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Cross Road is the second 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.

Cross Road
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Greatest hits album by Bon Jovi
ReleasedOctober 11, 1994
Recorded1982–1994
Studio
Genre
Length72:22
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
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Q5/5 stars
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[2]

"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.

Contents

Release and receptionEdit

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 listingEdit

Standard edition
No.TitleWriter(s)From albumLength
1."Livin' on a Prayer"Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Desmond ChildSlippery When Wet (1986)4:11
2."Keep the Faith"Bon Jovi, Sambora, ChildKeep the Faith (1992)5:45
3."Someday I'll Be Saturday Night"Bon Jovi, Sambora, ChildNew song4:38
4."Always"Bon JoviNew song5:52
5."Wanted Dead or Alive"Bon Jovi, SamboraSlippery When Wet5:07
6."Lay Your Hands on Me"Bon Jovi, SamboraNew Jersey (1988)5:58
7."You Give Love a Bad Name"Bon Jovi, Sambora, ChildSlippery When Wet3:43
8."Bed of Roses"Bon JoviKeep the Faith6:34
9."Blaze of Glory" (Jon Bon Jovi solo)Bon JoviBlaze of Glory (1990)5:40
10."In These Arms"Bon Jovi, Sambora, David BryanKeep the Faith5:16
11."Bad Medicine"Bon Jovi, Sambora, ChildNew Jersey5:14
12."I'll Be There for You"Bon Jovi, SamboraNew Jersey5:41
13."In and Out of Love"Bon Jovi7800° Fahrenheit (1985)4:23
14."Runaway"Bon Jovi, George KarakBon Jovi (1984)3:50

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.

PersonnelEdit

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

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[63] 4× Platinum 240,000^
Australia (ARIA)[20] 11× Platinum 770,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[64] 3× Platinum 150,000*
Belgium (BEA)[65] Gold 25,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[66] Diamond 1,000,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[67] 2× Platinum 123,354[67]
France (SNEP)[68] Platinum 300,000*
Germany (BVMI)[69] 2× Platinum 1,000,000^
Hungary (MAHASZ)[70] Gold  
Italy (FIMI)[71] 5× Platinum 500,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[72] Million 1,150,000[73]
New Zealand (RMNZ)[22] 7× Platinum 105,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[74] Gold 50,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[75] 4× Platinum 400,000^
Sweden (GLF)[76] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[77] 3× Platinum 150,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[78] 6× Platinum 1,800,000^
United States (RIAA)[6] 4× Platinum 5,000,000[79]
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[17] 8× Platinum 8,000,000*

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

See alsoEdit

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