For My Sunday Song #197, we are going to go with a song off Bon Jovi’s New Jersey album called “Wild is the Wind”. The song was from 1988 and it was never released as a single, but it stuck with me and was one of my favorites on the album. Like a lot of their albums, the deep cuts can sometimes be better than the actual singles and this was one of those for me. Next to “Blood on Blood” from the New Jersey album, this is one I go to more than others.
This song seems to be an admission of guilt for Jon as he seems to be feeling bad for not being there for his wife. It is something deeply imbedded in him that drives him to be on the road all the time. He feels she would probably do better finding someone else that can give her what she needs because he feels he is failing at that task. And as much as he lived that rock star lifestyle, I would say he failed quite a bit at giving her what she needed. In the end, we know how the story ends in real life as he and his wife are still together after all these years.
What I loved about the song is something that was a common theme on the New Jersey songs, it was this cowboy spirit drenched in the music style. It wasn’t a country twang or anything like that, it was mostly in how the acoustic guitar is used in the songs. There is this restless feeling in the songs. Musically, it is a cross between a ballad and just a plain old rock song. It has its slow moments, but rocks out in the end with some damn fine guitar work by Mr. Richie Sambora, the backbone of the band. Tico Torres has some nice drum fills and great moments as well so I don’t want to leave him out. Jon sings with all his heart and his emotions on his sleeve like he always did back then (now the new stuff feels like is his just going through the motions, but that is another story for another day).
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And now we are on the third Kiss Bootleg I picked up in Paris. This one is a beauty. It is called “Kiss – The Summer of Satan: The Devils Ride Out!”. The package is fantastic on this release as you get a beautiful gatefold, some awesome pictures on the vinyl sleeves and some colorful vinyl.
The show is at the Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City, NJ on July 10th, 1976. It is a full soundboard recording (and I believe this show was videotaped as well and circulating). You get 15 tracks plus 3 solos, so yes, a full show. Before we get in to the music, as always, let’s go over the packaging. You’ve seen the cover above, now take a look at the back cover. It is a picture of the band on motorcycles. I really cool shot!
And It is a 2LP set and they did it right with a gatefold. The full picture on the gatefold is a shot of the stage with all the band and the Kiss Logo!! Okay, Peter is little blurred by the smoke…lots of smoke.
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Formed in 1983, just a mere 35 years ago, Bon Jovi defined the 80’s music scene. They have since had 13 studio albums, 3 live albums, numerous compilations and even a box set. With so much music, some of course is bad, some is good, some is great and some is legendary. They have had line-up changes as most bands have had and yet the still keep rolling on. They have even made it in to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Since there is so much about the band, they deserve to have their albums ranked from Worst to First. I am going to do all 13 of their studio albums, plus 1 compilation which I thought was a studio album, but apparently not…who knew. So, 14 albums in total will be coming at you. I hope you have time to get through all of them.
And as always, let’s start with my least favorite album and work our way to my favorite…so sit back and enjoy…
14. THE WORST – ‘THE CIRCLE’ (2009):
‘The Circle’ was supposed to be the band’s return to rock after a very Nashville based previous album, ‘Lost Highway”. The big problem for me with this album was the lack of credibility the songs had with me. They tried to return to a “working man” sound such as “Work for the Working Man”, but I didn’t believe it. It felt forced and fake. Nothing on this album resonated with me in the least bit. Even today, I can’t think of the names of the songs on this album. They were not memorable and just seemed stale and uninspiring.
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For My Sunday Song #81, I bring you one of my favorite songs off the Bon Jovi album ‘New Jersey’. That song is “Blood on Blood”. Back in the day, Bon Jovi actually wrote songs with heart and songs that told great stories. Stories you cared about and became connected with such as Tommy and Gina in “Livin’ On a Prayer”. “Blood on Blood” was the song that really connected with me.
The song was never released as a single, but I probably listened to it more than any other song on the album. The song was based on the movie “Stand By Me”. Jon was so inspired by that movie, he got with Richie Sambora and Desmond Child and they crafted this gem.
The story is about three childhood friends, though not related, were like brothers to each other. They cut their hands and then shook to signify they were blood brothers, lifelong friends and friends you could call at any time and they would be there to help.
That theme resonated with me. It resonated so much, I started outlining a book based on that very concept. Sadly, I never finished that book (or really ever started other than the outline – maybe some day). Anyway, take a listen to the song and read the lyrics and hopefully you will see what I mean. It is a powerful song about friendship and if you have a friend or friends like that, then this song is for you!
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I hate holidays…I don’t know why, but i just do. Ok, I hate the ones where I have to buy gifts…I feel so much pressure. The holidays I do like are the ones where I actually get gifts. The old adage “it is better to give than to receive” is crap. That person never received vinyl records as a gift obviously.
For Father’s Day this year, my wife and daughters gave me some nice gifts. Not only did I receive some great cards and some candy, but I got some nice shirts for work as well. Which I needed. They also got me some really cool, crazy socks. One was blue with some pineapples (don’t know why, but I love them) and the other was some gray socks with guitars on them (I understand that one and love them as well).
But what I loved most of all was some vinyl. I love to go buy vinyl, but I generally only buy used records from the 70’s & 80’s and if I am lucky…early 90’s. The brand new copies I generally don’t buy…too expensive. So I always ask for those as gifts.
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