Bon Jovi – Greatest Hits (2011)

Posted: March 1, 2011 in Music

Back in the day when metal was a tough-guy sport, a long haired prince came on to the scene wearing his brown (brown?) leather jacket and a smile as wide as the Jersey shoreline. Little did we know then that this Jon Bon Jovi character was going to be the last man standing 30 years later.

In the beginning, hard rock was serious business. Bands like Queensryche and Iron Maiden were at the peak of their careers. Then along came Bon Jovi. Suddenly hard rock didn’t have the anger and deep undertones anymore. What was once a scene of darkness and spiked leather became an age of jeans, good hair, and – believe it or not – smiles. Armed with boyish good looks and the charm that would melt your mothers heart, Jon and bandmates Richie Sambora, David Bryan and Tico Torres exploded on the scene with their self-titled album Bon Jovi in 1984. What followed was a string of 14 chart-busting albums, culminating with the current Greatest Hits release from November of last year.

During those 27 years, the band has continued to pack arenas to the teeth with fans – both young and old – by delivering song after song of feel-good rock and roll that few, if any, bands can replicate.

As a rock star, Jon Bon Jovi has always appealed to the masses with his enigmatic personality and by pouring his heart and soul into every song and performance he touches. But music is far from this dog’s only trick. When not writing, recording and performing music, the artist has been known for his political speaking, has played parts in movies (with many of the roles garnering critical acclaim), and was once owner of the Philadelphia Soul Arena Football Team.

It is hard to determine when exactly the flame will burn out on Bon Jovi. Their popularity seems to be at an all-time high, with last year’s tour being one of the top-grossing concert events of 2010. New material has not yet been written, but it would be safe to say that there will be more albums, more tours, and more flying bras headed Jon Bon Jovi’s way. Bad Medicine, indeed…

Bon Jovi Greatest Hits: The Ultimate Collection is a 28-song, 2-disc edition made up of a greatest hits CD and a second disc featuring beloved fan favorites, including “Bed of Roses,” “Blood on Blood,” “These Days,” and “Keep the Faith.” Four new songs were written specifically for inclusion in this project: “The More Things Change,” “No Apologies,” “This is Love, This is Life,” and the single “What Do You Got?”

Disc 1
1 Livin’ On a Prayer
2 You Give Love a Bad Name
3 It’s My Life
4 Have a Nice Day
5 Wanted Dead or Alive
6 Bad Medicine
7 We Weren’t Born To Follow
8 I’ll Be There For You
9 Born To Be My Baby
10 Blaze of Glory
11 Who Says You Can’t Go Home
12 Lay Your Hands On Me
13 Always
14 Runaway
15 What Do You Got?
16 No Apologies

Disc 2
1 In These Arms
2 Someday I’ll Be Saturday Night
3 Lost Highway
4 Keep the Faith
5 When We Were Beautiful
6 Bed of Roses
7 This Ain’t a Love Song
8 These Days
9 (You Want To) Make a Memory
10 Blood On Blood
11 This is Love This is Life
12 The More Things Change

MySpace: Link | Wiki: Link | Download (320kbps): Disc One | Disc Two

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