A friend had asked me to recommend some Jacky albums (Cantonese), so I put together the below list. Figured I would post the list here as well (partly because there is some commentary that I wrote about the album and so why waste it?).
One thing that I have to make clear though is that the below is just a few of Jacky's most famous albums, but is by no names all of them. I love all of Jacky's albums and there are many great songs in every single one of his albums -- however with 96 albums and 1500+ songs, it's way too many to list (it was actually kind of difficult for me to even come up with this list because there are too many of his songs that I like and the list only scratches the surface -- plus it leaves alot of his albums out).
Ok, enough said...here's the list....
Cantonese Album recommendations
>> 愛你多一些精選 (Love You More Collection– Greatest Hits) / Release date: 1991
08. 再度重遇你 (可喜也可悲)
** Note: All the songs on this album are fantastic! These are all of his most popular songs from the late 80s / early 90s. Track 2 is of course the song that launched him into stardom – “Loving You More Each Day”. But the reason why I like this album is because every single song is good – for diehard Jacky fans, this is THE ALBUM to buy: it’s well worth the money!
>> 真情流露 (True Love Expression) / Release Date: 1992
04. Honey B
10. 相思風雨中 (張學友、湯寶如)
** Note: All the songs on this album are classics as well. Track #10 is one of his famous duets with Karen Tong (one of my personal favorites, though it’s hard to choose because he had so many great duets). Tracks 1 & 12 you may recognize if you are into American music – it’s a remake of BoyzIIMen song “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” (hearing Jacky sing the Chinese version acapella is excellent!)
>> 愛・火・花 (Love Sparks) / Release Date: 1992
09. 長流不息 (張學友、黎瑞恩合唱)
** Note: Another one of his classic albums. I especially recommend Tracks 1, 2, 5, 7, 9…..though all the tracks are quite good.
>> 愛與交響曲 (Love & Symphony) / Release Date: 1996
06. 妳的名字 我的姓氏
07. 莫等待 / 相識非偶然 / 大丈夫
** Note: This is one of Jacky’s more obscure albums that not everyone knows about necessarily. But there are some great songs in it that are also classics and worth recommending. For this album, Jacky collaborated with the HK Philharmonic Orchestra, so the music sounds really nice. My recommendation is definitely Track 6 – Your Name, My Surname….this is an award-winning song that is absolutely beautiful (especially the lyrics). This song has even great meaning because it was a “hit” in 1996, which was the year that he married his long-time girlfriend May Lo – so it was sort of a dedication to his wife as well as symbolic of their marriage. It’s one of my all-time favorites of his!
>> 不老的傅説 (The Undying Legend) / Release Date: 1997
** Note: Another great album! The significance of this album is that it was released the same year he did his record-breaking / award-winning musical stageshow, Snow Wolf Lake. Many of the songs were actually used in the musical, though he also released a special Snow Wolf Lake album that same year as well. All the songs on here are beautiful, but I especially like Track 2 “Love Is Eternal” (which is another one of his greatest hits, by the way).
>> Life is Like a Dream / Release Date: 2004
04. Life is like a dream
** Note: All true Jacky fans have to own this album because it’s Jacky’s most personal album to date. Jacky wrote every single song on this album and also each song has special meaning, as it touches every aspect of his life. Tracks 2 and 3 are sort of representative of his “young and wild” days back in the early/mid 80s as well as the lowest point in his life that occurred in the late 80s when his career was almost shattered and how he turned his life around. Track 7 (For Friends) is dedicated to his close friends who died the previous year (his sister-in-law Anita Mui, his good friend Leslie Cheung, and a few others). Track 9 (Tell You) was written for his wife May – the lyrics to this song are absolutely beautiful and touching. Track 10 (Cuddling Yiu) was written for his eldest daughter (the name of the song is his daughter’s Chinese name) – it’s a cute lullaby song.