Greatest Hits, Vol. 3

Greatest Hits, Vol. 3

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by Billy Joel

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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


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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Performance Credits

Billy Joel   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Harmonica,Percussion,Piano,Accordion,Harpsichord,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Background Vocals,Clavinet,fender rhodes
Clint Black   Harmonica
Trisha Yearwood   Background Vocals
Donna McElroy   Background Vocals
Ray Charles   Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Color Me Badd   Vocals
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   Background Vocals,Choir Director
Phillip Ballou   Choir, Chorus
Katreese Barnes   Choir, Chorus
Niko Bolas   Recorder
Jeff Bova   Synthesizer
Alex Brown   Background Vocals
David Campbell   Conductor,Background Vocals
Ed Cherney   Recorder
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Liberty DeVitto   Percussion,Drums
Schuyler Deale   Bass
Jackie Gouche   Background Vocals
Kim Fleming   Background Vocals
Wrecia Ford   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
Curtis Rance King   Choir Conductor
Robbie Kondor   Keyboards
Danny Kortchmar   Guitar,Drums
Andy Kravitz   Percussion
Will Lee   Bass
Mac McAnally   Acoustic Guitar
John Mahoney   Keyboards
Bob Mann   Guitar
George Massenburg   Recorder
Sammy Merendino   Percussion,electronic percussion
Steve Nathan   Organ
Ira Newborn   Performing Ensemble
Dean Parks   Guitar
Shawn Pelton   Drums
Mark Rivera   Percussion,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Chris Rodriguez   Background Vocals
Charles Rose   Horn
David Rosenthal   Keyboards
Frank Simms   Background Vocals
George Simms   Background Vocals
Doug Stegmeyer   Bass
Neil Stubenhaus   Bass
T.M. Stevens   Bass,Guitar
Crystal Taliefero   Percussion,Background Vocals
Gary Tole   Recorder
Mike Tyler   Guitar
Leanne Ungar   Recorder
Randy Waldman   Keyboards
Willie Weeks   Drums
Monalisa Young   Background Vocals
Joe Lynn Turner   Background Vocals
Marlon Saunders   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Devora Johnson   Choir, Chorus
B. David Witworth   Background Vocals
Dave Brown   Guitar
Joe Shepley   Trumpet
Randy Jackson   Bass
Henry Rolling   Piano
Frank Floyd   Choir, Chorus
Philip Nowlam   Guitar
David Whitworth   Background Vocals
Thomas V. Bynes   Guitar
Lonnie Hillyer   Bass
Thomas V. Byrnes   Guitar
Paul Litterall   Horn
Dennis Collins   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Billy Joel   Producer
Mick Jones   Producer
Rob Mounsey   Orchestration
Patrick Williams   Arranger
Peter Asher   Producer,Percussion Sequencing
Niko Bolas   Engineer
Jim Boyer   Engineer
Tony Brown   Producer
David Campbell   String Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
Robert Charles   Engineer
Ed Cherney   Engineer
Ian Cutler   Art Direction
Don DeVito   Producer
Anton Fig   Contributor
Jay Healy   Engineer
Jim Horn   Horn Arrangements
Jeff Jacobs   Programming
Doug Kleeger   Sound Effects
Danny Kortchmar   Producer
Nathaniel Kunkel   Engineer
Steve Lindsey   Producer,Orchestration,Horn Arrangements
Arif Mardin   Orchestral Arrangements
George Massenburg   Engineer
Ira Newborn   Contributor,Orchestration
Joe Nicolo   Producer,Engineer,Percussion Sequencing
Phil Nicolo   Engineer
Phil Ramone   Producer
Crystal Taliefero   Vocal Arrangements
Gary Tole   Engineer
Leanne Ungar   Engineer
Bill Zampino   Choir Arrangement
Justin Neibank   Engineer
Christopher Austopchuk   Art Direction
Dirk Grobelny   Engineer
Bradshaw Leigh   Engineer
Dan Borris   Cover Photo
Len Irish   Artwork,Inlay Photography
Jeff Schock   Art Direction
Ian Cuttler   Art Direction
Michiko Suzuki   Liner Notes

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Greatest Hits, Vol. 3 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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it was always burnin' since the world's been turnin. Oh, hi. I'm eleven, and this is a very good cd. dadada dadada harry truman johnny ray, bye
SophieRichardson More than 1 year ago
We all end in the ocean
We all start in the streams
We're all carried along
By the river of dreams
~Billy Joel

I consider picking one favorite Billy Joel song a Herculean task. Perhaps his songs are like wine, getting better with age. The more I listen, the farther I fall in love with his gorgeous music and lyrics. I get the chills. Certain songs, books, and movies have that affect on me. Of course, this CD includes ¿We Didn¿t Start the Fire,¿ a classic, containing a bucket full of energy. It also includes my first ¿favorite¿ Billy Joel song, ¿Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel),¿ and a few of the new songs that I honored by adding to my list of Grand Billy Joel Masterpieces, like ¿And so it Goes¿ and ¿The River of Dreams,¿ which goes along with the stream of consciousness. Any Billy Joel fan would heartily enjoy this superb collection.
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