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Artist: Bon Jovi

Title: Bon Jovi

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Category: Glam

Year: 1984

Label: PolyGram

Catalog Number: 830 982-4 m-1


Jon Bon Jovi lead vocals, guitar
David Rashbaum keyboards
Richie Sambora lead guitar, backing vocals
Alec John Such bass
Tico Torres Drums
This album didn't go gold until after the release of their 4th album, New Jersey


1.  Runaway  3:50
2.  Roulette  4:38
3.  She Don't Know Me  3:58
4.  Shot Through the Heart  4:16
5.  Love Lies  4:06
6.  Breakout  5:20
7.  Burning for Love  3:51
8.  Come Back  3:56
9.  Get Ready  4:07
Total Running Time:  38:02

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Geoff Date: March 13, 2005 at 22:31
LOL... no comments on this one yet? How odd. Well, my thoughts are that this is a good solid melodic hard rock disc. They showed here that they were a good band, even before Desmond came along. 'Shot through the heart' is still one of my fave BJ tracks, 'She don't know me' is great pop rock, 'Roulette' is another all-time fave - killer hard rocker, and 'Runaway' is pretty cool. But this is very consistent, very good melodic rock.

From: AOR freaky Date: March 14, 2005 at 1:38
Killer AOR, not exactly hardrock ! Runaway is my all-time fave Bon Jovi song ! Swirling keys ! I agree with Geoff, their debut and their best !

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From: Jez Date: March 14, 2005 at 12:45
Still to this day the best and most consistent BJ disc - only 'Slippery ' gets near it for me. Love all the tracks on this, especially 'Breakout' with it's great keys (by Aldo Nova I believe)'Runaway', 'She Don't Know Me' 'Shot Through The Heart' - the list goes on. A great great debut album.

From: rocker Date: March 15, 2005 at 4:52
no david bryan played all the keyboards from bon jovi till these left feels right.....

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From: Jez Date: March 15, 2005 at 6:18
Roy Bittan played Keys on 'Runaway' and Aldo Nova Guested on keys for 'Breakout' or so i am led to believe for the last 20 years.!!!!

From: Date: March 16, 2005 at 2:32
you are absolutely wrong

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From: Jez Date: March 16, 2005 at 13:04
Don't think so pal - Check the album sleeve - 'Runaway' was recorded by the 'All Star Review' in 1982 featuring to quote the album sleeve:- Tim Pierce -Guitar, Roy Bittan - Keyboards, Frankie La Rocka -Drums, Huey McDonald - Bass. Aldo Nova also helped out with some of the album sessions,a favour in which BJ repayed Aldo on the 'Blood On The Bricks' album. Also you will notice Doug Katsaros & Chuck Burgi (Both from the excellent Balance) helped out aswell.

From: Date: March 17, 2005 at 5:00
yeah i know the entire story...also jack ponti helped out...i've just said david bryan play keyboards on every single song in their catalouge

From: JORGE_CODAROCK Date: March 17, 2005 at 13:42

From: The Overlord Date: March 18, 2005 at 19:04
I belive all the comments on the BJ albumes have recently been deleted for some reason, anyway I really like this cd, acturly I think it was the first really really good Melodic rock cd that came out, the first 4 songs are absolute top class, then it gets a little slow love lies, but then breakout comes along and the rest of the albume is realy something, worth checking out for all rock fans!

From: Lennie Date: March 25, 2005 at 13:57
My favourite BJ album. Every song is a classic. 'She dont know me' , 'Shot through the heart' and of course 'Runaway' are my favs. I cant believe that many people dont own this, but if you havent got it.....buy. Its what US rock is all about. Essential.

From: mauricio Date: April 5, 2005 at 13:26
hi-from COSTA RICA, claro que si este es su mejor cuarto disco de los de new jersey ya despues de keep the faith la historia es otra pero este album debut es una joya 9/0

From: ROCKER Date: April 26, 2005 at 7:29

From: Dreamaholic Date: June 4, 2005 at 5:47
This is a great CD, I rank right behind 7800F. I remember the local radio station playing Runaway and Breakout and I was hooked. I also like every other song except Come Back and Get Ready. Excellent CD!

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: June 5, 2005 at 12:04
Hello Folks, This is The Best Bon Jovi album IMO, Killer Melodic Hard/AOR release, Ahhh hablar de Bon Jovi 1 de los fenomenos mas grandes de la Historia del Rock un tremendo grupo, a la par con Europe las 2 bandas Legendarias que dieron nombre al Melodic Hard Rock(Porque eso es lo que ellos hacen y no como tantos criticos que ponen lo que no es), pero para Bon Jovi eso fue hasta el 3 disco y algo el cuarto despues fue historia IMO, aquellos que solo conocen a Bon Jovi desde los 90 y piensan que

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: June 5, 2005 at 12:11
temas como always(que es buena) u otras actuales son lo mejor de ellos es porque no conocen sus 3 primeros discos(lo mejor de ellos) y 3 discos Imprescindibles para amantes del Rcok Melodico, al hablar de criticos no me refiero a uds muchachos uds son lo maximo y sabemos cual es cual, hablo de tantas revistas, medios de comunicacion y demas que no estan metidos como nosotros y dan etiquetas que no son, ahora porque es el mejor disco simplemente por eso un SUPERDISCO COMPLETO de Pie a Cabeza sin

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: June 5, 2005 at 12:21
nada que descartar aparte de hacer puros temas de Hard Melodico con esos golpes de AOR y del 84 que mas se puede decir, Come Back y She Don't Know Me(mis favoritos y de lo mejor de ellos, el primero un Hard Melodico AOR IRREPETIBLE un corte que lo tiene todo, el segundo un TOTAL corte de AOR EXTRAORDINARIO(como las mejores bandas de AOR)), Runaway, Shot Through the Heart, Burning for Love... Creo que no hay mas que decir un CLASICO IMPRESCINDIBLE!!! Saludos Muchachos.

From: 9 CHAMPIONS A 1 Date: June 5, 2005 at 16:38
Estoy contigo peruano,he leido y escuchado miles de veces q 'New Jersey' es lo mejor de ellos y jam's he estado de acuerdo,en ese disco solo destacan los temas de D.Child (en 'Slippery' curiosamente tb) pues los dem's no matan y encima algunos de ellos llevan un aire rockero/vaquero que a mi no mola nada.Este 1' en cambio es un disco AOR en toda regla y de los buenos.En fin que con decir que de los 10 mejores temas de la banda aqui se incluyen 5 creo que sobra todo lo dem's.IMPRESCINDIBLE.9/10

From: RockHits Date: June 28, 2005 at 1:57
Second best Bon Jovi CD. A great first CD from them

From: SCANDI Date: July 28, 2005 at 14:15
Refering to the best of 'Crossroad' I never really completely listened to I became attentive of this one due to the song 'Runaway'. It's such great, stylewise comparable to HIROSHIMA or even a bit RAW SILK. I like that cool keyboard driven sound of these bands resp. this song!!

From: Kip Date: September 13, 2005 at 13:29
I can't believe this isnt more of a classic. This album takes more shots in on line reviews than Kobe takes in an entire season. Theres quite a few outstanding tracks showing BJ coming into his own lyrically and musically, although not vocally. Runaway is a perfect AOR style opener resembling Toto at their best. She Dont Know Me and Burning For Love are both well above average tracks, Shot thru The Heart is just outstanding but the best track here is Love Lies! What a song! Awesome Debut. 8.4/10

From: Leykis101 Date: November 26, 2005 at 13:54
This is my favorite bon jovi simply because? no hit's, and theirs no trace of slippery when wet, it's darker, gloomy, and I liked the feel of the whole album, they were all going thru bad times and it reflects on the album.

From: poproxx2007 Date: December 26, 2005 at 23:25
It is my personal favorite. Love Lies is they're best ballad in my opinion. Roulette, She Dont know me and Runaway should make all of your essential melodic rock compilation cd's. If you appreciate what the core of this site is all about, I am surprised this cd isnt in your top 10. I dont care if it carries the Bon Jovi name, I think of it as a great rock album. I hear the band like Def Leppard dont like they're earlier material when I feel its they're strongest and easiest to listen to.

From: BIG-TIME Date: May 6, 2006 at 21:59
Nope dont like it, to boring and cheezy for me. Never got the thing with jovi dont get me wrong, I still listern to it every now and then when I need something different. But Runaway tooooooo cheeeezy and I play key's...Rock on all!!!

From: Metalmusicman Date: January 1, 2007 at 16:24
BANG!!! Right out of the chamber this band was red hot and this debut is on fire! This stuff is 'Burning For Love' and it's got mine. Another stellar piece of AOR without a piece of filler in sight. Sure some tracks are better than others, but just try to find a bad one. 'She Don't Know Me', 'Love Lies', and 'Get Ready' are just a few of the gems that never got airplay and they are some of the best on the disc. Need I really say more besides buy it?

From: metalhead4life Date: February 21, 2007 at 13:43
I'll finally have to get around to commenting on the Bon Jovi releases. This whole CD kicks ass! Least favorite is track 3 (She don't know me) but its not that bad. Other than that, all songs are great. This one, Slippery When Wet, and New Jersey are the bands best and 3 of the genres best - arguably of all time. 9/10. As far as 80's rock bands go, Bon Jovi and Def Leppard shared the airwaves as kings.

From: shotgun messiah Date: July 22, 2007 at 6:49
This is a great album from the best band ever!Runaway is perfect!

From: Rambo Rockerman Date: January 20, 2008 at 11:12
This is a killer cd from him and his Second best after his best 7800' Fahrenheit.

From: walesforever Date: February 27, 2008 at 8:16
The first album for that fraud Jon Bon Jovi. He sucks major ass. Saying that this album and 7800 Degrees Fahenheit are at least true albums. Everything after these was copied from better bands like Def Leppard. Jon wasn't even that famous until he decided to copy Pyromania.

From: lalo r.o.c.k. Date: May 30, 2008 at 23:51
Great hard rock AOR album,the songs here are made with the heart and the passion for the music, Runaway and Shot through the heart are the Highlights here,She don't know me AOR with good keyboards,Rithie sambora displays fantastic solos,Burning for love making AOR nostalgia,classic stuff that we miss in this famous band...

From: darobinson Date: June 23, 2008 at 20:01
Runaway, a fantastic song but we need to give credit where it is rightfully due. Tim Pierce=Guitars Keyboards=Roy Bittan Drums=Frankie La Rocka Bass=Huey McDonald. This is a must have for all melodic rock fans.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 15, 2009 at 21:22
This is where all began...the great Bon Jovi...with ups and downs (musically talkin')but still a great artist.AOR with hints of Melodic Rock...Glam???...maybe the way they dressed...the songs,"Runaway"(just fantastic),"She Don't Know Me"(great melody),"Roulette","Breakout" and so on...a great debut album and a must to every lover of melodic mayhem!!!.90/100

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: March 16, 2009 at 13:43
Of all the Bon Jovi albums I own, and I have everything up through Keep The Faith, the first two are the ones I listen to, more than the others combined. It's not really saying much, since I don't really listen to Bon Jovi that much in general anymore, but the first two albums are a treasure trove of overlooked gems. The debut shows the band in their infancy, more raw than they would become, but still with hooks galore. Jon sings in a more nasal voice than he would later, and his falsetto is pretty ridiculous, but the overall sense of melody and catchiness is undeniable. Favorites would be the non-singles "Roulette," "Shot Through The Heart," "Burning For Love," and "Coe Back," as well as possibly the hardest song here, "Get Ready."

From: WookieEnthal Date: July 10, 2009 at 0:09
Probably my favorite disc ever...it's ,at least, in my top 5. Great from start to finish. It's too bad they are going down a "country" road now

From: edwithmj Date: February 25, 2011 at 19:38
Bon Jovi's first and best. This is solid hard rock / AOR. She Don't Know Me, Shot Through The Heart and Roulette are my favourites.

From: hair metal again Date: June 27, 2011 at 2:58
fantastic debut by one of the greatest hard rock acts.there s no need to say much ,this is a masterpiece and it was obvious that this band was capable of the highest level.superb sound,excellent songs ,lyrics for the young,hard rockin attitude.hard rock perfection 100/100

From: JOVIAOR Date: July 14, 2011 at 15:24
Fantastic piece of music this, it is one of the best albums ever made and it's in my top 10 albums ever! This is AOR how it should sound! It's perfect!!!

From: petermexico Date: August 27, 2012 at 13:09
This is their best work, consistent from start to finish, a great album in 1984 and a great album too in 2012, plenty of good songs and performing from a rising star, a shame that they never returned to this sound. Para mí este es el álbum que demuestra la valía de Jon Bon Jovi como cantante, acompañado de su banda original y en estado puro, gran producción de Lance Quinn, repleto de buenos coros canciones pegajosas. Uno de mis discos favoritos en 1984 que aun suena en mi stereo.

From: 123charpenay Date: February 24, 2014 at 14:07
sensational,extraordinary,fabulous ect ect...my vocabulary in english is not enough rich for describe this absolut masterpiece.only nine songs but what exceptional debut album.only hits!!!!the first atomic bomb of hard f m of the history.bon jovi have open the door to one thousand aor bands.thanx to bon jovi if hard fm and melodic rock music was at the top in the eighties.i recommand the japan import of 1999 remastered (super sound super production)2 cd s.the second cd is a 7 tracks live with a perfect sound.we touch the sky ,the a o r heaven.!!!!!!

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