Jon Bon Jovi: Blaze of Glory (1990)

Produced by Jon Bon Jovi and Danny Kortchmar

In 1988 a film called Young Guns with a young but great cast that included Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Emilio Estevez. The film was an account of the life of Billy Kid and his group of friends. The first was a good film and so a sequel was made. The sequel for me was even better, adding Christian Slater to the cast, the story continued telling Billy the Kid’s story and now including Pat Garret and his betrayal. The theme of loyalty and friendship is heavy in the film.

For the second film, Estevez asked Bon Jovi if he could use the song Wanted Dead or alive in the film. But Jon ended up writing a new song that became the theme song and he then wrote an album with original songs for the movie.

When it comes to soundtracks, I believe this is among the best of all time for two main reasons. The first one is that the songs are very in tune with what the movie is about, you can love the songs independently of the film, but if you see the movie you understand the songs in regards to the story. The second reason is simply that the songs are just so good and with good musicians including Jeff Beck and Elton John contributing on some tracks.

Blaze of glory is an amazing song. It was a huge hit for Jon Bon Jovi. Other great songs include Miracle, Santa Fe, Bang a Drum, and Never say die.

I am a fan of both the film and the soundtrack. The film is hard to find but the album of the songs is accessible on music platforms.

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