I ranted on Def Lep vs. Bon Jovi about a month ago, click here to read it.
I’ve gotten a few emails on the post but an interesting point was made by Mr. Me in the Comments section…..I forgot to add Bon Jovi’s 2002 album Bounce into the equation.
So the Tale of the Release for Bon Jovi should read:
– released 5 studio albums between 1984-1992, including a 4 year gap between New Jersey (1988) & Keep The Faith (1992)
– released 9 albums between 1994-2005, 4 were actual studio albums, including a 5 year gap between These Days (1995) & Crush (2000), a 2 year gap between Crush (2000) and Bounce (2002) and 3 years more until Have A Nice Day (2005)
– the other 5 albums released between 1994-2005 were a greatest hits, live album, box set, and an acoustic greatest hits compilation, and an exclusive live E.P. from Wal-Mart
– since 2000 have released various different forms of each album (Wal-mart only releases, tour editions, E.P.s, etc.)
So how does this effect the final analysis?
Post 1992, Def Leppard has released 3 studio albums in 6 years (1996-2002) while Bon Jovi has released 4 studio albums in 10 years (1995-2005). Adding Bounce back into the equation shows Bon Jovi being more consistent in terms of releasing original material. Had the Leps decided to make an album of originals rather than release the covers album, Yeah!, a couple of weeks ago, maybe we would be talking about an even amount of studio output.
So the answer might possibly be the actual release of original material, vaulting Bon Jovi past Def Leppard…..or is it?