So Far So Good (Bryan Adams album)

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So Far So Good
Greatest hits album by Bryan Adams
Released November 2, 1993
Recorded 1982–1993
Genre Rock
Length 62:28
Label A&M
Producer Bryan Adams, Bob Clearmountain
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
Source Rating
Entertainment Weekly B[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[2]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars (excellent)[3]

So Far So Good is a greatest hits 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 number one hit in UK and many other countries.

The album contains songs from 1983's Cuts Like a Knife to 1991's Waking Up the Neighbours, 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 1984's Reckless, 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 1987's "Hearts on Fire" and "Victim of Love", 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.[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Original album Length
1. "Summer of '69"   Bryan Adams, Jim Vallance Reckless (1984) 3:35
2. "Straight from the Heart"   Adams, Eric Kagna Cuts Like a Knife (1983) 3:30
3. "It's Only Love"   Adams, Vallance Reckless (1984) 3:15
4. "Can't Stop This Thing We Started"   Adams, Robert John "Mutt" Lange Waking Up the Neighbours (1991) 4:29
5. "Do I Have to Say the Words?"   Adams, Vallance, Lange  Waking Up the Neighbours (1991) 6:11
6. "This Time"   Adams, Vallance Cuts Like a Knife (1983) 3:18
7. "Run to You"   Adams, Vallance Reckless (1984) 3:54
8. "Heaven"   Adams, Vallance Reckless (1984) 4:03
9. "Cuts Like a Knife"   Adams, Vallance Cuts Like a Knife (1983) 5:12
10. "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You"   Adams, Lange, Michael Kamen Waking Up the Neighbours (1991) 6:34
11. "Somebody"   Adams, Vallance Reckless (1984) 4:44
12. "Kids Wanna Rock"   Adams, Vallance Reckless (1984) 2:36
13. "Heat of the Night"   Adams, Vallance Into the Fire (1987) 5:06
14. "Please Forgive Me"   Adams, Lange Previously unreleased 5:55

Chart positions[edit]

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

Year-end Charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[19] 2
Canadian Albums Chart[20] 15
German Albums Chart[21] 2
Swiss Albums Chart[22] 2
US Billboard 200[23] 17
Chart (1995) Peak
position
Belgian (Flanders) Albums Chart[24] 50

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Austria (IFPI Austria)[25] 2× Platinum 100,000x
Belgium (BEA)[26] 3× Platinum 150,000*
Brazil (ABPD)[27] Gold 100,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[28] 6× Platinum 600,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[29] Platinum 77,318[29]
France (SNEP)[30] Platinum 300,000*
Germany (BVMI)[31] 2× Platinum 1,000,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[32] 3× Platinum 150,000*
Sweden (GLF)[33] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[34] 4× Platinum 200,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[35] 3× Platinum 900,000^
United States (RIAA)[36] 5× Platinum 5,000,000^

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  2. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 6. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  3. ^ Sputnikmusic review
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  15. ^ "Archivum: Top 40 Album". MAHASZ (in Hungarian). Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  16. ^ "1994 The Number One Albums | Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 6, 2013. 
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  19. ^ "ARIA Charts – End of Year Charts – Top 50 Albums 1994". ARIA. Retrieved April 6, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Top 100 Albums of 1994". RPM 60 (21). December 12, 1994. ISSN 0033-7064. Retrieved April 6, 2013. 
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  28. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Bryan Adams – So Far, So Good". Music Canada. Retrieved April 6, 2013. 
  29. ^ a b The first web page presents the sales figures, the second presents the certification limits:
  30. ^ "French album certifications – Bryan Adams – So Far So Good" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved April 6, 2013. 
  31. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Bryan Adams; 'So Far So Good')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved April 6, 2013. 
  32. ^ "IFPI Norsk Platebransje". IFPI Norway (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on July 25, 2012. Retrieved April 6, 2013. 
  33. ^ "Guld & Platinum 1987–1998" (PDF). IFPI Sweden (in Swedish). p. 13. Archived from the original on May 19, 2012. Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  34. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Bryan Adams; 'So Far So Good')". Hung Medien. Retrieved April 6, 2013. 
  35. ^ "British album certifications – Bryan Adams – So Far So Good". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved April 6, 2013.  Enter So Far So Good in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  36. ^ "American album certifications – Bryan Adams – So Far So Good". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved April 6, 2013.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
Preceded by
Everything Changes by Take That
UK number one album
January 15, 1994 – January 21, 1994
Succeeded by
One Woman: The Ultimate Collection by Diana Ross
Preceded by
Then Again... by John Farnham
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
November 21 - December 4, 1993
December 12, 1993 - March 5, 1994
Succeeded by
"The Spaghetti Incident?"
by Guns N' Roses