12 Gardens Live

12 Gardens Live

by Billy JoelBilly Joel
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Culled from his record-breaking 12-show run at Madison Square Garden, 12 Gardens Live shows Billy Joel hasn't lost a step as one of music's more accomplished live performers. Everything you'd expect from a Billy Joel concert is here: boatloads of familiar hits, songs chock-a-block with references to New York City, and an inimitable and infectious piano style that's arguably rivaled only by Elton John. The set is peppered with long-loved favorites, like the '50s-influenced "Keeping the Faith," the strutting "Big Shot," and Joel's personal anthem, "Piano Man," complete with the crowd singing entire verses. And while only Joel knows whether his decision to personally curate his 2005 box set, My Lives, inspired him to insert more obscure fare into the set lists for this 2006 tour, the results reveal yet another side to this pop songsmith. The addition of clavinet on "She's Right On Time" hints at Joel's classical music aspirations, while "Zanzibar" has a Steely Dan-reminiscent combination of storytelling and jazz nuance. 12 Gardens Live is a must-have concert souvenir for Joel fans, whether they were lucky enough to be at the Garden shows or not.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/13/2006
Label: Sony
UPC: 0828768517628
catalogNumber: 685176
Rank: 30377

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billy Joel   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Vocals
Chuck Burgi   Drums
Tommy Byrnes   Guitar,Vocals
Richie Cannata   Saxophone
Mark Rivera   Flute,Guitar,Keyboards,Saxophone,Vocals
David Rosenthal   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Crystal Taliefero   Guitar,Percussion,Saxophone,Vocals
Carl Fischer   Trombone,Trumpet

Technical Credits

Billy Joel   Composer,Producer
Tommy Byrnes   Music Direction
Steve Lillywhite   Producer
Brian Ruggles   Engineer,Live Sound
Christopher Austopchuk   Art Direction
Jeff Chonis   Drum Technician
Craig Robertson   Live Sound
Nyle Wood   Live Sound
Dan Ichimoto   Art Direction
Steve Barri Cohen   Lighting Director
Joel Singer   Engineer

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12 Gardens Live 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Billy Joel was awsome and still is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Billy Joel's decision to cut out some of his hits and play a wider variety of songs during his current tour makes this CD truly special. For hard-core fans, this is the show they've been waiting for - stuff Billy hasn't performed in more than two decades, if ever. For the casual fans who are basically familiar with his hits, this CD will make them a hard-core fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amazing. Simply amazing. No hyperbole. No understatement. Spot-on amazing. It is as if Billy recognized that his true fans has seen him enough to have witnessed the catalogue of hits at least twice-over in person. So he's packaged a live album (finally one with superior sound quality)with rarities and deep album cuts. Talk about your "songs in the attic". To hear "Laura" and "She's Right on Time" is treat enough, but concert-versions of the absolutely soul-scorching "The Night is Still Young" and the grudge anthem "The Great Wall of China" ignite this amalgam of cuts from Billy's historic 12 night sell-out run at the Garden. Find the standards. Find the hits. Then dig deeper. If you can't find at least a half a dozen you've never heard live than you are a true afficionado. If so, you'll appreciate the choices. If not, you'll find brand new reasons to appreciate just what Billy has brought to music. This is the Christmas/birthday/anniversary/just-because gift you've waited for....
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm extremely thrilled that Billy Joel decided to include a live version of "She's A ways a Woman" on this album, a song that is, in my opinion, the best Billy Joel ever wrote. For that song alone, the album is certainly worth buying.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is amazing. The sound is great and the it's great to hear live versions if such deep album tracks such as Laura, Room of Our Own and Zanibar. Amazing
Guest More than 1 year ago
when i heard that billy joel was releasing a cd of his msg concerts, i was thrilled. i love the more obscure songs on here, such as "zanzibar", "everybody loves you now", and "she's right on time". i also loved the arrangements of his hits on this cd, and they seemed to take on a new life in these concerts
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