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.