Bon Jovi - 100.000.000 Bon Jovi fans canīt be wrong
Overall this is second-rate Bon Jovi and I cannot find any really strong songs except for Edge of a Broken Heart, which previously has been available on the "Disorderlies" soundtrack plus on the Always single.

In general most of the tracks are ballads, which make this compressive boxset a bit sleepy. The last couple of Bon Jovi records have not detained the same standard as the older material. Therefore I hoped that the main emphasis of this boxset would be from the "Slippery When Wet" "New Jersey" era and pre that era.

I have a bootleg CD with demos and outtakes from both "Slippery When Wet" and "New Jersey", which is outstanding. However, I only find a few of those songs on this box which is a damn shame for all vintage Bon Jovi fans.

The most exciting track on Disc one is Taking It Back, which sounds like a song written in the transition period from "New Jersey" to "Keep the Faith". Sambora contributes with his vocals on the great chorus to Miss Fourth Of July, which along with Open All Night are the only songs close to album standard.

According to Jon Bon Jovi Last Man Standing is going to be on the new Bon Jovi album. It's a emotional and pompous ballad with piano and strings. It's a decent track, but I am more into the rocking stuff.

Disc 2 opens with Garageland, which both Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora mention as a favorite. It's a modern Bon Jovi song in the "Crush" vein.

Almost all songs on Disc 2 are ballads and therefore I got really excited hearing the vintage sound of Sambora's guitar on Outlaws Of Love. It may not be the best track, but I love Sambora's playing on this one. The only non-ballad track is Starting All Over Again, which also was featured on the aforementioned bootleg CD. Starting All Over Again is a "Keep the Faith" outtake.

Only In My Dreams features Tico Torres' rusty vocals and overall disc 3 is the weakest in the boxset. The best songs are the swaggering rocker Sympathy plus the excellent Edge of a Broken Heart. Otherwise we get some funky Stevie Wonder organ on Shut Up And Kiss Me and unfortunately most of the tracks lack Sambora's electric guitar.

River Run Dry is a strong ballad (finally!). Jon Bon Jovi's vocals are beautiful accompanied by acoustic guitar and River Runs Dry really grows on you. The song could have made a nice addition to either "Crush" or "Bounce". Furthermore there is a funny experiment on the song Love Ain't Nothing But A Four Letter Word, which is featured both in its final form and in demo version. It illustrates Bon Jovi's problems in the later years. The final version is polished, while the demo still has rocky edge, which I love about Bon Jovi. The demo version of Love Ain't Nothing But A Four Letter Word highlights a very cool bass line that sounds like a mixture of Livin' on a Prayer and You Give Love a Bad Name

Out Of Bounds is very primitive with drum machine, but as a fan it's great to hear where Bon Jovi came from - a vintage track. Billy is also eatable, because Sambora's guitar drives the track.

Letter To A Friend is insignificant and All I Wanna Do Is You plus Nobodys Hero are both dull. After the last song the CD continues and the demo for Livin' on a Prayer blasts out and you wish for more material in that vein because it would have made this extensive boxset more appetizing and digestive.

On a very positive note I respect Bon Jovi for sharing all this unreleased music with their fans. It is value for money with 38 unreleased tracks spiced with demos and soundtracks. The overall sound quality is really good.

Bon Jovi usually write 30-40 songs for an album, which mean a lot of leftovers. However, I think that the selection could have focused more on the earlier Bon Jovi years. I miss the young tongue in cheek songs from the time when the band was ready to take on the world.

The sequencing of the boxset is actually pretty cool, since Bon Jovi has attempted to sequence them as separate records and not in chronological order.

The book has insights on some of the songs only, which is disturbing and insights on all songs would have been preferable. The photos are all cool and the since the box is celebrating both Bon Jovi's 20th anniversary and 100.000.000 records sold there are a lot of statements from fans in the booklet. I think that a more structured booklet with history and insights on all songs would have improved the joy of these CDs. The book should act as a Bon Jovi encyclopedia and provide you with a quick overview of all the songs included on the boxset. 4 CD's is quite overwhelming because almost everything is unreleased stuff.

The DVD is pretty amateurish. The footage from the studio with the band commenting on the songs is all right, but the sound is weak though and the standard isn't what you expect of a major label DVD. Remember to watch the DVD after you listened to the songs otherwise it's hard to keep track of all the songs referred to.

This is so huge and overwhelming that it has taken me several months to be able to grasp everything "100.000.000 Bon Jovi fans can't be wrong" has to offer. There certainly is value for money even though I am quite disappointed in the song selections.

Written by Michael
Saturday, April 16, 2005
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Comment by ThraX (Member) - Saturday, April 16, 2005
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Bon Jovi get's a bad rap from the Hard Rock & Metal community but the fact is Bon Jovi is one hell of a talented band with good commercial songs with amazing guitar playing!....this box set is a great addition to Bon Jovi's legacy!

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Comment by BonJoviFAn (Anonymous) - Tuesday, May 31, 2005
Watever shortcomings, it's a great box set from one of the best bands of all time...It cud have had more rockers but i think it's the best this way..Looking forward to their new album..

Comment by marc (Anonymous) - Sunday, December 17, 2006
I bought this disappointing boxset for $70! i thought i would be happy to hear many demos from slippery,new jersey and farenheit...instead, obie o'brien(the recording guy who chose the songs) chose a shitload of useless crush-like demos.there is not even one demo from new jersey...i feel cheated...why did jon bonjovi ask this guy to chose the material?obie o brien is da same asshole who made the "weak" bonjovi live album.Bonjovi were in their best during the 80s and yet there's not even one released from dat era....i think there so many fans(like me)who r disaapointed...

Review by Michael

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Island Records - 2004

Disc: 1
1. Why Aren't You Dead?
2. The Radio Saved My Life Tonight
3. Taking It Back
4. Someday I'll Be Saturday Night (Demo)
5. Miss Fourth Of July
6. Open All Night
7. These Arms Are Open All Night
8. I Get A Rush
9. Someday Might Just Be Tonight
10. Thief Of Hearts
11. Last Man Standing
12. I Just Wanna Be Your Man

Disc: 2
1. Garageland
2. Starting All Over Again
3. Maybe Someday
4. Last Chance Train
5. The Fire Inside
6. Every Beat Of My Heart
7. Rich Man Living In A Poor Man's House
8. The One That Got Away
9. You Can Sleep While I Dream
10. Outlaws Of Love
11. Good Guys Don't Always Wear White
12. We Rule The Night

Disc: 3
1. Edge Of A Broken Heart
2. Sympathy
3. Only In My Dreams
4. Shut Up And Kiss Me
5. Crazy Love
6. Lonely At The Top
7. Ordinary People
8. Flesh And Bone
9. Satellite
10. If I Can't Have Your Love
11. Real Life
12. Memphis Lives In Me
13. Too Much Of A Good Thing

Disc: 4
1. Love Ain't Nothing But A Four Letter Word
2. Love Ain't Nothing But A Four Letter Word (Demo)
3. River Run Dry
4. Always (Demo)
5. Kidnap An Angel
6. Breathe
7. Out Of Bounds
8. Letter To A Friend
9. Temptation
10. Gotta Have A Reason
11. All I Wanna Do Is You
12. Billy
13. Nobody's Hero

Disc: 5
DVD with interviews, Unreleased Footage, Rare Archive Material And Photo Gallery

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Second-rate Bon Jovi

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