Keep the Faith

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This article is about the Bon Jovi album. For other uses, see Keep the Faith (disambiguation).
Keep the Faith
Studio album by Bon Jovi
Released November 3, 1992 (1992-11-03)
Recorded January–August 1992
Genre Hard rock
Length 66:10
Label Mercury
Producer Bob Rock
Bon Jovi chronology
New Jersey
Keep the Faith
Cross Road
Singles from Keep the Faith
  1. "Keep the Faith"
    Released: October 13, 1992
  2. "Bed of Roses"
    Released: January 26, 1993
  3. "In These Arms"
    Released: May 9, 1993
  4. "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead"
    Released: July 31, 1993
  5. "I Believe"
    Released: September 25, 1993
  6. "Dry County"
    Released: May 1, 1994

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 1985's 7800° Fahrenheit not to be produced by Bruce 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 glam 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 is the last to feature original bassist Alec John Such, before his dismissal from the band 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".

The album was ranked No. 21 on Kerrang!s "100 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die" and in 2006, the album featured in the Classic Rock & Metal Hammer's The "200 Greatest Albums Of The 90's".[1]


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.[2] By this time, Jon Bon Jovi fired his longtime manager, Doc McGhee and created Bon Jovi Management.[3] Jon Bon Jovi decided to take on a larger role, and more responsibilities within the band.[4] 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[edit]

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 made 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."

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars [5]
Entertainment Weekly D [6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2.5/5 stars [7]

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[8] 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 the UK. "I Believe" was released only in Europe and Australia. It reached number eleven on the UK Singles Chart in October. In April 1994, the album's last single was released only in Europe and Australia. "Dry County" reached number nine on the UK Singles Chart.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I Believe"   Bon Jovi 5:49
2. "Keep the Faith"   Bon Jovi, Sambora, Child 5:46
3. "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead"   Bon Jovi, Sambora, Child 4:42
4. "In These Arms"   Bon Jovi, Sambora, Bryan 5:20
5. "Bed of Roses"   Bon Jovi 6:34
6. "If I Was Your Mother"   Bon Jovi, Sambora 4:27
7. "Dry County"   Bon Jovi 9:52
8. "Woman in Love"   Bon Jovi 3:48
9. "Fear"   Bon Jovi 3:07
10. "I Want You"   Bon Jovi 5:37
11. "Blame It on the Love of Rock & Roll"   Bon Jovi, Sambora 4:23
12. "Little Bit of Soul"   Bon Jovi, Sambora 5:44
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

Some Latin American releases feature "Cama de Rosas" (Spanish version of "Bed of Roses") as bonus track.


Bon Jovi
Additional Musicians
  • Hugh McDonald – bass ("Keep The Faith", "In These Arms", "Dry County")
  • Danny Kortchmar – Hammond Organ ("In These Arms", "Dry County")
  • Maxine Waters, Julia Waters, Myna Matthews – Additional background vocals ("In These Arms", "Dry County")
  • Bob Rock – producer
  • Obie O'Brien, Gary Platt & Randy Staub; assisted by Brian Dobbs, Greg Goldman, Darren Grahn, Ed Korengo, Jim Lavinski & Ulrich Wild – engineered
  • Bob Rock & Randy Staub – mixing
  • George Marino – mastering



Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[32] 3× Platinum 210,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[33] 2× Platinum 100,000x
Canada (Music Canada)[34] 5× Platinum 500,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[35] Gold 37,022[35]
France (SNEP)[36] Gold 158,000[37]
Germany (BVMI)[38] Platinum 500,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[39] 2× Platinum 400,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[40] Gold 100,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[41] Platinum 100,000^
Sweden (GLF)[42] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[43] 3× Platinum 150,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[44] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[45] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

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


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Preceded by
Glittering Prize 81/92 by Simple Minds
UK number one album
November 14, 1992 – November 20, 1992
Succeeded by
Greatest Hits: 1965-1992 by Cher
Preceded by
Erotica by Madonna
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
November 15, 1992 – November 21, 1992
Succeeded by
Live/Live: 2 CD Collector's Edition
by AC/DC