My Lives

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Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
With My Lives, Billy Joel fans only familiar with the piano man's most popular fare get to experience him in an entirely different light. Compiled by the multiple Grammy winner, this five-disc (four CDs and a DVD) anthology is a veritable This Is Your Life. Sprinkled throughout are myriad audio delights, dating from Joel's pre-solo days right up to his recent forays into classical music. Although his earliest group recordings may sound a little dated, it's nonetheless fascinating to hear Joel as a psychedelic popster (with the Lost Souls), a Stax-flavored, blue-eyed-soul man (with the Hassles), and an organ-pumping headbanger (with Attila). It's on the disc's 23 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
With My Lives, Billy Joel fans only familiar with the piano man's most popular fare get to experience him in an entirely different light. Compiled by the multiple Grammy winner, this five-disc (four CDs and a DVD) anthology is a veritable This Is Your Life. Sprinkled throughout are myriad audio delights, dating from Joel's pre-solo days right up to his recent forays into classical music. Although his earliest group recordings may sound a little dated, it's nonetheless fascinating to hear Joel as a psychedelic popster (with the Lost Souls), a Stax-flavored, blue-eyed-soul man (with the Hassles), and an organ-pumping headbanger (with Attila). It's on the disc's 23 previously unreleased tracks, however, that Joel's musical tastes and creative choices come to the surface. An alternate, reggae-inspired version of "Only the Good Die Young" is surprising effective, while the stripped-down demo of "Miami" is more poignant than its better-known, fleshed-out version. My Lives presents a nearly schizoid range of musical urges: a dalliance with sophisticated jazz on the soundtrack to A League of Their Own (Duke Ellington's "In a Sentimental Mood"); the raucous R&B of the Isley Brothers ("Shout"); a gospel-flavored twist given to Leonard Cohen ("Light as the Breeze"); and straightforward rock 'n' roll (the Beatles' "Hard Day's Night") -- all of them evinced in live recordings or studio alternates. And if nearly five hours of music isn't enough, the enclosed DVD concert from the River of Dreams tour adds a visual touch to Joel's always impressive chops, making My Lives an exhilarating and intriguing trip for both the casual and well-versed Billy Joel fan.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/22/2005
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969352021
  • Catalog Number: 93520
  • Sales rank: 15,125

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 My Journey's End (2:07)
  2. 2 Time and Time Again (2:01)
  3. 3 Ever Step I Take (Every Move I Make) (2:28)
  4. 4 You've Got Me Hummin' (2:27)
  5. 5 Amplifier Fire (3:06)
  6. 6 Only a Man (3:16)
  7. 7 She's Got a Way (2:55)
  8. 8 Oyster Bay (3:45)
  9. 9 Piano Man (2:52)
  10. 10 The Siegfield Line (2:36)
  11. 11 New Mexico (2:37)
  12. 12 Cross to Bear (4:19)
  13. 13 Miami 2017 (4:50)
  14. 14 These Rhinestone Days (3:00)
  15. 15 Everybody Has a Dream (4:36)
  16. 16 Only the Good Die Young (3:39)
  17. 17 Until the Night (6:37)
  18. 18 Zanzibar (6:47)
  19. 19 It's Still Rock & Roll to Me (2:56)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Captain Jack (7:20)
  2. 2 The End of the World (3:23)
  3. 3 The Prime of Your Life (3:43)
  4. 4 She's Right on Time (4:14)
  5. 5 Elvis Presley Blvd. (3:15)
  6. 6 Nobody Knows But Me (2:54)
  7. 7 An Innocent Man (5:19)
  8. 8 Christie Lee (4:02)
  9. 9 Easy Money (4:06)
  10. 10 And So It Goes (3:14)
  11. 11 I'll Cry Instead (2:24)
  12. 12 Keeping the Faith 12" Dance Remix] (4:53)
  13. 13 Modern Woman (3:51)
  14. 14 Baby Grand (4:05)
  15. 15 Getting Closer (5:38)
  16. 16 House of Blue Light (4:44)
  17. 17 Money or Love (4:02)
  18. 18 The Times They Are A-Changin' (2:54)
Disc 3
  1. 1 The Downeaster "Alexa" (3:44)
  2. 2 I Go to Extremes (4:51)
  3. 3 Shout (5:49)
  4. 4 All Shook Up (2:09)
  5. 5 Heartbreak Hotel (3:20)
  6. 6 When You Wish Upon a Star (3:42)
  7. 7 In a Sentimental Mood (4:02)
  8. 8 Motorcycle Song (4:19)
  9. 9 You Picked a Real Bad Time (4:55)
  10. 10 The River of Dreams (5:49)
  11. 11 A Hard Day's Night (2:46)
  12. 12 Light as the Breeze (6:13)
  13. 13 To Make You Feel My Love (3:52)
  14. 14 Hey Girl (3:57)
  15. 15 Why Should I Worry (3:33)
  16. 16 Where Were You (On Our Wedding Day)? (1:58)
  17. 17 Highway 61 Revisited (5:10)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Movin' Out (Anthony's Song) (3:44)
  2. 2 You May Be Right (4:49)
  3. 3 Big Shot (4:45)
  4. 4 Don't Worry Baby (3:26)
  5. 5 Goodnight Saigon (6:30)
  6. 6 Los Angelenos (3:54)
  7. 7 New York State of Mind (6:01)
  8. 8 Opus 1. Soliloquy (On a Separation) (11:22)
  9. 9 Opus 8. Suite for Piano (Star-Crossed): I. Innamorato (7:46)
  10. 10 Opus 8. Suite for Piano (Star-Crossed): II. Sorbetto (1:30)
  11. 11 Opus 8. Suite for Piano (Star-Crossed): III. Delusion (3:36)
  12. 12 Elegy: The Great Peconic (6:50)
  13. 13 [Untitled Track] (8:57)
Disc 5
  1. 1 No Man's Land
  2. 2 Pressure
  3. 3 Ballad of Billy the Kid
  4. 4 Leningrad
  5. 5 Allentown
  6. 6 My Life
  7. 7 I Go to Extremes
  8. 8 Shades of Grey
  9. 9 The River of Dreams
  10. 10 Goodnight Saigon
  11. 11 We Didn't Start the Fire
  12. 12 A Hard Day's Night
  13. 13 Big Shot
  14. 14 Piano Man
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billy Joel Primary Artist, Organ, Synthesizer, Harmonica, Piano, Accordion, Harpsichord, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Vocals, Background Vocals, Clavinet, Melodica, fender rhodes
Clint Black Harmonica
Trisha Yearwood Background Vocals
Donna McElroy Background Vocals
Elton John Piano, Vocals
London Symphony Orchestra Track Performer
Brian Wilson Piano, Vocals
Steve Winwood Hammond Organ
Ronnie Cuber Baritone Saxophone
Jon Faddis Trumpet
Steve Khan Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Matt Rollings Piano
David Sanborn Alto Saxophone
David Friedman Percussion, Orchestral Chimes
Bob Bailey Background Vocals
Dominic Cortese Accordion
Sneaky Pete Kleinow Steel Guitar
Scott Bennett Track Performer
Howard Arthur Blauvelt Bass
Alex Brown Background Vocals
Tommy Byrnes Guitar, Vocals
David Campbell Conductor
Richie Cannata Organ, Clarinet, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Andy Cichon Bass
Rhys Clark Drums
Sal DeTroia Guitar
Liberty DeVitto Percussion, Drums
Schuyler Deale Bass
John Edward Dizek Percussion, Vocals
Don Evans Guitar
Jackie Gouche Background Vocals
Kim Fleming Background Vocals
Paul Franklin Pedal Steel Guitar
Robert Freedman Horn
Eric Gale Electric Guitar
Emory Gordy Bass
Everette Harp Saxophone
Jim Hines Track Performer
Yvonne Hodges Background Vocals
Jim Hoke Horn
Jim Horn Horn
Dann Huff Guitar
Jeff Jacobs Synthesizer, Piano
Neil Jason Bass
Russell Javors Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Curtis Rance King Jr. Vocals
Larry Knechtel Bass
Robbie Kondor Keyboards
Will Lee Bass
Bob Lizik Track Performer
Mac McAnally Acoustic Guitar
Bob Mann Guitar
Hugh McCracken Guitar (Nylon String)
John McCurry Guitar
Richie McKenna Guitar
Ozzie Melendez Trombone
Michael Mellett Vocals
Charlie Morgan Drums
Steve Nathan Organ
Shawn Pelton Drums
Leon Pendarvis Hammond Organ
Mark Rivera Flute, Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Chris Rodriguez Background Vocals
Charles Rose Horn
David Rosenthal Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Jonathan Small Drums
David Snell Conductor
Doug Stegmeyer Bass, Background Vocals
Crystal Taliefero Flute, Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Saxophone, Vocals
Richard Tee Organ
Randy Waldman Keyboards
Willie Weeks Drums
Monalisa Young Background Vocals
Bill Zampino Drums
David Santo Bass
Kim Keyes Vocals
Bob Winiker Trumpet
Marlon Saunders Vocals
Darian Sahanaja Track Performer
Nick Walusko Track Performer
Melodie Crittenden Vocals
Jeffrey Foskett Track Performer
Joe Shepley Trumpet
Randy Jackson Bass
Paul Mertens Track Performer
Dorathea Strauchen Vocals
Michael D'Amico Track Performer
Probyn Gregory Track Performer
Joe Osborn Bass
T-Bone Wolk Bass, Mandolin, Accordion, Vocals
Dave Brown Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Taylor Mills Track Performer
Carmine Lauri Leader
David Baglioli Drums
Jim Bosse Guitar
Thomas V. Byrnes Guitar
Barry Danielan Trumpet
Georgian Sisters Track Performer
Wesley "Arif Saint Michael" Holmes Vocals
Ken Recher Rhythm Guitar
Denny Siewell Drums
The Lost Souls Track Performer
Paul Litterall Horn
Technical Credits
Leonard Cohen Composer
Michael Jones Producer
Ray Charles Duet
Bob Dylan Composer
Dan Hartman Composer
Billy Joel Composer, Producer
Elton John Duet
Carole King Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Elvis Presley Composer
Lloyd Price Composer
Brian Wilson Composer
B.A. Robertson Producer
Otis Blackwell Composer
Peter Asher Producer, Percussion Sequencing
Jim Boyer Producer
Tony Brown Producer
Thom Cadley Remixing
David Campbell Vocal Arrangements, String Arrangements, Choir Arrangement
Ed Cherney Engineer
Rick Chertoff Producer
Peter Cho Studio Arrangements
Don DeVito Producer
Jerry Dixon Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Robert Freedman Orchestration
Vinny Gormann Composer, Producer
Leigh Harline Composer
Jim Horn Horn Arrangements
Ronald Isley Composer
Rudolph Isley Composer
Matthew Kelly Tape Archivist
Danny Kortchmar Producer
Nathaniel Kunkel Engineer
David Levine Producer
George Massenburg Engineer
Irwin Mazur Producer
Tony Michaels Composer, Producer
Charlie Midnight Composer
Joe Nicolo Producer, Percussion Sequencing
Phil Nicolo Engineer
Phil Ramone Producer
Artie Ripp Producer
Brian Ruggles Producer, Live Production
Lucy Simon Producer
Jonathan Small Composer, Producer
Gary Tole Engineer
Eric Turner Composer
Leanne Ungar Engineer
Ned Washington Composer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Anthony DeCurtis Liner Notes
Justin Neibank Engineer
Christopher Austopchuk Art Direction
Dirk Grobelny Engineer
Jon Small Producer, Liner Notes
Kip Smith Tape Archivist
Peter Afterman Executive Producer
Tim Janis Orchestration
Omar Carrasquilla Tape Archivist
Michael Kull Tape Archivist
David Swope Engineer
Tommy Durden Composer
Harold Logan Composer
Larry Jordan Video Director
Jeff Schock Producer
Brian J. McKenna Studio Arrangements
Frank Weber Executive Producer
Andy Manganello Engineer
Steve Lindsay Producer, Horn Arrangements
Joel Gallen Executive Producer
Christian CalabrĂ³ Art Direction
Lily Lew Packaging Manager
Kevin Guarnieri Engineer, Digital Editing
T-Bone Wolk Contributor
Johnny Patton Composer
Timothy White Back Cover
Steve Barri Cohen Production Design
Jonathan Allen Engineer
Jim Bosse Liner Notes
Keith Dorgan Tape Archivist
Alexa Ray Joel Cover Art
Jordan Makow Studio Arrangements
Robert Prisament Tape Archivist
Dave Thonner Producer
Steven Epstein Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Truely Awesome collection!

    I have all of Joel's other albums, including his piano solos, and this collection is my new favorite! I love hearing his original takes on some of his more well-known songs. I've had this set for four days now, and I'm still listening to Disc 1 over and over. . .should probably move on to the others, but I'm so hooked on this one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome!

    Billy Joel is incredibly talented. This 4-cd set takes you on his evolving journey. My only complaint is that it doesn't fit in my CD rack. But, I guess I'd have to quit playing the CDs in order to store the box. That hasn't happened...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Collector's Dream

    Being a big fan of Billy Joel w/ having all of the albums, I thought I had heard, seen, and had it all. This one takes the cake. If you really want it all, this is it that is a must for all Billy Joel fans. Thank you Mr. Joel.

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