Sunday 2/21/21 2am ET: Feature LP: Bon Jovi – New Jersey (1988)

New Jersey is the fourth studio album by American hard rock band Bon Jovi, released on September 19, 1988 by Mercury Records. The album was produced by Bruce Fairbairn and recorded at Little Mountain Sound Studios in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The album was the follow-up to the band’s third album, Slippery When Wet, and reached number one on the Billboard 200 chart in its second week of release after debuting at number eight. It remained at the top for four consecutive weeks and was Bon Jovi’s last album to do so until Lost Highway (2007).

It produced five Billboard Hot 100 top ten hits, the most top ten hits to date for any hard rock/glam metal album, including “Bad Medicine” and “I’ll Be There for You”, which both reached number one. The album was certified 7× platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The album also debuted at number one in the UK and was the band’s first UK No. 1 album. New Jersey was released by the Soviet state-owned record label Melodiya, being the first American album to be officially released in the USSR.

1. “Lay Your Hands on Me” 5:58
2. “Bad Medicine” 5:16
3. “Born to Be My Baby” 4:40
4. “Living in Sin” 4:39
5. “Blood on Blood” 6:16
6. “Homebound Train” 5:10
7. “Wild Is the Wind” 5:08
8. “Ride Cowboy Ride” 1:25
9. “Stick to Your Guns” 4:45
10. “I’ll Be There for You” 5:46
11. “99 in the Shade” 4:29
12. “Love for Sale” 3:58
13. “Blood on Blood” (Live Version) 12:04
14. “Born to Be My Baby” (Live Version) 5:47

Jon Bon Jovi – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar
Richie Sambora – lead guitar, background vocals
Alec John Such – bass guitar, background vocals
Tico Torres – drums, percussion, background vocals on “Born to Be My Baby”, “Love for Sale”
David Bryan – keyboards, background vocals
Scott Fairbairn – cello
Audrey Nordwell – cello
Bruce Fairbairn – additional percussion, horn

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