Slippery when Wet - (Import CD)
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- Rock & Pop
- Hard Rock
- Mono / Stereo
- Bruce Fairbairn
- Slippery When Wet [Remaster]
Bon Jovi: Jon Bon Jovi (vocals); Richie Sambora (acoustic & electric guitars, guitar synthesizer, talk box, background vocals); Dave Bryan (keyboards, background vocals); Hugh McDonald (bass, background vocals); Tico Torres (drums, percussion).
Recorded at Little Mountain, Vancouver, British Columbia.
All tracks have been digitally remastered using 20-bit technology by George Marino (Summer 1998, Sterling Sound, New York, New York).
This video compilation includes interviews of the band.
Slippery When Wet wasn't just a breakthrough album for Bon Jovi; it was a breakthrough for hair metal in general, marking the point where the genre officially entered the mainstream. Released in 1986, it presented a streamlined combination of pop, hard rock, and metal that appealed to everyone -- especially girls, whom traditional heavy metal often ignored. Slippery When Wet was more indebted to pop than metal, though, and the band made no attempt to hide its commercial ambition, even hiring an outside songwriter to co-write two of the album's biggest singles. The trick paid off as Slippery When Wet became the best-selling album of 1987, beating out contenders like Appetite for Destruction, The Joshua Tree, and Michael Jackson's Bad.
Part of the album's success could be attributed to Desmond Child, a behind-the-scenes songwriter who went on to write hits for Aerosmith, Michael Bolton, and Ricky Martin. With Child's help, Bon Jovi penned a pair of songs that would eventually define their career -- "Living on a Prayer" and "You Give Love a Bad Name" -- two teenage anthems that mixed Springsteen's blue-collar narratives with straightforward, guitar-driven hooks. The band's characters may have been down on their luck -- they worked dead-end jobs, pined for dangerous women, and occasionally rode steel horses -- but Bon Jovi never presented a problem that couldn't be cured by a good chorus, every one of which seemed to celebrate a glass-half-full mentality. Elsewhere, the group turned to nostalgia, using songs like "Never Say Goodbye" and "Wild in the Streets" to re-create (or fabricate) an untamed, sex-filled youth that undoubtedly appealed to the band's teen audience. Bon Jovi wasn't nearly as hard-edged as M”tley Cre or technically proficient as Van Halen, but the guys smartly played to their strengths, shunning the extremes for an accessible, middle-of-the-road approach that wound up appealing to more fans than most of their peers. "It's alright if you have a good time," Jon Bon Jovi sang on Slippery When Wet's first track, "Let It Rock," and those words essentially served as a mantra for the entire hair metal genre, whose carefree, party-heavy attitude became the soundtrack for the rest of the '80s. ~ Andrew Leahey
- Country of Origin
- Studio / Live
- Bon Jovi
- Songs / Tracks
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Let It Rock
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] You Give Love a Bad Name
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Livin' on a Prayer
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Social Disease
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Wanted Dead or Alive
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Raise Your Hands
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Without Love
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] I'd Die for You
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Never Say Goodbye
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Wild in the Streets
- Universal Distribution
- 43m 42s
- Video Disabled
- Bob Rock
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