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The Success Of Bon Jovi's Album "Slippery When Wet"

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You will be hard pressed to find someone over the age of 25 that has not heard at least one song by the band out of New Jersey, Bon Jovi. The band got together in 1983 in Sayreville, New Jersey, made up of lead singer, Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist, Richie Sambora, keyboardist, David Bryan and Drummer, Tico Torres. Since the formation of the band, they have been making music for 30 years.
Before 1986, Bon Jovi released two albums: Bon Jovi(1984) and 7800 Degrees Fahrenheit(1985). They were able to build a pretty steady fan base from these two albums, though these albums did not have as much success in the mainstream rock market as their third album, Slippery When Wet.
Slippery When Wet, was the third album released by Bon Jovi. The release date was August 18, 1986 on Mercury Records. This album is the best selling album for the band, having over twelve million sold in the United States alone! The album also went on to be number twenty-one on the list of best selling studio albums of all time.
The first track is “Let It Rock”. This song was written by Richie Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi. This song is up tempo and, like most songs on this record, has interesting sound that comes from the use of the keyboard. The song starts out with a keyboard solo, and then the other instruments join in harmony establishing the beat and tempo. Electric guitar makes use of distortion to add some interest to the riffs and solos. The song is a verse/chorus organization and is also an endless loop with the music fading out in the end of the five minutes.
The second song is “You Give Love A Bad Name”. This song opens with just the vocals proclaiming, “Shot through the heart and you’re to blame, darling you give love a bad name.” Next, the instruments come in, which consist of the electric guitar, keyboard, and drum. The song is an endless loop that fades out at the end. This song was written by Richie Sambora, Jon Bon Jovi, and Desmond Child. This song became one of three big hits from this record.
Third on the album is “Livin’ On A Prayer”. The song starts with the keyboard guitar and drums, and then there is talking that introduces the story being told. It highlights the struggles that are happening for people. There are some great guitar riffs and distortion. It has a verses/chorus composition. The song is a little bit slower to begin, but soon picks up the tempo, it is a great song to sing along because the lyrics are not distorted by the instruments, like you find with some other bands. This song was written by Richie Sambora, Jon Bon Jovi, and Desmond Child.
The fourth track is “Social Disease”, which was written by Richie Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi. This up tempo song has guitar riffs and the drums and keyboard arrangements make for an awesome listening experience. Sometimes it is hard to tell if the sound is coming from the guitar or from the keyboards, but the layering of sounds makes this a true rock song. After the final verse/chorus, the instruments...

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