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The Best Was Yet To Come ( Bryan Adams Jim Vallance Cover ) 11.27.10

Bryan Adams may have gone international with his Reckless album from 1985, but it was his 1983 album Cuts Like A Knife that felt like a greatest hits album, given the majority of the songs all got airplay on Sarnia, Ontario radio stations.

I was driving a 1975 Blue Pinto the year the album came out. You know the ones: 20/20 on ABC had done an exposé on the dangers of rear-ending the car. They apparently “blow up real good,” as the guys on SCTV used to say. Inside this explosion waiting to happen—I am kidding; I am prone to hyperbole and I am speaking figuratively in this instance, for comedic purposes only—was a wonderful, upgraded Craig sound system, with a state-of-the-art cassette player. Ah yes, the hiss and warmth of analogue.

In retrospect, I was lucky to have a car to drive when I was a teenager. I have my Dad to thank for that.

I can actually recall seeing an advertisement for a Bryan Adams concert in 1981—the venue: the local Happy Valley/Calhoon‘s pub—when he was touring the You Want It You Got It album (Fits Ya Good, Coming Home), but being underage, I was unable to go.

The Best Was Yet To Come is the final track off the Cuts Like A Knife album, and the song was the final single to be released to radio. It has always been my favourite Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance collaboration. I love its spare arrangement.

Bryan Adams songs have always been accessible; crafted for universal appeal. It’s a gift to be able to create a song that gets as many ears listening as possible.

Adams has had a massive career. Still, the Cuts Like A Knife album is the one I return to, because in many respects it’s a blueprint for what he would accomplish throughout his career.

Nostalgia does have its pull and tug. Bryan Adams and Foreigner‘s Lou Gramm—who sings back-up on a lot of tracks on Cuts Like A Knife—were born to sing together.

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