The Essential Billy Joel (2CD)

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Released in conjunction with Billy Joel's grand experiment with classical music, The Essential Billy Joel was a welcome reminder of Billy Joel's way with a pop song, improving on the previous Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 & 2 by extending into the '90s and delving deeper into his catalog. There were some casualties along the way -- it's easy for a fan to carp about the absence of personal favorites like "She's Right on Time" or "Travelin' Prayer," and it may even make some sense that "You're Only Human (Second Wind)" or "Shameless" didn't make the cut, but it's mind-boggling that "Scenes From an Italian Restaurant" isn't here (we won't mention that the classical pieces that end the record, no matter how surprisingly good they are, are as out of place as Attila would have been) -- but for the most part, this has every one of Joel's heavy-hitters, and his craftsmanship, both as a songsmith and record maker, has never shone brighter. The biggest fault is that there is a notable drop-off in quality after 1986's The Bridge (which ends midway through disc two), but even so, this is as good a distillation of Joel's talents imaginable. In fact, as the first disc unfurls, even cynics may wonder why he's been dogged by the critics, since singer/songwriter pop doesn't come better than "Say Goodbye to Hollywood," "New York State of Mind," "Only the Good Die Young," "My Life," "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me," "Don't Ask Me Why," "Allentown," and their seven companions. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

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Released in conjunction with Billy Joel's grand experiment with classical music, The Essential Billy Joel was a welcome reminder of Billy Joel's way with a pop song, improving on the previous Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 & 2 by extending into the '90s and delving deeper into his catalog. There were some casualties along the way -- it's easy for a fan to carp about the absence of personal favorites like "She's Right on Time" or "Travelin' Prayer," and it may even make some sense that "You're Only Human (Second Wind)" or "Shameless" didn't make the cut, but it's mind-boggling that "Scenes From an Italian Restaurant" isn't here (we won't mention that the classical pieces that end the record, no matter how surprisingly good they are, are as out of place as Attila would have been) -- but for the most part, this has every one of Joel's heavy-hitters, and his craftsmanship, both as a songsmith and record maker, has never shone brighter. The biggest fault is that there is a notable drop-off in quality after 1986's The Bridge (which ends midway through disc two), but even so, this is as good a distillation of Joel's talents imaginable. In fact, as the first disc unfurls, even cynics may wonder why he's been dogged by the critics, since singer/songwriter pop doesn't come better than "Say Goodbye to Hollywood," "New York State of Mind," "Only the Good Die Young," "My Life," "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me," "Don't Ask Me Why," "Allentown," and their seven companions. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

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Artist: Billy Joel
Studio Label: CD
Edited: N
Format: CD
Enhanced: N
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 10/02/2001
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.22
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 0.4 x 4.25 x 5.25
UPC: 0069699860052
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1. Piano Man
2. You're My Home
3. Captain Jack
4. Entertainer
5. Say Goodbye To Hollywood
6. Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway)
7. New York State Of Mind
8. She's Always A Woman
9. Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)
10. Only The Good Die Young
11. Just The Way You Are
12. Honesty
13. My Life
14. It's Still Rock & Roll To Me
15. You May Be Right
16. Don't Ask Me Why
17. She's Got A Way
18. Allentown
19. Goodnight Saigon
20. Innocent Man
21. Uptown Girl
22. Longest Time
23. Tell Her About It
24. Leave A Tender Moment Alone
25. Matter Of Trust
26. Baby Grand
27. I Go To Extremes
28. We Didn't Start The Fire
29. Leningrad
30. Downeaster Alexa
31. And So It Goes
32. River Of Dreams
33. All About Soul (Remix)
34. Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel)
35. Waltz No.1 (Nunley's Carousel)
36. Invention In C Minor
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The Essential Billy Joel (2CD)
12/11/2013

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5.0 stars 12/11/2013 by GibsonBoy
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All Billy's best,great listening.

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5.0 stars 12/31/2014 by Steven469
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This double album has it all...it even has the great songs that I didn't realize Billy Joel created. You'll wear the repeat button off of your music device as every song for every mood is in this fine compilation.

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The Essential Billy Joel
7/27/2015

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5.0 stars 7/27/2015 by PAJSR
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Excellent CD. All of my favorite songs. Almost 2hours of great listening for under $12.00 !!!

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