The Best of Me (Bryan Adams album)

The Best of Me is the third greatest hits album by Canadian singer Bryan Adams. It was released worldwide in 1999, and in the U.S. in 2001. It was his last release on A&M Records. Upon its initial release, a special edition 2-disc set was issued with live tracks. Another special edition 2-CD set was issued when the album was released in the U.S., dubbed 'Special Tour Edition', bearing three extra tracks. It is Adams' second compilation album, after So Far So Good; except for Japan, where Hits on Fire was released in 1988. This album sees Adams reuniting with Robert John "Mutt" Lange – on the title track – after being absent from 1998's On a Day Like Today.

The Best of Me
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Greatest hits album by
ReleasedNovember 15, 1999
Recorded1984–1999
GenreRock
Length68:13
LabelA&M
ProducerBryan Adams, Mutt Lange, Bob Clearmountain, Bob Rock, Chris Thomas, Patrick Leonard
Bryan Adams chronology
On a Day Like Today
(1998)
The Best of Me
(1999)
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
(2002)
Singles from The Best of Me
  1. "The Best of Me"
    Released: 1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2.5/5 stars[1]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)AlbumLength
1."The Best of Me"Bryan Adams, Robert John "Mutt" LangePreviously unreleased3:33
2."Can't Stop This Thing We Started"Adams, LangeWaking Up the Neighbours, 19914:29
3."I'm Ready"Adams, Jim VallanceMTV Unplugged, 19974:29
4."Summer of '69"Adams, VallanceReckless, 19843:34
5."Let's Make a Night to Remember"Adams, Lange18 til I Die, 19966:19
6."All for Love" (with Rod Stewart and Sting)Adams, Lange, Michael KamenThe Three Musketeers, 19934:36
7."Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?"Adams, Lange, Kamen18 til I Die and Don Juan DeMarco, 19954:48
8."Run to You"Adams, VallanceReckless3:54
9."Cloud Number Nine" (Chicane remix)Adams, Max Martin, Gretchen PetersPreviously unreleased4:11
10."(Everything I Do) I Do It for You"Adams, Lange, KamenWaking Up the Neighbours and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, 19916:34
11."Back to You"Adams, Eliot KennedyMTV Unplugged4:30
12."When You're Gone" (featuring Melanie C)Adams, KennedyOn a Day Like Today, 19983:25
13."Please Forgive Me"Adams, LangeSo Far So Good, 19935:58
14."The Only Thing That Looks Good on Me Is You"Adams, Lange18 til I Die3:37
15."Inside Out"Adams, PetersOn a Day Like Today4:47
16."18 til I Die"Adams, Lange18 til I Die3:30

1999 Special Edition bonus disc

  1. "Summer of '69 (Live from South Africa)" – 3:34
  2. "Back To You (Live from South Africa)" – 5:28
  3. "Can't Stop This Thing We Started (Live from South Africa)" – 5:12
  4. "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman? (Live from South Africa)" – 4:52
  5. "Rock Steady (Live from South Africa)" – 5:23

Tracks 2, 5 are also available on the single "Inside Out", issued in 2000.

2002 Special Tour Edition bonus disc[2]

  1. "Summer of '69 (Live from South Africa)" – 3:34
  2. "Back To You (Live from South Africa)" – 5:28
  3. "Can't Stop This Thing We Started (Live from South Africa)" – 5:12
  4. "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman? (Live from South Africa)" – 4:52
  5. "Rock Steady (Live from South Africa)" – 5:23
  6. "Cloud Number Nine (Live at Slane Castle)" – 4:09
  7. "I'm Ready (Live at Slane Castle)" – 4:34
  8. "Cuts Like a Knife (Live at Slane Castle)" – 6:02

This is basically the same bonus disc as the 1999 special edition release, with three extra tracks added. Tracks 2, 5 are also available on the single "Inside Out", issued in 2000. Tracks 6, 7, 8 are from the DVD release "Live At Slane Castle". The collection sells well over 3 million copies

Unidentified alternative edition

There exists an edition of this CD, dated 1999 and carrying a sticker bearing the catalogue number 490 522-2 [11], which omits the final track listed above, "18 Til I Die", and instead adds a hidden track after track 15:

16. "Don't Give Up" – 3:42, by Chicane Featuring Bryan Adams, written by Nick Bracegirdle, Bryan Adams, and Ray Hedges.

No bonus disc is included with this edition.

PersonnelEdit

Charts and certificationsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[17] Gold 30,000^
Australia (ARIA)[18] Platinum 70,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[19] Gold 25,000*
Belgium (BEA)[20] Platinum 50,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[21] 3× Platinum 300,000^
Germany (BVMI)[22] Gold 150,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[23] Gold 25,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[24] Platinum 100,000^
Sweden (GLF)[25] Gold 40,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[26] Platinum 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[28] 3× Platinum 1,022,003[27]
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[29] 2× Platinum 2,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

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