Label: Mercury - PHCY 9002 • Series: The Bon Jovi Remasters • Format: CD Album, Reissue, Remastered • Country: Japan • Genre: Rock • Style: Hard Rock, Pop Rock
Because it brings back bad memories of a tough time in their career. There's little doubt that songs like The Hardest Part Is The Night and Tokyo Only Lonely - Bon Jovi - 7800° Fahrenheit are good enough to stand beside the band's best songs, and perhaps - more than three decades after its release - the album deserves a little reappraisal.
Every week, Album of the Week Club listens to and discusses the album in question, votes on how good it is, and publishes our findings, with the aim of giving people reliable reviews and the wider rock community the chance to contribute.
Join the group now. Only Lonely - Bon Jovi - 7800° Fahrenheit Jovi had built a steady UK following, thanks to copious touring and hard work. They came over in Only Lonely - Bon Jovi - 7800° Fahrenheitopening for Kissand got a good reception all round. They returned the next year to play headline shows, and also to appear third on the bill at the annual Monsters Of Rock festival at Donington Park.
But it didn't play play out like that. And the strain told on the music we produced. None of us want to live in that mental state ever again. But they seemed much more comfortable with the twittering Only Lonely - Bon Jovi - 7800° Fahrenheit Silent Night or Price Of Lovewhere arena-ready riffing met smoke machine keys and vocal trills.
Bon Jovi says that he wrote the material for this record based on talks he conducted with audiences around the world.
Giving the kids what they want seems to involve off-the-decibel-meter guitars and screamed choruses. But such tracks as Madreselva - Raphael - Te Llevo En El Corazón Price of Love and King of the Mountain contain a musical grace unusual in the metallic crowd.
Still, the highlights showed that the group were becoming stronger composers, and under the right guidance, they would and subsequently did produce better material. Worth checking out for three or four songs, but overall, one for completists only. Daniel Jago Edmonds: I quite like this one and their debut. They refined their sound on Slippery and New Jersey then dropped the ball after that IMObut I reckon there are a handful of decent tunes on this one.
Philip Qvist: It certainly isn't the band's greatest album, but it is certainly not their worst either - not by a long shot. A good, solid album that deserves a spin once in a while.
The word "underrated" can be overused at times, but not in this case - this is an underrated album. Tony Cruse: I liked the album. Tokyo Road is great and Silent Night are two decent tracks. Perhaps the production was a little light but I like the album. Nick Crowe: There's bits of various songs which work but it's clunky! Desmond Child clearly helped with both this and how to write a chorus on Slippery When Wet! But I always liked Tokyo Road - which to me is the bridge between this album and the next - and Silent Night is a good one.
It shows a band still figuring out where to fit in but it's got its moments. Brett Deighton: I initially heard the first two albums in reverse order and that sounded right to me. It does seem rushed and is more filler than killer. In saying that there is a lot of love on here for this album, so to each their own. John Davidson: A lacklustre effort that plods from cliche to cliche, exhibiting all of their later flaws but without the bombastic production that helped Maybe (From Annie) - The London Philharmonic Orchestra - Broadway Gold, A Pops Concert From 32 Hit break into the mainstream with Slippery The vocals are delivered with a pretend tough boy sneer that doesn't work.
The guitar and keyboard work is mediocre. The bass sounds ok but is far Tortoise And The Hare - The Moody Blues - A Question Of Balance low in the mix.
And the drumming They could have replaced Tico Torres with a drum machine and had more punch, more dynamics in general. StuPop Huepow: An album more for nostalgia. It might not be fair for me to say it doesn't really have a place in this day in age. I doubt fresh teenagers will be rushing to put their ripped denim jeans and cowboy boots on to this I loved the first album, a genuine classic, but the songs off this album were so boring - even live - that I lay on the grass and fell asleep!
Rumour has it they were going to be dropped by Mercury after this album, if they didn't agree to bring in outside songwriters.
Enter Desmond Child and the rest is history. It is better than average maybe just because I like them but really sounds like a band in search of an identity which I think the band themselves acknowledge. There are way too many attempts at an anthem here; it gets tedious after a while. They would get much better though.
However, it is absolutely not that bad as the band members themselves think it is. Once they said they had made a decision not to play it in concerts ever. I think it's Only Lonely - Bon Jovi - 7800° Fahrenheit exaggeration.
Chris Downie: While I'd agree that it's only an incremental step up from their debut, I also think it's easily their most underrated album. Richie Sambora's riffing and lead work is certainly more Here Comes The Dark - Golem (14) - Death Never Dies Only Lonely - Bon Jovi - 7800° Fahrenheit fore than Sardinky (Korekt remix) - Various - Last Joints 06-16 Remixed their later works and its heavier sound puts them squarely in Ratt and Scorpions both of whom they opened for territory.
While it's a marginal progression from the debut - and was subsequently overshadowed by their next three mega-selling albums - it was understandably marginalised throughout their heyday, I can't help but think that dated production aside it's aged well enough to deserve a reappraisal, especially in light of the relative Dont Send Me Away - Jackie Trent - Stop Me And Buy One of their post- These Days Only Lonely - Bon Jovi - 7800° Fahrenheit . I discovered the band after a friend of me lend me Slippery When Wetand I needed to know more about the band.
I was 15 then, but sure, now I can say it's not a great Bon Jovi album. But it's worth a listen. Roland Bearne: Re-visiting this is like meeting up with a old friend who you haven't seen for years. You were like siblings back then and that reunion euphoria hits straight away with In And Out of Love. The Price Of Love is like the moment after that when the weight of the years hits back and you realise that a lot have life has happened in the meantime and stuff like this song, whilst sweet, are of the past.
The drinks and reminiscences continue to flow as do the tracks, Tokyo Road, King Of The Mountain dedicated to cyclists everywhere! You realise that while things have changed there will always be love and some albums - as with people - will always be there when you need or want them. I loved this album and suddenly do again! The first two Bon Jovi albums were "mine". Hardly anyone I knew had even heard of them, I got the tip off from Kerrang!
The first was the soundtrack to an Inter-Rail trip in '84 Eclosion - Interlace - Imago this saw me through my first year in a new and bewildering city London and while my drama school tutors were trying to pull apart my barely constructed self this album was a constant companion and "anchor".
It's far from perfect, of course; the drums - especially the snare and Only Lonely - Bon Jovi - 7800° Fahrenheit - are very splashy. Richie's rhythm sound is a bit odd.
Sounds like a single coil, very driven and processed a metaphor for the band perhaps? This group is special for introducing bands and albums you might not know but when an old friend comes to the party it's just a joy.
Carl Black: I need to be hosed off in the garden, followed by a shower, followed by a steaming hot bath, followed by a shower. I'm dirty right now. That was tough. It's was as bad as I remember it coming through my bedroom wall as my sister had on loud Only Lonely - Bon Jovi - 7800° Fahrenheit she could hear it in the bath.
We used to have share what videos VHS we would watch. And as I'd just watched Nuclear Assault live from Hammersmith its was her turn. The only song I recognised was Tokyo Road.
But this seemed awful on this its was a live concert from the New Jersey days on Only Lonely - Bon Jovi - 7800° Fahrenheit video. At this point I need to cry foul. No evidence from this album. It's like when an athlete wins the m final from nowhere, all the pundits where amazed. And then foul play becomes apparent later. Same here. Did Jon and Richie walk down to the crossroad and sell their soul? Or did they get an Pause And Effect - Tugboat - All Day songwriting team in?
Special mention for To The Fire, which is dreadful. I need to put Master Of Puppets on to restore normality in head. In other words, all of these songs were made with the idea of getting on top 40 radio. I think that was a great work ethic for Bon Jovi to have at the time, and even more so given the personal turmoil the band members were having.
The team, including the band and the people involved with putting this album together, seem to have a mission and be focused on breaking through the music scene. In addition to the songwriting, the band's image is equally as well thought out with the goal of getting mainstream exposure.
However, I personally do not like this album or this band very much because they play it safe see the follow-up, Slippery When Wet. Most of the songs sound the same and do not add anything unique to the glam metal genre. I prefer Dokken's Under Lock And Key and Ratt's Invasion of Your Privacywhich came out the same year, due to both band's party atmosphere, heaviness, and more anthemic songs.
Yet, I commend Bon Jovi's work ethic and mission, because there were still finding their way, whereas Dokken and Ratt were already well-established.
If poppier glam metal is your thing, you will enjoy this album. But before their global success version Bon Jovi used to be a good band trying to survive without external help.
That is, Bon Jovi on their own, writing without outsiders and trying to make something big out of it. Yes, Runawaytheir very first single worked but not enough to build a career around it. The music is solid as a rock and the production is not about nuances, but there is a dense darkness surrounding a lot of the songs included here. Alan Dingley: Excellent summary by Juanjo.
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