Greatest Hits, Vols. 1 & 2 (1973-1985) [Bonus CD-ROM Track]

Greatest Hits, Vols. 1 & 2 (1973-1985) [Bonus CD-ROM Track]

by Billy Joel

CD(Remastered / Enhanced)

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Although it's missing a few important (not to mention big) hits, Greatest Hits, Vols. 1 & 2 (1973-1985) [Bonus CD-ROM Track] is an excellent retrospective of the first half of Billy Joel's career. Beginning with "Piano Man," the first disc runs through a number of early songs before arriving at the hit-making days of the late '70s; some of these songs, including "Captain Jack" and "New York State of Mind," weren't strictly hits, but were popular numbers within his stage show and became radio hits. Once the songs from The Stranger arrive halfway through the first disc, there's no stopping the hits (although "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant," an album track from The Stranger, manages its way onto the collection). In fact, over the next disc-and-a-half, there are so many hits, it's inevitable that some are left off -- to be specific, "Honesty," "Sometimes a Fantasy," "An Innocent Man," "Leave a Tender Moment," and "Keeping the Faith" aren't included. But all the other hits -- including "Just the Way You Are," "Only the Good Die Young," "My Life," "You May Be Right," "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me," "Don't Ask Me Why," "Allentown," "Tell Her About It," and "Uptown Girl," among many others -- are present and accounted for, as are two new songs ("You're Only Human (Second Wind)," "The Night Is Still Young") that became hits as well. In short, Greatest Hits, Vols. 1 & 2 does its job perfectly, encapsulating exactly why Billy Joel was one of the most popular singer/songwriters of the late '70s and early '80s. [This version of the album includes bonus material on CD-ROM.]

Product Details

Release Date: 10/20/1998
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646939123
catalogNumber: 69391
Rank: 277

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billy Joel   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Melodica,Moog Synthesizer,fender rhodes
Michael Brecker   Tenor Saxophone
Hiram Bullock   Electric Guitar
Larry Carlton   Guitar
Ronnie Cuber   Baritone Saxophone,Synthesizer Harmonica
Jon Faddis   Synthesizer Harmonica
Steve Kahn   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Hi String,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Bobbye Hall   Percussion
Jimmy Bralower   Percussion
Steve Burgh   Acoustic Guitar
Richie Cannata   Organ,Clarinet,Flute,Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Peter Cetera   Background Vocals
Donnie Dacus   Vocals
Gary Dalton   Guitar
Liberty DeVitto   Drums
Howie Emerson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Wilton Felder   Bass
John Gatchell   Trumpet
Emory Gordy   Bass
Pete Hewlett   Background Vocals
Russell Javors   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Dave Lebolt   Synthesizer
Mingo Lewis   Percussion
Hugh McCracken   Acoustic Guitar
John McCurry   Guitar
Michael Omartian   Keyboards
Dean Parks   Guitar
Mark Rivera   Percussion,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Synthesizer Harmonica
Frank Simms   Background Vocals
James Herb Smith   Acoustic Guitar
Doug Stegmeyer   Bass,Background Vocals
Richard Tee   Piano
Ron Tutt   Drums
Tom Whitehorse   Banjo,Pedal Steel Guitar
Phil Woods   Alto Saxophone
Bill Zampino   Drums
Joe Shepley   Trumpet
Ron Evans   Guitar
David Brown   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Billy Joel   Composer,Producer
Patrick Williams   Orchestration
Jim Boyer   Engineer,Remixing
Ron Malo   Engineer
Don Puluse   Engineer
Phil Ramone   Producer,Engineer,Remixing
Elliot Scheiner   Engineer,Remixing
Mark Larson   Art Direction
Bradshaw Leigh   Engineer
William Bennett   Guitar Overdubs

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