It is over fifteen years ago since Bon Jovi released their first hits collections with 'Cross Road'. Since then, the band has had countless more hit singles, and this two disc set is a welcome, long overdue release.
Fans can now have a chunk of their most famous and successful recordings all in one place, which was always going to make for a five star release. The bonus of having four brand new tracks makes this also of interest to long term fans. 'What You Got?' is a typical Bon Jovi ballad, and the best of the new, 'No Apologies' is also excellent and inspiring, 'This Is Love, This Is Life' and 'The More Things Change' are (the latter in particular) weaker than the other two tracks, but are still worth a listen.
I know that Bon Jovi do not like their first two albums, but they are excellent, and many fans agree. It's a shame that they have only included one track from each, but they are perhaps best to listen in their entirety anyway. The albums 'Slippery When Wet', 'New Jersey' and 'Keep The Faith' are rightly well represented, as is their material from the year 2000 onward (although it would have been nice to have 'Everyday', 'Undivided' and 'Welcome To Wherever You Are' included, but you could never have everything I know). 'Blaze Of Glory' is also here, a good song, but as it was part of Jon Bon Jovi's solo work, if omitted, could have made room for one of the aforementioned tracks.
However, this two disc set is a great compilation despite it's faults, and serves as a fairly comprehensive, reasonably priced introductions to casual and new fans, as well as reminding us life long fans of the history of the band, and how brilliant their music is, and always has been.