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: Sony
  • UPC: 074646734728
  • Catalog Number: 67347

Album Credits

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 Jr. 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
Ted Jensen Mastering
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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Herculean

    We all end in the ocean<BR/>We all start in the streams<BR/>We're all carried along<BR/>By the river of dreams<BR/>~Billy Joel<BR/><BR/>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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    we didn't start the fire!

    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

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