Cross Road (album)

Cross Road is the first greatest hits album by American rock band Bon Jovi, released on October 11, 1994 by Mercury Records. The album contains hits from between Bon Jovi (1984) and Keep the Faith (1992) and two new tracks: the hit singles "Always" and "Someday I'll Be Saturday Night", as well as a new, updated rendition of "Livin' on a Prayer" entitled "Prayer '94" available only on the North American versions.

"Runaway" was never recorded with the current band, though at that time there were plans to put a "Runaway '94" on the album but it was never recorded. The diner located on the cover of the album is the Roadside Diner in Wall Township, NJ, near the crossroads of Route 33 and Route 34.

"Always", the album's first single, became Bon Jovi's highest selling single in the United States, spending six months on the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 and was also an international hit which helped the album peak at number one in 13 countries. Cross Road was the best-selling album of 1994 in the UK. The album is Bon Jovi's best selling album in many countries, and continues to sell well. The album has sold over 21.5 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time.[3]

In 2005, Cross Road was re-issued as a 3-disc box set under the name "Deluxe Sound & Vision", which included the original remastered album, a bonus CD containing b-sides, rarities and fan favourites, and the Live from London DVD. The original remastered album was released in 1998. A video, also entitled Cross Road, was simultaneously released, containing 16 of the band's music videos.

Cross Road
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Greatest hits album by Bon Jovi
Released October 11, 1994
Recorded 1982–1994
Studio
Genre
Length 72:22
Label
Producer
Bon Jovi chronology
Keep the Faith
(1992)
Cross Road
(1994)
These Days
(1995)
Singles from Cross Road
  1. "Always"
    Released: September 20, 1994
  2. "Someday I'll Be Saturday Night"
    Released: February 4, 1995
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Q 5/5 stars
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[2]

Release and reception

In the United States, the album debuted and peaked at number 8 on the Billboard 200 the week of November 5, 1994 with 84,000 copies sold, the next week it dropped to number 13 and remained on the chart for fifty seven weeks.[4][5] It was certified four times platinum by the RIAA on October 15, 1998 denoting shipments of four millions.[6] According to Nielsen SoundScan, the album has sold 4,951,000 copies in the US as of September 2011, including 324,000 copies sold in 2006.[7][8]

In the United Kingdom, Cross Road debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and spent a total of five non-consecutive weeks atop the chart,[9] later becoming the best-selling album of 1994. The album was certified six times platinum by the BPI.[10] The album topped the charts in several other European countries, including Austria,[11] Denmark,[12] Germany,[13] Italy,[14] Portugal[15] and Switzerland.[16] In 2007, it was also certified octuple platinum by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry for selling 8 million copies across Europe.[17]

The album became Bon Jovi's first number-one set in Japan, where it has sold more than 1.1 million copies.[18] It spent two weeks at number one in Australia[19] and in 2010 it was certified eleven-times platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association for shipments exceeding 770,000 copies.[20] The album also debuted at number three on the New Zealand Albums Chart, peaking at number one in its second week[21] and later being certified sectuple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand.[22]

The album itself won Metal Edge magazine's 1994 Readers' Choice Awards for "Album of the Year" and "Best Hits or Compilation Album". Its namesake home video was voted "Best Video Cassette," and the single "Always" was voted "Song of the Year" and "Best Video Clip".[23]

Track listing

Standard edition
No. Title Writer(s) From album Length
1. "Livin' on a Prayer" Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Desmond Child Slippery When Wet (1986) 4:11
2. "Keep the Faith" Bon Jovi, Sambora, Child Keep the Faith (1992) 5:45
3. "Someday I'll Be Saturday Night" Bon Jovi, Sambora, Child New song 4:38
4. "Always" Bon Jovi New song 5:52
5. "Wanted Dead or Alive" Bon Jovi, Sambora Slippery When Wet 5:07
6. "Lay Your Hands on Me" Bon Jovi, Sambora New Jersey (1988) 5:58
7. "You Give Love a Bad Name" Bon Jovi, Sambora, Child Slippery When Wet 3:43
8. "Bed of Roses" Bon Jovi Keep the Faith 6:34
9. "Blaze of Glory" Bon Jovi Blaze of Glory (1990) 5:40
10. "In These Arms" Bon Jovi, Sambora, David Bryan Keep the Faith 5:16
11. "Bad Medicine" Bon Jovi, Sambora, Child New Jersey 5:14
12. "I'll Be There for You" Bon Jovi, Sambora New Jersey 5:41
13. "In and Out of Love" Bon Jovi 7800° Fahrenheit (1985) 4:23
14. "Runaway" Bon Jovi, George Karak Bon Jovi (1984) 3:50
International Bonus Track (absent from North American releases)[24]
No. Title Writer(s) From Album Length
15. "Never Say Goodbye" Bon Jovi, Sambora Slippery When Wet 4:50
US release
No. Title Writer(s) From Album Length
10. "Prayer '94" Bon Jovi, Sambora, Child New song 5:16
2005 Deluxe Sound & Vision Bonus CD (also included the DVD Live from London).[25] [26]
No. Title Writer(s) From album Length
1. "The Radio Saved My Life Tonight" Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora 100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong 5:08
2. "Wild in the Streets" Bon Jovi Slippery When Wet 3:55
3. "Diamond Ring" Bon Jovi, Sambora, Desmond Child These Days 3:46
4. "Good Guys Don't Always Wear White" Bon Jovi, Sambora The Cowboy Way Soundtrack and 100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong 4:30
5. "The Boys Are Back in Town" (Thin Lizzy cover) Phil Lynott Stairway to Heaven/Highway to Hell and New Jersey: Deluxe Edition 4:04
6. "Edge of a Broken Heart" Bon Jovi, Sambora, Child Disorderlies Soundtrack and 100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong 4:35
7. "Postcards from the Wasteland" (Demo) Bon Jovi, Sambora "All About Lovin' You" CD Single 4:24
8. "Blood on Blood" (Live) Bon Jovi, Sambora, Child "Living in Sin" CD Single 6:49
9. "Let It Rock" Bon Jovi, Sambora Slippery When Wet 5:23
10. "Starting All Over Again" Bon Jovi, Sambora Alternate take of Keep the Faith Japan bonus track, taken from 100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong. 3:44
11. "Blood Money" (Live) Bon Jovi "Dry County" CD Single 2:27
12. "Save a Prayer" Bon Jovi, Sambora Keep the Faith Bonus Track in Japan and Europe 5:56
13. "Lucky" (Demo) Bon Jovi, Sambora, Marti Frederiksen "Everyday" CD Single 3:47
14. "Why Aren't You Dead?" Bon Jovi, Sambora, Child 100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong 3:32
15. "Raise Your Hands" Bon Jovi, Sambora Slippery When Wet 4:15
1998 Special Edition bonus CD PHCR-90021/22
No. Title Length
1. "Always - St.Basie Theater 1992"  
2. "Someday I'll Be Saturday Night - Fox Theater 1994"  
3. "With A Little Help From My Friends - St.Basie Theater 1992"  
4. "Good Guys Don't Always Wear White - Studio Outtake"  
5. "Blaze Of Glory - Count Basie Theater 1992"  
6. "Stranger In This Town - Count Basie Theater 1993"  

The song "Good Guys Don't Always Wear White" is featured in the movie The Cowboy Way.[27][28] Although Bon Jovi also released a music video to the song it was never released as a single.

Personnel

Credits adapted from Cross Road's liner notes.

Bon Jovi

Additional musicians

Production credits
  • Bruce Fairbairn – producer
  • Bob Rockengineer, mixing, producer
  • Tim Crich – assistant
  • Randy Staub – engineer, mixing
  • Obie O'Brien – engineer, additional recording
  • Peter Collins – producer
  • Kevin Shirley – engineer
  • Bob Clearmountain – mixing
  • Chris Taylor – assistant
  • Danny Kortchmar – producer
  • Jon Bon Jovi – producer
  • Rob Jacobs – recording, mixing
  • Brian "Mutt" Scheuble – recording, mixing
  • Chad Musey – assistant
  • Greg Goldman – assistant
  • Rick Plank – assistant
  • Richie Sambora – producer
  • Lance Quinn – producer
  • David Theoner – mixing
  • Fernando Kral – assistant
  • Larry Alexander – engineer
  • Mal – engineer
  • Bill Scheniman – engineer
  • John Cianci – assistant
  • Big Al Greaves – assistant
  • Tony Bongiovi – producer
  • Arthur Mann – executive producer
  • Scott Litt – engineer
  • Jeff Henderickson – engineer
  • John Babich – assistant
  • Gary Rindfuss – assistant
  • Bruce Lampcov – assistant
  • Dave Greenberg – assistant
  • Barry Bongiovi – assistant
  • George Marino – mastering
  • Dave Collins – mastering
  • Greg Calbi – mastering
  • John Kalodner – A&R co-ordination
  • Anton Corbijn – photography
  • Mark Wiess – additional photography
  • Margery Greenspan - art direction
  • Lili Picou – design

Charts

Weekly charts

Chart (1994-2007) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[19] 1
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[11] 1
Belgian Albums (IFPI)[29] 1
Canada Top Albums/CDs (RPM)[30] 1
Chilean Albums (IFPI)[31] 2
Danish Albums (Nielsen Marketing Research)[12] 1
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[32] 2
European Albums (Music & Media)[33] 1
Finnish Albums (Seura)[34] 1
French Compilations (SNEP)[35] 3
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[13] 1
Hungarian Albums Chart[36] 4
Irish Albums (IFPI)[37] 2
Italian Albums (Musica e dischi)[14] 1
Japanese Albums (Dempa Publications, Inc)[38] 1
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[21] 1
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[39] 2
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[15] 1
Spanish Albums (AFYVE)[40] 2
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[41] 2
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[16] 1
UK Albums (OCC)[42] 1
UK Rock & Metal Albums (OCC)[43] 1
US Billboard 200[44] 8
US Top Catalog Albums (Billboard)[45] 1
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[46] 7

Year-end charts

Chart (1994) Position
Australian Albums Chart[47] 3
Austrian Albums Chart[48] 17
Canadian RPM Albums Chart[49] 29
Italian Albums Chart[50] 7
Japanese Albums Chart[51] 28
Swiss Albums Chart[52] 47
UK Albums Chart[10] 1
Chart (1995) Position
Australian Albums Chart[53] 26
Austrian Albums Chart[54] 8
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[55] 30
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[56] 22
Dutch Albums Chart[57] 15
Japanese Albums Chart[58] 31
Swiss Albums Chart[59] 11
US Billboard 200[60] 41

Decade-end charts

Chart (1990s) Position
Austrian Albums Chart[61] 9

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[62] 4× Platinum 240,000^
Australia (ARIA)[20] 11× Platinum 770,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[63] 3× Platinum 150,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[64] Diamond 1,000,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[65] 2× Platinum 123,354[65]
France (SNEP)[66] Platinum 300,000*
Germany (BVMI)[67] 2× Platinum 1,000,000^
Hungary (MAHASZ)[68] Gold  
Italy (FIMI)[69] 5× Platinum 500,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[70] Million 1,150,000[71]
New Zealand (RMNZ)[22] 7× Platinum 105,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[72] Gold 50,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[73] 4× Platinum 400,000^
Sweden (GLF)[74] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[75] 3× Platinum 150,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[76] 6× Platinum 1,800,000^
United States (RIAA)[6] 4× Platinum 5,000,000[77]
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[17] 8× Platinum 8,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also

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