Second remastered re-release of the sixth full-length album by the legendary American Melodic Hard Rock band.
With "These Days", Bon Jovi firmly established themselves as an adult contemporary act. They still have their fair share of Rockers, but they seem half-hearted and incomplete. Instead, the band sounds the most comfortable with love ballads and working class anthems, from hits "This Ain't a Love Song" and "Lie to Me", to the acoustic "Diamond Ring". In fact, as the years go by, Bon Jovi gets musically stronger. Not only are their best songs stronger now, their playing is more accomplished. Keeping these improvements in mind, it's no surprise that the band was one of the few Pop Metal bands to sustain a career in the mid-'90s.
This was the first album Bon Jovi released after the retirement of bassist Alec John Such. The band hired Hugh McDonald as their unofficial bassist. The album, produced by Peter Collins, Richie Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi, was an overall darker album in contrast to the band's usual brand of feel-good, inspiring Rock songs and love ballads.
At the time of release, the album was a huge commercial hit, particularly in Europe and Japan. In Japan, the album debuted at number one on the Oricon chart with sales of 379,000, becoming the fastest selling album by a non-Japanese act in history of the country's chart. In the UK, "These Days" replaced Michael Jackson's album "HIStory" at number one on the UK Albums Chart and spent four consecutive weeks at #1. The album spawned four Top 10 singles on the UK Singles Chart, the band's highest number of Top 10 singles from one album in UK. The album also topped Billboard European Albums Chart for seven weeks. The high sales of the album in Europe warranted a re-issue of the album under the name of "These Days Special Edition" a year after its original release. The album was ranked number two on Q magazine's list of the "Top 50 albums of 1995". In 2006, the album featured in the Classic Rock & Metal Hammer's The "200 Greatest Albums Of The 90's". In the U.S., despite selling 1000000 copies and certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the album wasn't as successful as it was overseas and the album peaked at number nine on the Billboard 200.
Direct from the Bon Jovi Archives! CD includes original studio album plus two exclusive previously unreleased live bonus tracks from the These Days Tour!!
Mercury Records/The Island Def Jam Music Group, 1995/2010 (06025-2736175-8). Made in Germany.
1. Hey God 6:10
2. Something For The Pain 4:48
3. This Ain't A Love Song 5:06
4. These Days 6:28
5. Lie To Me 5:34
6. Damned 4:33
7. My Guitar Lies Bleeding In My Arms 5:41
8. (It's Hard) Letting You Go 5:51
9. Hearts Breaking Even 5:06
10. Something To Believe In 5:25
11. If That's What It Takes 5:17
12. Diamond Ring 3:49
13. This Ain't A Love Song (Live) 7:13
14. Diamond Ring (Live) 4:42
Total playing time: 75:43