A Matter of Trust: The Bridge to Russia

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
As Mikhail Gorbachev's Glasnost warmed relations between the East and West, Billy Joel was invited to be the first American rocker to perform in the Soviet Union. In the throes of his supporting tour for 1986's The Bridge, Joel jumped at the chance and performed three shows apiece in Moscow and Leningrad, along with an acoustic show in Tbilisi, in the summer of 1987. This tour was documented on the rush-released 1987 live album Kohuept but the 2014 set A Matter of Trust: The Bridge to Russia goes deep, expanding the original double LP/single CD to a double-disc 27-track set, adding 12 unreleased cuts (including a version of the Beatles' "She Loves You" taken ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
As Mikhail Gorbachev's Glasnost warmed relations between the East and West, Billy Joel was invited to be the first American rocker to perform in the Soviet Union. In the throes of his supporting tour for 1986's The Bridge, Joel jumped at the chance and performed three shows apiece in Moscow and Leningrad, along with an acoustic show in Tbilisi, in the summer of 1987. This tour was documented on the rush-released 1987 live album Kohuept but the 2014 set A Matter of Trust: The Bridge to Russia goes deep, expanding the original double LP/single CD to a double-disc 27-track set, adding 12 unreleased cuts (including a version of the Beatles' "She Loves You" taken from rehearsals), plus a DVD containing video of the full concert and the documentary film A Matter of Trust. This movie, helmed by Emmy winner Jim Brown, does an admirable job of placing Billy's Russian tour in historical context and is often more interesting than the album it supports. The 1987 concert, whether in its original Kohuept incarnation or this expanded double-disc edition, does capture a well-oiled band at its stadium-pleasing best and the set list -- anchored with the classics, featuring three songs from The Bridge, hard rockers tailored for an arena, covers of Beatles and Dylan, plus a doo wop interlude -- is satisfying.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/19/2014
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 888430165724
  • Catalog Number: 301657
  • Sales rank: 23,325

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Odoya - Georgian Singers "Zhournalist" (1:16)
  2. 2 Prelude/Angry Young Man (5:33)
  3. 3 Honesty (5:15)
  4. 4 The Ballad of Billy the Kid (5:32)
  5. 5 She's Always a Woman (3:35)
  6. 6 Scenes From an Italian Restaurant (8:20)
  7. 7 Goodnight Saigon (6:38)
  8. 8 Stiletto (5:10)
  9. 9 Big Man On Mulberry Street (7:29)
  10. 10 Baby Grand (6:14)
  11. 11 What's Your Name (2:17)
  12. 12 The Longest Time (5:10)
  13. 13 An Innocent Man (6:03)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Pressure (5:23)
  2. 2 Allentown (3:52)
  3. 3 A Matter of Trust (5:09)
  4. 4 Only the Good Die Young (3:32)
  5. 5 It's Still Rock and Roll To Me (3:59)
  6. 6 Sometimes a Fantasy (3:38)
  7. 7 You May Be Right (5:35)
  8. 8 Uptown Girl (3:08)
  9. 9 Big Shot (4:52)
  10. 10 Back In the U.S.S.R. (2:54)
  11. 11 The Times They Are a-Changin' (2:38)
  12. 12 She Loves You (2:23)
  13. 13 New York State of Mind (6:22)
  14. 14 Piano Man (4:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billy Joel Primary Artist, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Liberty DeVitto Drums
Kevin Dukes Electric Guitar
Pete Hewlett Background Vocals
Russell Javors Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Dave Lebolt Keyboards
George Simms Background Vocals
Doug Stegmeyer Bass
Giya Chirakadze Vocals
Timur Chkuatzeli Vocals
Georgi Dylidze Vocals
Tomaz Eliava Vocals
Nugree Gamtjebeli Vocals
Zurab Loladze Vocals
Marc Rivera Saxophone
Yosif Zurbauli Vocals
David Aberzadze Vocals
Technical Credits
Bob Dylan Composer
Billy Joel Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Jim Boyer Producer, Engineer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Brian Ruggles Producer
Arthur Levy Liner Notes
Bradshaw Leigh Engineer
Edward O'Dowd Art Direction
Oleg Smirnoff translation
Traditional Composer
Claude Johnson Composer
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