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Greatest Hits [DVD] [2010]
Greatest Hits [DVD] [2010]
Dvd ~ Bon Jovi
Price: £14.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing, 25 May 2013
This review is from: Greatest Hits [DVD] [2010] (DVD)
17 videos & 17 live videos (all of which I own).

To put this into context of what a wasted opportunity here's a list of the video absent from this released:

She Don't Know Me
Only Lonely
In And Out of Love
Silent Night
Never Say Goodbye
Dyin' Ain't Much of A Livin'
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
I Believe
Dry County
Good Guys Don't Always Wear White
Please Come Home For Christmas
Someday I'll Be Saturday Night
This Ain't A Love Song
Something For The Pain
Lie To Me
These Days
Hey God
Midnight In Chelsea
Queen Of New Orleans
Janie Don't Take Your Love to Town
Real Life
Say It Isn't So
Thank You For Loving Me
One Wild Night
Wanted Dead Or Alive 2001
All About Loving You
Wanted Dead Or Alive 2003
Welcome To Whever You Are
Who Says You Can't Go Home (3versions)
You Want To Make A Memory
Lost Highway
Till We Ain't Strangers Anymore
Whole Lot Of Leavin'
Superman Tonight
When We Were Beautiful

Come on Bon Jovi - you could have released ALL the videos and Richie Samboras solo ones too.

What About Now
What About Now
Price: £15.77

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Zzzzzzzzz It's more like Jon Bon Jovi is covering rehashed Cold Play songs., 10 April 2013
This review is from: What About Now (Audio CD)
Bon Jovi first studio album since 2009's 'The Circle', 'What About Now' marks the bands third No1 studio album in a row in their native USA. However, it's dropped off the charts very quickly.

'What About Now' is the most tedious of all Bon Jovi's albums. The last really good album 2005's 'Have A Nice Day' album which had attitude. 8 year on, 'What About Now' is a tiring album by a band that sounds like they should be hanging up their instruments and going to a retirement homw. The lead-single 'Because We Can' is the only really up-tempo 'fun track'. I don't actually like it because its annoying but catchy. The second track, even though I liked it, was a rip-off of Green Days' 'Boulevard of Broken Dreams'. The only other song that really stands out is 'Amen' which is actually a very fresh song for them. It's a ballad but not like their previous power ballad. It breaks the rules and is unexpected. Unfortunately, the rest of the album, with the except of Jon Bon Jovi two solo songs (which are worthy of Bob Dylan), sound identical. Its as if Coldplay fired their lead singer and stuck Jon Bon Jovi behind the microphone. If you like Coldplay then, fair enough, I don't.

When comparing this to Richie Sambora's solo effort 'Aftermath of the Lowdown', this is a boring album. Sambora, who's writing is restricted to only 5 songs (and it shows. There's stories that Sambora, keyboardist David Bryan and drummer don't appear on all of the album and that it was a solo record. Having listen to this it doesn't sound like a Bon Jovi album at all.

The award for most awkward track goes to 'Army Of One'. Desmond Child can't rescue this pile of dung. Cheesy lyrics, cheesy chorus. Awful.

May advice is Jon and Co should start making fun records. The records they made from 1984-2002.

Slippery When Wet
Slippery When Wet

5.0 out of 5 stars The first of Bon Jovi twin hit albums., 25 Mar. 2013
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This review is from: Slippery When Wet (Audio CD)
No one could have imagined that this album would have made the impact it did when it was released in the autumn of 1986.

Slippery When Wet saw a more focused album in both the songwriting and productions. With the songwriting Jon Bon Jovi had been introduced by KISS's Paul Stanly to a struggling songwriter from Miami called Desmond Child. With Desmond, Jon and guitarist Richie Sambora began a song writing partnership that is still going strong to this day. Helming the album was Bruce Fairbairn with engineer and mixer, Bob Rock, later of Metallica.

The bands first USA number 1 hit singles 'You Give Love A Bad Name' only managed to peak at no.14 in the UK but caught the attention of rock fans over hear. Slippery When Wet, released in September 1986 (June in USA) became one of the best selling albums of the 1980s and is probably still their best effort. Unlike the previous two albums, there is no filler. From the opening track 'Let It Rock' to the end with 'Wild In The Streets' you know you are in for a good time. Also appearing are the three other UK single 'Livin' On A Prayer', 'Wanted Dead Or Alive' and 'Never Say Goodbye'.

7800 Degrees Fahrenheit
7800 Degrees Fahrenheit

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bubbling beneather the surface, 25 Mar. 2013
This review is from: 7800 Degrees Fahrenheit (Audio CD)
This is the underdog of all of Bon Jovi 30 years of releases which has been more or less disowned by Jon Bon jovi which isn't fair looking back at it.

I first heard this album 20 years ago after hearing Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, Blaze of Glory, Keep The Faith, Richie Sambora own solo ablbum and the debut album, so it was a forgone conclusion that I wouldn't like it.

However, 20 years later I have a lot of respect for their 2nd album. After many listens it one of their best. It has some tracks the sound unfinished 'In And Out Of Love', 'Price Of Love' and 'The Hardest Part Is The Night' (all three were singles), but it was some really strong songs though not to the level of their latter effort.s Only Lonely is a great track that gives the listener a hint of what Slippery wouldbe like. King of The Mountain and To The Fire are tribal in their beat whilst Tokyo Road, Always Runs To You and Secret Dreams are feel good uptempo rockers. The only ballad is 'Silent Night'

It's not Slippery When Wet but if you started with Bon Jovi: Bon Jovi its a worthy successor.

Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi
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Price: £6.25

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The big debut, 25 Mar. 2013
This review is from: Bon Jovi (Audio CD)
Bon Jovi's self titled debut, originally set to be called 'Tough Talk' was released in the USA in January 1984 ahead of the bands debut single 'Runaway'. The album is mostly filler songs which some gems in between. Stand of songs are 'Runaway' which was a Jon Bon Jovi solo song recorded prior to the band being formed, the anthemic air punching road rock song 'Roulette' and the tender 'Love Lies'. The second single, 'She Don't Know Me' (the only song on a Bon Jovi album not written by Jon Bon Jovi or any of the band) is a sugary sort of ballad, where as 'Shot Through The Heart' almost hits the spot. The remaining tracks 'Burning For Love', 'Breakout', 'Come Back' and 'Get Ready' are very weak.

A promising debut.

Red Dwarf X [DVD]
Red Dwarf X [DVD]
Dvd ~ Chris Barrie
Price: £2.59

7 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some great episodes (and some bad ones)., 9 Nov. 2012
This review is from: Red Dwarf X [DVD] (DVD)
We've been waiting for a new series of Red Dwarf since 1999. In 2009 it returned for a three part story which many fans felt didn't cut the mustard. BUT, the 'pilot' relaunched our favourite outer space sit-com.

The 10th series arrived on Dave in October 2012 and arrive like a truck filled with dynamite!

The series begins with 'Trojan' in which the crew of Red Dwarf stumble across the delict, state-of-the-art spaceship, The Trojan. Whilst on board the crew receive a distress call from someone from Rimmer's past. The episode is loaded with laughs and fells like Red Dwarf in its 1989-1993 peak. It feels fresh.

Episode 2: Fathers And Suns is another very strong, very funny episode in which Lister celebrates the birthday of his son, who is Lister. If you haven't seen series 7 then you won't get the joke. There's some brilliant scenes and memorable moment.

Episode 3: Lemons. I'm not going to tell you the plot because the channel did and spoiled it. It's not a good episode, too forces but I enjoyed it more upon a repeat viewing. It is mainly let down by some very bad acting by the guest stars.

Episode 4: Entangled. An improvement over Lemons, but I'd say it's about the quality of series II.

Episode 5: Dear Dave. In my opinion this episode is awful. It doesn't work on any level.

Episode 6: The Beginning. The Simulants return with a bang (and with comedy too). I was very happy this was the last episode because if no more Red Dwarf are made at least it goes out on a high note. I have noticed that writer Doug Naylor does his best work when given more toys to play with. Toys being able to do more than bottle shows with just the 4 cast and no locations or new sets. This episode, like Trojan and Fathers And Suns really stick out and could be part of the classic dwarf.

It has to be said that the cast: Craig Charles, Chris Barrie, Danny John-Jules and Robert Llewellyn settle back into their character as if they'd never been away. Of the four main cast members, Danny John-Jules finally has the lime-light. Since series 3 Cat has been an after though reduced to witty one liners, but John-Jules is given a lot more to do, and that's great because it just shows what this guy can do. Lister, Rimmer and Kryten have always had a lot of time to develope but the Cat (and Holly) never had much screen time. It's good to see this actor get his spotlight. A Cat episode in series 11?

Ultimately, every Dwarfer would love Ed Bye to return to the directing seat, and Rob Grant to co-write (or script edit)the next series.

One last detail. DOUG NAYLOR - will you please use 25 frames per second instead of making Red Dwarf filmic. I like to feel in which the crew. Abandon the series 7isms. Go back to Series 1-6, 8 25+ frames look.

Had the series ended on a dull note I would not be tempted to buy the forthcoming DVD set, but I may have to buy a copy of this new one.

Keep The Faith - Special Edition
Keep The Faith - Special Edition
Price: £3.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Get the original 1992 release, 21 April 2012
Bon Jovi's 5 album was huge in between its release in 1992 and through to 1994. The album is brilliant, and a more grown up sound, very different to other releases of theirs.

As for this special edition you get a couple of live bonus tracks, but no lyric book. the packaging for all the special editons is awful.

My advice: buy the Japanese 1992 edition of the album where you get 2 bonus tracks 'Save A PRayer' and 'Starting All Over Again' (Save A Prayer was available on the UK album until the 1998 remasters). They are great bonus tracks.

Bon Jovi Greatest Hits
Bon Jovi Greatest Hits
Price: £4.50

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Re-title 'Some of the Greatest Hits with a lot missing', 20 April 2012
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This review is from: Bon Jovi Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
I'm giving this 2 stars because I feel this wasn't a well thought out selection of songs and an awful lot of hits are absent which should have been included. It doesn't represent all the albums either which is odd.

Each of these tracks are great songs and I love listening to all of them. If you are new to Bon Jovi, this is a good introduction to their back catalogue of material from the early part of their career with a few of recent hits thrown in for good measure. But...if you were born in the 90s most of the hits you'll have heard on the radio or bought as singles are absent.

It's 30 years since Jon Bon Jovi (b. John Francis Bongovi, 2nd March, 1962/Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA) made his fateful recording of `Runaway' in June 1982 with a group of session musicians. A year later, Jon founded Bon Jovi after securing a recording contract with PolyGram/Mercury on the back of that song. Hiring friend David Bryan (b. David Bryan Rashbaum, 7th February, 1962/ Edison, New Jersey, USA) on keyboards, bass player Alec John Such (b. Alec John Sucz, 14th November, 1952, Yonkers, New Jersey, USA), drummer Tico Torres (b. Hector Samuel Juan Torres, 7 October, 1953/ New York City, New York) and lead guitarist Richie Sambora (b. Richard Stephen Sambora, 11th July, 1959/Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA) Bon Jovi's debut single, a re-recording of Runaway was released in early 1984 followed by the self titled debut album. In the years from their formation and the first international Best Of, the band released 5 albums, "Bon Jovi!" (1984), "7800 Degrees Fahrenheit" (1985), their breakthrough album "Slippery When Wet" (1986), "New Jersey" (1988) and "Keep The Faith" (1992) as well as solo albums from frontman Jon in the form of the soundtrack album from Young Guns II, "Blaze Of Glory" (1990) and Richie Sambora 1991 solo effort, "Stranger In This Town". During that period the band released 19 top 30 singles. Aside from 'Livin' On A Prayer', the band didn't secure any top UK top 10 hits until 1992's Keep The Faith which saw an almost unbroken string of top 20 hits for 14 years.

The gap between 1994's `Cross Road - The Best of Bon Jovi' and this compilation was 16 years at the time of its release. In between that time Bon Jovi had released nine further album releases. With 6 studio albums "These Days" (1995), "Crush" (2000), "Bounce" (2002), "Have A Nice Day" (2005), "Lost Highway" (2007) and "The Circle" (2009), 1 live compilation album "One Wild Night" (2001), 1 re-working of past hits album, "This Left Feels Right" (20030, a box set of rare songs, "100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong" (2004) and 22 top hit singles from around the world (not one of these was a hit in the USA by the way), of those singles since then 20 have been top 20 hits globally (except the USA). Most of them were in the Top 10. Of all the singles from the last 16 years only 9 appear on this collection. This really isn't a good representation of the bands career.

It's not a very well thought out compilation. `Cross Road' could have been re-issued with a whole second disc packed with many of the songs from 1995-2010. It seems like a wasted opportunity. The band's frontman has stated his dislike of compilation albums and has said in recent interviews that `Greatest Hits' was merely a contractual obligation.

To be honest it shows, as the whole set focuses on "Slippery When Wet" and "New Jersey" with the occasional song from some of the other releases. Their 2002 album `Bounce' isn't even represented despite all three singles hitting the top 20 in Europe. `Everyday' went to No1 in Canada and `Thank You For Loving Me' was No.1 in Argentina. The two discs run at about an hour each. Given that CDs can hold 80 to 90 minutes of music, I'm sure room for most songs could have been made. It would have introduced even more people to their whole catalogue.

In my opinion this looks like the songs were chosen purely for the US market and 80s nostalgia. Its insane that so many hits have been missed off. Most of the songs are already available on Cross Road, so if you already have that there's not much point in buying ths. Maybe they could have released single versions of the songs or a bonus disc of unreleased songs.

The album also contains four new songs. Three of these were recorded for 2009's `The Circle' but left off to be the new tracks on this compilation and feel out of place. To put these songs on this hits compilation is a mistake. Bon Jovi have made better B-Sides and `What Do You Got', the lead single from `Greatest Hit's sounds tired. The lyrics written by Jon and Richie over the last 10 years haven't really made any leaps and bounds and they seem to fall back on cliches that up until a few years ago would've given them a hit single. All four tracks are a tick the boxs.

Jon and Richie have stated that carefully planning of where to place songs is important when creating the track listing for a new studio album. It's a shame they didn't use the same ethos with this collection.

Bon Jovi/Jon Bon Jovi/Richie Sambora singles

'Runaway' [From 'BON JOVI] UK Didn't Chart / US #39
'She Don't Know Me' [from 'BON JOVI'] UK Didn't Chart / US #48
'Only Lonely' [from 7800 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT'] UK Didn't chart / US #54
'In And Out Of Love' [from 7800 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT'] UK Didn't Chart / US #69
'The Hardest Part Is The Night' [from 7800 DEGREES FAHRENHIET'] UK #78 / US Not Released
'You Give Love A Bad Name' [from 'SLIPPERY WHEN WET'] UK #16 / US #1
'Livin' On A Prayer' [from 'SLIPPERY WHEN WET'] UK #4 / US #1
'Wanted Dead Or Alive' [from 'SLIPPERY WHEN WET] UK #13 / US #4
'Never Say Goodbye' [from 'SLIPPERY WHEN WET] UK #21 / US Not Released
'Bad Medicine' [from 'NEW JERSEY'] UK #17 / US #1
'Born To Be My Baby' [from 'NEW JERSEY'] UK #22 / US #3
'I'll Be There For You' [from 'NEW JERSEY'] UK #17 / US #1
'Lay Your Hands On Me' [from 'NEW JERSEY'] UK #18 / US#7
'Living In Sin' [from 'NEW JERSEY'] UK #35 / US#9
'Blaze of Glory' [from 'JON BON JOVI: BLAZE OF GLORY'] UK #12 / US#1
'Miracle' [from 'JON BON JOVI: BLAZE OF GLORY'] UK #29 / US #13
'Ballad of Youth' [from 'RICHIE SAMBORA: STRANGER IN THIS TOWN'] UK#59 / US#63
'Keep The Faith' [from 'KEEP THE FAITH] UK#5 / US#29
'Bed Of Roses' [from 'KEEP THE FAITH] UK#13 / US#10
'In These Arms' [from 'KEEP THE FAITH'] US #9 / US#27
'I'll Sleep When I'm Dead [from 'KEEP THE FAITH'] UK#17 / US#97
'I Beleve' [from 'KEEP THE FAITH'] UK#11
'Dry County' [from 'KEEP THE FAITH'] UK #9 / US Not Released
'Always' [from 'CROSS ROAD - THE BEST OF BON JOVI'] UK#2 / US#4
'Please Come Home For Christmas' [1994 single] UK #7
'Someday I'll Be Saturday Night' [from 'CROSS ROAD - THE BEST OF BON JOVI] UK#7 / US Not Released
'This Ain't A Love Song' [from 'THESE DAYS'] UK#6 / US#14
'Something For The Pain' [from 'THESE DAYS'] UK#7 / US#88
'Lie To Me' [from 'THESE DAYS'] UK#9 / US#76
'These Days' [from 'THESE DAYS'] UK#7 / US Not Released
'Hey God' [from 'THESE DAYS'] UK#13 / US Not Released
'Midnight In Chelsea' [from 'JON BON JOVI: DESTINATION ANYWHERE'] UK#4 / US Not Released
'Queen of New Orleans' [from 'JON BON JOVI: DESTINATION ANYWHERE'] UK#10 / US Not Released
'Janie, Don't Take Your Love To Town' [from 'JON BON JOVI: DESTINATION ANYWHERE'] UK#13 / US Not Released
'Hard Times Come Easy' [from 'RICHIE SAMBORA: UNDISCOVERED SOUL'] UK#38
'Real Life' [1999 single from 'EDTV'] UK#21 / US Not Released
'It's My Life' [from 'CRUSH'] UK#3 / US#33
'Say It Isn't So' [from 'CRUSH] UK#10 / US Not Released
'Thank You For Loving Me' [from 'CRUSH'] UK #12 / US Not Released
'One Wild Night' [from 'ONE WILD NIGHT LIVE 1985-2001] UK#3 / US Not Released
'Everyday' [from 'BOUNCE'] UK#5 / US#118
'Misunderstood' [from 'BOUNCE'] UK#21 / US#106
'All About Loving You [from 'BOUNCE'] UK#9 / US Not Released
'Have A Nice Day' [from 'HAVE A NICE DAY] UK#6 US#53
'Welcome To Wherever You Are' [from 'HAVE A NICE DAY'] UK#19 / US Not Released
'Who Says You Can't Go Home' [from 'HAVE A NICE DAY'] UK#5 / US#23
'(You Want To) Make A Memory' [from 'LOST HIGHWAY'] UK#33 / US#27
'Lost Highway' [from 'LOST HIGHWAY'] UK Not Released / US#117
'Till We Ain't Strangers Anymore' [from 'LOST HIGHWAY'] UK Not Released / US#123
'Whole Lot Of Leavin' [from 'LOST HIGHWAY'] UK Not Released / US Not Released
'We Weren't Born To Follow' [from 'THE CIRCLE'] UK #26 / US#68
'Superman Tonight' [from 'THE CIRCLE'] UK Did Chart / US Didn't Chart
'When We Were Beautiful' [from 'THE CIRCLE'] UK Didn't Chart / US Didn't Chart
'What Do You Got? [from 'GREATEST HITS'] UK #127 / US Didn't Chart

Cross Road: The Best of Bon Jovi
Cross Road: The Best of Bon Jovi
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bon Jovi's first best Of Is The Best Best Of., 27 Nov. 2011
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It has to be said that Bon Jovi first international 'Best Of' is one hell of a great album and a great introduction to the band if you're a newbie. Contrary to popular belief this was in fact the bands second compilation, the first being 1991 'Hard & Hot' which was only released in Australia and was a collection of songs from their first three albums.

'Cross Road - The Best Of Bon Jovi' was released a matter of weeks after the released of the albums lead single, themonster ballad hit 'Always'. compilation was as big as their previous studio albums and (if memory served correctly) was one of the bestselling albums of 1994 and of all time.

01. LIVIN' ON A PRAYER / from 'Slippery When Wet' / Released: October 1986 / US No. 1 / UK, 4
As far as recognisable hits go, Livin' On A Prayer is probably the one everyone knows, but the song nearly didn't make it to the bands third album. Lead singer Jon Bon Jovi hated the song so much he insisted it not be included. The song was saved by local teenagers who used to hang out near the recording studio in Vancouver. The band invited them to come into the studio, listen to the songs they recorded and vote on which one to include and in what playing order they should appear. And thank God Jon accepted their wisdom because it became Bon Jovi's 1st huge hit outside the USA. Lyrically the songs meaning is as relevant now as it was back in mid-80s Ronald Ragan USA. The story of a couple struggling to makes ends meet. A little known fact is the story was inspired by real life when co-writer Desmond Child lived with his girlfriend, Maria Vidal, in downtown New York. Desmond was a struggling musician driving a taxi cab, and Maria was a waitress who nickname was Gina. The song is a good introduction. The bassline was devised by session bass player Hugh McDonald. Instead of re-recording it with Alec John Such playing the line, they kept the original.

02. KEEP THE FAITH / From 'Keep the Faith' / Released: October 1992 / Us No.29 / UK. 5
The lead single for the bands fifth album was their 'comeback hit'. Gone was the poodle perms, the spangly keyboards and the party rock - this was 'the Bon Jovi of the 90s as keyboardist David Bryan says on 'Keep The Faith - The Videos'. The song was a huge hit (except in the USA). The lyrics were inspired by the riots of Los Angeles at the time of writing. Again, sessionman Hugh McDonald wrote and performed the bass line in this song. Lyrically the song was inspired by the Los Angeles riots of 1992.

03. SOMEDAY I'LL BE SATURDAY NIGHT / From 'Cross Road' / Released: February 1995 / US Not Released / UK. 7
Someday I'll Be Saturday Night was the final single released from Cross Road. This is the band talking about the darker side of life. The musical style was inspired by Soul Asylum's hit 'Runaway Train'. Bass parts played by Hugh McDonald.

04. ALWAYS / From 'Cross Road' / Released: September 1994 / US No. 2 / UK. No.4
ALWAYS is Bon Jovi's biggest selling single to date and had been written for a Gary Oldman movie called 'Romeo's Bleeding'. Upon viewing the film, Jon Bon Jovi pulled it from the soundtrack. Slightly re-worked it appeared on Cross Road in 1994. The video features Carla Guingino, Jake Noseworthy, Keri Russle and Jason Wiles now all successful actors in Hollywood. Bass parts played by Hugh McDonald.

05. WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE / From 'Slippery When Wet/ Released: March 1987 / US. No 4 / UK. 13
This was the first of Jon cowboy fantasies. Lyrically it's about the weary side of touring (on a steel horse I ride) - represents the tour bus. The band had toured non stop from its inception of 1983. This is the first track on the album where bass player Alec John Such actually plays on a song.

06. LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME / From 'New Jersey' / Released: August 1989 / US. No. 7 / UK. 18
This song is best heard live. Trust me... I've heard it live in 1995. Until then I'd hadn't liked it. Not one of my favourites but it has a very memorable intro (even turned up in an episode of Baywatch). Emphasis is put on African drums in the intro. Lyrically it's about the band trying to keep in contact with their audience. Bass: Alec John Such

07. YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME / From 'Slippery When Wet' / Released: August 1986 / US. No. 1 / UK. 13
This was the world introduction to Bon Jovi. YGLABN was a huge hit around the world and helped the bands' album Slippery When Wet get to the number 1 spot. Bon Jovi has had many hits since and you could argue they are clones of this one. Written by Jon, Richie and 'six' Bon Jovi member Desmond Child, the song was written in 15 minutes in Richie's Sambora parents basement with a tumble dryer going on a full spin. Lyrically it's believed the song hints at Jon Bon Jovi's break-up with actress Diane Lane. Bass: Alec John Such

08. BED OF ROSES / From 'Keep The Faith / Released: January 1993 / US. 10 / UK. 13
The second single from their fifth album. Bed Of Roses was written as a 'love letter' to his wife. The blonde that gives him nightmares is a reference to alcohol. Bass: Alec John Such

09. BLAZE OF GLORY / From 'Blaze Of Glory' / Released: July 1990 / US. 1 / UK. 13
The first of four singles released from Jon Bon Jovi's solo debut written for the soundtrack to the 1990 western 'Young Guns II: Blaze Of Glory'. The producers of the film had wanted to use 'Wanted Dead or Alive'. Jon didn't feel the lyrics were right. Whilst having dinner with Emilio Estevez Jon wrote the lyrics on a napkin. The song was a huge summer hit and threw the future of Bon Jovi as a band into doubt.

10. IN THESE ARMS / From 'Keep The Faith' / Released: March 1993 / US No. 27 / UK. 9
The third hit from Keep The Faith was co-written by keyboardist David Bryan was In These Arms Tonight. The track does not appear on the USA or Japanese edition of Cross Road. In 1996 Bryan recorded a vocals and piano only version of the song for his debut solo album 'On A Full Moon'. The song is still played live in Europe. For the USA edition of Cross Road, the re-working of Livin' On A Prayer titled 'Prayer 94' appears in its place. In Japan Tokyo Road appears. Lyrically the song is about love and devotion but it not a ballad. Bass: Hugh McDonald

11. BAD MEDICINE / From 'New Jersey' / Released: September 1988 / US No. 1 / UK. 17
Bad Medicine is probably one of those songs that many casual UK fans will be unfamiliar with. The lead single from their 1988 album 'New Jersey', Bad Medicine is a party rock song.

12. I'LL BE THERE FOR YOU / From 'New Jersey' / Released: April 1989 / US, No. 1 / UK: 18
The third single from New Jersey is simply a love song about regret. It became the bands last Number 1 chart hit to date.

13. IN AND OUT OF LOVE / From '7800 Degrees Fahrenheit' / Released: May 1985 / US No. 69 / UK Didn't chart
I've never been sure as to why this song was included on Cross Road when 7800 Degrees Fahrenheit' first single 'Only Lonely' charted higher. Drummer Tico Torres co-directed the video after its director was arrested. The melody in influenced by the KISS hit, 'Heavens On Fire'.

14. RUNAWAY / From 'Bon Jovi' / Released: February 1984 / US. 39
Bon Jovi's debut single and first bonfide top 40 USA hit. Ironically, only Jon appears on the track, so technically this is a solo song. Bass, guitar, keyboards and drums were handled by session musicians, Hugh McDonald (who later became the bands bass player in 1995 and replaced Such), Tim Pierce, Roy Bittan, Frankie La Rocka, David Grahamme and Mick Seeley. At the point of recording Bon Jovi wasn't even formed. Jon Bon Jovi sent the demo to a local radio station after failing to capture the attention of record companies. The stations DJ, Chip Hobart eventually played the song which received lots of requests. The song was originally included on a compilation record of local New York artists but unlike the other acts Jon didn't have a proper band. The record company, Mercury Records signed Jon but he had to recruit a backing people for the songs promotional shows. He recruited friend David Bryan (keyboards) who in turned recruited drummer Tico Torres and bass player Alec John Such. Such and Torres invited their friend Richie Sambora to see the band with him in mind as the lead guitarist. After seeing the show Sambora asked to audition. He did and the original guitarist, Dave Sabo was replaced. Jon and Richie later helped Sabo's own band, Skid Row secure a record deal. The song was co-written by Jon Bon Jovi and George Karakaglou, the bass player in one of Jon's previous bands.

15. NEVER SAY GOODBYE / From 'Slippery When Wet' / Released: August 1986/ UK. 21
The only ballad to emerge from Slippery, Never Say Goodbye makes a fitting conclusion to the collection. The song was not released in America or Japan and thus doesn't appear on the USA or Japanese editions of the Cross Road album. The song is simply a reflection on memories of the High School ball. Of all the songs that dates the album Never Say Goodbye does this purely because this is a song written by two very young guys with a naive look on the world. It's a far cry from the pretentious songs Bongiovi/Sambora would write about poor people.

This is an excellent compilation but has one thing that niggles me. Richie Sambora' excellent solo album is not represented. I find that strange, however, Jon Bon Jovi did state at the time that Sambora did not want his songs on the album. It's a shame because the album would've benefitted from his 1991 UK single 'Ballad of Youth' and would have exposed people to his solo material. Some hits have been oddly left off, Born To Be My Baby, Living In Sin, I Believe (UK No.11) , I'll Sleep When I'm Dead and Dry County (UK No. 9) do not appear, but that could be forgiven as there is only so much room on one disc. Also missing is the brilliant `Good Guys Don't Always Wear White' which appears on the 1994 soundtrack album `The Cowboy Way'. Apparently it had been considered for inclusion on the album. Its criminal that is wasn't as it would have been big hit.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, 26 Nov. 2011
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I watched in on TV. Got bored after an hour. Incredibly tedious. Bad acting all around. Switched it off.

And this became a series of films? Why? This is Acorn Antiques for the cinema.
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