Bon Jovi
100 Million Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong


4.5
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Review

by Robby Roark (The Sludge) USER (26 Reviews)
October 24th, 2009 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Makes a wonderful stocking stuffer for any Bon Jovi fan, though most of them now-a-days are middle aged mothers.

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It is quite obvious that Maxwell Shindippon didn't actually listen to this compilation, since this is aimed exclusively to the Bon Jovi fan base. This is not a release for the people who go out of their way to 'listen to it several times and wonder why this guy hasn't been assassinated." This copy that I have in my possession was purchased as a Christmas gift to my mother, who has been a rabid Bon Jovi fan from the beginning. In which case I grew up listening to the finer arts of Arena Rock, becoming a casual Bon Jovi listener even to this day. Being a fan myself, I decided to get a special sneak peak for what she has in stored.

This compilation represents two milestones: 1. The Twentieth anniversary for the band. 2. Selling over 100,000,000 albums worldwide. This contains over 50 tracks sprawled out on 4 discs (38 previously unreleased, 12 demos/compilation), as well as a DVD documentary with well over an hours worth of material. The effort here is flawless, not just some cash grab as some other box sets has conceived. The packaging is well put together. Perfect for showing off the fan boy in all of us. The wide variety of material contains good song quality for the most part, even though this spans 20 years worth of rare tracks.

Jon Bon Jovi seems to lack the eye of picking the best material for their albums (the proof is when he originally wanted "Livin' On A Prayer" off of Slippery When Wet, then became one of their biggest hits). This just proves it as the majority of the material here could have fit along side the juggernaut studio albums Bon Jovi has released. There are plenty of the fun arena songs that are found around here for those who miss those days. "Out of Bounds," "Edge of a Broken Heart," and "Radio Saved My Life Tonight" brings back the nostalgia of the Slippery When Wet and New Jersey days. There are also a wide variety of the 'take it or leave it' ballad material with a few surprises such as the Tico Torres fronted "Only In My Dreams." What is also a good change of pace, there are plenty of blues influenced rock that deserves a mention.

Let me start my closing paragraph by stating my rating isn't the average score of the all the songs put together. Even I will admit there are plenty of average songs scattered through out. My rating comes from the overall complete satisfaction of the product itself. This well crafted box set will not convert any haters or bring in any new fans. It is nothing more than a well deserved thank you to the dedicated fans for showing their support over the bands long run in the music industry. To that I'll say cheers and you're welcome.

Merry Christmas Mommy!

Standout Tracks
Edge of a Broken Heart
Someday I'll Be A Saturday Night (demo)
Only In My Dreams
The Radio Saved My Life Tonight
We Rule The Night (with props to Richie Sambora for the metal-esque riff)
Taking It Back
Sympathy



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The Sludge
October 24th 2009


2169 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I could have put more, but I wanted to keep the review short and straight to the point. I should be fixing up any errors and/or add any material where I see fit in the coming near future.

DiceMan
October 24th 2009


7068 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I absolutely despise Bon Jovi and most forms of "arena rock".

DiceMan
October 24th 2009


7068 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

"My rating comes from the overall complete satisfaction of the product itself."

Honestly this doesn't really warrant a 4.5. But I suppose it does seem like it has some sentimental value to you. It's your rating.

"Merry Christmas Mommy!"
lol

Roach
October 24th 2009


2148 Comments


eww bon jovi

shindip
October 24th 2009


3536 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

yay im mentioned in a review!

BrandNewBoognish
October 24th 2009


1021 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

You have bad taste in music

The Sludge
October 24th 2009


2169 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

There are plenty of reviews by well known reviewers that are rated on "personal enjoyment." I don't think my review would differ from any one of theirs.

A bad taste of music is really a matter of opinion, and a very bold one at that. If enjoying Bon Jovi with my mother growing up classifies me having a bad taste, then so be it. At least I enjoy what I listen to very much and not really care for dickwad opinions from someone who probably doesn't know the surface of what I listen to.

lol shindip, sorry you had to be a subject in my review. To be honest, your sound off inspired me to write for the first time in well over a year so props on that.



Anthracks
October 24th 2009


3740 Comments


this is pretty good but i like for emma better

Digging: Perfume Genius - Too Bright

Roach
October 24th 2009


2148 Comments


that was a joke right

iarescientists
October 24th 2009


5863 Comments


well it's no citizen kane that's for sure

Roach
October 24th 2009


2148 Comments


you were funny earlier what happened

iarescientists
October 24th 2009


5863 Comments


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Roach
October 24th 2009


2148 Comments


you didn't

no way fuck yhou 7 gon get you back for this savage you just wait

iarescientists
October 24th 2009


5863 Comments


kane cooper has just set the world record for dicks fit in one butthole

let's all give him a round of applause folks!

iarescientists
October 24th 2009


5863 Comments


looks like all those dicks fucked with your brain

Roach
October 24th 2009


2148 Comments


*brains


they are a bit sore

TRMshadow
November 20th 2009


4982 Comments


@albumtitle ....ummmmm yes they can.

Parallels
February 10th 2010


6641 Comments


"@albumtitle ....ummmmm yes they can."

GOD FUCKING DAMMIT! BEAT ME TO IT!!!

rockandmetaljunkie
May 28th 2012


3302 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Hilarious title...



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