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Bon Jovi [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Bon JoviAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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For almost three decades, Bon Jovi have earned their reputation on the road as ambassadors of American rock ‘n’ roll, performing for more than 34 million fans around the globe. Along the way, the New Jersey-based quartet – lead singer Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Richie Sambora, keyboardist David Bryan, and drummer Tico Torres - have racked up a stellar resume of career ... Read more in Amazon's Bon Jovi Store

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  • Audio CD (February 9, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Island / Mercury
  • ASIN: B00000I07N
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,900 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Catchy and melodic...a sign of things to come September 17, 2002
By Brad
Format:Audio CD
This debut album by the legendary Bon Jovi showed right away that this band was destined for greatness. While later albums sold better, this effort is every bit as good.
"Runaway" is the one song here that many people know, as it made a dent in the pop charts and got a lot of rock radio play. This song still sounds fresh and exciting after all these years--a hard rock anthem classic. "She Don't Know Me" is another single from the album--a catchy first ballad by this band and really the only one on this album. Songs like "Roulette" and "Breakout" rock hard, while "Love Lies" and "Burning For Love" are over the top melodic anthems. "Shot Through The Heart" is another rocking gem on this fantastic debut effort.
Bottom line: if you liked the sound of "Slippery When Wet" and aren't caught up in only listening to big hits, then you will like this CD. An absolutely classic album by one of the true leaders of '80s melodic hard rock. Don't overlook this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In my opinion, this is Bon Jovi's best album August 24, 2008
Format:Audio CD
While many people often say an album like 'New Jersey' or 'Slippery When Wet' are Bon Jovi's finest album(s), I am pretty different. In my opinion, their 1984 self-titled debut album is their best and my personal favorite.

I had the cassette of this, and I have just about worn it out. This album is superb. Jon Bon Jovi and company are at their best here. This album, of course, contains one of their most well-known songs to date, 'Runaway.'

Other great songs here are 'She Don't Know Me,' 'Shot Through The Heart,' 'Get Ready,' and another one of my all-time favorite Bon Jovi songs, 'Roulette.'

I would say that if you don't own 'Bon Jovi,' than you are really missing out. If you enjoyed 'Slippery When Wet,' than I can almost guarantee you will love this album.

Overall, I strongly recommend this album for any Bon Jovi fan. This is the band at their best. It sounds just as good in 2008 as it did in 1984.

This is highly recommended for any Bon Jovi fan, whether it be casual, new or die-hard. This is a must own album. An '80s classic.

ENJOY!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Over 20 Years and Still Here. July 9, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Most of us know that groups come, and groups go. While this is not Bon Jovi's best record, it to some extent shows why Bon Jovi is still here to tell his tale over 20 years later. Some people who don't like him say that Bon Jovi is commercial oriented. I'll admit that is true to some extent. But the real reason he is still here to tell the tale over 20 years later is because the man CAN write songs; he CAN sing; and he DOES put honest work and effort into his records. While Bon Jovi would get heavier and more intense (at least for awhile), the fact that this record has only a moderate intensity shows that he DOES have musical abilities, and he DOES NOT need to hind under excess noise. The 1st half of the record has a sad (but energetic) tone. 'Runaway' is a catchy opener. 'Roulette' demonstrates some of guitarist Richie Sambora's talent, and almost carries a haunting tone. 'She Don't Know Me' releases the tension for a moment; 'Shot Through the Heart' and 'Love Lies' may sound clicheish, but somehow Bon Jovi is able to break the odds and restore the tone of these songs to 'pre cliche' levels. 'Breakout' changes the tone of the record to a more upbeat level. 'Burning For Love' and 'Come Back' continue this path, and 'Get Ready' ends the record on a happy note. It is interesting that while the record starts on a sad note, Bon Jovi is able to change the tone without seeming abrupt. Again, while this may not be his best record, it demonstrates his abilities quite well and explains why he is still here over 20 years later.
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What's the 4-1-1?
I don't think I need to give anyone a history lesson on Bon Jovi. I'm sure the entire world is familiar with them, so I will get right into the album. The only actual hits from this album were "Shot Through the Heart" and "Runaway." That's not to say this a bad album however. Far from it. This album represents Bon Jovi at their edgy, raw, and hard rock best. You know, before they became adult soft rock. Meaty guitar riffs and pulsing keyboards dominate "Roulette." Jon says life is a gamble because there is so much to chose from.

"She Don't Know Me" was actually a minor hit from the group way back when. It's a keyboard heavy track that's very simplistic in it's arrangement, but relatable in it's content. It's catchy as hell too. "Love Lies" is probably the basis for every Bon Jovi ballad that followed. Maybe it was the just the early eighties, or maybe the keyboardist had a lot more pull in the group, but it eats up most of the track.

"Breakout" leans on the anthemic side of the fence with it's whoa whoa chants. Sambora's guitar manages to silence the synths, but the two do work well together. "Burning For Love" is another guitar laden track in which the chorus has a killer hook. "Get Ready" is another anthemic track full of hooks and chugga-chugga guitar riffs.

The Verdict
It's clear after listening to Bon Jovi's self-titled debut that they are quite polished today. They are better songwriters, they are better musicians, and their production cost have probably quadrupled since this album came out. Despite all of those improvements, the music has gotten worse in recent years. Bon Jovi was all about rock and roll in their early years, today they're all about soft rock ballads and country music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bon Jovi
Hello and yes I have enjoyed the music and his number one hit Runaway.... I love his music period...... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Prague Castle
4.0 out of 5 stars None at this time
I am slowly replacing my cassettes with cds. Bon Jovi is one of my all time favorite bands and this is the last cd I needed for my Bon Jovi collection.
Published 1 month ago by Brenda Draper
3.0 out of 5 stars Not What I was Expecting
I grew up with Bon Jovi, I've been to his concerts, I have a wife who loves him... but this album is not what I thought it would be. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jeremy Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic
a must-have for fans, the remastered collection is a really nice gift. I got the entire line of Bon Jovi remastered cd's.
Published 3 months ago by Ptroff
5.0 out of 5 stars bon jovi rock star wxtrodinare.....
a very good first album and very consistant with later recordings...... it is obvious to me that jon put his best foot forward....
Published 5 months ago by Dale Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Bon Jovi
This is probably my third or fourth purchase of this CD. Had it when it first came out and wore it out. Loved it then and I love it now. Classic Bon Jovi.
Published 13 months ago by Wanda Marie
5.0 out of 5 stars exactly what I expected
The CD came in the perfect condition and just as I had read it would come. I am a fan of the band and am enjoying every single tune!
Published 14 months ago by Belem Rangel
5.0 out of 5 stars Yum!
It's Bon Jovi! Of course they get 5 stars. Yes I would buy again. Love Jon, love the band. Great group who has passed the test of time!!!
Published 15 months ago by Brenda R Stauffer
5.0 out of 5 stars Rawer, darker and more Rock-sounding debut (4 1/2*)
The first Bon Jovi effort is one of those albums I consider underrated. It isn't overplayed or a radio darling like some of the band's future efforts and it has a special place in... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Tommy Sixx Morais
5.0 out of 5 stars cd
Huge Bon Jovi fan and love the CD, it goes well with the rest of my collection :) Thank you
Published on September 18, 2010 by Beth Lawrence
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