A Matter of Trust: The Bridge to Russia [CD/DVD]

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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. [Matter of Trust was also released with a DVD and some previously unreleased versions.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/19/2014
  • UPC: 888837597623
  • Sales rank: 26,343

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)
Disc 3
  1. 1 A Matter of Trust: The Bridge to Russia: A Documentary Film
  2. 2 Prelude/Angry Young Man
  3. 3 Allentown
  4. 4 Goodnight Saigon
  5. 5 Big Man on Mulberry Street
  6. 6 Baby Grand
  7. 7 An Innocent Man
  8. 8 Honesty
  9. 9 The Longest Time
  10. 10 A Matter of Trust
  11. 11 Only the Good Die Young
  12. 12 It's Still Rock and Roll to Me
  13. 13 Sometimes a Fantasy
  14. 14 You May Be Right
  15. 15 Uptown Girl
  16. 16 Big Shot
  17. 17 Back in the U.S.S.R.
  18. 18 Pressure
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billy Joel Primary Artist, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Liberty DeVitto Drums
Kevin Dukes Electric Guitar
Pete Hewlett Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Russell Javors Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Dave Lebolt Keyboards
Mark Rivera Saxophone
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
Sally Foster Grip
Marc Rivera Saxophone
Yosif Zurbauli Vocals
David Aberzadze Vocals
Technical Credits
Bob Dylan Composer
Billy Joel Composer, Images
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Martin Bell Director
Adam Block Executive Producer
Jim Boyer Producer, Engineer
Russell Javors Images
Ted Jensen Mastering
Phil Ramone Executive Producer
Steve Rosenthal Sound Design
Brian Ruggles Producer, Sound Production
Arthur Levy Liner Notes
Neal Preston Liner Notes, Still Pictures
Bradshaw Leigh Engineer
Edward O'Dowd Art Direction
Wayne Isham Director, Camera Operator
Marc Reshovsky Camera Operator
Jeff Schock Producer, Camera Operator
Oleg Smirnoff translation
Gary Graff Liner Notes
Traditional Composer
Claude Johnson Composer
Jim Miner Road Manager
Gretchen Brennison Direction
Adam Hunt Road Manager
Akil Brown Video Producer
Connie Isham Script Supervisor
John Jackson Producer, Executive Producer
Wayne Robins Liner Notes
Dan Cooper Production Accountant
Jim Brown Director, Producer, Camera Operator
Michael Jensen Liner Notes
Steve Cohen Producer
Richard Alcock Producer, Executive Producer
Mandy Eidgah Marketing
Jim Hickman Producer
Todd Kamelhar Executive Producer
Gil Aronow Executive Producer
Richard Story Executive Producer
Rick London Producer
Mike Jensen Publicity
Michael Kosola Technical Operator
Ann DeVilbiss Artist
Rick "Chainsaw" LaPointe Guitar Techician
Mike Grizel Road Manager
Randy Nolen Camera Operator
Michael McClary Camera Operator
Juan Barerra Camera Operator
Claire Mercuri Publicity
Christopher Shurtleff Engineer
Keri Alyward Administration
William-Karl Robinson Transfer Assistant
Michael Brainard Logistics
Bob Satterfield Logistics
Jeff Helsing Publicity
Michael Collyer Legal Counsel
Christie Brinkley Camera Operator
Ned Hallick Gaffer
Keith Barefoot Gaffer
Tom Hurwitz Camera Operator
David Linstrom Camera Operator
Igor Kropotov Camera Operator
John Sharaf Camera Operator
Rick Siegel Camera Operator
Suzanne Javors Images
Robert Dalrymple Producer
Bill Stokes Colorist
Jane Tolmachyov Colorist
Doug Nicol Camera Operator
Martin Coppen Gaffer
Debbie Newman Executive Producer
Jerry Durkin Executive Producer
Rona Elliot Liner Notes
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