Into the Fire is the fifth studio album by the Canadian rock artist Bryan Adams. Released on March 30, 1987 through A&M Records, the album was a commercial success, albeit somewhat of a disappointment following the huge success of 1984's Reckless. Into the Fire sold over 2 million units worldwide, peaking at number 7 on the US Billboard 200 chart and reaching high positions in charts worldwide. The album was recorded at Adams' home in Vancouver, Canada.Six singles were released from the album: "Heat of the Night", "Hearts on Fire", "Victim of Love", "Only the Strong Survive", "Into the Fire" and "Another Day".The cover photographs were taken by Dutch photographer Anton Corbijn at an unknown location.
The recording for Into the Fire started on August 16, 1986 and finished on October 24. It was recorded at a studio set up in Adams' house. Adams and his backing band, which consisted of Keith Scott, Mickey Curry, Dave Taylor and Tommy Mandel, used the dining room, bathroom and bedroom to isolate the different instruments. The studio was named Cliffhanger since Adams' house was close to the sea. "Heat of the Night" was recorded September 12, 1986. "Hearts on Fire" was originally written for Reckless in 1984 but was recorded on September 1, 1986. "Hearts on Fire" was mixed in London, England on January 11.
By the time Into the Fire was completed, there were only two songs Vallance and Adams were satisfied with: the dark and depressing "Victim of Love", and the upbeat "Hearts on Fire", which was written during the Reckless recording sessions, two years earlier. A significant influence to the album was Adams' involvement with The Police, Peter Gabriel and U2 on the six-city "Amnesty International Conspiracy of Hope" tour in 1986. After the Amnesty tour Adams wanted to be taken more seriously as a songwriter and recording artist. Adams believed a change in musical and lyrical direction was the way to achieve that goal.
Native Son was inspired by Chief Joseph, chief of the Naz Pierce Tribe from the 1800s. Bryan says in the, "Into the Fire" songbook that the album's title refers to a guy at a crossroads. The man doesn't know what to do with his life. Bryan says this is how he felt when he started recording the album.
As Adams said to Rolling Stone Magazine "We wanted to make a record with more lyrical depth".
Where Adams had previously used guitars, they would instead employ the latest in "sampling".
The song "Into the Fire" was recorded in 1986 at "Cliffhanger", Adams' home studio in West Vancouver. At the recording session Adams and Bob Clearmountain had problems with the guitar sound. On the demo for "Into the Fire" Adams and Vallance used a Rockman pocket amplifier.