Greatest Hits, Vol. 3

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Perhaps it was inevitable that Billy Joel's Greatest Hits, Vol. 3 would pale next to its double-disc predecessor. Greatest Hits, Vols. 1 & 2 covered nine albums (it ignored Cold Spring Harbor), a period during which Joel had 26 Top 100 hits. If it had picked up where the first collection left off, Vol. 3 would have covered three studio albums, which produced 11 hits. That alone would have made a respectable hits collection, and it would have made sense, since The Bridge marked the beginning of a new phase of Joel's career. Instead, the 17-song Vol. 3 begins with a pair of songs from An Innocent Man ("Keeping the Faith," "An Innocent Man") that sound entirely...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Perhaps it was inevitable that Billy Joel's Greatest Hits, Vol. 3 would pale next to its double-disc predecessor. Greatest Hits, Vols. 1 & 2 covered nine albums (it ignored Cold Spring Harbor), a period during which Joel had 26 Top 100 hits. If it had picked up where the first collection left off, Vol. 3 would have covered three studio albums, which produced 11 hits. That alone would have made a respectable hits collection, and it would have made sense, since The Bridge marked the beginning of a new phase of Joel's career. Instead, the 17-song Vol. 3 begins with a pair of songs from An Innocent Man ("Keeping the Faith," "An Innocent Man") that sound entirely different from the material that follows, which finds Joel delving into mechanized, slickly produced adult contemporary pop. The remaining songs don't strictly adhere to his charting hits, substituting such album tracks as "Leningrad," "Shameless" and "Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)" for hits like "Modern Woman," "That's Not Her Style" and his non-LP cover of Elvis' "All Shook Up." Even with those missing hits, Greatest Hits, Vol. 3 does summarize Joel's latter career quite well, culling most of his best songs from the time. However, the album ends on a down note, as it adds three new songs, all covers, that are limply produced and colorlessly played. Bob Dylan's "To Make You Feel My Love" -- which Joel decided to perform as if it was a slow, sanitized Blonde on Blonde outtake -- is the best of the trio, but none of them qualify as Joel classics, and they are an inauspicious way to end this chapter of his career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/19/1997
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 888837131421
  • Catalog Number: 371314
  • Sales rank: 20,312

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billy Joel Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Harmonica, Percussion, Piano, Accordion, Harpsichord, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Vocals, Background Vocals, Clavinet, fender rhodes, Hammond B3
Clint Black Harmonica
Trisha Yearwood Background Vocals
Donna McElroy Background Vocals
Ray Charles Piano, Vocals
Color Me Badd Vocals, Guest Appearance
Will Downing Choir, Chorus
Mick Jones Background Vocals
Michael Brecker Tenor Saxophone
Ronnie Cuber Baritone Saxophone
Matt Rollings Piano
Chuck Treece Bass
Ian Lloyd Background Vocals
Bob Bailey Background Vocals
Dominic Cortese Accordion
Zachary Alford Drums
Chuck Arnold Leader, Background Vocals
Phillip Ballou Choir, Chorus
Katreese Barnes Choir, Chorus
Jeff Bova Synthesizer
Alex Brown Background Vocals
Tommy Byrnes Guitar
David Campbell Conductor, Background Vocals
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
Liberty DeVitto Percussion, Drums
Schuyler Deale Bass
Jackie Gouche Background Vocals
Anton Fig Snare Drums
Kim Fleming Background Vocals
Wrecia Ford Vocals, Background Vocals
Paul Franklin Pedal Steel Guitar
Diane Garisto Choir, Chorus
John Gatchell Trumpet
Everette Harp Saxophone
Yvonne Hodges Background Vocals
Jim Hoke Horn
Jim Horn Horn
Dann Huff Guitar
Joey Hunting Guitar
Jeff Jacobs Synthesizer
Stephanie James Choir, Chorus
Russell Javors Guitar
Jef Lee Johnson Bass
Brenda White-King Choir, Chorus
Robbie Kondor Keyboards
Danny Kortchmar Guitar
Will Lee Bass
Mac McAnally Acoustic Guitar
John Mahoney Keyboards
Bob Mann Guitar
Sammy Merendino electronic percussion
Steve Nathan Organ
Dean Parks Guitar
Mark Rivera Percussion, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Charles Rose Horn
David Rosenthal Keyboards
Frank Simms Background Vocals
George Simms Background Vocals
Carliss Stafford Choir, Chorus
Doug Stegmeyer Bass
Neil Stubenhaus Bass
T.M. Stevens Bass
Crystal Taliefero Percussion, Vocals, Background Vocals
Mike Tyler Guitar
Randy Waldman Keyboards
Willie Weeks Drums
Monalisa Young Background Vocals
Joe Lynn Turner Background Vocals
Marlon Saunders Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Devora Johnson Choir, Chorus
Joe Shepley Trumpet
Randy Jackson Bass
Frank Floyd Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Philip Nowlam Guitar
David Brown Guitar
Lonnie Hillyer Bass
Thomas V. Byrnes Guitar
Pattie Darcy Jones Background Vocals
B. David Whitworth Vocals, Background Vocals
Sean Pelton Drums
Andy "Funky Drummer" Kravitz Percussion
Paul Litterall Horn
Dennis Collins Choir, Chorus
Curtis King Jr. Choir Conductor
Chris Rodriguez Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Leonard Cohen Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Billy Joel Composer
Mick Jones Producer
Carole King Composer
Rob Mounsey Orchestration
Patrick Williams Arranger
Gerry Goffin Composer
Peter Asher Producer, Percussion Sequencing
Niko Bolas Engineer
Jim Boyer Engineer
Tony Brown Producer
David Campbell String Arrangements, Choir Arrangement
Ed Cherney Engineer
Don DeVito Producer
Jay Healy Engineer
Jim Horn Horn Arrangements
Jeff Jacobs Programming
Ted Jensen Mastering
Doug Kleeger Sound Effects
Danny Kortchmar Producer
Nathaniel Kunkel Engineer
Steve Lindsey Producer, Horn Arrangements
Arif Mardin Orchestral Arrangements
George Massenburg Engineer
Justin Niebank Engineer
Ira Newborn Orchestration
Joe Nicolo Producer, Engineer, Percussion Sequencing, Additional Production
Phil Nicolo Engineer
Phil Ramone Producer
Crystal Taliefero Vocal Arrangements
Gary Tole Engineer
Leanne Ungar Engineer
Bill Zampino Choir Arrangement
Christopher Austopchuk Art Direction
Dirk Grobelny Engineer
Bradshaw Leigh Engineer
Dan Borris Cover Photo
Jeff Schock Artwork
Ian Cuttler Art Direction
Billy Jones Producer
Curtis King Jr. Choir Contractor
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