Bryan Adams: Tracks Of My Years

A great American songbook. Sung by a Canadian.

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He thought long and hard about this but, after three months of recording sessions spread over two years, Bryan Adams finally committed to what contemporaries have been doing for years and released an album of covers... Of songs from his formative years.

But rather than slices of the 70s hard rock that initially inspired him, he’s been directed by the project’s producer – Canadian music polymath David Foster – to re-record mostly US Top 10 hits. And so alongside one new original here, we get 10 classics (with more on the deluxe version) including The Beatles’ Any Time At All, Chuck Berry‘s Rock And Roll Music, Creedence’s Down On The Corner, Lay Lady Lay by Dylan, Smokey Robinson’s The Tracks Of My Tears… closing with a sublime balladic re-working of the Beach Boys’ God Only Knows.

It’s a bit soppy in places, admittedly, but rarely less than excellent. Which is Adams to a tee, come to think of it./o:p

Neil Jeffries

Freelance contributor to Classic Rock and several of its offshoots since 2006. In the 1980s he began a 15-year spell working for Kerrang! intially as a cub reviewer and later as Geoff Barton’s deputy and then pouring precious metal into test tubes as editor of its Special Projects division. Has spent quality time with Robert Plant, Keith Richards, Ritchie Blackmore, Rory Gallagher and Gary Moore – and also spent time in a maximum security prison alongside Love/Hate. Loves Rush, Aerosmith and beer. Will work for food.