Cross Road

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Cross Road
Greatest hits album by Bon Jovi
Released October 11, 1994
Recorded September 1982 - July 1994; Little Mountain Studio (Vancouver, British Columbia), Emerald Studio (Nashville, Tennessee), A&M Studios (Los Angeles, California), The Warehouse (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), The Power Station (New York City, New York)
Genre Hard rock
Length 72:22
Label Mercury, Polygram
Producer Tony Bongiovi, Jon Bon Jovi, Peter Collins, Bruce Fairbairn, Danny Kortchmar, Lance Quinn, Bob Rock, Richie Sambora
Bon Jovi chronology
Keep the Faith
(1992)
Cross Road
(1994)
These Days
(1995)
Singles from Cross Road
  1. "Always"
    Released: September 20, 1994
  2. "Someday I'll Be Saturday Night"
    Released: February 4, 1995
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Q 5/5 stars
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[2]

Cross Road is the first greatest hits album by American rock band Bon Jovi, released on October 13, 1994 by Mercury Records. The album contains hits from between Bon Jovi (1984) and Keep the Faith (1992) and two new tracks: the hit singles "Always" and "Someday I'll Be Saturday Night", as well as a new, updated rendition of "Livin' on a Prayer" entitled "Prayer '94" available only on the North American versions. "Runaway" was never recorded with the current band, though at that time there were plans to put a "Runaway '94" on the album but it was never recorded. The diner located on the cover of the album is the Roadside Diner in Wall Township, NJ, near the crossroads of Route 33 and Route 34.

"Always", the album's first single, became Bon Jovi's highest selling single in the U.S., spending six months on the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 and was also an international hit which helped the album peaking at number one in 13 countries. Cross Road was the best-selling album of 1994 in UK. The album is Bon Jovi's best selling record in many countries, and continues to sell well. The album has sold over 21.5 million copies worldwide, and has been cited as one of the best-selling albums of all time.[3]

In 2005, Cross Road was re-issued as a 3-disc box set under the name "Deluxe Sound & Vision", which included the original remastered album, a bonus CD containing b-sides, rarities and fan favourites, and the Live from London DVD. The original remastered album was released in 1998. A video, also entitled Cross Road, was simultaneously released, containing 16 of the band's music videos.

Release and reception[edit]

In the United States, the album debuted and peaked at number 8 on the Billboard 200 of November 5, 1994.[4] According to Nielsen SoundScan, the album had sold 4,951,000 copies in the US as of September 2011,[5] including 324,000 copies sold in 2006.[6]

In the United Kingdom, Cross Road debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and spent a total of five non-consecutive weeks atop the chart,[7] later becoming the best-selling album of 1994.[8] The album topped the charts in several other European countries, including Austria,[9] Denmark,[10] Germany,[11] Italy,[12] Portugal[13] and Switzerland.[14] In 2007, it was also certified octuple platinum by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry for selling 8 million copies across Europe.[15]

The album became Bon Jovi's first number-one set in Japan, where it has sold more than 1.1 million copies.[16] It spent two weeks at number one in Australia[17] and in 2010 it was certified eleven-times platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association for shipments exceeding 770,000 copies.[18] The album also debuted at number three on the New Zealand Albums Chart, peaking at number one in its second week[19] and later being certified sectuple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand.[20]

The album itself won Metal Edge magazine's 1994 Readers' Choice Awards for "Album of the Year" and "Best Hits or Compilation Album". Its namesake home video was voted "Best Video Cassette," and the single "Always" was voted "Song of the Year" and "Best Video Clip".[21]

Track listing[edit]

Standard Edition[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) From album Length
1. "Livin' on a Prayer"   Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Desmond Child Slippery When Wet 4:11
2. "Keep the Faith"   Bon Jovi, Sambora, Child Keep the Faith 5:45
3. "Someday I'll Be Saturday Night"   Bon Jovi, Sambora, Child New song 4:38
4. "Always"   Bon Jovi New song 5:52
5. "Wanted Dead or Alive"   Bon Jovi, Sambora Slippery When Wet 5:07
6. "Lay Your Hands on Me"   Bon Jovi, Sambora New Jersey 5:58
7. "You Give Love a Bad Name"   Bon Jovi, Sambora, Child Slippery When Wet 3:43
8. "Bed of Roses"   Bon Jovi Keep the Faith 6:34
9. "Blaze of Glory"   Bon Jovi Blaze of Glory 5:40
10. "In These Arms / Prayer '94 / Tokyo Road"   Bon Jovi, Sambora, David Bryan / Bon Jovi, Sambora, Child / Bon Jovi, Sambora Keep the Faith / New song / 7800° Fahrenheit 5:16
11. "Bad Medicine"   Bon Jovi, Sambora, Child New Jersey 5:14
12. "I'll Be There for You"   Bon Jovi, Sambora New Jersey 5:41
13. "In and Out of Love"   Bon Jovi 7800° Fahrenheit 4:23
14. "Runaway"   Bon Jovi, George Karak Bon Jovi 3:50

The song "Good Guys Don't Always Wear White" is featured in the movie The Cowboy Way.[25][26] Although Bon Jovi also released a music video to the song it was never released as a single.

Personnel and credits[edit]

Credits adapted from Cross Road's liner notes.

Bon Jovi
Additional musicians
Production credits
  • Bruce Fairbairn – producer
  • Bob Rockengineer, mixing, producer
  • Tim Crich – assistant
  • Randy Staub – engineer, mixing
  • Obie O'Brien – engineer, additional recording
  • Peter Collins – producer
  • Kevin Shirley – engineer
  • Bob Clearmountain – mixing
  • Chris Taylor – assistant
  • Danny Kortchmar – producer
  • Jon Bon Jovi – producer
  • Rob Jacobs – recording, mixing
  • Brian "Mutt" Scheuble – recording, mixing
  • Chad Musey – assistant
  • Greg Goldman – assistant
  • Rick Plank – assistant
  • Richie Sambora – producer
  • Lance Quinn – producer
  • David Theoner – mixing
  • Fernando Kral – assistant
  • Larry Alexander – engineer
  • Mal – engineer
  • Bill Scheniman – engineer
  • John Cianci – assistant
  • Big Al Greaves – assistant
  • Tony Bongiovi – producer
  • Arthur Mann – executive producer
  • Scott Litt – engineer
  • Jeff Henderickson – engineer
  • John Babich – assistant
  • Gary Rindfuss – assistant
  • Bruce Lampcov – assistant
  • Dave Greenberg – assistant
  • Barry Bongiovi – assistant
  • George Marino – mastering
  • Dave Collins – mastering
  • Greg Calbi – mastering
  • John Kalodner – A&R co-ordination
  • Anton Corbijn – photography
  • Mark Wiess – additional photography
  • Margery Greenspan - art direction
  • Lili Picou – design

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Argentina (CAPIF)[27] 4× Platinum 240,000x
Australia (ARIA)[18] 11× Platinum 770,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[28] 3× Platinum 150,000x
Canada (Music Canada)[29] Diamond 1,000,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[30] 2× Platinum 123,354[30]
France (SNEP)[31] Platinum 300,000*
Germany (BVMI)[32] 2× Platinum 1,000,000^
Hungary (Mahasz)[33] Gold  
Italy (FIMI)[34] 5× Platinum 500,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[35] Million 1,150,000[36]
New Zealand (RMNZ)[20] 7× Platinum 105,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[37] Gold 50,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[38] 4× Platinum 400,000^
Sweden (GLF)[39] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[40] 3× Platinum 150,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[41] 6× Platinum 1,800,000^
United States (RIAA)[42] 4× Platinum 5,000,000[43]
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[15] 8× Platinum 8,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Charts[edit]

See also[edit]

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