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Bon Jovi - 1985 7800 Fahrenheit

ARTIST: Bon Jovi
ALBUM: 7800 Fahrenheit
LABEL: Mercury
SERIAL: 824 509-1 (LP), 824 509-2 (CD)
YEAR: 1985
CD REISSUE: 1999, Mercury, 314 538 088-2 * 2010, Island, B0014210-02


LINEUP: Jon Bon Jovi - vocals * Richie Sambora - guitars * Alec John Such - bass * Tico 'The Hitman' Torres - drums * David Bryan - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 In And Out Of Love * 02 Price Of Love * 03 Only Lonely * 04 King Of The Mountain * 05 Silent Night * 06 Tokyo Road * 07 Hardest Part Of The Night * 08 Always Run To You * 09 To The Fire * 10 Secret Dreams


I was watching VH-1's 'Classic Albums' episode about 'Slippery When Wet' a few weeks back when the narrator persistently claimed Bon Jovi were undergoing a personality crisis when this came out. Were they a rock band? AOR? How about both? Hardly confusing. This follow-up to the classic debut offered more of the same, good hard rock with mammoth AOR overtones, but still containing the pop edge. Of course it did not catapult Jon and the boys into the big time. That came over a year later so Bon Jovi would open for the likes of .38 Special for some time yet.

The Songs
As good as this is, it sounds rather dated compared to 'Slippery When Wet'. The production values were not quite there yet. The songs are driven by Bryan's keyboards, the man using every trick at his disposal from the mid eighties book of synth virtuosity. 'In And Out Of Love' is basic 80's rock, more along Ratt lines, only more melodic. 'Price Of Love' sees Sambora raise the aggressive riffing a notch, and this remains his most fiery work to date. 'Only Lonely' is true AOR, although slightly heavier than the average AOR outfit. 'King Of The Mountain' is a limp anthem while 'Silent Night' ventures into synth-ballad mode. Acceptable. 'Tokyo Road' is reminiscent of the debuts 'Get Ready' in sound, automatic class then....'Hardest Part Is The Night' is vintage mid 80's soundtrack material. Classic lyrics, 'in the heat of the street of the city', mixed with desperate melody lines make it a standout. Nice metallic intro to 'Always Run To You' and the rebellious anthem 'To The Fire' informs us 'the youth of America cried, can you help me?'

In Summary
Simply put, this is an amazing piece of melodic hard rock. Derided for years by critics (and the band?) it is misunderstood. It's just a band mixing AOR with heavy rock. First rate performances from all, notably Bon Jovi's raw vocals. As good as 'Slippery' is, something changed with the sound, maybe the band had already grown up. I have not favored Bon Jovi since 1988, but still enjoy a band who were once a promising AOR force.

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#1 | jeffduran on September 24 2007 22:58:25
Why do people not like this including the band??? Excellent aor/melodic rock release-dangerzone is on point here with perfect descriptions of the material. Imo the first three Bon Jovi releases and parts of 'New Jersey' is melodic rock/aor at its finest! clap
#2 | vinyldinosaurus on February 28 2008 14:28:02
I saw Bon Jovi open for RATT when they were touring this album!
#3 | jeffrey343 on January 06 2009 19:13:58
I loved the first Bon Jovi album, so I had both feet firmly on the Bon Jovi bandwagon when this one came out. It wasn't quite as 'hooky' as the first one, but I liked it nevertheless. I must say that these days I'm much more likely to play these songs as part of other playlists rather than listen to the whole album straight through. It is definitely not worth the bad rep that it has, but I can see how folks don't like it as much as their other albums. 'In And Out Of Love' was the only song I ever heard on radio, and it is definitely the one you'd expect to be a single.

I also saw Bon Jovi open a concert for RATT back in 1986 with YandT being on before Bon Jovi. Of the three, Bon Jovi definitely put on the best show.
#4 | super80boy on March 05 2016 16:52:30
The first two Bon Jovi albums are consistently still overlooked. This second full length offering is a superb mix of hard rock and AOR. Side A starts solid, but let's up with the bumbling 'King Of The Mountain' and ballad 'Silent Night' could have used just a touch more guitar power. Side B is full of song after song quality.
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