18 til I Die is the seventh studio album by the Canadian rock artist Bryan Adams. Released on June 4, 1996 through A&M Records, the album became a commercial success peaking at #1 in United Kingdom and number two in his homeland Canada. It was recorded on different locations which included Jamaica and France. The album was panned by critics, saying he was trying to be youthful while sounding more like « having a mid-life crisis ». While previous albums by Adams had all been quite consistent in terms of production and songwriting qualities, 18 til I Die was somewhat of a patchwork, making up of ballads (i.e., « I’ll Always Be Right There », « I Think About You »), blues-orientated rock tunes (i.e., « Black Pearl », « Do to You »), and soundtrack songs (« Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman? », « Star »). The album was poorly received by fans in the US and peaked at only #31 there, becoming his last platinum album. Adams launched a world tour, the « 18 til I Die » tour in May 1996 in Tallinn, Estonia. This is the first Adams album not to include a Jim Vallance song, who has occasionally been vocal on the record’s lyrical content (specifically concerning the song « (I Wanna Be) Your Underwear »).
Four singles were released from the album: « The Only Thing That Looks Good on Me Is You » (the album’s first single, released May 28), « Let’s Make a Night to Remember », « Star », and « 18 til I Die »; the album track « I’ll Always Be Right There » was also released to radio in the United States. The album was released in June. To promote the album, Adams toured around North America and Europe. Perhaps the most memorable of these concerts was playing to more than 70,000 people at Wembley Stadium in July 1996.
The record sold over 3 million copies worldwide.
|1.||« The Only Thing That Looks Good on Me Is You »||Adams, Lange||3:37|
|2.||« Do to You »||Adams, Lange||4:11|
|3.||« Let’s Make a Night to Remember »||Adams, Lange||6:19|
|4.||« 18 til I Die »||Adams, Lange||3:30|
|5.||« Star »||Adams, Lange, Kamen||3:42|
|6.||« (I Wanna Be) Your Underwear »||Adams, Lange||3:18|
|7.||« We’re Gonna Win »||Adams, Lange||2:27|
|8.||« I Think About You »||Adams, Peters||3:36|
|9.||« I’ll Always Be Right There »||Adams, Kennedy||3:17|
|10.||« It Ain’t a Party… If You Can’t Come ‘Round »||Adams, Lange||3:47|
|11.||« Black Pearl »||Adams, Lange||4:00|
|12.||« You’re Still Beautiful to Me »||Adams, Lange||5:14|
|13.||« Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman? »||Adams, Lange, Kamen||4:48|
|14.||« Hey Elvis » (Japanese bonus track)||Adams, Peters||3:22|