This box set is any real Bon Jovi fan’s dream come true! It drives home just how talented these guys really are. Is every song on the set a winner? No, but a lot of them could easily have been included on any CD, and in fact, I would have liked to have seen some of these songs rather than some of the ones they DID put on the CD’s. (“Fear” from Keep the Faith and “I Got the Girl” from Crush come to mind…)
I absolutely LOVE the first CD…I think I’ve listened to it almost continuously for two weeks straight. I love “The Radio Saved My Life Tonight”, “Miss Fourth of July”, “Open All Night” (one that I liked better than the song of the same name on Bounce) and I can’t stress how much I adore “Last Man Standing”. That could well become one of my favorite songs of all time.
Some various favorites from the other 3 discs include “The Fire Inside”, “Crazy Love”, “Real Life”, “Lonely at the Top” and I think Tico singing on “Only in My Dreams” is just awesome.
I like the little bits of studio talk in between some of the tracks, especially the bit with Richie and Jon teasing Tico before his song. In fact, after one song (can’t remember which one at the moment) Jon announces to the world that he has to go pee!
The fourth disc to me seems to be the weakest, with none of those songs particularly standing out to me, not even “Always” which has never been one of my absolute favorites. If I have any other complaints, it’s the way the booklet was packaged with the set…mine is already tearing up!
As for the person who wondered about the marking of the CD’s with the dice…well, they DID! CD 1 is showing 1, CD 2 is showing 2, CD 3 is showing 3, etc.
I also very much enjoyed the DVD showing some of what they were thinking when they decided to not include these on the albums, although I thought it was cheesy that some of the footage from their special “thank-you’s” was included in the main part of the DVD…why do we need to see the same thing twice?
Overall, this is one of the best collections of music from one band that I’ve ever seen, wonderfully showing their growth and ability as musicians. And it was a birthday present so I got it for free!!