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Bon Jovi
     

Bon Jovi

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by Bon Jovi
 

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From the opening track, "Runaway," which rode to glory on E Street Band-mate 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

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From the opening track, "Runaway," which rode to glory on E Street Band-mate 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 clich�s 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 self-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 amibiton.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/09/1999
Label:
Mercury
UPC:
0731453808720
catalogNumber:
538087
Rank:
9158

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bon Jovi   Primary Artist
Jon Bon Jovi   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Richie Sambora   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Roy Bittan   Keyboards
David Grahamme   Vocals,Background Vocals
Frankie La Rocka   Drums
Hugh McDonald   Bass
Tim Pierce   Guitar
David Rashbaum   Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Mick Seely   Vocals,Background Vocals
Alec John Such   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Tico Torres   Drums
Huey McDonald   Bass,Bass Guitar
Mick Seeley   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jon Bon Jovi   Composer
Aldo Nova   Contributor
Richie Sambora   Composer
Larry Alexander   Engineer
Mark Avsec   Composer
Tony Bongiovi   Producer
Chuck Burgi   Contributor
Jeff Hendrickson   Engineer
Doug Katsaros   Contributor
Scott Litt   Engineer
Lance Quinn   Producer
David Rashbaum   Composer
Tony Villanueva   Composer
Judith Salavetz   Cover Design
Bill Levy   Art Direction
Spencer Drate   Artwork,Art Direction,Cover Design
Jack Ponti   Composer
Geoffrey Hargrave Thomas   Photo Tinting
Arthur Mann   Executive Producer
George Karak   Composer

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Bon Jovi 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! This album really takes me back to junior high! My friends and I all cried when we found out Jon got married! The music is all nostalgia on this one. And feel free to dance around with your broom, pretending to be a back-up singer, taking yourself back to the 80's.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The debut album from the greatest band around today! What more can we say except that it was a great start to a great career that isn't going anywhere, but straight UP! The breakthough hit Runaway offers a look at the future featuring the man who would eventually replace Alec John Such as the bass player for Bon Jovi. Ironic that Hugh would be the first to 'join' the band. This album rocks !!!