So Far So Good (Bryan Adams album)

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So Far So Good
Bryan Adams So Far So Good.jpg
Greatest hits album by
ReleasedNovember 2, 1993
Recorded1982–1993
GenreRock, hard rock, soft rock
Length62:28
LabelA&M
ProducerBryan Adams, Bob Clearmountain, Robert John "Mutt" Lange
Bryan Adams chronology
Waking Up the Neighbours
(1991)
So Far So Good
(1993)
Live! Live! Live!
(1994)
Singles from So Far So Good
  1. "Please Forgive Me"
    Released: November 2, 1993
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [1]
Entertainment WeeklyB[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[3]
Sputnikmusic4/5 stars (excellent)[4]

So Far So Good is a compilation album by Canadian rock musician Bryan Adams, released by A&M Records in November 1993. The album reached number six on the Billboard 200 in 1994 and was a number one hit in the United Kingdom and many other countries.

The album contains songs from Cuts Like a Knife (1983) to Waking Up the Neighbours (1991), and a new single, "Please Forgive Me". Originally, the song "So Far So Good" was going to be included on the album so the album started and finished with a new song but it was dropped. The song was included on disc two of Anthology.

The only song on the album that has never been released as a single is "Kids Wanna Rock" from Reckless (1984), which replaced "One Night Love Affair", taken from the same album. Although the latter had been released as a single in 1985, charting in Canada and Japan, 'Kids Wanna Rock" proved to be a popular live staple during Adams' world tours. In fact, various live recordings of "Kids Wanna Rock" were issued as B-sides between 1984 and 1992. Other notable singles that were left off include "Hearts on Fire" and "Victim of Love" from 1987, the moderately successful "Thought I'd Died and Gone to Heaven" from 1991, and the 1992 US single "Touch the Hand". Early versions of the album had a circular black sticker on the jewelcase, covering the wheel, featuring the text "The Best of Bryan Adams" in red letters. Also, the album cover was available in different colour schemes, varying from dark green, to light brown and bright orange. The album has been repackaged several times; some versions included the singles "All for Love" from 1994 or "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?" from 1995.

Despite releasing two other compilation albums in the past decade, So Far So Good is his best selling record in many countries, and continues to sell well. Sales exceed 13 million copies worldwide.[5]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Original albumLength
1."Summer of '69"Bryan Adams, Jim VallanceReckless (1984)3:35
2."Straight from the Heart"Adams, Eric KagnaCuts Like a Knife (1983)3:30
3."It's Only Love"Adams, VallanceReckless3:15
4."Can't Stop This Thing We Started"Adams, Robert John "Mutt" LangeWaking Up the Neighbours (1991)4:29
5."Do I Have to Say the Words?"Adams, Lange, Vallance Waking Up the Neighbours6:11
6."This Time"Adams, VallanceCuts Like a Knife3:18
7."Run to You"Adams, VallanceReckless3:54
8."Heaven"Adams, VallanceReckless4:03
9."Cuts Like a Knife"Adams, VallanceCuts Like a Knife5:12
10."(Everything I Do) I Do It for You"Adams, Lange, Michael KamenWaking Up the Neighbours6:34
11."Somebody"Adams, VallanceReckless4:44
12."Kids Wanna Rock"Adams, VallanceReckless2:36
13."Heat of the Night"Adams, VallanceInto the Fire (1987)5:06
14."Please Forgive Me"Adams, LangePreviously unreleased5:55

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[6] 1
Canadian Albums Chart[7] 1
French Albums Chart[8] 5
Dutch Albums Chart[9] 1
New Zealand Albums Chart[10] 1
Norwegian Albums Chart[11] 1
Swedish Albums Chart[12] 1
Swiss Albums Chart[13] 1
Chart (1994) Peak
position
Austrian Albums Chart[14] 1
German Albums Chart[15] 1
Hungarian Albums Chart[16] 9
UK Albums Chart[17] 1
US Billboard 200[18] 6
Chart (1996) Peak
position
Belgium (Flanders) Albums Chart[19] 13

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[20] 2
Canadian Albums Chart[21] 15
German Albums Chart[22] 2
Swiss Albums Chart[23] 2
US Billboard 200[24] 17
Chart (1995) Peak
position
Belgian (Flanders) Albums Chart[25] 50

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[26] 11× Platinum 770,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[27] 2× Platinum 100,000*
Belgium (BEA)[28] 4× Platinum 200,000*
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[29] Gold 100,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[30] 6× Platinum 600,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[31] Platinum 77,318[31]
France (SNEP)[32] Platinum 300,000*
Germany (BVMI)[33] 2× Platinum 1,000,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[34] 3× Platinum 150,000*
Sweden (GLF)[35] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[36] 4× Platinum 200,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[37] 3× Platinum 900,000^
United States (RIAA)[38] 5× Platinum 5,000,000^
Summaries
Southeast Asia 1,700,000[39]

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

So Far So Good (And More)[edit]

A VHS video called So Far So Good (And More) was also released in 1994 and contains eighteen videos including some musical videos of songs that were not included in the CD album.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Can't Stop This Thing We Started"
  2. "Cuts Like a Knife"
  3. "Please Forgive Me"
  4. "It's Only Love"
  5. "Into the Fire"
  6. "Heat of the Night"
  7. "Heaven"
  8. "Somebody"
  9. "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You"
  10. "Diana"
  11. "When the Night Comes"
  12. "I Fought the Law"
  13. "Straight from the Heart"
  14. "Run to You"
  15. "C'mon Everybody"
  16. "Summer of '69"
  17. "Do I Have to Say the Words?"
  18. "All for Love"

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  4. ^ Sputnikmusic review
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