Kontsert: Live in Leningrad

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Once he had a decade of uninterrupted multi-platinum albums and had tasted the sweet fruit of the high life, Billy Joel decided that it was time for something different -- it was time to get serious. The first hint of this was his celebrated Russian tour in 1987. Not many rock artists had been allowed to tour the U.S.S.R., so this was a big deal. Joel took his task very seriously, embracing his role as musical and cultural ambassador from the West and acting solemnly throughout the tour. Besides the temper tantrum where he pushed his piano off stage, of course, but even that could be seen as a rock & roller taking his message to the people. If you're ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Once he had a decade of uninterrupted multi-platinum albums and had tasted the sweet fruit of the high life, Billy Joel decided that it was time for something different -- it was time to get serious. The first hint of this was his celebrated Russian tour in 1987. Not many rock artists had been allowed to tour the U.S.S.R., so this was a big deal. Joel took his task very seriously, embracing his role as musical and cultural ambassador from the West and acting solemnly throughout the tour. Besides the temper tantrum where he pushed his piano off stage, of course, but even that could be seen as a rock & roller taking his message to the people. If you're charitable, that is. That defining moment of the tour is captured at the end of Kohuept sadly, it was trimmed for a subsequent CD reissue, a live double-album single-disc document of the Russian tour. At the time, it may have been a big event, and personally, it was a turning point for Joel, but musically, it wasn't much of anything. Supported by an augmented version of his touring band, Joel runs through a predictable selection of hits, drawing heavily from The Bridge, but making sure to hit such favorites as "Angry Young Man," "Honesty," "Stiletto," "An Innocent Man," "Allentown," "Only the Good Die Young," "Big Shot" and "Sometimes a Fantasy." For topicality's sake, he adds "Back in the U.S.S.R." and "The Times They Are A-Changin'" to his repertoire. All of it is professionally performed, but most of it sounds like slicker versions of the original studio takes. Still, die-hard fans would want this as a souvenir of a show they were never able to see and perhaps casual fans would want to use this as a de facto greatest-hits collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972413624
  • Catalog Number: 724136
  • Sales rank: 22,342

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Odoya (1:17)
  2. 2 Prelude/Angry Young Man (5:23)
  3. 3 Honesty (3:58)
  4. 4 Goodnight Saigon (7:20)
  5. 5 Stiletto (5:09)
  6. 6 Big Man on Mulberry Street (7:17)
  7. 7 Baby Grand (6:09)
  8. 8 An Innocent Man (6:09)
  9. 9 Allentown (4:22)
  10. 10 A Matter of Trust (5:09)
  11. 11 Only the Good Die Young (3:31)
  12. 12 Sometimes a Fantasy (3:38)
  13. 13 Uptown Girl (3:08)
  14. 14 Big Shot (4:44)
  15. 15 Back in the U.S.S.R. (2:43)
  16. 16 The Times They Are A-Changin' (2:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billy Joel Primary Artist, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Liberty DeVitto Drums
Kevin Dukes Electric Guitar
Pete Hewlett Background Vocals
Russell Javors Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Dave Lebolt Keyboards
Mark Rivera Saxophone
George Simms Background Vocals
Doug Stegmeyer Bass, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals
David Abezadze Vocals
Giya Chirakadze Vocals
Timur Chkuatzeli Vocals
Georgi Dylidze Vocals
Tomaz Eliava Vocals
Nugree Gamtjebeli Vocals
Zurab Loladze Vocals
Yosif Zurabauli Vocals
Technical Credits
Bob Dylan Composer
Billy Joel Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Jim Boyer Producer, Engineer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Tim Leitner Engineer
Brian Ruggles Producer
Andy Rose Contributor
Stacy Drummond Art Direction
Bradshaw Leigh Engineer
Giya Chirakadze Contributor
Timur Chkuatzeli Contributor
Georgi Dylidze Contributor
Tomaz Eliava Contributor
Zurab Loladze Contributor
Yosif Zurabauli Contributor
Frank Weber Executive Producer
Oleg Smirnoff translation
Traditional Composer
John Naatjes Tape Research
Nick Reynolds Contributor
Georgian Singers "Zhournalist" Contributor
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