Second remastered re-release of the debut full-length album by the legendary American Hard Rock/Soft Metal band.
From the opening track, "Runaway", which rode to glory on E Street Band-mate Roy Bittan's distinctive keyboard riff, to the sweaty arena rock of "Get Ready", which closed the album, Bon Jovi's debut is an often-overlooked minor gem from the early days of Hair Metal. The songs may be simple and the writing prone to all clichés of the form, but the album boasts a pretty consistent Hard Rock attack, passionate playing and a keen sense of melody. The prominence that keyboardist David Bryan (credited as David Rashbaum in the liner notes) gets on this record is an indicator, perhaps, that Bon Jovi had more than a passing interest in the Pop market, which was then dominated by new wave and Synth Pop. Mixing Journey-like '70s Rock ("She Don't Know Me") with shout-along stadium anthems ("Love Lies"), the self-titled Bon Jovi album lay the foundation for the band's career, which reached its apex several years later with that very same combination of Pop melody and arena-sized ambition.
Originally titled "Tough Talk", album was renamed after the record company decided it was wiser to issue the album as a self-titled release. Most of the songs are written by Jon Bon Jovi, Bryan and Sambora. "Burning for Love" and "Come Back" were the very first songs written for the album. Produced by Tony Bongiovi and Lance Quinn, it is significant for being the only Bon Jovi album on which a song ("She Don't Know Me") appears that was not written nor co-written by members of the band.
Aside from hit single "Runaway", songs from the album were rarely performed live after the band released their breakthrough album "Slippery When Wet" in 1986. However, on the band's 2010 Circle Tour, songs including "Roulette", "Shot Through The Heart" and "Get Ready" were performed.
The album was ranked the 11th best Rock album of 1984 by Kerrang! magazine.
The album charted at #43 on The Billboard 200.
Three singles from the album were released: "Runaway", "She Don't Know Me" and in Japan only, "Burning for Love".
Direct from the Bon Jovi Archives, CD includes original studio album plus four exclusive previously unreleased live bonus tracks from the Bon Jovi Tour!!
Mercury Records/The Island Def Jam Music Group, 1984/2010 (06025-2736166-6). Made in Germany.
1. Runaway 3:51
2. Roulette 4:41
3. She Don't Know Me 4:02
4. Shot Through The Heart 4:26
5. Love Lies 4:09
6. Breakout 5:23
7. Burning For Love 3:54
8. Come Back 3:59
9. Get Ready 4:12
10. Runaway (Live) 5:18
11. Roulette (Live) 5:38
12. Breakout (Live) 6:25
13. Get Ready (Live) 7:04
Total playing time: 63:02