I more or less have these same albums on CD.
The debut album which gave us “Runaway” and “She Don’t Know Me” along with some ball squeezing falsettos from JBJ.
But my favourite songs on the album are “Shot Through The Heart” which I have written about before and “Burning For Love” which I have also written about before.
7800 Degrees Fahrenheit
It’s the temperature to melt a rock and its virtually ignored in the canon of Bon Jovi, sort of like how all of the Star Wars books pre Disney got taken out of the canon timeline.
It’s the album before “Slippery When Wet” and it’s a melodic rock gem to me.
Songs like “The Price Of Love”, “Only Lonely”, “To The Fire” and “Always Run To You” bring the melody and tracks like “In And Out Of Love”, “Tokyo Road”, “King Of The Mountain”, “Secret Dreams” and “The Hardest Part Is The Night” bring the rock. The only weak track is “Silent Night”.
And I did have this album on tape, however the tape got mangled by the cassette deck, which was a risk “tape owners” faced. I didn’t rebuy it on cassette, I just got a blank tape and dubbed it off a friend (without “Silent Night”) along with “Under Lock And Key” from Dokken.
Slippery When Wet
Coming into the album, the band was a million dollars in debt to the label (bizarre, but hey, label creative accounting is bizarre) and Jon Bon Jovi along with Richie Sambora wanted to write songs for other artists, sort of like how Bryan Adams was writing songs for other artists. But the songs Jovi and Sambora wrote with Desmond Child, ended up as keepers.
And if you want the low down, I’ve already written numerous stories about Bon Jovi during this period here.
Live On Tour
A record label “LIMITED EDITION” release (that would cost the label nothing, but they would still charge the band for it) to capitalise on the sales success of “Slippery When Wet”.
And fans purchased it, as we believed we needed it.
This one hit the streets in Australia, just before they hit our shores for their Beatles like reception with thousands of fans outside their hotel, singing their songs and going nuts.
Like “Slippery When Wet” you can get the various posts here.
Bad Medicine – 7 inch single
You take away the synth sound and add a honky tonk piano sound and the song could have come from a Rolling Stones or Bad Company album.
Jon Bon Jovi – Young Guns II Soundtrack
“You hoo, I can make you famous.”
JBJ caught everyone by surprise with this release and the immediate success which followed on the back of “Blaze Of Glory”.
But my favourite songs on this album is the blues ballad rock of “Santa Fe” and the Pink Floyd style intro of “Justice In The Barrel” before it morphs into a rock song.
Bon Jovi Tour Book for Keep The Faith
The show was excellent, a band in great form and very jam orientated. Each song had an extended outro solo or an extended interlude sing-a-long.
Plus they played “Dry County” in its entirety.
Next up is my CD collection.