BON JOVI – Slippery When Wet +3 [Japan SHM-CD Ltd mini LP remastered] Out Of Print

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As requested, here’s BON JOVI classic “Slippery When Wet” in its Japanese cardboard sleeve (mini LP) reissue pressed on high-fidelity SHM-CD format.
Also known as ‘Special Edition’ – now out of print – the album features the original censored cover art, it’s fully remastered and includes 3 bonus tracks.

As requested, here’s BON JOVI classic “Slippery When Wet” in its Japanese cardboard sleeve (mini LP) reissue pressed on high-fidelity SHM-CD format.
Also known as ‘Special Edition’ – now out of print – the album features the original censored cover art, it’s fully remastered and includes 3 bonus tracks.

1986 was a year of dichotomy in the rock world. The first wave of debauched hair metal bands was colliding with the thrash metal ascension, which countered decadent bliss with an antidote of reality during the politically callous era of the Reagan-Bush administration.
Bands like Metallica and Anthrax delved into darker realms and broached topics like the ugliness of social inequality and the looming specter of nuclear war.
It was the unsexy antithesis to the late Robbin Crosby’s “Pussy Party Paycheck” ethos espoused by his band Ratt and their peers.

The keyboard-laced melodic poppy rock of Bon Jovi found the perfect way to circumvent those two camps. Adored by legions of teens for their good looks and infectious hooks, the Jersey Syndicate (as they later came to be known) knew how to sell the fantasy of the rock ‘n roll lifestyle and tell stories of both romantic love and sexual hijinks without the overt crassness of some of their hair-band counterparts.
They made it look endearing. Bon Jovi’s first two albums were filled with such anthems and ballads: “In And Out Of Love,” “Shot Through The Heart,” “Only Lonely,” “Silent Night,” “Roulette”…

There was one problem. The quintet needed a smash single to rocket them into the stratosphere.
The only bonafide hit on their first two albums (Bon Jovi and 7800° Fahrenheit) was the keyboard-propelled rocker “Runaway,” the opening track of their debut album, co-written by George Karak and frontman Jon Bon Jovi.
While they had many catchy tracks ready for radio, the band needed an injection in the songwriting department.

Jon and guitarist Richie Sambora hooked up with songwriter Desmond Child, former member of ’70s pop-rock ensemble Desmond Child & Rouge, through members of KISS, who had achieved renewed success with him on post-makeup albums like Animalize and Asylum.
An initial songwriting session at Richie’s childhood home with Jon, Richie, and Desmond immediately produced “You Give Love A Bad Name”.

Jon and Richie’s partnership with Desmond would prove to be incredibly fruitful. The man knew how to conjure relatable stories about the common man, an approach that Bon Jovi had always taken.
Four songs from their ‘Slippery When Wet’ writing sessions made the album: “You Give Love A Bad Name,” “Without Love,” “I’d Die For You,” and the monster hit “Livin’ On A Prayer,” the stirring anthem about overcoming adversity that will forever be associated with the band.

All four collaborations were about the bonds of love (in the first case, lust), and “Prayer,” Child’s everyman tale of Tommy and Gina, inspired by himself and an ex-girlfriend struggling to make it as artists, struck a serious chord with working-class rock fans across the country. The chorus has become the band’s ultimate sing-along melody live.
Another track, the beloved B-side “Edge Of A Broken Heart,” appeared on the soundtrack to the 1987 Fat Boys movie Disorderlies.

Buoying the rich song selection was the sparkling, booming production work of producer Bruce Fairbairn and engineer Bob Rock (who would later become a successful producer for Mötley Crüe and Metallica).
Working at Vancouver-based Little Mountain Sound Studios with the band, Fairbairn and Rock imbued the tunes with the right amount of reverb, sonic gloss and a thick drum sound that would make the pop-rock tunes feel heavier than they were.

David Bryan’s grinding, Jon Lord-like organ intro to the anthemic “Let It Rock” sounded like it was descending from the heavens. Richie Sambora’s charging riffs and six-string squeals were placed front and center on the super catchy “Raise Your Hands,” the closest thing the album had to a rousing metal anthem.
On the flip side, the lust-fueled “Wild In The Streets” served up deliciously infectious power pop, and “Wanted Dead Or Alive,” with its moody intro and crystalline acoustic guitar sound, offered a stirring mock cowboy anthem striving for mythical rock significance. It has become a classic of their canon.

Recording in the spring of 1986, the members of Bon Jovi—Jon, Richie, keyboardist David Bryan, bassist Alec John Such, and drummer Tico Torres—busted their asses in the studio under the watchful eyes and ears of their producer, but at night they hit the town to carouse with strippers and party heavily.

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The finished album reflected the raucous spirit of their Vancouver adventures, and ultimately the title was inspired by the No. 5 Orange Stripclub, where strippers soaped up onstage.
But while ‘Slippery When Wet’ genuinely reflected the lifestyle its creators were living, frontman Jon Bon Jovi was a driving musical ringleader who took things very seriously. From day one he wanted to be a star, and no one would derail him from his objective.

By the end of 1987, ‘Slippery When Wet’ was the best-selling album of the year, racking up 8 million in sales in the 17 months since its release, half of them that year alone. It would go on to sell 4 million more in America by 1995 and has reportedly sold 28 million copies globally in the last 30 years.
It remains the biggest album of Bon Jovi’s career and one of the biggest albums of the ’80s, while “Prayer” is their most famous song in America.
A MUST HAVE

 

UNIVERSAL MUSIC JAPAN ~ UICY-94548
LTD SHM-CD
(C O L L E C T O R S  E D I T I O N)

01 – Let It Rock
02 – You Give Love A Bad Name
03 – Livin’ On A Prayer
04 – Social Disease
05 – Wanted Dead Or Alive
06 – Raise Your Hands
07 – Without Love
08 – I’d Die For You
09 – Never Say Goodbye
10 – Wild In The Streets
BONUS TRACKS:
11 – You Give Love A Bad Name (Live)
12 – Livin’ On A Prayer (Live)
13 – Wanted Dead Or Alive (Acoutisc Live Version)

Jon Bon Jovi
Richie Sambora
Alec John Such
Tico Torres
David Bryan

 

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  1. MB says:

    Huge Thanks for the Bon Jovi Posts. Adds some nice closure for me.

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