Bon Jovi are still rockin. They deserve more respect. They have survived the ever changing trends in rock and they are the only band of their “genre” who came out smiling. This collection of live recordings has “party album” written all over it. First and foremost, we get the live version of last Summer’s megahit “It’s my life” back to back with “Livin on a Prayer”. We also get old favorites like “Keep the Faith”, “Bad Medicine”, “You Give Love a Bad Name”, “Something For the Pain”, and “Wanted Dead or Alive”. There is a truly awesome version of “Someday I’ll be Saturday Night”. This may be one of the best live records I have ever heard. Neil Young’s “Keep On Rockin In A Free World” gets a first class treatment. The cd closes with an amped up version of “One Wild Night”. I thought the original version was good, but the 2001 version blows it away. There is not one bad moment on the whole album. I would have liked to have seen more songs done live, but I can’t complain. It rocks.
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Japanese edition of 2001 live compilation includes two booklets, one eight-page booklet with color & black & white photos & a second 44 page booklet with lyrics to all 15 tracks & a list of Bon Jovi’s tour dates from 1983 to 2001, including Jon Bon Jovi &One Wild Night? Well, that’s not strictly true, as this live album was recorded at Bon Jovi concerts spanning three decades. But why be pedantic when the result is a live album that effectively doubles as a greatest-hits collection? Bon Jovi’s songs are tailor-made for stadiums and arenas, and, from classic fist-in-the-air rockers (”Livin’ on a Prayer,” ”Bad Medicine,” ”You Give Love a Bad Name,” ”Runaway”) to lighters-in-the-air numbers (”Keep the Faith,” ”Wanted Dead or Alive,” ”Something to Believe In”), the choices are suitably larger than life. The career-reviving single ”It’s My Life” sounds right at home, as do great covers of Neil Young’s ”Rockin’ in the Free World” (recorded, appropriately enough, in Johannesburg in 1995) and the Boomtown Rats’ ”I Don’t Like Mondays” (performed with Sir Bob Geldof). –Robert Burrow
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Bon Jovi live on a CD? Well of course! This band finally has given its fans an experience to enjoy the concert expectation without the hassle of lining up for tickets, finding some place to park and then struggling to get the best seat in the house. Music and energy even your best stereo system can learn to appreciate. Songs compiled in a fashionable manner, delivered in custom taste and presented with all best intentions. Myself, typically more a devotee for a band’s studio recordings, this album proves the rare exception. For now, let’s forget endless greatest hit compilations and take time to delve into the wild and rockin’ music of the live concert. After hearing this diamond disc would anyone dare care to see any concert show again? No sense needing to go hear music that lasts for one night and ends only with a terrible hangover late into the next morning with some bruised left shoulder adding to the pain and discomfort. Instead, why not take your favorite gal (or guy) and make out by a cracklin’ fire with champagne bubbling between your lips while imagining your favorite rock band has made a special effort to perform live at your abode especially for you? Perfect example of how both technology and musicians’ awareness can perpetrate the live show straight to your home or portable CD player without making ya feel like you’re just some other bumped head in a crowd.
I agree with many of these reviews. This should have been a “greatest hits live” double-disc set with ALL the hits. The setlist should have been.DISC ONE: 1. One Wild Night 2. You Give Love A Bad Name 3. It’s My Life 4. In and Out of Love 5. Always 6. Just Older 7. These Days 8. Livin’ On a Prayer 9. Something For The Pain 10.Something to Believe In 11.Bed of Roses 12.Wild in the Streets 13.I Don’t Like Mondays 14.Blaze of Glory 15.RunawayDISC TWO: 1. I Believe 2. Say It Isn’t So 3. I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead 4. Hey God 5. Tokyo Road 6. Someday I’ll Be Saturday Night 7. Lay Your Hands On Me 8. Bad Medicine 9. Wanted: Dead or Alive 10.I’ll Be There For You 11.Only Lonely 12.In These Arms 13.Next 100 Years 14.This Ain’t a Love Song 15.Keep The FaithIf you agree with me, please press “review helpful” to show the best band in the world what is missing. Even if you disagree with some songs, click it just because of the point. Thank you.
I am not a fan of live albums, but a huge fan of Bon Jovi. My husband wanted to get this for me, and I almost talked him out of it, because I have all the other albums with these songs on them. I am glad I let him get it for me anyway. This is a great live version CD. I usually hate these CDs. I was not too keen on the song with Sir Bob Geldof. I mean, what’s the point? I want to hear the band..not him on a Bon Jovi CD. Their version of Rockin’ in the Free World is good. I could listen to them sing anything. They are truly one of the greatest rock bands ever. If you are looking for a good collection of “greatest hits” I would recommend Crossroads over this CD. If you are a fan, you need to have this live version in your CD collection.
The 80’s were a time of big hair, cool songs, and loads of fun. The 90’s were a time of depression and deep thought. The new century, thus far, has seemed to be heading a little bit back to the 80’s mentality and who better to usher in the new millennium of rock music than Bon Jovi?Arguably the greatest Rock band of all time, personally my 6th favorite band, Bon Jovi released “One Wild Night’ a compilation of the band’s greatest hits performed live since 1985 in various different locations. One Wild Night, a cool song off their most recent album “Crush,” serves as the title and I have to say that this is going right next to my set of party rock CD’s next to ACDC Live, the KISS Alive set, and Poison’s Power to the People. It is, without question, one of the better CD’s of my collection which is not what I expected it to be.It’s a party CD. Plain and simple, it’s not necessarily basic pop, it’s not necessarily dance music, it’s just a feel good, shake your bootie, bang your head good time. Though track 1 is “It’s My Life,” which I never really found too musically appealing live as I think the guitar should be used more prominently in the song as it does sound hard rock, not like it ended up sounding. The rest of the album is a giant rock and roll party. They take songs like Keep the Faith, which I never was a big fan of, and turn it into an incredible melody of blazing guitar and energetic chorus. Also, Rockin’ in the Free World is something to keep your eyes open for. Topping it all off is the one and only studio song on the album called One Wild Night 2001. Though the original One Wild Night came out in 2000 and was a hard ACDC meets Ricki Martin type dance song, this version drops the Ricki Martin aspect (which I applaud) and brings in more of the older Bon Jovi sound to create a “hair metal” sound that quite honestly makes me wonder how anyone could ever laugh at bands like Poison and Motley Crue, whom I’ve never turned my back upon and never will. All in all, Bon Jovi has gained my faith once again after a fairly unsavory review that I gave to Crush (though I think it’s better than the boy band music out today by leaps and bounds). This is everything you’ll ever need if you’re a Bon Jovi fan, and all you’ll need to become one.