Monday, March 28, 2016

"This Time" by Bryan Adams

Song#:  1594
Date:  09/03/1983
Debut:  83
Peak:  24
Weeks:  12
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Although he had some chart success in his Canadian homeland, Adams first Pop Top 10 hit happened in the US with his #10 effort "Straight from the Heart," the first single from his third album Cuts Like a Knife. The LP's title track was then issued and it did well reaching #15. It also became his biggest hit in Canada to-date going to #12. This third single couldn't quite make it into the Top 20, but it did well enough to help continue to promote the album. It would also hit #21 at Rock and #32 in Canada.

ReduxReview:  I had totally forgotten about this song, which I'm not really surprised at because it's not one of his most memorable singles. Adams and Vallance were really perfecting their songwriting around this time and it showed. This is a well-crafted song and an easy listen. However, I think works better as an album track rather than a single.

ReduxRating:  5/10

TriviaCuts Like a Knife contained a song that Adams wrote with his songwriting partner Jim Vallance called "The Best Was Yet to Come." The lyrics were about Playboy model Dorothy Stratton. The Canadian, who became 1980's Playmate of they Year, was shot and killed in August of 1980 by her soon-to-be ex-husband Paul Snider, who in-turn shot himself. The sensational story became the subject of two films and a handful of songs including Adams' "The Best Was Yet to Come." However, it was not Adams' first song tribute to the starlet. Late in 1980, the Canadian rock band Prism (Vallance's former band) released a best-of LP that included the new song "Cover Girl." Co-written by guitarist Lindsey Mitchell and Adams, it served as Prism's tribute to Stratton, who a few months earlier had presented the band with their first Canadian gold album. The song was issued as a single, but it failed to chart. Prism would later grab two US Pop chart entries, the best being 1982's "Don't Let Him Know" (#39).


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