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Album Review

Abandoning his rough-and-ready rock & roll band, Jon Bon Jovi took a stab at respectability with Blaze of Glory, the non-soundtrack to the film Young Guns II. Given his cowboy songs on Bon Jovi albums, it made sense that he'd be "inspired" by the Western, and he filled these songs (written without the help of bandmate Richie Sambora or Desmond Child) with references to shoot-'em-ups. Mainstream rock producer Danny Kortchmar put together the studio band, along with guest stars Jeff Beck, Elton John, and Little Richard, and the sound had more space and less drive than the lite-metal of Bon Jovi. That kind of approach put the spotlight squarely on the singer/songwriter, and Jon wasn't quite up to the scrutiny, although his still faithful fans dutifully bought the record despite the fact that Jon was in a starring role without his usual supporting cast.

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Still his best work

15+ years later, this album, IMHO, is still Jon's best work as a solo artist or as lead singer/writer for Bon Jovi. Everyone, of course, knows the hard rock ballad "Blaze of Glory." However, it's not the best song on this album--it simply got the most airplay. Less heavy on the power chords but much more well written are "Miracle," "Santa Fe," and the gospel-esque "Bang a Drum." This album surprised alot of people when it came out. It's still surprising insofar as Bon Jovi's music hasn't matured in a similar manner and that Jon's other solo album seven years later was weak musically (although decent lyrically). If you *haven't* heard this album and are willing to take a chance, buy the tracks mentioned above. Also worthwhile are "Never Say Die" (which is the third most 'heavy rock' song after "Blaze of Glory" and "Billy Get Your Guns"), "Justive in the Barrel," and "Dyin' Ain't Much of a Livin'". "Blood Money" is a song stuck solely in the context of the movie Young Guns II and "You Really Got Me Now" is kind of amusing both for it's old-school rock style and the collaboration with Little Richard.

Buy it buy it buy it.

I've had this album since it came out. If anyone thinks that Jon missed the target on this, you must be out of your skull. This is one of those albums that you simply can't skip a song when listening. You will love it!

Blaze of Glory

Great album, wonderful tilte song with a spectacular video to accompany. Recommend owning entire CD, if not at least get Blaze of Glory and Justice in the Barrell.


Born: March 2, 1962 in Perth Amboy, NJ

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Jon Bon Jovi spent most of the 1980s establishing his hard rock band Bon Jovi as one of the most popular in the Western world with multi-platinum albums like Slippery When Wet and New Jersey. He then put the band on hold to make a solo album, Blaze of Glory (released July 1990), whose songs were inspired by the motion picture Young Guns II. Bon Jovi the band was reactivated in 1992 with Keep the Faith, but the group's namesake frontman continued...
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