Greatest Hits, Vols. 1 & 2 (1973-1985) [Bonus CD-ROM Track]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Although it's missing a few important (not to mention big) hits, Greatest Hits, Vols. 1 & 2 (1973-1985) [Bonus CD-ROM Track] is an excellent retrospective of the first half of Billy Joel's career. Beginning with "Piano Man," the first disc runs through a number of early songs before arriving at the hit-making days of the late '70s; some of these songs, including "Captain Jack" and "New York State of Mind," weren't strictly hits, but were popular numbers within his stage show and became radio hits. Once the songs from The Stranger arrive halfway through the first disc, there's no stopping the hits (although "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant," an album track ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Although it's missing a few important (not to mention big) hits, Greatest Hits, Vols. 1 & 2 (1973-1985) [Bonus CD-ROM Track] is an excellent retrospective of the first half of Billy Joel's career. Beginning with "Piano Man," the first disc runs through a number of early songs before arriving at the hit-making days of the late '70s; some of these songs, including "Captain Jack" and "New York State of Mind," weren't strictly hits, but were popular numbers within his stage show and became radio hits. Once the songs from The Stranger arrive halfway through the first disc, there's no stopping the hits (although "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant," an album track from The Stranger, manages its way onto the collection). In fact, over the next disc-and-a-half, there are so many hits, it's inevitable that some are left off -- to be specific, "Honesty," "Sometimes a Fantasy," "An Innocent Man," "Leave a Tender Moment," and "Keeping the Faith" aren't included. But all the other hits -- including "Just the Way You Are," "Only the Good Die Young," "My Life," "You May Be Right," "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me," "Don't Ask Me Why," "Allentown," "Tell Her About It," and "Uptown Girl," among many others -- are present and accounted for, as are two new songs ("You're Only Human (Second Wind)," "The Night Is Still Young") that became hits as well. In short, Greatest Hits, Vols. 1 & 2 does its job perfectly, encapsulating exactly why Billy Joel was one of the most popular singer/songwriters of the late '70s and early '80s. [This version of the album includes bonus material on CD-ROM.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/20/1998
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646939123
  • Catalog Number: 69391
  • Sales rank: 3,741

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billy Joel Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Vocals, Melodica, Moog Synthesizer, fender rhodes
Michael Brecker Tenor Saxophone
Hiram Bullock Electric Guitar
Larry Carlton Guitar
Ronnie Cuber Baritone Saxophone, Synthesizer Harmonica
Jon Faddis Synthesizer Harmonica
Steve Kahn Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Hi String, Guitar (12 String Electric)
Bobbye Hall Percussion
Jimmy Bralower Percussion
Steve Burgh Acoustic Guitar
Richie Cannata Organ, Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Peter Cetera Background Vocals
Donnie Dacus Vocals
Gary Dalton Guitar
Liberty DeVitto Drums
Howie Emerson Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Wilton Felder Bass
John Gatchell Trumpet
Emory Gordy Bass
Pete Hewlett Background Vocals
Russell Javors Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Dave Lebolt Synthesizer
Mingo Lewis Percussion
Hugh McCracken Acoustic Guitar
John McCurry Guitar
Michael Omartian Keyboards
Dean Parks Guitar
Mark Rivera Percussion, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Synthesizer Harmonica
Frank Simms Background Vocals
James Herb Smith Acoustic Guitar
Doug Stegmeyer Bass, Background Vocals
Richard Tee Piano
Ron Tutt Drums
Tom Whitehorse Banjo, Pedal Steel Guitar
Phil Woods Alto Saxophone
Bill Zampino Drums
Joe Shepley Trumpet
Ron Evans Guitar
David Brown Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Billy Joel Composer, Producer
Patrick Williams Orchestration
Jim Boyer Engineer, Remixing
Ron Malo Engineer
Don Puluse Engineer
Phil Ramone Producer, Engineer, Remixing
Elliot Scheiner Engineer, Remixing
Mark Larson Art Direction
Bradshaw Leigh Engineer
William Bennett Guitar Overdubs
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Entertainer

    While driving back to school after my Christmas break, I played my Billy Joel songs, ending with "The Longest Time." Although I had dreaded this day for about a week, I continually smiled, for the last song played itself over and over in my head. Billy Joel's music still brings the same emotions as when they first hit the charts. I simply adore his views of life and the ways of the world presented in his music, and I admire his creativity, marvelous memory, and story telling abilities. Immediately after one of his faster songs come on, I find myself laughing, singing, and making an attempt at dancing. It¿s the perfect escape. He may have worried about keeping his status as "The Entertainer" at one point, but I believe his songs will remain classics, soothing and bringing joy to millions of people around the world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The greatest collection of songs I've ever heard!

    I am a big fan of Billy Joel, and his music. His voice and musical talents, are completly amazing. There is no way to say what the best song on this alblum is, for you see, they are all wonderful. And another amazing thing is that he wrote every single thing you hear on the alblum. With out a doubt, ''New yorks coolest quadruped,'' has it all in this wonderful collection, so I'm giving it five stars, mainly because ''New York State Of Mind'' and ''Goodnight Saigon'' made my mother cry.

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