New Jersey (album)

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New Jersey
Studio album by Bon Jovi
Released September 19, 1988 (1988-09-19)
Recorded January - July 1988
Genre Glam metal, hard rock, heavy metal
Length 56:32
Label Mercury Records (USA)
Vertigo Records (Europe)
Producer Bruce Fairbairn
Bon Jovi chronology
Slippery When Wet
(1986)
New Jersey
(1988)
Keep the Faith
(1992)
Singles from 'New Jersey'
  1. "Bad Medicine"
    Released: September 3, 1988 (1988-09-03)
  2. "Born to Be My Baby"
    Released: November 24, 1988 (1988-11-24)
  3. "I'll Be There for You"
    Released: April 4, 1989 (1989-04-04)
  4. "Lay Your Hands on Me"
    Released: August 1, 1989 (1989-08-01)
  5. "Living in Sin"
    Released: November 11, 1989 (1989-11-11)

New Jersey is the fourth studio album by the American rock band Bon Jovi, It was released on 19 September 1988 through Mercury Records. The album produced by Bruce Fairbairn and recorded at the Little Mountain Sound Studios in Vancouver, Canada.

The album was the follow-up to the band's 1986 breakthrough Slippery When Wet, reaching at #1 on the Billboard 200[1] and producing five Billboard Hot 100 top ten singles, the most top ten hits to date for a hard rock album. "Bad Medicine" and "I'll Be There for You" both hit #1 on Billboard Hot 100. The album was certified seven times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The album also debuted at #1 in UK as the band's first UK #1 album. New Jersey was released by the Soviet state-owned record company "Melodiya", being the first American album ever released in USSR.[2][3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[4]
Kerrang! (3.75/5)[5]
Robert Christgau C+[6]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2/5 stars[8]

Background[edit]

The album was recorded very shortly after the Slippery When Wet Tour, because the band wanted to prove that they were not just going to be a one hit wonder. The album was initially planned to be a double album; however, this idea was rejected by the record company because they were skeptical about the higher price point and decided they would only release a single album. One working title for the album was Sons of Beaches, which parodied the title of their previous album, Slippery When Wet.

Recording and production[edit]

The album was produced by Bruce Fairbairn like its predecessor and recorded at the Little Mountain Sound Studios in Vancouver, Canada. The album marked the final collaboration between Bon Jovi and producer Bruce Fairbairn.

When the Slippery When Wet Tour ended in October 1987 the band were inactive for about three to four weeks. Then Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora began making demos for 17 songs which would make up the first batch of songs written for the album. However, they began to feel a high level of pressure because they did not feel as though they had "the amazing song." Jon Bon Jovi said that "I really wanted to do it again, not for monetary reasons - I have plenty of money - but it was such an amazing feeling to have done what we’ve done. There was a real fear of not being able to write You Give Love A Bad Name again." Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora sat together and wrote the song "Love Is War" but Jon Bon Jovi wanted to write a song that would prove to be just as successful as "You Give Love A Bad Name" so desperately that it came out with exactly the same chord progression. They later started on the second batch of songs and they wrote "Born To Be My Baby" and "Bad Medicine" with Desmond Child. "Born To Be My Baby" was originally recorded acoustically, however the producer Bruce Fairbairn persuaded them to re-record it with electronic instruments in a harder rock style. Jon Bon Jovi has since said that he believed the song would have made #1 on the charts if it had been released in its original form. This song has a similar theme to "Livin' On A Prayer," as it's about a young working class couple struggling to make ends meet.

Although the glossy production and anthems from Slippery When Wet remained, the band wished to show a level of diversity on the album. The album is much more experimental with a long, atmosphere-building intro on "Lay Your Hands On Me", harmonica and organ duels on "Homebound Train" and a flamenco guitar intro on "Wild Is the Wind". "Ride Cowboy Ride" is a short song functioning as an introduction to "Stick To Your Guns" and was recorded in mono. The song is credited to "Captain Kidd and King of Swing", the nicknames of Bon Jovi and Sambora. "Love for Sale" was also recorded when the band were drunk during a party in a place called Chalet Sound in New Jersey.

Release and reception[edit]

New Jersey debuted at #8 on Billboard 200, the following week reached #1 and spent four weeks at #1. It eventually sold 7 million copies in the United States. The album also debuted at #1 in Canada, the UK, Switzerland, Sweden, New Zealand and Australia. New Jersey also holds the record for the hard rock album to spawn the most Top 10 singles, with five singles charting on the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart in United States. No other hard rock album has ever equaled or broken this feat. "Bad Medicine" and the ballad "I'll Be There for You", both hit #1 on Billboard Hot 100. "Born to Be My Baby", "Lay Your Hands on Me", and "Living in Sin" reached the Top 10.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Lay Your Hands on Me"   Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora 6:01
2. "Bad Medicine"   Bon Jovi, Sambora, Desmond Child 5:16
3. "Born to Be My Baby"   Bon Jovi, Sambora, Child 4:40
4. "Living in Sin"   Bon Jovi 4:39
5. "Blood on Blood"   Bon Jovi, Sambora, Child 6:16
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Homebound Train"   Bon Jovi, Sambora 5:10
7. "Wild Is the Wind"   Bon Jovi, Sambora, Child, Diane Warren 5:08
8. "Ride Cowboy Ride"   Captain Kidd, King of Swing 1:25
9. "Stick to Your Guns"   Bon Jovi, Sambora, Holly Knight 4:45
10. "I'll Be There for You"   Bon Jovi, Sambora 5:46
11. "99 in the Shade"   Bon Jovi, Sambora 4:29
12. "Love for Sale"   Bon Jovi, Sambora 3:58

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[25] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[26] Platinum 50,000x
Canada (Music Canada)[27] 5× Platinum 500,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[28] Platinum 51,126[28]
Germany (BVMI)[29] Platinum 500,000^
Japan (Oricon Charts) 332,000[30]
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[31] Platinum 100,000^
Sweden (GLF)[32] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[33] Platinum+Gold 75,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[34] 2× Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[35] 7× Platinum 7,000,000^

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

Personnel[edit]

  • Bruce Fairbairn - Producer
  • John Allen - Engineer
  • Peter Berring - Arranger, Vocals, Vocal arrangement
  • Chris Cavallaro - Engineer
  • Bruce Fairbairn - Percussion, Horns, Producer
  • Scott Fairbairn - Cello
  • Audrey Nordwell - Cello
  • Bob Rock - Engineer, Mixing
  • The Sweet Thing - Vocal association
  • Hugh Syme - Artwork, Design
  • Chris Taylor - Assistant engineer
  • Jim Williams - Assistant engineer
  • Tim White - Photography
  • Cameron Wong - Photography

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