Keep the Faith
|Keep the Faith|
|Studio album by Bon Jovi|
|Released||November 3, 1992|
|Bon Jovi chronology|
|Singles from Keep the Faith|
Keep the Faith is the fifth studio album by American rock band Bon Jovi. Released on November 3, 1992 through Mercury Records. It was also Bon Jovi's first album since 1986's Slippery When Wet not to be produced by Burce Fairbairn. The album was produced by Bob Rock and was recorded at the Little Mountain Sound Studios in Vancouver, Canada. Keep the Faith represents the beginning of a new chapter in the history of Bon Jovi, marking a change of both the band's image and sound. Moving away from their early metal roots in previous albums, it introduced a more "rock n roll" driven groove to Bon Jovi's sound. The album turned away from heavy drums and wild guitar solos, but instead introduced a new sound of Bon Jovi which consisted of piano ballads and long epic guitar solos. It also has the longest run time of any Bon Jovi album so far released and the last to feature bassist Alec John Such, before his retirement in 1994.
Keep The Faith peaked at number five on the US Billboard 200 chart while topping the charts in the UK and Australia. The album certified double-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The record produced several hits for the band, including "Keep The Faith", "Bed of Roses" and "In These Arms".
Following the completion of the New Jersey tour, the band went on hiatus. During their time off, Jon Bon Jovi wrote the soundtrack for Young Guns II, which was released in 1990 as the Blaze of Glory album and Richie Sambora released his first solo album called Stranger in This Town. By this time, Jon Bon Jovi fired his longtime manager, Doc McGhee and created Bon Jovi Management. Jon Bon Jovi decided to take on a larger role, and more responsibilities within the band. In October 1991 the band went to a Caribbean island of St. Thomas to discuss plans for the future; the band's internal problems were solved and they were ready to have a go at a comeback.
Recording and production
In January 1992 the band headed to Little Mountain Studios in Vancouver. They spent seven months making the album with Bob Rock producing. Originally the band had approached Bruce Fairbairn to produce the album who produced Slippery When Wet and New Jersey, but he was working on Aerosmith's Get a Grip album at the time. Most of the recording was done in Vancouver, although a couple of tracks were laid down in Los Angeles along with some over-dubs. According to an interview with Jon Bon Jovi, the album's original title was to be "Revenge".
Of the thirty songs written for the album, two were written with Desmond Child, a couple were by David Bryan and the rest being made up of Jon Bon Jovi/Richie Sambora compositions and those written solely by Jon Bon Jovi. 14 songs are make it to the final cut. Jon Bon Jovi alone wrote most of the album because, as he says, "This was my way of trying to keep things together." According to Richie Sambora, his own input had to be limited, because he'd been supporting his solo album.
Before the band reunited in the studio, Jon Bon Jovi spent the summer of 1991 in anonymity, riding his bike in places like Arizona, gaining experiences that inspired him to write "Dry County" and "Bed Of Roses". He later commented "It would never have been possible [for me] to write songs like "Bed of Roses" or "Dry County" five years ago."
Jon Bon Jovi started to writing of "Bed Of Roses" in a hotel room in Los Angeles. He brought a piano to his room that the hotel used for weddings. The first verse reflects what he was feeling when he was trying to write this. He was badly hung over from the night before, but had a piano in his hotel room and was determined to write something. This is a personal song that he feels exposes a lot of the problems he was experiencing at the time.
According to Jon Bon Jovi, "Dry County" was probably the first and last song written for this album. But it wasn’t until near the end of recording everything that it was finally pieced together to end up. That song is the story of his motorcycle trip with images that he saw in small towns where he’d see guys sitting outside bars far too early in the day, drinking their lives away because they have no chance of getting a job. It really hit him what the effect of "Reaganomics" has been.
Richie Sambora said that "Keep The Faith recognises how tough the nineties are and tries to encourage a positive message in these difficult times. "I Believe" is kind of serious too. It destroys the myth of idolatry. The message is that people should believe in themselves, not images they see on TV".
"If I Was Your Mother" is about a guy who is obsessive about his relationship with his girlfriend. So obsessive in fact that he comes to the conclusion that the only way he could get closer to her would be by being the girl’s mother. It’s the heaviest song on the record.
In These Arms was the last song they wrote for the album. Bob Rock pushed them to write one more song and it was the only song on the album which was written by Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan and Richie Sambora.
Release and reception
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|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
Keep the Faith was released in November 1992. To promote Keep The Faith they returned to their roots playing a few dates at the small New Jersey clubs where they had started their career. The band appeared on MTV Unplugged but that was different from the other episodes of MTV Unplugged series. The performance captures Bon Jovi in an intimate, "in the round" experience, performing acoustic and electric renditions of classic hits (Bon Jovi and non-Bon Jovi tracks) and new material from Keep the Faith. The concert was released commercially in 1993 as Keep the Faith: An Evening with Bon Jovi.
In the US, Keep The Faith debuted at number five on the Billboard 200 Top Albums on November 1992 while peaking at number one in the UK and Australia. In Canada, the album certified five times platinum by CRIA and nominated for best selling album of the year at the Juno Awards. Keep The Faith was also the second best selling album of 1993 in Germany. By the end of 1993, Keep The Faith had sold 8 million copies worldwide. In October 1994, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified the album double platinum.
Six singles were released from Keep The Faith between November 1992 and April 1994, with four singles issued in the United States, and two others released only outside the US. The album's first single, "Keep The Faith", was released on October 1992 a month before the album. On the US Billboard charts, the song topped the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart while reaching number twenty nine on the Billboard Hot 100. Elsewhere, reaching top ten on the singles charts in UK, Ireland, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Norway, The Netherlands and Australia.
"Bed of Roses" was released as the second single. On the US Billboard charts, the song reached number ten on the Hot 100. Elsewhere, it reached number two in Canada and number ten in Australia and Germany. Three more commercial singles were released in 1993. "In These Arms", released in May, reaching number six in Canada, number nine in the UK, number ten in the Australia and Ireland. It also hit the Top 40 in the US Billboard Hot 100. "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead", released in August reached number seventeen in UK. I Believe" was released only in Europe and Australia. It reached number eleven on the UK Singles Chart in October. In April 1994, album's last single was released only in Europe and Australia. "Dry County" reached number nine on the UK Singles Chart.
|1.||"I Believe"||Bon Jovi||5:50|
|2.||"Keep the Faith"||Bon Jovi, Sambora, Child||5:45|
|3.||"I'll Sleep When I'm Dead"||Bon Jovi, Sambora, Child||4:43|
|4.||"In These Arms"||Bon Jovi, Sambora, Bryan||5:19|
|5.||"Bed of Roses"||Bon Jovi||6:34|
|6.||"If I Was Your Mother"||Bon Jovi, Sambora||4:26|
|7.||"Dry County"||Bon Jovi||9:53|
|8.||"Woman in Love"||Bon Jovi||3:48|
|10.||"I Want You"||Bon Jovi||5:36|
|11.||"Blame It on the Love of Rock & Roll"||Bon Jovi, Sambora||4:23|
|12.||"Little Bit of Soul"||Bon Jovi, Sambora||5:47|
|13.||"Save a Prayer (Bonus Track in Japan and Europe)"||Bon Jovi, Sambora||5:57|
|14.||"Starting All Over Again (Bonus Track in Japan)"||Bon Jovi, Sambora||3:47|
|Keep the Faith - Live (Bonus Disc)|
|1.||""Keep the Faith" Recorded Live in the Count Basie Theater, Red Bank, New Jersey, 1992"|
|2.||""In These Arms" Recorded Live in the Count Basie Theater, Red Bank, New Jersey, 1992"|
|3.||""Blaze of Glory" Recorded Live in the Count Basie Theater, Red Bank, New Jersey, 1992"|
|4.||""I'll Be There for You" Recorded Live in Lakeland, Florida, 1989"|
|5.||""Lay Your Hands on Me" Recorded Live in Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, 1989"|
|6.||""Bad Medicine" Recorded Live in the Miami Arena, Florida, 1993"|
|7.||""Bed of Roses" (acoustic) Recorded Live in the Miami Arena, Florida, 1993"|
|8.||""Never Say Goodbye" (acoustic) Recorded Live in the Miami Arena, Florida, 1993"|
|1998 Special Edition bonus CD PHCR-90019/20|
|1.||"Keep The Faith - Count Basie Theatre, 1992"|
|2.||"In These Arms - Count Basie Theatre, 1992"|
|3.||"I Believe - Count Basie Theatre, 1992"|
|4.||"I'll Sleep When I'm Dead - Milton Keynes, 1993"|
|5.||"I'll Sleep When I'm Dead - Wembley, 1995"|
|6.||"Bed Of Roses - Acoustic Version"|
|7.||"Cama De Rosas - Bed Of Roses Spanish Version"|
|8.||"Save A Prayer - Bonus Track for Japan"|
|9.||"Starting All Over Again - Bonus Track for Japan"|
|2010 Special Edition bonus tracks|
|1.||"Keep the Faith (Live)"|
|2.||"I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (Live)"|
Some Latin American releases feature "Cama de Rosas" (Spanish version of "Bed Of Roses") as bonus track.
- Jon Bon Jovi - lead vocals, guitar
- Richie Sambora - guitar, backing vocals
- Alec John Such - bass, backing vocals
- Tico Torres - drums, percussion
- David Bryan - keyboards, backing vocals
- Produced By Bob Rock
- Engineered By Obie O'Brien, Gary Platt & Randy Staub; assisted by Brian Dobbs, Greg Goldman, Darren Grahn, Ed Korengo, Jim Lavinski & Ulrich Wild
- Mixed By Bob Rock & Randy Staub
- Mastered By George Marino
|Australia (ARIA)||3× Platinum||210,000^|
|Austria (IFPI Austria)||2× Platinum||100,000x|
|Canada (Music Canada)||5× Platinum||500,000^|
|Japan (RIAJ)||2× Platinum||400,000^|
|Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)||3× Platinum||150,000x|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Platinum||300,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||2× Platinum||2,000,000^|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
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