"New Jersey" is the fourth studio album by the American rock band Bon Jovi, released in September 1988. This album was the follow-up to the band's 1986 breakthrough album "Slippery When Wet", and reached #1 on the US billboard 200 chart in its second week after release. It then stayed at #1 for four consecutive weeks and produced five US billboard hot 100 top ten singles, the most top ten hits to date for any hard rock album, including "Bad Medicine" and "I'll Be There for You", which both reached #1. The album was certified seven times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The album also reached #1 in the UK, and was even released by the Soviet state-owned record company "Melodiya" being the first American album ever released in USSR.
Although the glossy production and anthems from "Slippery When Wet" remained, the band wished to show a level of diversity on the album. This 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 was credited to "Captain Kidd and King of Swing", the nicknames of Bon Jovi and Sambora.
The album was hugely successful worldwide reaching the number one spot not only in the US and the UK, but also in Canada, Switzerland, Sweden, New Zealand and Australia.
Bon Jovi - New Jersey
Vertigo 836 345-1 (1988)
Produced by Bruce Fairbairn.
The vinyl record has remained in excellent condition.
Both record centre labels are clean and unmarked.
The album cover is in excellent condition, displaying only minimal signs of wear.
The album cover has a strong spine, displaying clear, printed script.
The original inner sleeve excellently presented.
For full track listing see Own tab.