video: Walls, released April 2018, was dropped from the album and did not make it to the album “2020” as released on October 2
Last Friday Bon Jovi released their new album 2020.
Although I was not thrilled when the long anticipated album was postponed;
In hindsight I agree with their decision to push the album 2020 back from March to October.
It gave the album time to ripen and catch up with the times.
New songs, relevant to the Covid crisis and Black Lives Matter, were added to the album that had already been social conscious.
And yet, my heart made a jump when Jimmy Flint @jimmyflint89 on Twitter, tweeted two photos.
– a homemade album cover of the fictional early 2020 record.
– two, the original setlist of the March album.
His tweet about his original March album playlist said (using full names of the songs):
“Honestly think that dropping Limitless from the tracklist
adding Walls which is a socially conscience song
and restoring the original sequence, 2020 would be a 9/10 album.
Do What You Can and American Reckoning are great bonus tracks but don’t fit on the album for me.“
Walls was a track, written by Bon Jovi 2,5 years ago, including a video.
You can create a playlist from the original March album by;
– removing the three tracks written in 2020; Limitless, American Reckoning and Do What You Can
– adding Walls
– adding Luv Can and Shine, two tracks which are currently only released as bonus tracks on the Japan edition of Bon Jovi – 2020.
– adjusting the sequence
I hope Bon Jovi will release this pre-Covid album as well, for example for Christmas.
And to not make it a limited edition, but to keep it on sale forever.
And for good reason.
Because shoulder to shoulder so to speak, the pre-Covid version of the 2020 album, and the October 2020 version, tell the story of 2020 even more powerfully.
How we all had plans, and thought that we knew what we were in for, and then Covid happened and the world changed.
With two albums, both called 2020, it becomes a “diptych”.
A term derived from art.
“As an art term a diptych is an artwork consisting of two pieces or panels,
that together create a singular art piece these can be attached together or presented adjoining each other. “
The original 2020 album and the one released last Friday, can both be listened to separately.
Just like the two panels of a painting can be appreciated individually.
But they reveal their true meaning, when experienced together. Back to back. Side by side.
In a year that was so brutally cut in two, the union of these two albums represents the wholeness and the healing we have all been looking for.