platinum.

Reckless tour

In December 1984, Adams and his touring band which consists of Keith Scott, Dave Taylor, Pat Steward and Johnny Blitz played concerts in Chicago, Detroit, New York City and Philadelphia.[3] In early 1985, Adams' started a tour throughout the United States, then later Japan, Australia, Europe and at last Canada after winning four Juno Awards.[3] Later he headed south towards the American West Coast, culminating with two dates at the studded Paladium in Los Angeles.[3]

After the tour in the United States Adams traveled to Ethiopia to aid famine relief.[3] Adams later headed back to Europe for a fifty-city concert tour with Tina Turner, culminating in April with his return to London to headline three sold-out shows at the Hammersmith Odeon.[3] Adams began the first leg of his tour entitled "World Wide in 85" which started in Oklahoma.[3] The tour ended in October.[3] Adams would later visit Vancouver, and afterwards he returned to the American East Coast to play two sold-out concerts in New York.[3]

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance

Track Title Length
1. "One Night Love Affair"   4:32
2. "She's Only Happy When She's Dancin'"   3:14
3. "Run to You"   3:54
4. "Heaven"   4:03
5. "Somebody"   4:44
6. "Summer of '69"   3:35
7. "Kids Wanna Rock"   2:36
8. "It's Only Love" (Feat. Tina Turner) 3:15
9. "Long Gone"   3:57
10. "Ain't Gonna Cry"   4:06

Personnel

  • Bryan Adams - rhythm guitars, handclaps, lead vocals, lead guitars, piano, harmonica, co-producer
  • Keith Scott - lead guitars, rhythm guitars, background vocals
  • Jim Vallance - percussion, associate producer
  • Dave Taylor - bass guitar
  • Pat Steward - drums and background vocals
  • Tommy Mandel - keyboards
  • Jody Perpick - backgrounds sounds and vocals
  • Mickey Curry - drums
  • Tina Turner - lead vocals on "It's Only Love"
  • Steve Smith - drums on "Heaven"
  • Mike Fraser, Michael Sauvage - Engineering, Mixing
  • Bob Ludwig - Mastering

Chart positions

Country Peak Position Certification (If Any) Sales/shipments ref.
Canada 1 Diamond +1,000,000 [5][8]
Germany 19 Gold +250,000 [11][15]
UK 7 2× Platinum +600,000 [6][16]
Norway 2 [9]
Sweden 5 Gold 10,000 [3][10]
Switzerland 10 Platinum +15,000 [17][18]
United States 1 5× Platinum +5,000,000 [1][19]
New Zealand 32

[20]

Preceded by
Songs from the Big Chair by Tears for Fears
Billboard 200 number-one album
August 10–23, 1985
Succeeded by
Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits

See also

List of diamond-certified albums in Canada

References

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  2. ^ Kerrang!'s 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums Of All Time
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "The Life Of Bryan" (in (Danish)). -skolarbete.nu. http://skolarbete.nu/skolarbeten/bryan-adams/. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Album notes for Anthology by Dave Marsh (CD booklet). A&M Records (A&M 5613).". 2005-10-18. 
  5. ^ a b "Canadian Chart". RPM. http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-119.01-e.php?&file_num=nlc008388.1665&volume=54&issue=22&issue_dt=November%2002%201991&type=1&interval=24&PHPSESSID=ud55k7vhb31l4mk2hqbruj93f3. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
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  7. ^ a b c "Irish Album Chart". irish-charts.com. http://irish-charts.com/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Bryan%20Adams. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  8. ^ a b "CRIA Certifications". Canadian Recording Industry Association. http://www.cria.ca/cert_db_search.php?page=1&wclause=WHERE+artist_name+like+%27%25Bryan+Adam%25%27+ORDER+BY+cert_date%2C+cert_award+&rcnt=63&csearch=40&nextprev=1. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  9. ^ a b "Norwegian Chart". norwegiancharts.com. http://norwegiancharts.com/. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
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  13. ^ "Bryan Adams - .". thecelebritycafe.com. http://thecelebritycafe.com/interviews/bryan_adams_2008.html. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  14. ^ ""Summer of '69". JimVallance.com. http://jimvallance.com/01-music-folder/songs-folder-may-27/pg-song-adams-summer-of-69.html. Retrieved 2008-09-18. 
  15. ^ "German certifications". musikindustrie. http://www.musikindustrie.de/gold_platin_datenbank/?action=1&strSuche=Reckless. Retrieved 2008-03-07. 
  16. ^ "BPI Certifications". BPI. http://www.bpi.co.uk/. Retrieved 2008-03-07. 
  17. ^ "Swiss Chart". Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade. http://hitparade.ch/. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  18. ^ "Swiss Certifications". Swiss Hitparade. http://hitparade.ch/search_certifications.asp?search=Bryan%20Adams. Retrieved 2008-03-07. 
  19. ^ "RIAA Certifications". Recording Industry Association of America. http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?resultpage=1&table=SEARCH_RESULTS&action=&title=Reckless&artist=Bryan%20Adams&format=&debutLP=&category=&sex=&releaseDate=&requestNo=&type=&level=&label=&company=&certificationDate=&awardDescription=&catalogNo=&aSex=&rec_id=&charField=&gold=&platinum=&multiPlat=&level2=&certDate=&album=&id=&after=&before=&startMonth=1&endMonth=1&startYear=1958&endYear=2008&sort=Artist&perPage=25. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  20. ^ "New Zealand Chart". charts.org.nz. http://charts.org.nz/. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 







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