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Chart-Topping Tales Of Love And Life
on July 14, 2015
Since Bon Jovi emerged on the national scene with big hair and songs about life, love, and asserting independence and individuality they have released an astonishing quantity of work and this, the "Greatest Hits Ultimate Collection", couldn't possibly corral thirty years of hits and sold out arenas into two CDs without bringing up questions about track selection among fans. On balance I think this set does a good job and showcases genuine career highlights along with a few revealing tracks that weren't as commercially as vital to the band, but that help fully define Bon Jovi for who they collectively are.
Disc one has 16 tracks and is the disc I listen to most often as the biggest hits from their biggest chart-topping years are there (e.g. "Livin' On A Prayer", "It's My Life", "Wanted Dead Or Alive", etc.) I'm particularly fond of "Who Says You Can't Go Home" and their heavy take on the classic "Runaway", which they really make their own. Disc two contains 12 tracks and rounds out the package with more individualistic songs that hammer home the band's identity sonically and conceptually.
Fans can always argue about choice of songs in a retrospective package spanning such a huge career, but overall this is a great 2-CD package that's a convenient collection for fans with all the underlying albums or a great introduction to Bon Jovi for newer fans.