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  • 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!!

    Posted on January 23, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • First of all, I’d give this 100 stars if Amazon would let me. I can’t express how much I love this box set.

    I had high hopes when I heard about this box set. I was worried that this would just contain a bunch of “reject songs” with no substance. Boy, was I wrong.

    Whenever I buy a CD, I make myself listen to it 3 times before forming any hard opinions. Most people won’t “love” any song the very first time you hear it. It usual takes a few listens which is why I live by my 3-play rule. I’m halfway through my 3rd listening right now, and I really can’t find anything negative to write. I may not love every song on this box set, but there are some really, really great ones. Even my less favorite songs aren’t really that bad. This set is a unique and interesting journey that includes tunes from the genesis of the band to the present.

    Instead of naming my favorite songs, all I can do is highly recommend this set for any Bon Jovi fan. I’m sure everyone will have his/her own favorites. With all of this new (to the public, at least) material, there is something on this set forr everyone.

    Todd K

    P.S. Richie Sambora is a guitar GOD!!

    Posted on January 23, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Apparently “Fruit Loop”, the first reviewer of this product, knows nothing about this box set and has definitely not listened to it. This is not a “best-of” set. Your old favorites are not there. In fact, none of the songs “Fruit Loop” listed are even on the box set (other than a rare demo version of Living on a Prayer included as a hidden track)! Why review something you do not know about?

    Anyway, this box set contains 50 rare and unreleased songs. 38 of them have never been available anywhere before. The other 12 are rare b-sides or bonus tracks from other countries. The songs are from the 80’s all the way through today. I think this is a great concept for a box set, rather than just giving the fans material that they already own. Leave it to Bon Jovi to be innovative and give the fans what they want.

    To the other reviewers out there, please do not review products that you haven’t taken the time to find out about, much less have actually seen or heard.

    Posted on January 22, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • JBJ himself has repeatedly claimed he wouldn’t make a good A&R man, as “Livin’ on a Prayer” almost didn’t make Slippery. But 9 times out of 10, his conservative “playing it safe” attitude HAS backfired when it has come to picking the tracks for the official albums. A prime example is the pair of tracks “Bitter Wine” and “All I Want Is Everything” that didn’t make the U.S. release of “These Days”, but yet were arguably the best songs from those sessions!!!

    Just dive into this box and discover the REAL Bon Jovi. I’ve always considered myself one of their greatest fans, long before the idea of rummaging through the song vault was in the works. So don’t get me wrong, almost all of their album material IS strong. But the band has long been too preoccupied with generating a “hit,” and finally, for those of us who knew they had it in them all along, their true talents shine through like never before. Better musicianship. More emotion. Less formulaec (usually, as “The Radio Saved My Life Tonight” is another example of Richie’s continued struggle with underplaying). For anyone who has ever “lost” the faith with this band, it has been a long time, but do them a favor and give them another shot – raise your glass to the core talents of each member and celebrate, throughout this multi-disc masterpiece, the release that we always knew they had in them. Good quality rock music. Amen.

    Posted on January 22, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Made in USA in 2004, Serial# B0003543-00, Playing Time 224:03

    I must admit from the very beginning that I’m not an un-conditional BON JOVI fan… There are songs I found extremely interesting (for example, “Raise Your Hands”), while others have a soporific effect (for example, “Wanted Dead Or Alive”). So I wouldn’t say BON JOVI is the “best band in the world” (I actually find those types of remarks nauseating…)

    I’m also not particularly fond of box sets, especially since fans (and/or myself) have the bulk of the material anyway! One must typically spend some hard-earned dollars for 2 or 3 “leftover” tracks of average interest/quality.

    Lo and behold, this BON JOVI boxset is the HOLY GRAIL of boxsets; I take back everything I ever said about box sets: this one is THE exception to the rule!!! Putting aside the fact that the DVD is quite original and interesting (and about an hour long!), ALMOST every track here is previously unreleased. Unpolished demos, you say? NOT! Many (and I mean most) are of album production quality, and VERY enjoyable.

    Though I was worried at first (I knew this was NOT a ‘greatest hits’ type boxset), I thought the material would be weak (my subconscious was hearing someone scraping the bottom of a barrel…)

    To anyone looking for a Christmas present to a BON JOVI fan, this is IT.

    This set will hopefully “raise the bar” to any other band thinking about releasing a boxset; this one is NOT intended to simply cash-in on previously released stuff: it’s almost 4 hours of full compositions, like buying 4 new albums!!!


    Posted on January 22, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now