Bryan Adams: Into The Fire(1987)



Hey Folks I’m taking a break for a wee bit. Kinda recharge the batteries and what not. I thought what better way than to peace out with some CanCon… 

Ok,so how do you follow-up a mega selling album from 1985 called Reckless? Well if your Bryan Adams you go in the exact opposite direction from it. Kinda that is!

Into The Fire dropped in 1987. People were snapping up copies right off the bat and why wouldn’t they? Tbone and myself were always real suckers for good old hard rock pop! Adams delivered on both fronts as not only could he deliver a batch of catchy cooked up Rock(co written with Jim Vallance). Bryan also had a killer band backing him.

Mickey Curry on drums and especially Keith Scott on guitar are still to this day phenomenal musicians who are still with Adams. Scott is a monster on guitar and always plays his solo’s in the less is more approach! Memorable after Memorable solo’s from Keith. I mean just with the Reckless album alone you can just think about how many solos are still stuck in your noggin from an album that was released 34 years ago!

So with the Stellar Adams band in tow Bryan gets a little more introspective with the lyrics on  this album.

10 songs make up Into The Fire and what a kickoff track with In The Heat of The Night which doesn’t come racing out of the gates but still gets the job done as Curry as he does on many of these tracks keeps the drums moving which in turn keeps the pace going.  Love Scotts guitar work on this one….

Into The Fire keeps the beat and grooving forward. Another straight head Adams Rock track. Victim of Love is the first kinda sorta ballad like  rock track that features some wicked guitar work at the end of the song by Scott.

Another Day has that uptempo like Adams groove where the keys and guitar lock in and Curry keeps the song clipping at a decent pace! Native Son is one of those songs that  has Bryan looking inward and outward on what is going on at the time.  The band really stretches out musically on this tune as it’s a 6 minute number and its great to see that Adams wasn’t looking for airplay on everything and playing the game!

Only The Strong Survive blasts off right off the hop and features a hard pop shuffle with Bryan and Scott’s slide guitar trading off after each line. Real great track and perhaps one of my fav’s of his! Rebel a song written about Tbone I’m sure. haha.  Adams eases of the gas pedal  somewhat and for a track that has a ton of piano in it I’m not annoyed by it!

Remembrance Day a salute to those fallen soldiers is a great track which has some nice Bass work, Adams sings the tale of the soldiers coming together to fight for us on Remembrance Day! Great track! Period!

Yup I will go on record and say that Hearts on Fire is one of my fav-o Adams tune. What a chorus! Easily one of those end of the album GEMS! Great vocal/ Great tempo and fantastic SOLO!

Home Again a nice tidy wrap-up for this record that ends the album on high. Dig the build up of the song into the chorus!

Sure this album did not sell mega like Reckless but still sold well (3 million plus!) But over time I have found new appreciation and liking  this album.

Give Bryan and his Band props. Instead of making Side’s 3 & 4 of Reckless they wrote and recorded an album that was a  little more serious yet still had a ton of catchy choruses and fine musicianship  to keep the party moving ….

On  a side note I have to say it was Tbone’s Brother Darr who when we did our Top 20 albums of all time Darr included Into The Fire which got my thinking on what a great call that was! So a few months back when I seen Reckless and Into The Fire sitting on the shelf at the local record shop it was a no brainer purchase!

Actually come to think of it Mr Books and Mr Stephen as well are big supporters of Into The Fire as well!




29 thoughts on “Bryan Adams: Into The Fire(1987)”

    1. Thanks Scott..
      If you come across this one give it a chance. At the time I was like wanting a more ‘Reckless’ vibe to it but it only took me 31 years to realize that Adams wasn’t playing that game!
      Have to hand it to him for going down a different avenue of Rock. Lyrically especially!
      Keith Scott is a brilliant player….


    1. Thanks John! I will enjoy it but yesterday I thought of a new idea at work yesterday and the wheels are now in motion!
      I wonder if Waking Up The Neighbours was even issued on vinyl?

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  1. Man, great write up. I still need to pick this one up, actually. I’ve seen it a few times, but not for a while. I guess I should have bought it when I had the chance! At least there’s streaming sites, eh?

    Anyhoo, I hope you enjoy recharging the batteries, man!

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    1. Definitely a great album. I, like most people, liked Reckless, but I loved Into the Fire.
      Unfortunately, imo, it was Bryan Adams last good album. He has had a few good songs since then, but nothing on this level.
      Thanks for the shout out Deke

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      1. Thanks Darr!
        Yeah you are pretty much bang on with that call of it being the last real great Adams album.
        Waking up had some good tracks but it was a loooong album. That Robin Hood Track should have stayed on the Soundtrack to Robin Hood!
        Thanks for the comment!


    2. Thanks J…
      I grabbed both Reckless and Into The Fire at the same time…
      Into The Fire was the afterthought really…But man after spinning it am I ever glad I grabbed it as well!

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  2. Nice one Deke – I was so disappointed when this came out, I just wanted more of the same at the time. I do rather like it now, there’s something about the hook in ‘Another Day’ that just snags me every time.

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  3. I just had this on in the kitchen while making dinner last week! Great minds think alike?!
    Well said all around Deke. Including, but not limited to:
    – BA indeed has a stellar backing band
    – Remembrance Day is a fine song, period.
    – Hearts on Fire, what a chorus, it’s my favourite too!

    And you are right, I’m a fan! It was on my Top 15 from a few years ago (a bit of an unfair inclusion though – as my cassette has the whole album on side 1 and then “other hot tracks” on side 2, double the BA!)

    Enjoy the break!

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    1. Great minds do think alike!!!
      Good to see I’m in company!
      Cool you gotta love those old mixed tapes eh?

      The break well….yeah about that!

      I came up With an idea and emailed a few people who got onboard with my idea and have participated which is real awesome..

      So I do have a spot coming tomorrow in which time you will see it…don’t want to give it away but I’m pretty pumped about it as I’m trying to find other ways of keeping the blog moving forward instead of review after review…

      Mix it up a bit…hope u like it!

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  4. Absolutely the man’s most underrated album. Absolutely his last truly great one. Remembrance Day and Into the Fire are both career defining songs…for any other artist! For BA they are seldom remembered classics! Hearts on Fire included.

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      1. And my sis too.

        For the record the live version of Into the Fire from Live Live Live is definitive for me. It was the music video version and I always found it really powerful.


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