Bon Jovi

Performers Bon Jovi

Mercury | May 11, 2010 | Compact Disc

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From the opening track, "Runaway," which rode to glory on E Street bandmate Roy Bittan's distinctive keyboard riff, to the sweaty arena rock of "Get Ready," which closed the album, Bon Jovi's debut is an often-overlooked minor gem from the early days of hair metal. The songs may be simple and the writing prone to all clichés of the form, but the album boasts a pretty consistent hard rock attack, passionate playing, and a keen sense of melody. The prominence that keyboardist David Bryan (credited as David Rashbaum in the liner notes) gets on this record is an indicator, perhaps, that Bon Jovi had more than a passing interest in the pop market, which was then dominated by new wave and synth pop. Mixing Journey-like '70s rock ("She Don't Know Me") with shout-along stadium anthems ("Love Lies"), the eponymously titled Bon Jovi lay the foundation for the band's career, which reached its apex several years later with that very same combination of pop melody and arena-sized ambition. [This 2010 reissue features four live previously unreleased bonus tracks.] ~ Leslie Mathew

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: May 11, 2010

Genre: Hard Rock

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Label Name: Mercury

UPC: 602527361666

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Bon Jovi

Performers Bon Jovi

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: May 11, 2010

Genre: Hard Rock

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Label Name: Mercury

UPC: 602527361666


Title Track Time
1.Runaway --
2.Roulette --
3.She Don't Know Me --
4.Shot Through the Heart --
5.Love Lies --
6.Breakout --
7.Burning for Love --
8.Come Back --
9.Get Ready --
10.Runaway - (previously unreleased, live) --
11.Roulette - (previously unreleased, live) --
12.Breakout - (previously unreleased, live) --
13.Get Ready - (previously unreleased, live) --

Editorial Notes

From the opening track, "Runaway," which rode to glory on E Street bandmate Roy Bittan's distinctive keyboard riff, to the sweaty arena rock of "Get Ready," which closed the album, Bon Jovi's debut is an often-overlooked minor gem from the early days of hair metal. The songs may be simple and the writing prone to all clichés of the form, but the album boasts a pretty consistent hard rock attack, passionate playing, and a keen sense of melody. The prominence that keyboardist David Bryan (credited as David Rashbaum in the liner notes) gets on this record is an indicator, perhaps, that Bon Jovi had more than a passing interest in the pop market, which was then dominated by new wave and synth pop. Mixing Journey-like '70s rock ("She Don't Know Me") with shout-along stadium anthems ("Love Lies"), the eponymously titled Bon Jovi lay the foundation for the band's career, which reached its apex several years later with that very same combination of pop melody and arena-sized ambition. [This 2010 reissue features four live previously unreleased bonus tracks.] ~ Leslie Mathew
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