Cowboys Ride Again
After New Jersey the boys went out on a break, and Jon and Richie started doing solo albums. This is the first solo album by any member of Bon Jovi, and released in 1990. The whole album is based on a western movie Young Guns II, and the songs are all telling about Wild West in one way or another.
1. BILLY GET YOUR GUNS
A nice little rocknīroll piece. In the starts of few songs there are clips from the movie, which I think is a funny idea. Here is Emilio Estevez saying, "Iīll make your famous" and the guns blam after. Heh. I have to admit it right now in the start that the movie really sucks.
"In this bad world we need a miracle to save us this time", the same idea was used one year earlier in ī89. And it was a much better song. This song doesnīt catch me, I donīt quite know why. Something is really lacking. And I donīt like that choir.
3. BLAZE OF GLORY
Well I have to say right away that I think this is more a bands song than a solo song. It was on Crossroad and has been played live -I guess- in all Bon Jovi concerts.
Anyway, bands or not, this is an amazing song. This has absolutely great lyrics, Jon sings well and the solo is good even when itīs not Richies. This is a true Western song, a sequel to Wanted dead or alive. A great feeling troughout. Truly big song.
4. BLOOD MONEY
My personal favorite. A very short song with very little music.
Very close to a country song. Jonīs singing is great here. The real highlight is the superb lyrics. I donīt quite know why I like this so much.
This is really marvellous.
5. SANTA FE
Orchestra is a really good and fresh thing here. It suits the song well.
Has nice lyrics. An epic story, about forever living and so on...
Good song definietly. Not my favorites though.
6. JUSTICE IN THE BARREL
I donīt like that strange two minute intro at all. Stupid and unnecessary. The song isnīt so good. Not special anyhow. Lacking some touch.
But really nice acoustic guitars there.
7. NEVER SAY DIE
This has a great guitar line, that featured later in the B- side song I Donīt Want To Live Forever. A nice rocking song. Kenny Aronoffs drums are good.
8. YOU REALLY GOT ME NOW
Yeah!!! Little Richard is absolutely great!!!
This sounds like this is from the 50īs or 60īs. A short and fun song. Not trying to be an epic and great one. I like this. Funny little song.
9. BANG A DRUM
Well, not so great one. I hate that stupid choir. The lyrics arenīt so great either. Boring song. I canīt stand that choir.
10. DYINīAINīT MUCH OF A LIVINī
Elton John as a special guest star. This is quite melancholic and sad song. Eltonīs influence really shows up here, this could be really his song.
Quite good anyway.
11. GUANO CITY
The last song is an instrumental piece from the movie soundtrack. Itīs composed, conducted and produced by Alan Silvestri. This is hardly anybodyīs favorite song, no lyrics and lasts just a minute. But the classical music isnīt anyhow bad, and this is quite powerful piece.
Not bad at all.
A good album for sure. The highlights are definietly classical Blaze of Glory and Blood Money. The boysīhave done much better records later, but this is unique in itīs own way. Not bad and not great, but OK.