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« on: March 14, 2013, 01:57:13 PM »

I've been listening to a some of my favorite albums  lately and thought it would be a good idea to share my opinion on them.  To me, what qualifies as "favorite" is enjoying every song.  Not just liking them, but enjoying them so much that you want to hear them repeatedly.

So, if you happen to see something you like, feel free to add your thoughts, comments, insight and memories.  :)   
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« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2013, 02:00:48 PM »

Coop’s Favorite Albums Reviews – 3/14/13
BRYAN ADAMS – RECKLESS

This album sure does bring back a lot of memories.  It hit the stores 6 months after I graduated from high school, 29 years ago (whew!).  MTV played a big part in my becoming aware of this record and Bryan Adams.  Reckless is one of my favorite albums by any artist or group because I enjoy listening to every song on it.  It starts out very strong, slowing down a on the fourth and fifth songs but picks up very quickly thereafter.  I was very disappointed in his following album, Into The Fire.  His next, Waking Up The Neighbours, is just as good as and even better in some respects than Reckless.  Diana and I were fortunate enough to see Bryan Adams perform live in Rhode Island about 10 years ago.  It’s one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to.  I do enjoy many types of music but rock ‘n’ roll is my preference above and beyond all else.  Reckless delivers completely and I enjoy returning to it occasionally.



   1. One Night Love Affair
   2. She's Only Happy When She's Dancin'
   3. Run To You
   4. Heaven
   5. Somebody
   6. Summer Of '69
   7. Kids Wanna Rock
   8. It's Only Love
   9. Long Gone
 10. Ain't Gonna Cry
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« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2013, 03:07:43 PM »



Great album. One of the first I bought with my own pocket money. I still remember the store where I bought it and think of it when I hear Summer Of '69 on the radio. Alas, the store no longer exists.

My alltime favorite album is Born In The USA. Every song I enjoy, although it took me a while to like Cover Me but all the other tracks are great. Can't wait till Wednesday night's concert. Reviews of his gigs in Brisbane have been awesome.



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Side one

1."Born in the U.S.A." – 4:39
 2."Cover Me" – 3:27
 3."Darlington County" – 4:48
 4."Working on the Highway" – 3:11
 5."Downbound Train" – 3:35
 6."I'm on Fire" – 2:37
 
Side two

 1."No Surrender" – 4:00
 2."Bobby Jean" – 3:46
 3."I'm Goin' Down" – 3:29
 4."Glory Days" – 4:15
 5."Dancing in the Dark" – 4:00
 6."My Hometown" – 4:34

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Born_in_the_USA#Track_listing
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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2013, 06:20:21 AM »

Great album. One of the first I bought with my own pocket money. I still remember the store where I bought it and think of it when I hear Summer Of '69 on the radio. Alas, the store no longer exists.

My alltime favorite album is Born In The USA. Every song I enjoy, although it took me a while to like Cover Me but all the other tracks are great. Can't wait till Wednesday night's concert. Reviews of his gigs in Brisbane have been awesome.



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Born_in_the_USA#Track_listing

I think Springsteen's album came out the same year.  Another great album and another of my favorites as I, too, enjoy every song on it.  I'll get around to talking more about it sometime.  I thought of Springsteen upon my first visit to Graceland.  When he was there in '75, he hopped the wall in the hopes to meet one of his rock pioneer idols.  Security caught up with him and escorted him off the grounds.  He tried to convince him who he was, telling them he was on the covers of Newsweek and Time but they didn't believe them.  In those days, a rock artist making even one of those covers, let alone two, was not common.  He was told Elvis was out, anyway, touring.  That's very likely because Elvis did tour a lot between '72-'77. 

So, there I was at Graceland.  I forget the year, I think it was 1989.  My friend drove us down and we'd arrived to late to take a tour of the house.  I remembered Springsteen's story and was tempted to hop the wall and run up to the front door but I decided that wouldn't be too smart.  First of all, what good would it do to be escorted out and potentially banned?  I wouldn't have been able to take the tour the next day.  Second, it's not like Elvis was still alive and I'd have a chance to meet him!   :D

Enjoy the concert, SK, I'm sure it'll be great.
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« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2013, 07:54:08 AM »

Since this is a Clint Eastwood forum, I thought I'd post a Bryan Adams/Clint Eastwood connection.  Adams appeared in Eastwood's 1989 film, Pink Cadillac.  He had a cameo as a gas station attendant.  That's Eastwood behind him in the image below, left.  The bottom right image is probably an on-location shot, taken during a break during filming.



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« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2013, 12:49:05 PM »

Since this is a Clint Eastwood forum, I thought I'd post a Bryan Adams/Clint Eastwood connection.  Adams appeared in Eastwood's 1989 film, Pink Cadillac.  He had a cameo as a gas station attendant. 

I remember spotting him in the movie when I watched the film on Dvd. I saw Bryan Adams in concert about 14 years ago, he was quite good and put on a great show. :)
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« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2013, 10:06:34 AM »

Coop’s Favorite Albums Reviews – 5/04/13
BRYAN ADAMS – WAKING UP THE NEIGHBOURS


Well, I didn’t plan on following up with another Bryan Adams album, but I’ve been listening to this cd in my car repeatedly lately…and loud!  What great rock ‘n’ roll music!  Fast songs, some slow and some in-between.  From an entertainment perspective, for me, this is a very solid musical record.  The overall production is an improvement over Reckless but that only makes sense because of the amount of time in between the two.  Years ago, I recall seeing Bryan Adams, Bruce Hornsby and Billy Squier on a television expose regarding musical artists that hadn’t been heard from in a while.  They were out of the limelight, so to speak.  I believe this was some time after Adams’ record Into The Fire, which didn’t do nearly as well as Reckless.  What I found interesting is the one thing each of them had said at some point during their interview: “Oh sure, anybody can write hits…”  My reaction at the time was, yeah, sure!  And you know damn well if you could then that’s what you’d be doing right now because you haven’t had any hits in a long time!   

I’m not a songwriter so I guess I shouldn’t be so critical.  I still believe that statement about writing hits is easy is a bloody crock, though.  As it turns out, Adams would go on to write multiple for this album, including the mega-worldwide smash (Everything I Do) I Do It For You which was featured on the soundtrack to Kevin Costner’s movie, Robin Hood.  I’m sure that song has become a staple at weddings not long after it was released.  Speaking of wedding songs, my wife and I chose a duet Bryan Adams performed with Barbra Streisand entitled I Finally Found Someone.  It was featured on the soundtrack to The Mirror Has Two Faces, starring Streisand and Jeff Bridges.  It was featured on the soundtrack and Australian version of Adams’ album 18 til I Die.

By comparison, for me, this album is much better than Reckless even though the former album is still a favorite.  It’s just that when it comes to these two, I enjoy this album much more.  So much so that I want to hear it repeatedly right away.  It’s the same as Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Bad albums.  Both are great but I prefer the latter by far.  I can only think of one other solo artist that I have more than one favorite album by and that’s Phil Collins (Face Value and …But Seriously).  Of course, there are multiple albums I enjoy by Elvis and McCartney but I’ve already covered McCartney elsewhere and not sure I want to tackle Elvis music because that seems like a never-ending task.

Adams has had a decent amount of success after this album, both on the charts and touring.  It’d be great to see another live performance someday, too.



   1. Is Your Mama Gonna Miss Ya?
   2. Hey Honey - I'm Packin' You In
   3. Can't Stop This Thing We Started
   4. Thought I'd Died And Gone To Heaven
   5. Not Guilty
   6. Vanishing
   7. House Arrest
   8. Do I Have To Say The Words?
   9. There Will Never Be Another Tonight
 10. All I Want Is You
 11. Depend On Me
 12. (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
 13. If You Wanna Leave Me (Can I Come Too?)
 14. Touch The Hand
 15. Don't Drop That Bomb On Me



 

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« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2013, 10:16:52 AM »

Coop’s Favorite Albums Reviews – 5/28/13
PHIL COLLINS – NO JACKET REQUIRED

Another favorite album I’ve been listening to repeatedly lately.  Here's an interesting story regarding the album title:  Wikipedia / No Jacket Required.
I first became aware of Phil Collins with his hit In The Air Tonight.  What brought this album to my attention was MTV, which began airing music videos in 1981 on the West coast and the following year on the East coast.  It’s been a long time since I had the cassette version of this album, but I listened to No Jacket Required so much before getting the cd that the bonus track still sounds “new” even after all these years.  It’s a good song and decent addition.  The B-side to Sussudio, The Man With The Horn, is a great song and I wish it’d been included as well.  Nevertheless, I always enjoy hearing this album.  It has a decent mix of musical styles like rock, pop, dance and at times there’s even a slight hint of jazz.  At least, that’s my take.  I’m not an expert so can only offer my opinion on what I’ve heard over the years.  I enjoyed his follow-up album …But Seriously and it’d be interesting to hear some new material from Mr. Collins.  I enjoy his vocals, drumming and composing.  With that being said, I’m tempted to check out the rest of his solo work. 



 1. Sussudio
 2. Only You Know And I Know
 3. Long Long Way To Go
 4. I Don't Wanna Know
 5. One More Night
 6. Don't Lose My Number
 7. Who Said I Would
 8. Doesn't Anybody Stay Together Anymore
 9. Inside Out
10. Take Me Home
11. We Said Hello Goodbye (Only released on CD version of No Jacket Required. A different mix of the song was also released on the Playing For Keeps soundtrack album.)
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« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2013, 01:19:21 PM »

There's actually a Clint Eastwood reference at the beginning of his video for Don't Lose My Number (Video)
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« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2013, 10:38:33 AM »

Thanks, Doug.  Wow, it's been years since I've seen this video.  It was fun to watch it again.  Yes, Eastwood and two of his westerns made with Sergio Leone are mentioned, A Fistful Of Dollars and The Good, The Bad And The Ugly.  Thanks for sharing.

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Collins did not know what he would use as a video theme for "Don't Lose My Number," so he decided to create a video showing his decision process in selecting a theme for it.  In the actual video, Collins talks to various "directors", who all give him bad ideas for the video. Their suggestions allow Collins to parody several other music videos of the time, including videos by Michael Jackson, David Lee Roth ("California Girls"), Elton John, The Police ("Every Breath You Take"), and The Cars ("You Might Think"), as well as movies such as Mad Max 2 and various samurai movies and Westerns.



Here's the link to information about the single:  Don't Lose My Number


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« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2013, 10:37:17 AM »

Coop’s Favorite Albums Reviews – 6/12/13
PHIL COLLINS – ...BUT SERIOUSLY

I enjoyed No Jacket Required so much that I decided to give …But Seriously a chance.  I don’t remember this becoming a favorite right away.  It took some time but once declared a favorite I’ve enjoyed returning to this album repeatedly over the years.  A lot of changes took place between the release of this and Collins’ previous solo album.  A number of jobs, a brief period of collecting unemployment and ultimately landing a job in the type of work I’m doing to this day, 26 years now as of this month.  I notice this album is a little jazzy, too, like its predecessor but also a little funkier in some spots.  I know I’m being redundant with this comment but the production and sound is an improvement, but I do like his previous album a little better.  Both are great and I wish I could've seen him perform in concert.




   1. Hang In Long Enough 
   2. That's Just The Way It Is
   3. Do You Remember?
   4. Something Happened On The Way To Heaven
   5. Colours
   6. I Wish It Would Rain Down
   7. Another Day In Paradise
   8. Heat On The Street
   9. All Of My Life
 10. Saturday Night And Sunday Morning
 11. Father To Son
 12. Find A Way To My Heart

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« Reply #11 on: July 02, 2013, 08:41:45 AM »

Coop’s Favorite Albums Reviews – 7/02/13
MICHAEL JACKSON – THRILLER

This album was so popular that 3 out of 5 in my family owned a copy.  For a change, it was refreshing to experience a musical mania in a positive light.  The ones I’d experienced prior to this were the deaths of John Lennon and Elvis Presley.  The media impact from the passing of each of those musical icons was phenomenal, just as it had been with John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr.  Jackson wasn’t an icon in the same vein as The King and former Beatle, but this album shot him to that stratosphere for sure.  The success and popularity of the videos from this album did for MTV what Elvis did for rock ‘n’ roll; brought it out into the open for all to see an appreciate.  Sure, music videos and rock 'n' roll had been in existence prior, but Presley & Jackson made them immensely popular and that influence continues to this day.  As much as I enjoyed the hits from this record, I only recently added it to my list of favorite albums.  It’s a great follow up to Off The Wall and a sign of great music to come.



1. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' 
2. Baby Be Mine 
3. The Girl Is Mine (w/Paul McCartney)
4. Thriller 
5. Beat It 
6. Billie Jean 
7. Human Nature 
8. P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) 
9. The Lady In My Life
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Coop’s Favorite Albums Reviews – 7/02/13
MICHAEL JACKSON – BAD

I prefer this album to Thriller because I’ve returned to it repeatedly over the years.  Thriller and Bad are the only two by Jackson that are favorites, but I’ve heard and do enjoy a lot more of his music from albums that came after.  I don’t like to single out any one song from an album when writing these because a favorite album to me means every song is good-to-great, thus warranting “favorite” status.  I have to make an exception; Man In The Mirror is one of my all time favorites by any artist.  It reminds me of two other great songs, Imagine by John Lennon and If I Can Dream by Elvis.  I remember when MTV had the video to Jackson’s song in heavy rotation and would catch it before heading out to work in the morning (along with George Michael’s Father Figure video).  I never tired of watching or hearing it and still enjoy it very much.   



  1. Bad
  2. The Way You Make Me Feel
  3. Speed Demon
  4. Liberian Girl
  5. Just Good Friends (w/Stevie Wonder)
  6. Another Part Of Me
  7. Man In The Mirror
  8. I Just Can’t Stop Loving You
  9. Dirty Diana 
10. Smooth Criminal
11. Leave Me Alone
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Coop’s Favorite Albums Reviews – 7/04/13
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - BORN IN THE U.S.A.

This album was released the month I graduated high school way back in '84 but it would be a year before I really paid any attention to it.  Of course, MTV was instrumental in that and this proved to be a monster hit record for The Boss.  Previously, I'd only heard of him and the only song I recall knowing was Born To Run.  With hits on the radio and MTV, I eventually took notice and finally bought it.  I enjoyed it immensely almost immediately.  Once hooked, I listened repeatedly.  Funny thing is, I've never sought out previous or post albums.  The only other cd I've picked up since is the greatest hits compilation from 1995.  That's a favorite as well and introduced me to a lot of great music, before and after this album.  Like other favorite albums I've been listening to lately from the 80's, hearing Born In The U.S.A. is just as enjoyable now as it was when I first heard it and brings back memories of when it came out and what I was doing at the time.  Springsteen's live performances are legendary and I'd love to attend one of his concerts sometime.

Hahaha, the perfect album to give my thoughts about on Independence Day.  ;)



   1. Born In The U.S.A.
   2. Cover Me
   3. Darlington County
   4. Working On The Highway
   5. Downbound Train
   6. I'm On Fire
   7. No Surrender
   8. Bobby Jean
   9. I'm Goin' Down
 10. Glory Days
 11. Dancing In The Dark
 12. My Hometown

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Coop’s Favorite Albums Reviews – 10/21/13
THE POWER STATION

When a long stretch of time goes in between my hearing this album, I have to crank the volume in my car!  What a great sound!  Another 80's album that I love.  I still can't believe there's only 8 songs on it!  I have the 2-disc special edition but the bonus material doesn't add much to the original.  No, not at all, really.  The second disc has an interview that I've yet to watch and I'm glad to have the original videos and a live performance from their appearance on Saturday Night Live.  What would round this set out nicely by way of extra tracks is more material from the recording sessions, rather than a track with a different singer and alternate takes.  Always a favorite album, I just wish there was more of the same.  The next best thing is some follow-up material Robert Palmer recorded in a similar fashion, such as Addicted To Love, I Didn't Mean To Turn You On and Simply Irresistible.  I just learned they reformed for another album that was released in 1996, Living In Fear but I've yet to hear it.



   1. Some Like It Hot
   2. Murderess
   3. Lonely Tonight
   4. Communication
   5. Get It On (Bang A Gong)
   6. Go To Zero
   7. Harvest For The World
   8. Still In Your Heart
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Coop’s Favorite Albums Reviews – 3/05/14
TEXAS - SOUTHSIDE

I can't recall what turned me onto this album.  Quite possibly, a friend introduced me to it as he'd done with many other bands.  This is where the quote "variety is the spice of life" comes in handy.  Much as I love my favorites, it's great knowing there's so much more out there to listen to and enjoy.  For the most part, I love rock 'n' roll but also enjoy variations of the genre but also different types of music from time to time such as jazz, classical and soundtrack scores.  I love the overall sound of Southside, a bluesy rock 'n' roll feel with country overtones.  Fantastic vocals by Sharleen Spiteri.  I wish I'd seen them in concert, I'm sure I would've enjoyed it. 



   1. I Don't Want A Lover
   2. Tell Me Why
   3. Everyday Now
   4. Southside 
   5. Prayer For You
   6. Faith
   7. Thrill Has Gone 
   8. Fight The Feeling 
   9. Fool For Love
 10. One Choice
 11. Future Is Promises
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« Reply #16 on: March 05, 2014, 09:49:36 PM »

Da Boss, Born In The USA.......Wotta Song.
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