Bryan Adams Goes Back to Basics with Covers Album: See Him Perform 'Many Rivers to Cross'

by Sophie Schillaci 10:40 AM PDT, September 30, 2014

Bryan Adams is getting back to his roots.

For his first studio album since 2008's Eleven, the Grammy winner is releasing Tracks of My Years on September 30. The album does feature one original song ("She Knows Me," co-written by Adams and longtime collaborator Jim Vallance), but it's otherwise completely composed of time-honored classics from the '50s, '60s and '70s. Among the tracks featured on the album's deluxe version is a cover of Jimmy Cliff's 1969 song "Many Rivers to Cross."

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See Adams perform the track in ETonline's exclusive video below.

"Making the selection of the songs for the album took a long time" said Adams. "We recorded all kinds of songs until the songs sort of presented themselves, or sounded different enough from the originals. We did about three months of recording, spread out over the course of two years.

"Radio was king when I was a teenager," Adams continued. "You'd hear McCartney's 'Admiral Halsey' straight into 'Kiss and Say Goodbye' by the Manhattans. Radio didn't discriminate back then."

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Other covers featured on the album include Chuck Berry's "Rock & Roll Music," Ray Charles' "I Can't Stop Loving You" and the Beatles' "Any Time At All."

Though Eleven marks Adams' last studio release, the singer-songwriter unveiled an acoustic album titled Bare Bones in 2010. Adams has also kept busy as a professional photographer. In fact, the photo above is a self-portrait.

What do you think of Adams' version of "Many Rivers to Cross"? Hit the comments with your reviews.

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