Greatest Hits, Vol. 3

Greatest Hits, Vol. 3

by Billy JoelBilly Joel


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Perhaps it was inevitable that Billy Joel's Greatest Hits, Vol. 3 would pale next to its double-disc predecessor. Greatest Hits, Vols. 1 & 2 covered nine albums (it ignored Cold Spring Harbor), a period during which Joel had 26 Top 100 hits. If it had picked up where the first collection left off, Vol. 3 would have covered three studio albums, which produced 11 hits. That alone would have made a respectable hits collection, and it would have made sense, since The Bridge marked the beginning of a new phase of Joel's career. Instead, the 17-song Vol. 3 begins with a pair of songs from An Innocent Man ("Keeping the Faith," "An Innocent Man") that sound entirely different from the material that follows, which finds Joel delving into mechanized, slickly produced adult contemporary pop. The remaining songs don't strictly adhere to his charting hits, substituting such album tracks as "Leningrad," "Shameless" and "Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)" for hits like "Modern Woman," "That's Not Her Style" and his non-LP cover of Elvis' "All Shook Up." Even with those missing hits, Greatest Hits, Vol. 3 does summarize Joel's latter career quite well, culling most of his best songs from the time. However, the album ends on a down note, as it adds three new songs, all covers, that are limply produced and colorlessly played. Bob Dylan's "To Make You Feel My Love" -- which Joel decided to perform as if it was a slow, sanitized Blonde on Blonde outtake -- is the best of the trio, but none of them qualify as Joel classics, and they are an inauspicious way to end this chapter of his career.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/19/1997
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0888837131421
catalogNumber: 371314
Rank: 7604

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billy Joel   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Harmonica,Percussion,Piano,Accordion,Harpsichord,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Background Vocals,Clavinet,fender rhodes,Hammond B3
Clint Black   Harmonica
Trisha Yearwood   Background Vocals
Donna McElroy   Background Vocals
Ray Charles   Piano,Vocals
Color Me Badd   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Will Downing   Choir, Chorus
Mick Jones   Background Vocals
Michael Brecker   Tenor Saxophone
Ronnie Cuber   Baritone Saxophone
Matt Rollings   Piano
Chuck Treece   Bass
Ian Lloyd   Background Vocals
Bob Bailey   Background Vocals
Dominic Cortese   Accordion
Zachary Alford   Drums
Chuck Arnold   Leader,Background Vocals
Phillip Ballou   Choir, Chorus
Katreese Barnes   Choir, Chorus
Jeff Bova   Synthesizer
Alex Brown   Background Vocals
Tommy Byrnes   Guitar
David Campbell   Conductor,Background Vocals
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Liberty DeVitto   Percussion,Drums
Schuyler Deale   Bass
Jackie Gouche   Background Vocals
Anton Fig   Snare Drums
Kim Fleming   Background Vocals
Wrecia Ford   Vocals,Background Vocals
Paul Franklin   Pedal Steel Guitar
Diane Garisto   Choir, Chorus
John Gatchell   Trumpet
Everette Harp   Saxophone
Yvonne Hodges   Background Vocals
Jim Hoke   Horn
Jim Horn   Horn
Dann Huff   Guitar
Joey Hunting   Guitar
Jeff Jacobs   Synthesizer
Stephanie James   Choir, Chorus
Russell Javors   Guitar
Jef Lee Johnson   Bass
Brenda White-King   Choir, Chorus
Robbie Kondor   Keyboards
Danny Kortchmar   Guitar
Will Lee   Bass
Mac McAnally   Acoustic Guitar
John Mahoney   Keyboards
Bob Mann   Guitar
Sammy Merendino   electronic percussion
Steve Nathan   Organ
Dean Parks   Guitar
Mark Rivera   Percussion,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Charles Rose   Horn
David Rosenthal   Keyboards
Frank Simms   Background Vocals
George Simms   Background Vocals
Carliss Stafford   Choir, Chorus
Doug Stegmeyer   Bass
Neil Stubenhaus   Bass
T.M. Stevens   Bass
Crystal Taliefero   Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals
Mike Tyler   Guitar
Randy Waldman   Keyboards
Willie Weeks   Drums
Monalisa Young   Background Vocals
Joe Lynn Turner   Background Vocals
Marlon Saunders   Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Devora Johnson   Choir, Chorus
Joe Shepley   Trumpet
Randy Jackson   Bass
Frank Floyd   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Philip Nowlam   Guitar
David Brown   Guitar
Lonnie Hillyer   Bass
Thomas V. Byrnes   Guitar
Pattie Darcy Jones   Background Vocals
B. David Whitworth   Vocals,Background Vocals
Sean Pelton   Drums
Andy "Funky Drummer" Kravitz   Percussion
Paul Litterall   Horn
Dennis Collins   Choir, Chorus
Curtis King   Choir Conductor
Chris Rodriguez   Background Vocals
David Brown   Guitar

Technical Credits

Leonard Cohen   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Billy Joel   Composer
Mick Jones   Producer
Carole King   Composer
Rob Mounsey   Orchestration
Patrick Williams   Arranger
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Peter Asher   Producer,Percussion Sequencing
Niko Bolas   Engineer
Jim Boyer   Engineer
Tony Brown   Producer
David Campbell   String Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
Ed Cherney   Engineer
Don DeVito   Producer
Jay Healy   Engineer
Jim Horn   Horn Arrangements
Jeff Jacobs   Programming
Doug Kleeger   Sound Effects
Danny Kortchmar   Producer
Nathaniel Kunkel   Engineer
Steve Lindsey   Producer,Horn Arrangements
Arif Mardin   Orchestral Arrangements
George Massenburg   Engineer
Justin Niebank   Engineer
Ira Newborn   Orchestration
Joe Nicolo   Producer,Engineer,Percussion Sequencing,Additional Production
Phil Nicolo   Engineer
Phil Ramone   Producer
Crystal Taliefero   Vocal Arrangements
Gary Tole   Engineer
Leanne Ungar   Engineer
Bill Zampino   Choir Arrangement
Christopher Austopchuk   Art Direction
Dirk Grobelny   Engineer
Bradshaw Leigh   Engineer
Dan Borris   Cover Photo
Jeff Schock   Artwork
Ian Cuttler   Art Direction
Billy Jones   Producer
Curtis King   Choir Contractor

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