100,000,000 Bon Jovi fans can’t be wrong

By John Del Sordo
December 10, 2004

Cecelia Francisco

Some people love them, some people love to hate them, but there is certainly no denying veteran recording artists Bon Jovi’s accomplishments. Bon Jovi started out as a small band from New Jersey that got their first break when their song, “Runaway,” originally from their demo, started getting some airplay in 1984.

As the band’s career began to take form, so did their sound. Although receiving respectable success on their first two albums, Bon Jovi was ready to move to the next level and start producing more songs that would attract a larger audience. From that moment on, Bon Jovi’s sound took on a poppier, less aggressive sound, but the music still managed to speak for working class, every day people.

Now, 20 years later, the band finds itself at the top of the music industry, celebrating their 20 year anniversary as a band and their 100 millionth album sold by releasing a new, four CD, box set entitled 100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can’t Be Wrong… The title suits this box set well because it manages to prove its title true using mostly formerly unreleased material.

Many of the songs on this album were actually taken straight from the Bon Jovi vault that actually exists under the band’s recording studio. These songs are previously unreleased, B-sides, import “extras”, a few soundtrack songs and a DVD that includes an interview with the band. The box set also comes with an exclusive booklet filled with quotes from fans, information about Bon Jovi and pictures of the band.

This box set is quite a treat to both moderate and die-hard fans of Bon Jovi because it is like purchasing four new Bon Jovi albums for the price of two. Disc one starts out with the hard-rock ditty about a heart stealing girlfriend entitled, “Why Aren’t You Dead?” Some other tracks that scream out Bon Jovi’s classic sound are “Someday I’ll Be Saturday Night” taken from their 1984 demo, and the slower, more passionate, “Last Man Standing.”

The second disk of the set opens with an up-beat song describing the band’s early days entitled, “Garage Band.”

Some other tracks that make one wonder how these songs became unreleased in the first place are “Outlaw Love,” “Ordinary People” and the more bluesy “Flesh and Bone.”

Disc four closes with an appropriate track entitled, “Nobody’s Hero” where Bon Jovi proclaim that although they are nobody’s hero, when you need a friend, they will always be there for you.

100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can’t Be Wrong… is not your typical box set full of repackaged songs off previous albums with a few rarities and remixes thrown in. 100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can’t Be Wrong… is not an elaborate greatest hits collection. This box set is truly a premiere collection; it’s the premiere of the greatest hits many listeners, even fans, have never heard.

If you’re already a fan of Bon Jovi this box-set will help you rediscover why, and if you’re not, this multi-disc masterpiece may just sway you into being one of the 100,000,000 who are already familiar with the unique and classic sound that is Bon Jovi.

Posted to the web by Cecelia Francisco

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