- Released: December 6, 1994
- Originally Released: 1994
- Label: A&M
Entertainment Weekly - 12/16/94, p.68
"...[Adams] barks his hits robustly and covers 'I Fought The Law' with outlaw urgency..." - Rating: B
- 1.She's Only Happy When She's Dancin'
- 2.It's Only Love
- 3.Cuts Like a Knife
- 4.Kids Wanna Rock
- 5.Hearts on Fire
- 6.Take Me Back
- 7.The Best Was Yet to Come
- 9.Heat of the Night
- 10.Run to You
- 11.One Night Love Affair
- 12.Long Gone
- 13.Summer of '69
- 15.Walkin' After Midnight
- 16.I Fought the Law
- 17.Into the Fire - (acoustic version)
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Principally recorded live in Belgium in 1988. Includes liner notes by Bryan Adams.
Audio Mixers: Jody Perpick; Tim Crich; Bob Clearmountain.
Recording information: Werchter, Berlgium (07/03/1988).
Photographer: Andrew Catlin.
This generous concert recording from Bryan Adams's 1988 European concert tour captures the charismatic Canadian leading a solid band through all his hits in front of 50,000 rain-soaked, Adams-crazed Belgians. Nearly every monster hit is here, from early thunderous hits like "Cuts Like a Knife" and "Run to You," to more recent fare like "Into the Fire."
Adams doesn't stray too far from the original songs in the live setting. Adams delivers his hits, whose punchy choruses make for crowd-pleasing concert fare. A seasoned performer, Adams knows when to let the audience take a chorus, and like many such recordings, LIVE! LIVE! LIVE! includes its share of sing-alongs. "Kids Wanna Rock," in which he inveighs against "computerized crap" and new wave haircuts, succinctly sums up the ethos of Adams and his legions of fans at the time. Whether he's sounding a John Cougar Mellencamp note on "Take Me Back," doing a rocked-up cover of "Walking After Midnight," or delivering aching power ballads like "Heaven," Adams is on top of his game and giving the people what they want. And you can't help but a get a vicarious rush from the crowd noise that greets the opening chords of "Run to You."