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Bon Jovi/Slippery When Wet(1986)

 

This Jovi post is for Tbone’s wife Christine who is Toronto going to see her favourite band tonight. Tbone for Christine’s birthday emptied out his wallet  right down to the lint in his pockets and scored her an all-inclusive VIP Package for the show!

Tbone ..you are one great/broke guy! Seriously a round of Beers N Cheers as T has totally stepped up for Christine! 

I told Christine that I would review a Jovi album but only released Jovi output from 1984-1992. Her first choice was Slippery followed by New Jersey which I told her I had already reviewed a ways back! 

Slippery it is than! Of note in this review I flat-out refuse to post the videos from this release that we have seen a billion times over! I will though post  a clip of one of those as I call em Album Gems for you’s to watch!

I will say  however that High Five Hand Slap between Alec and David in the Wanted video is the best part of any rock video ever! Haha….Well from this genre that is……

1984….

Seen the ad for the  self titled debut in Circus Magazine and I was sold on it as Jovi looked like a rock band.  Purchased this on vinyl and it’s a pretty decent debut album with some good rock tracks…

1985….

So since the debut was decent enough a followup purchase on cassette  was in order when 7800 Fahrenheit was released. 7800 was not a hot album but kinda a clunker. Outside of the opening track In And Out Of Love and Tokyo Road  the album did not deliver. The production as well was weak/sterile sounding….

1986…

Jonny and crew hire Producer Bruce Fairbairn(RIP) and Bruce’s sidekick Bob Rock and proceed to high tail up to Vancouver B.C and the album known to everyone Slippery When Wet is Unleashed in the East! South! North and West! Basically all over!

The debut single You Give Love A Bad Name is released a month before the album hits’ the shelves and the song spurred on by the video lays down the law in some pre hype album curiosity for everyone ..well that would be me and Tbone!

When Slippery is released were all hooked on its great songs/singing/playing and production…..

For the record …Tbone always preferred this cover of Slippery! Just saying! ^^^

The Jersey Mafia!

Jon Bon Jovi – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, rhythm acoustic guitar (t
Richie Sambora – lead guitar, backing vocals, lead acoustic guitar
Alec John Such – bass guitar (credited), backing vocals
Tico Torres – drums
David Bryan – keyboards, backing vocals, horns* (Credits as Lema Moon which is his nickname).

Studio musicians
Hugh McDonald – bass guitar (wrote and recorded the bass parts, uncredited)
Tom Keenlyside – saxophone
Lema Moon – horns

Well the Great Alec John Such never played a bass lick on this studio album but back in 1986 we didn’t know any different. Give props to Such though while Jon/Richie and ensemble were recording Alec was trolling Strip Bars in Vancouver and living the High Life! (Just making this up but that is how I would have done it!)

The 10 Pack……


1. “Let It Rock” Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora 5:27
2. “You Give Love a Bad Name” Bon Jovi, Sambora, Desmond Child 3:42
3. “Livin’ on a Prayer” Bon Jovi, Sambora, Child 4:09
4. “Social Disease” Bon Jovi, Sambora 4:18
5. “Wanted Dead or Alive” Bon Jovi, Sambora 5:08
6. “Raise Your Hands” Bon Jovi, Sambora 4:16
7. “Without Love” Bon Jovi, Sambora, Child 3:30
8. “I’d Die for You” Bon Jovi, Sambora, Child 4:30
9. “Never Say Goodbye” Bon Jovi, Sambora 4:48
10. “Wild in the Streets” Bon Jovi 3:54

So as you can say by the writing credits Jonny has in hands in all 10 songs  while Richie riding shotgun contributes to 9. No to be outdone and since the 7800 album did not have a ‘HIT’. Song Doctor Desmond Child is brought in the mix on 4 tracks and two of these tunes shoot the band into superstardom and never looking back!

Let It Rock starts off with a ton of Keyboard Swirls by Bryan and before I can shout “Jon Cain” Sambora blasts out of the gates along with Tico on the drums leading the charge. Let It Rock is a good opener more of a mid tempo  rock track than an all out assault. Sometimes you do not have to drop the hammer right off the top and for a few bands like Jovi they get away with it!

Ok what do you say about You Give Love A Bad Name that hasn’t been talked/written about? Let me try to rewind back to 86 on my thoughts as opposed to 2017 where we have heard this song a million times! The first time I heard it I dug it lot’s and why not?! Features Jon and crew doing capella at the start and the band roars ahead spurred on by a huge Richie riff. Just an all out fun party track. Great solo as well and great  lead and backing vocals.

Richie borrows Framptons Talk Box and one of the biggest 80’s Rock Tune’s ever is heard and at the time you quickly realize that Jon is trying to be  the Pop Rock Metal version of Springsteen in the lyric department telling the tales of people down on their luck. The pre chorus into the chorus is the money shot which made the 3 songwriters here a ton of Cash! We all have heard this tune a zillion times.

Social Disease is good ol after rip of a party tune! Love the use of Horns on this tune and you can see how Aerosmith (1yr later) and  Motley Crue (2 years later) used the same Producers/Studio/Horns and crafted  their own masterpieces at times using Brass in their tunes.

Wanted Dead Or Alive once again I’m going back to 86 and when I heard this tune for the firs time I loved it as it builds slow  with the use of acoustic guitars and morphs into a electric Sambora kicker of a solo. Like the fact that Jon wrote about touring town to town as the video showed them onstage/backstage and made us all want to see the Slippery Tour.

Side 2 blasts off with Raise Your Hands which is another fun straight ahead rocker and you can hear the big riffs layed down and Jon telling us to ummmm…. Raise Your Hands!

Without Love to my years is an obvious single but It wasn’t for some reason than again this album produced huge singles so Jovi must have felt good that he could write a song like Without Love as a single and not use it. Good song actually with a pretty decent hook in the chorus…

Ok! Track 8 is my fav one on here and that’s I’d Die For You  and it just blasts out of the gates and even though in the first verse is awash with Bryan’s Synth Fairbairn never lets the keys take over the Loud Rock Guitar! Great everything about this song and for myself it  will always hold a special place for me as this was the second song in the Jersey Show that Tbone and myself caught in Winnipeg(August/1989) and as I called it my review of the show The Olympic Bra Toss as it rained Bra’s/Panties on those dudes on stage….

Never Say Goodbye was the big power Ballad which did nothing for me. That’s ok as Power Ballads were the obligatory release point’s by the 1980’s standards  So since everyone was doing them after a while i just got nauseous with the whole deal!

Wild In The Streets ends the album it’s a rocker track but for me it’s so so but the chorus is good basically Slippery ends for me after Track 8. Still though Wild  was an ok tune if I could stumble past the previous tune which wasn’t too often!

Holy Crap this was a real long review….U still with me on this Christine??

Jonny steps up and delivers and makes a bunch of fanboys on this album as Jovi had the looks for the ladies and the loud guitars for the dudes. Great album and put these guys on career path that they even survived past the Grunge Era…

Actually I was hoping Christine was going to pick 92’s Keep The Faith but she was The Boss on this one and made the call! Keep The Faith is an album I will tackle at one point so friends thanks for reading and….

Keep The Faith….  (yeah that was pathetic)

^^^ –Actually Tbone never said he preferred that cover I’m just mucking around with him…..

Than again maybe Tbone did say it!!

 

The Cult/Hidden City(2016)

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Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy along with producer Bob Rock(who has produced 5 Cult albums) have once again  changed up the culture and landscape that is The Cults sound!

No two Cult albums sound a like. Starting with 1985s trippy ‘Love’ album followed by one of my all time favourite Rippin n Snortin street albums 1987s ‘Electric’ (Wolf Hat Included). The Cult early on decided to go down different avenues per release! While some fans may like some albums more than others you can’t deny the fact that The Cult just keep trucking along!

This is a total headphones album! Listen to it and hear Duffys Rhythm guitar work. We all know he can play the leads but man his rhythm playing here is top-notch!

One of the few bands you won’t find me doing any “Filler” reviews on!

2016 and along with Ian (Vocals) Billy(King Of Cult Guitar Riffs) John Tempesta (Drums) are joined by new bass guy Chris Chaney.(Bob Rock even plays bass on a few tracks as well) I almost forgot there’s a ton of tambourine on this album! Giddy Up!

Yah Yuh!

DARK ENERGY-The Cult rock right out of the gate with the drums,bass and guitar leading the charge. It takes all of 20 seconds to hear that Bob Rock is letting The Cult loose sonically  and keeping the sound a little more raw John drives this song with his shuffle and groove on the drums. Billy plays a garage like sounding guitar that fuses well with Rocks mix. Ian struts the vocal and delivers a real good leadoff track. Cue up Wolfchild slamming the tambourine in the background! Yah Yah!

NO LOVE LOST-John lays down tribal like drum patterns and along with the bass this leads  into Astbury County and Ian here I will tell you all right now that this is some of Ian’s best singing ever on a Cult album. His voice still has that raunch but the way Rock mixed his vocals it sounds total live like!

DANCE THE NIGHT-Cult like single action here. Why not they deserve it. The chorus harkens back to yesteryear for the Cult with a real catchy chorus “Dance The Night …On The Boulevard” Smooth as silk. Great tune!

IN BLOOD-Duffy plays a real cool swagger of rock riff here. It’s got a real chill vibe and Ian sings about seduction and the opening line sets the tone “I Fell In A Bathroom Stall,5Am On A Tiled Floor,Twisted Night,The Hooker Smiles,When Does It End,When Will It End” the song builds up into a fantastic pre chorus into the chorus and Billy throws down a real short yet so catchy guitar solo! The guy is so friggin good!

BIRDS OF PARADISE-slow tempo  that features the keyboards driving  the song along with Billy’s guitar. This album features a ton of keyboard induced sonics! I’m totally ok with it as The Cult  know how to do it right! They use the keys to enhance their sound and tread lightly  not to override Master Duffys a Guitar Hero-ness! B.O.P is a great slick track a different vibe and let me put it this way to you all Cult fanatics! There is no Peace Dog in sight! In its place is a grown up Cult, a wiser Ian but please dude I could always go for a great rip n roar of the tambourine of Peace Dog! In other words The  Cult have grown up! I have not! Ha!

HINTERLAND-Wowzers this is a classic track! Gotta love the fuzzy bass that opens this track and what an awesome smack a roo of percussion throughout this track! It’s solid Cult and man this album is just blowing me away. Just a few months ago I had no idea there was a Cult album finished and  now a monster is unleashed! Astbury on this album lays down some real good vocals while Duffy keeps his solos short and simple and they are so good! He’s the King Of Riffs N Rolls! Destroy The Destroyer! Ok kids watch the video posted!

G O A T-Greatest Of All Time! Yep! The opening riff is right off the Electric album and before to long John(drummer) lays down the groove to the tune.  Duffy is in full solo jam mode(this song had to have been constructed from jams!) Not too fast of a pace but still a decent kick. This song is total Jammin Cult! WolfChild hollers “Greatest Of All Time ” during the chorus while John smashes the cymbals hard! Awesome tune! Love the throwback sound on this one! Greatest Of All Time Indeed!

DEEPLY ORDERED CHAOS- This song is Zep tinged with short blasts of synths and it carries the song through as Ian goes about almost on the unrest and violence  in some European countries! Well that’s how I hear it anyways! It’s a good song and shows that even though all Cult Songs can’t be like off the rails hard rock like the Electric album it’s ok as Ian N Billy are in there early 50s they can still kick your ass in a chill kind of way! That’s saying something!

AVALANCHE OF LIGHT-Whoah! This song is just plain brilliant! This song needs to be heard and if The Cult don’t release this as a single they need to hire me as there P.R Guy! Avalanche Of Light is a GEM! Love the rhythm guitar crunch on the left side while the on the right side it’s almost lead like guitar that goes on for the length of the song. The beginnings of this song lead you to believe that the song may go one way but it goes into another gear and it just does not get better than this! Cult Rock 2016 is alive and well friends!

LILIES-Piano and some slick John drumming propel this song into another kind of tempo. Not what you would expect from the Cult! I posted on FaceCrack a pic of the album and said “Don’t expect the expected!” This track is one of them!

HEATHENS-Cult Rock kicking you hard up the arse! Just as you may thought Ian and Billy were gonna slow down…Nope they crank up there Marshall amps and let loose with a real rock of a track! Dirty Heathens….Dirty Heathens bellows Wolfchild adding on the way out of the door “Hard Rain A Fall” yup that just about sums it up!

SOUND AND FURY-By the title you would think this was gonna be an end of the album Cult Stomper! Nope it is not! It’s got piano a lot of it and Ian holds up his end and delivers a real smooth like vocal. Even though it’s piano driven you gotta hand it to the Wolfchild when he chirps “Killing Floor” at the start of the track! Yup Ian may be Chillin but he will still kick your ass with his vocabulary even though sometimes I have no idea what he’s going on about!

FINAL YAMMER-When I first read back last November that The Cult was releasing a new studio album Hidden City I was like ????? How and when did the Cult record an album and keep a lid on it? Impressive for the fact that in this day and age guys like Mike Ladano did not even know until I told him! So there Ya go!

Ian,Billy,John,Chris and Bob Rock step up on what is an even better album than Choice Of Weapon and it proves that without a doubt Cult Rock is alive and well in 2016!

Thanks Cult for stepping up and delivering a full 12 song album meal deal!

Fuckin Love These Guys!

The Cult/ Choice Of Weapon(2012)

The Cult pull out the stops on this ass kicker  album from 2012! Right away I dug the fact that Ian Astbury(Wolfchild/ Lead Vocalist) and Billy Duffy(The King Of Street Riffs / Guitar) totally stepped up and put out a classic Cult album! Once again the Cult never release the same album twice.

Choice Of Weapon(produced by Chris Goss and Bob Rock) though is a mish mash of all the Cult albums from Love (1985)thru to Born Into This(2007)  basically like if you dumped all the studio records into a blender Choice Of Weapon would be the end result!

The other thing is that this marks  The Cults first album ever where the same lineup recorded back to back albums! Hard to believe that Ian And Billy had that much of a rotating rhythm section album to album but they did but now they have a Continuity which i guess would be a new word for those guys!

WOWZERS….UPDATE….The Cult are releasing new music February 2016 with a album called Hidden City!  They got a new bass player so that ends the streak at 2 in regards to recording with the same lineup in the studio! Bob Rock is producing so this is Rock’s  5 th album with The Cult! New  Cult ..I’m there! Hail Wolfchild and Duffster! As my pal Space Ace would say “YAH YAH!”

In regards Hidden City it ends the trilogy started with a Born Into This and followed through with Choice Of Weapon….hmmmm gonna have to backtrack Into Born Into This….I Assasin from that disc  is a great track…..

Wolfchild,Duffy,Chris Wyse(bass) and John Tempesta(drums ) lay down the Hard Rock Law!

Now let’s trip back 3 years ……

Hell’s Kitchen D.M.C……

HONEY FROM A KNIFE- The Cult start off like they always do and that’s rockin! Duffy as always shows up with the riffs while Tempesta on the drums drives the song forward with some real driving beats! Ian shows up and the way his lyrics line up this song is the start of a kinda concept album here at Cult Central!  Cool use of piano during the verses with tambourine intact! “We Got The Drugs …..We Got The Drugs In Here!” chants the Gang like backing vocals! Once again The Cult show up with a killer album opener!  The middle part is the money shot where Ian and Billy toss the Ol hook in line  “where I’m drowning get me out of this place,” Great solo and  Ian and his Indian wild hearted self tosses down a end of the song classic  line “Kali,Fucked Up Childern!” Boom ..songs done!

ELEMENTAL LIGHT-think U2 if they had rock balls! That’s Elemental Light! Duffy gets some real chill like The Edge guitar  sounds and blasts off into another orbit. Here comes Johnny on the drums rolling those tom toms like some I know roll reefers! Great atmospheric piece and jeepers  its only track 2!

THE WOLF- The Wolf opens with big bombastic Cult Rock and befores you know the song changes tempos and how’s about some cowbell getting the shit smacked out of it by Tempesta and I dig the little Zep like synth sounds in the back during the verses! Do not be deceived by the bible and liars bellows Ian! Yah Yah! There are many in the world that will take advantage of you’s and that my friends is the message! There are a ton of Wolfs out there kids take shelter!

LIFE>DEATH- is a moody piece complete with piano and such and its a great tune. Astbury can dig himself out of the WolfChild persona but when duty calls…. Life>Death is a great tune and Duffy gets a real different sound out of his guitar….

FOR THE ANIMALS- The Cult come ripping out of the gate with the pedal pushed to the floor in regards to the music being produced, real cool use of percussion and as always there’s that catchy piano like Kiss’s  Christine Sixteen except the Cult speed up the piano by about 100 mphs. Duffy tosses down some cool riffage and there’s Astbury and listen to his voice as he once again tells us “For All The Fucked Up Childern….Starin Down The Barrel Of A Gun ” he sells the line ….Bam The Cult than tear it up! Crank the vid posted but you tube has edited the naughty words out! Fuck Censorship!

AMENESIA-This number is like a mashup of the Love album and Cermony! Duffy the genius starts with a super riff and the drums shift the tune into overdrive! Love the verse it’s a brilliant piece of written performed rock! Astbury throws it down vocally especially during the chorus! Kudos to Bob Rock for keeping a real laid back affair in the production dept! I guess Chris Goss should be commended as well!

WILDERNESS NOW-Ian and the boys slow it the hell down! Piano drives this tune! Great after dinner kind of melloishy tune as you know some crack lurks around the corner as his name is…..

LUCIFER- do not for a minute think this is some Motley Sixx “hey we’re gonna yammer on about the Devil” to move some copies of new product. Nope this Lucifer is about Crack and being high for the devil ..The running theme of helplessness continues in Lucifer! Hard to make choices when your messed up says Ian. Cool groove laid down by the fella’s in the band! Big time power chords angling all over the place from Duffy…..

A PALE HORSE-end of the album GEM! Total throwback tune! Love the bass,guitar,drums,Ian and his tambourine are locked n loaded and ready to whip the Pale Rider! This song oooozes cool! The bass from Wyse drives this tune! There’s something romantic on how Astbury phrases lines like when he sings “with a wave of my hand I will crusuuuuuush  your sweet skull!” Yeah that’s cool shit. Kudos to Bob Rock for keeping the production real live like! No bells and whistles just straight ahead good time rock n roll with a swift hard boot up the ass!  Super cool Duffy solo with Tempesta spinning the drums into submission …..great F’n track! Pale Horse according to my pal Space Ace is slang for Heroin! So there Ya go kids too much smack will crush Yer Skull!  Don’t believe me? Ask Ian and ask Space Ace!

THIS NIGHT IN THE CITY FOREVER-Ian is cruising the Subdivisions of your local neighbourhood pondering just what thee fudge is going on! Chill pace and vibe and Ian channels his inner Wolfchild and combines it with the Lizard King vocally. All of Ian’s friends are drunk in a sense of a flame! He said it not me…also of note Ian sings “toss your weapon to the ground!” I’m kinda wondering where all the fucked up Childern are?

EVERY MAN AND WOMAN IS A STAR-A great track! Duffy strums some real slick power chords and Astbury sings about there always being a light at the end of the tunnel and in this case your all stars! That’s right that’s Astbury Testament right there! Great song just a no nonsense Rock song with a positive message! Considering a lot of this album is about addiction Wolfchild kicks it in the ass and moves on! Fuck Yah Sez I!

EMBERS-5 minutes of serious Cult! This song builds musically and lifts off into areas that the Cult aren’t famous for!  Not a straight ahead rocker nor is it a pile of mush rock! Astbury grabs the reigns vocally and Duffy lays down some real good cool guitar.

UNTIL THE LIGHT TAKES US-Drums,guitars,bass and some cool distorted synth drive this track! Astbury during the verses sounds AHEM out there but he whips into neutral gear during the fabulous chorus! Astbury sings the chorus brilliantly while Duffy keeps pace on his guitar! Easily another Cult Classic!

SIBERIA-Gotta love distorted bass openings and Siberia does that ! Wyse plays on this album some real cool bass lines. Duffy adds a real cool atmospheric sound with his guitar. Duffy can play many styles and this album proves that! He is one talented cat! Siberia’s chorus is real goooood as Astbury sings it real good as well! Astbury as well he can sing man he’s got a distinct style. I mean no one can do the Yah Yahs …and Shake Shake Shake quite like Ian but the dude can belt a great tune and Siberia  he shows his vocal abilities! Did I just type that! Hahaha…..

IN CONCLUSION- The Cult storm back with a musical tsunami that takes us on a journey through  the streets of drug addiction and all the things that go with it! You know the deal,drugs,hookers,pimps,more drugs,needles,smack ,dead end streets,f*^ked up childern,loaded barrel of a gun! This is Cult Avenue Folks! Fasten your seat belt and get out of Dodge!

Choice Of Weapon is a fantastic concept  album and I lookie forward to Hidden City in Feb of 2016!

 

SONIC WAVES…Bon Jovi/New Jersey

I have to give credit where credit is due! For me I gotta suck it up and say that when Bon Jovi dropped New Jersey on our senses in the fall of 1988 we were all drinking what Jon was selling! What was he selling Deke you say? Well simple he was fronting one of the biggest bands In the world. I bought into Jon’s rock plan from about 1984 – 1992! After Keep The Faith the guy and his band of hired men  just flat out sucked and to that point I could do about 5 or 6 Jovi albums of  3/4’s Fillers but I cannot even get into tracking these albums down to give them a spin! Like seriously when he did that fucking goofy Hee Haw (country) record Left Feels Right? Hey if you love those albums I respect that I really do but  Geez people  the last great track you had been Dry County from Keep The Faith and then you punt the great Alec John Such from the band…ok I’m getting off topic but yeah friends New Jersey is a great rock record even today. It was produced by the great Bruce Fairbairn(RIP) and Bob Rock…….

Richie Sambora(gone) Alec John Such(canned) David Bryan (puppet) Tico Torres(no say guy) and Jon Bon Jovi(no comment) recorded and wrote some real good tunes here…..

Where’s Tokyo Road again?

LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME-the intro to this song is pretty damn cool i must say it ebbs and flows into all kinds of rock territory snippets of chants of “Hey” pop out sonically and then hope about you throw down some chill with what sounds like a hammond b3 with  Jon telling us to Lay..yada yada and then crank up the sonics the song rocks out of the gate and all is well here at Jovi HQ 1988! Sambora plays some big riffs and the drums and bass groove along real good. Granted Jovi knows the deal here but he cranks the attention of my 21-year-old brain at the time and opens the Jersey album with a real good track! Bravo Jovi i say!

BAD MEDICINE-heres some keys..and boom Richie Rich plays big Arena Rock power chords and wowzers did this song hook me back than. Jonny and company nail the chorus at the beginning of the track and I’m shooting up with some Bad Medicine myself! The song rolls with catchy verse,catchy chorus and insert muscle guitar solo for good measure and viola you have a mega hit that myself,Tbone and many million others are hooked!

BORN TO BE MY BABY- the hooks keep coming ….the band fires off out of the starters gate and throw down some Na,na,na,na,na,na! This is a good song and give it up for everyone’s favourite salaried lead guitarist R Sambora! You can see now 27 years later and even back in good Ol 1988 how big of a clog Sambora was in this band. I always dug the live version of this tune when at the end Jovi would nail down some harmonica….instant street cred! Check out the live vid!

LIVING IN SIN- you knew just knew it was coming yepper doodle folks the ballad. It’s so so in my books I mean it’s better than that God awful sap sellout song  Always that came years later. You know it’s just your typical proto type balladeer but the drums push it a bit so it doesn’t fully land in dulls ville! Interesting rock fact that when myself and Tbone caught the Jersey Syndicate World Tour of 1989 Living In Sin was the current single and they did not play it that night in Winnipeg! Wouldn’t have mattered if they had  I would  have went for a piss during it!
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BLOOD ON BLOOD- this I guess you could say In the Jovi catalogue would be the were all for one and one for all song! The song builds it’s the kinda tune Springsteen would do if he was doing rock n roll steroids! It’s a good closer for side one and I also recall when they played this live you know they did the high fives and putting each other’s hands on each other like we’re brothers! Yeah I bought into the program and then I read a few months later that all the dudes are just hired hands! The word BRUTAL comes to  mind!

HOMEBOUND TRAIN- this song is awesome. Loud distorted guitar,distorted harmonica and real fast tune! No slouching and man this song just cooks and smokes! Tico mashes his drums and paces this track and bravo! What a way to kickstart side 2! Don’t believe me ? Crank the vid!

WILD IS THE WIND- I really like this tune it’s a well written mid tempo track that features Sambora jacked up vocally next to JON in the mix! Real good chorus and yeah man if I was the tin man I guess you could say I have a heart! Haha! This is how a kindish power ballad should be done. Why they never pushed this out as a single who knows but pretty cool never less! First power ballad vid posted here at Arena Rock! It’s official Jon Bon Jingles has taken over what’s officially left of my brain!

RIDE COWBOY RIDE- drop the needle and you can hear the cackling of the vinyl of Jon and Richies acoustics! It’s short tune like a buck and a half (1 minute 30 secs ) and boom guns are drawn into…..

STICK TO YOUR GUNS-big wall of Fairbairn sound starts this tune and it’s a good song,a slow groover of a track and Jon and company tell us all to Keep The Faith! Don’t give up and if you do take a shot of Bad Medicine!

I’LL BE THERE FOR YOU- Yep this song was huge in 1989 real huge all over Muchmusic and it padded Bon Jovi’s bank account forever! It’s a power muscled ballad and even though this tune really isn’t my thing it’s better than Living In Sin and others! Features actually some real neat axe work from Sambora! Of course Sambora carries this tune with the Boss vocally as well!

99 IN THE SHADE- gem man! End of the album Gem! This is real cool party time summer fun rock! Almost like a tune you would hear in the 50s but Jovi cooks it 80s style and it’s a romping good rocker! Real money is on the chorus of this track. I have to say man these guys were on a roll at this time which is very impressive considering they were following up Slippery When Wet!

LOVE FOR SALE- Richie and Funny Jonny get hammered on substances and roll tape with the acoustics with Tico on the snare and end the album with a feel good end of the album Gem! Love the lyrics…just simple good and goofy! Well done Captain Kidd/King Of Swing!

IN CONCLUSION- Yo! If you have been reading this site for a while you have probably been  wondering where’s the Jovi album reviews? Hahahaha than again maybe not! New Jersey came out when I was 21 and they rocked this record pretty good! It’s filled with all good things 80s! Big production,catchy songs, big singles, big(gulp) ballads and it’s all here for the pickings!  I give them credit they never did go down Cheese Wiz Avenue as much as others did (did I hear someone chirp Poison?) still I gotta hand it to these guys this is a great rock album……..just don’t get me started on after anything Jovi related after 1992!

 

SONIC WAVES…The Cult/Sonic Temple

1989 is rolling along and bam here comes the Cult with there super duper produced Bob Rock opus Sonic Temple. The build up to this release was huge,I mean we were buzzing with anticipation of the Sonics coming from the Temple!

The Cult knew how to build a buzz and man they delivered a huge some would say C*%k Rock release but for me a plain out ol masterpiece that could go toe to toe with Electric but they were different beasts. Electric is street rock thats gonna take you out in the backyard and kick your ass in whereas Sonic Temple will be a little more refined in the backyard perhaps a BBQ and some cold ones are on tap than a ass kickin!

This is the Cult streamlined gone is Les Warner and his sideburns on drums  and session guy Mickey Curry is recruited for the studio and along with regulars Astbury/Duffy and Stewart the Cult bangs out some serious Rockage!

Ian ditches the wolf hat and tambourine  and begins a new journey as the,

SUN KING- some slow drums and bass throbbing start track one and before you know it the Cult shift gears and are locked and loaded and into the Sun King and the first thing you notice as a listener is this is big time Arena Rock, gone is the back alley ass kicking sound of Electric in its place is The Cult going for the 20,000 seat arena pay days! By golly it worked for a time! Super catchy Chrous and man what a start…

FIRE WOMAN- the big debut single Astbury throws in some shake shake shakes which is his style and it’s pretty damn apparent that Billy Duffy has a ton of huge rock riffs up his sleeve. Yee ha! Classic Cult and Astbury has stepped up lyrically. Love the line about the hot tin shack!

AMERICAN HORSE-Stick it in your ear cause it ain’t exactly clear what you people hear! Ha your right Ian. This song shifts almost into a Aerosmithy zone at the end by the fade out but I tell ya the Cult are serious with the craft here. Kinda funny how Astbury hated this period of the Cult well from what I read,like why man?,playing arenas?selling zillions of records?your face plastered everywhere,?women throwing themselves at ya???party treats everywhere?geez dude at the time of this release I was washing dishes in a kitchen hospital and the only thing being thrown my way were burnt pots from the cooks! I should have hated this time myself but you know what ..I loved it man, it fed my addiction and that’s RAWK!

EDIE- ahh Ian And Billy find a moments silence and Billy turns the Marshall down and for a ballad at the time(89) this is a good one not like that Bad English rubbish that was trying to assault my senses..pretty atmospheric this track is with the use of strings…good job Cult good job!

SWEET SOUL SISTER-some solo keys start this tune off and than Billy and the boys join in and man this is a great rock track! Super duper catchy Chrous! Some duper cool solo! Super Duper vocal delivery just plain old Super F*%kin Duper Tune. Plus for good measure Astbury chucks in some cool Hustle and Struts along with some ya ya’s thrown in and it’s all good!

SOUL ASYLUM-7 minutes plus Cult. On the Electric album that would have been two Cult songs so the boys here are stretching there wings so to speak and were right into a Zep/Cult mash up! What a great tune …epic comes to mind…slow slow builder. This boys and girls is not a song ! It’s a masterpiece !

NEW YORK CITY- The Cult bid adieu to Zep and smash and grab and make the pilgrimage  into NYC and it’s a quick energized track and basically it’s Ian telling ya to stay out of Hells Kitchen! Iggy Pop makes  a guest appearance and all bets are off as Billy lays down a great solo and this song rocks. If you need a boot in the ass on a Monday morning. Crank this little sucka up!

AUTOMATIC BLUES-is another kinda mid tempo song. Big Chrous and big riffs having said that at least the Cult don’t pansy out when they do decide to take it a little commercial! Ian ain’t no sucker he ain’t no fool just talking about the Automatic Blues. Plus back than when Ian was headed for a bit of commercialism he would still toss out a lot of ohh,ohh ,baby,baby,baby………

SOLDIER BLUE- Mickey Curry drives this tune on the drums. It’s a snappy happy Duffy shuffle on guitar as well. Lyrically for the Cult this is as deep as it gets! To me it sound like Ian is asking about the perils of war and what good is it for.( insert serious comment here)

WAKE UP TIME FOR FREEDOM- you know me and TBone talked about how it’s great when you get into 7 or 8 tracks into a album and there are songs as good as tracks 1-5. This for me is one of em! Cool laid back song and  some cool cowbell and percussion jive up this track and Astbury delivers the goods vocally. Love how outside of NYC on side two that these tracks are pushing 5 minutes in length.

MEDICINE TRAIN-man over time this is my fav song off of Sonic Temple! Love the harp at the beginning of the tune followed by a big Duffy riff with Astbury torching out a shout of Shotgun!! And now were riding  on the Medicine Train…never coming down again! Sounds good Ian and of course Ian and Billy rip out in hyper speed with Ian bellowing ..oh Gimmie a lot of that Medicine,whoa oh Train! Whoosh…..what a great ending now get the frigg of the Cult Xpress !

IN CONCLUSION- so once again the Cult delivered in huge spades! I mean what a way to go out in the late 80s a TKO that’s for sure! Ian and Billy delivered a solid batch of tunes and they were twisted at the controls by Bob Rock and the this album made em arena headliners back in 89!  An all time great rock masterpiece!