Billy Joel - The Essential Billy Joel (2CD)


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Released in conjunction with Billy Joel's grand experiment with classical music, The Essential Billy Joel was a welcome reminder of Billy Joel's way with a pop song, improving on the previous Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 & 2 by extending into the '90s and delving deeper into his catalog. There were some casualties along the way -- it's easy for a fan to carp about the absence of personal favorites like "She's Right on Time" or "Travelin' Prayer," and it may even make some sense that "You're Only Human (Second Wind)" or "Shameless" didn't make the cut, but it's mind-boggling that "Scenes From an Italian Restaurant" isn't here (we won't mention that the classical pieces that end the record, no matter how surprisingly good they are, are as out of place as Attila would have been) -- but for the most part, this has every one of Joel's heavy-hitters, and his craftsmanship, both as a songsmith and record maker, has never shone brighter. The biggest fault is that there is a notable drop-off in quality after 1986's The Bridge (which ends midway through disc two), but even so, this is as good a distillation of Joel's talents imaginable. In fact, as the first disc unfurls, even cynics may wonder why he's been dogged by the critics, since singer/songwriter pop doesn't come better than "Say Goodbye to Hollywood," "New York State of Mind," "Only the Good Die Young," "My Life," "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me," "Don't Ask Me Why," "Allentown," and their seven companions. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide


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Billy Joel
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1, Piano Man, You're My Home, Captain Jack, Entertainer, Say Goodbye To Hollywood, Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway), New York State Of Mind, She's Always A Woman, Movin' Out (Anthony's Song), Only The Good Die Young, Just The Way You Are, Honesty, My Life, It's Still Rock & Roll To Me, You May Be Right, Don't Ask Me Why, She's Got A Way, Allentown, 2, Goodnight Saigon, Innocent Man, Uptown Girl, Longest Time, Tell Her About It, Leave A Tender Moment Alone, Matter Of Trust, Baby Grand, I Go To Extremes, We Didn't Start The Fire, Leningrad, Downeaster Alexa, And So It Goes, River Of Dreams, All About Soul (Remix), Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel), Waltz No.1 (Nunley's Carousel), Invention In C Minor
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Billy Joel - The Essential Billy Joel (2CD) is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 7.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Essential Billy Joel (2CD) All Billy's best,great listening.
Date published: 2013-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Essential Billy Joel Excellent CD. All of my favorite songs. Almost 2hours of great listening for under $12.00 !!!
Date published: 2015-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm in a New York state of rewind. This double album has it even has the great songs that I didn't realize Billy Joel created. You'll wear the repeat button off of your music device as every song for every mood is in this fine compilation.
Date published: 2014-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from music in mind so far the music i purchased is for a friend and Christmas presents
Date published: 2015-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I'm going to see Billy Joel this summer so I bought this to get psyched up for the concert. It's a great collection at a reasonable price.
Date published: 2016-03-04
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Date published: 2008-11-25
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