The Best Of Me
Recording Artist: Bryan Adams
Release Date: 1999 (A&M Records)
Songs By Jim Vallance: I'm Ready
Run To You
Summer Of '69
Charts: #13 - Netherlands "Top 100 " chart / 1999
Certification: 3x Platinum / Canada (300,000 sales) January 2006
Gold Album Award / Australia (35,000 sales) 1997
Platinum Album Award / Australia (70,000 sales) 2000
Reviews:
MTV website: Complimenting the 1994 collection SO FAR, SO GOOD, THE BEST OF ME compiles Bryan Adams's biggest hits from the '90s. In his third decade of recording, Adams earned a place along heartland rockers like John Mellencamp and Tom Petty thanks to a knack for delivering both muscular rock ("The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You") and ready-made prom/wedding songs (""Everything I Do, I Do For You"). This Canadian rocker also collaborated with Sting and fellow rasper Rod Stewart on the chart-topping theme from the film The Three Musketeers ("All For One") and with the surprisingly soulful Spice Girl Mel C. ("When You're Gone"). Fans wanting a piece of the Adams live juju get served a pair of MTV UNPLUGGED performances; the ethereal "I'm Ready" and the George Harrison-flavored nugget "Back To You." Along with old favorites like "Summer Of '69" and "Run To You" are newer compositions basted in hooks a-go-go, including the infectious early-'90s sing-a-long "Can't Stop This Thing We Started."

All Music Guide: The Best of Me acts as a kind of companion piece to So Far So Good, collecting Bryan Adams' biggest hits from the '90s, some new tracks, and some of his classic singles. Along with staples such as "Summer of '69" and "Run to You," the compilation spans power ballads like "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You," "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman," and "Let's Make a Night to Remember," as well as more upbeat tracks like "The Only Thing That Looks Good on Me Is You" and "Can't Stop This Thing We Started." Unlike So Far So Good, however, The Best of Me doesn't quite balance Adams the balladeer and Adams the rocker; too much of The Best of Me focuses on less than stellar duets and the sappiest side of his work. Overall, The Best of Me is an adequate look at Adams' later work, but as a greatest-hits collection, it's lacking. [A limited tour edition was released in Australia with an eight track bonus disc featuring live recordings from Ireland and South Africa.] ~ Heather Phares, reviewer
 
 
 
 
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