You Want It You Got It

You Want It You Got It is Bryan Adams's second solo album, and was released in 1981 (see 1981 in music). This was the album that formed the sound that Adams has retained throughout his recording career. Unlike the debut album where Adams and Vallance played most of the instruments themselves, You Want It You Got It was recorded live in the studio and was completely finished and mixed in two weeks in the spring of 1981 in NYC. The album was originally to be called "Bryan Adams Hasn't Heard Of You Either" but Adams's sense of humour didn't make it past the gate keepers at the record company, who opted for the safer title.


The first single "Lonely Nights" broke out of the Northeast of America long before it broke anywhere else, partially due to a couple of late night Dj's working in Rochester, Albany and Syracuse. Within a few months the album had been picked up across the country and Adams was soon on tour doing clubs and noon hour concerts for radio stations, as well as support to number of acts like The Kinks and Foreigner. Two further singles 'Coming Home' and 'Fits Ya Good' were very well received, the latter becoming Adams' debut Top 40 hit in Canada.

It was the shape of things to come, for as momentum increased, so did the touring. Although the album did very little sales wise, it firmly set the groundwork for the forthcoming album Cuts Like a Knife.

In later years, many of the songs were recorded by other artists. Some examples are "Lonely Nights" by Uriah Heep, "Jealousy" by Prism, "Tonight" by Randy Meisner and "Fits Ya Good" by Tove Naess to name a few.

It was after listening to this album that Dave Taylor decided to become Bryan Adams' bass player.

Track listing

  1. "Lonely Nights" (Adams/Vallance) – 3:46
  2. "One Good Reason" (Adams/Vallance) – 4:22
  3. "Don't Look Now" (Adams/Vallance) – 3:06
  4. "Coming Home" (Adams/Vallance) – 3:34
  5. "Fits Ya Good" (Adams/Vallance) – 4:35
  6. "Jealousy" (Adams/Mitchell) – 3:49
  7. "Tonight" (Adams/Vallance) – 4:58
  8. "You Want It, You Got It" (Adams/Vallance) – 3:49
  9. "Last Chance" (Adams/Vallance) – 3:17
  10. "No One Makes It Right" (Adams) – 3:17


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