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Piano Man: The Very Best of Billy Joel

Billy Joel

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This international collection of highlights from the East Coast native's prolific career takes its choicest bits from Columbia's three hugely successful Greatest Hits compilations. Piano Man: The Very Best of Billy Joel may just skim the surface of Joel's large reservoir of material, but it's hard to argue with the end results. All of the radio hits, minus some of the more obscure ones like "Allentown," "Pressure," and "Matter of Trust" are dutifully represented. From "River of Dreams" and "We Didn't Start the Fire" to "Piano Man" and "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant," this skillfully paced compilation, which also includes a ten-track DVD, is about as good a single-disc Billy Joel primer as one is likely to find.
© James Christopher Monger /TiVo

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1
Tell Her About It
00:03:50

Billy Joel, Performer - Billy Joel, Composer - Billy Joel, Lyricist - George Martin, Producer

(P) 1983 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
Uptown Girl (Album Version)
00:03:16

Billy Joel, Vocal - Billy Joel, Composer - Billy Joel, Piano - Billy Joel, Performer - Mike Allaire, 2nd Engineer - Mark Rivera, Percussion - Mark Rivera, Alto Saxophone - Mark Rivera, Tenor Saxophone - Bradshaw Leigh, Engineer - Jim Boyer, Engineer - Jim Boyer, Mixing Engineer - Scott James, 2nd Engineer - David Matthews, Arranger - Russell Javors, Guitar - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer - Doug Stegmeyer, Bass - B. Joel (B. 1949), Composer - B. Joel (B. 1949), Lyricist - Liberty DeVitto, Drums - Phil Ramone, Producer

(P) 1983 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
Piano Man (Radio Edit)
00:04:34

Billy Joel, Composer - Billy Joel, Vocal - Billy Joel, Performer - Billy Joel, Lyricist - Phil Ramone, Producer - Michael Stewart, Producer

(P) 1973 Sony Music Entertainment

4
New York State of Mind (Album Version)
00:06:01

Billy Joel, Producer - Billy Joel, Vocal - Billy Joel, Composer - Billy Joel, Lyricist - Billy Joel, Keyboards - Billy Joel, Performer - Richard Cannata, Saxophone - John Bradley, Engineer - Mingo Lewis, Percussion - Don Puluse, Engineer - Ken Ascher, Arranger - Russell Javors, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Russell Javors, Electric Guitar - Lou Waxman, Engineer - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer - Doug Stegmeyer, Acoustic Bass - Bruce Botnick, Mixing Engineer - James Smith, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Howie Emerson, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Howie Emerson, Electric Guitar - Liberty DeVitto, Drums

(P) 1976 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
The River of Dreams (Album Version)
00:04:06

Dan Hetzel, 2nd Engineer - B. David Whitworth, Vocal - Danny Kortchmar, Guitar - Danny Kortchmar, Producer - Corliss Stafford, Performer - Bob Thrasher, Engineer - Dave Wilkerson, Engineer - Ira Newborn, Orchestrator - Tommy Byrnes, Guitar - Niko Bolas, Recording Engineer - Brenda White-King, Performer - Billy Joel, Vocal - Billy Joel, Composer - Billy Joel, Lyricist - Billy Joel, Piano - Billy Joel, Performer - Andrew Baker, Coordinator - Lester Baylinson, Coordinator - Howie Mendelson, Guitar - Bradshaw Leigh, Engineer - Zachary Alford, Drums - Devora Johnson, Performer - Doug Kleeger, Arranger - T.M. Stevens, Bass - Joe Nicolo, Co-Producer - Will Downing, Performer - Wrecia Ford, Vocal - Crystal Taliefero, Vocal - Crystal Taliefero, Vocal Arranger - Ted Jensen, Re-Mastering Engineer - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer - Stephanie James, Performer - Curtis King Jr., Conductor - Frank Floyd, Performer - Diane Garisto, Performer - Color Me Badd, Performer - Carl Glanville, Engineer - Katreese Barnes, Performer - Marlon Saunders, Vocal - Marlon Saunders, Performer - Phillip Ballou, Performer - Dave Hofbauer, Guitar - Brian Vibbertsa, 2nd Engineer - Jay Healy, Engineer - Bob Jones, Guitar - Dennis Collins, Performer

(P) 1993 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
It's Still Rock and Roll to Me (Album Version)
00:02:57

Billy Joel, Vocal - Billy Joel, Composer - Billy Joel, Piano - Billy Joel, Acordeon - Billy Joel, Synthesizer - Billy Joel, Performer - Billy Joel, Harmonica - Billy Joel, Lyricist - Michael Slagter, Assistant Producer - Michael Stewart, Producer - Bradshaw Leigh, 2nd Engineer - Richie Cannata, Organ - Richie Cannata, Saxophone - Jim Boyer, Engineer - David Brown, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - David Brown, Electric Guitar - Russell Javors, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Russell Javors, Electric Guitar - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer - Doug Stegmeyer, Bass - Liberty DeVitto, Percussion - Liberty DeVitto, Drums - Phil Ramone, Producer

(P) 1980 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

7
We Didn't Start the Fire (Album Version)
00:04:50

Gary Solomon, 2nd Engineer - Jeff Jacobs, Synthesizer - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer - Mick Jones, Producer - Mick Jones, Background Vocal - Billy Joel, Vocal - Billy Joel, Composer - Billy Joel, Producer - Billy Joel, Background Vocal - Billy Joel, Percussion - Billy Joel, Performer - Billy Joel, Lyricist - Jay Healy, Engineer - Sammy Merendino, Percussion - David Brown, Guitar - Tim Crich, 2nd Engineer - John Mahoney, Keyboards - Gary Soloman, 2nd Engineer - Crystal Taliefero, Background Vocal - Crystal Taliefero, Percussion - Suzanne Hollander, 2nd Engineer - Joey Hunting, Guitar - Tom Lord-Alge, Mixing Engineer - Dana Becker, 2nd Engineer - Jim Miner, Coordinator - David Dorn, 2nd Engineer - Liberty DeVitto, Percussion - Liberty DeVitto, Drums - Joe Pirerra, 2nd Engineer - Schuyler Deale, Bass

(P) 1989 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

8
Goodnight Saigon (Album Version)
00:07:06

Billy Joel, Producer - Billy Joel, Vocal - Billy Joel, Composer - Billy Joel, Lyricist - Billy Joel, Piano - Billy Joel, Synthesizer - Billy Joel, Performer - Larry Franke, 2nd Engineer - Dave Grusin, Arranger - Liberty DeVito, Percussion - Liberty DeVito, Drums - Jim Boyer, Engineer - Jim Boyer, Re-Mixer - Russell Javors, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Russell Javors, Electric Guitar - Ted Jensen, Re-Mastering Engineer - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer - Doug Stegmeyer, Bass - Andy Hofman, 2nd Engineer - Michael Christopher, 2nd Engineer - Phil Ramone, Producer

(P) 1982 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

9
My Life (Album Version)
00:04:43

Donnie Dacus, Background Vocal - Billy Joel, Vocal - Billy Joel, Composer - Billy Joel, Lyricist - Billy Joel, Piano - Billy Joel, Performer - Peter Cetera, Background Vocal - Richie Cannata, Organ - Richie Cannata, Saxophone - Richie Cannata, Clarinet - Jim Boyer, Engineer - Jim Boyer, Re-Mixer - David Martone, 2nd Engineer - Steve Khan, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Steve Khan, Electric Guitar - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer - Doug Stegmeyer, Background Vocal - Doug Stegmeyer, Bass - Liberty DeVitto, Drums - Phil Ramone, Producer - Phil Ramone, Re-Mixer

(P) 1978 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

10
She's Always a Woman (Album Version)
00:03:22

Steve Burgh, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Billy Joel, Vocal - Billy Joel, Composer - Billy Joel, Lyricist - Billy Joel, Piano - Billy Joel, Synthesizer - Billy Joel, Performer - Richie Cannata, Organ - Richie Cannata, Flute - Richie Cannata, Tenor Saxophone - Richie Cannata, Soprano Saxophone - Richie Cannata, Clarinet - Jim Boyer, Engineer - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer - Steve Kahn, Guitar - Steve Kahn, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Steve Kahn, Electric Guitar - Hiram Bulock, Electric Guitar - Doug Stegmeyer, Bass - Hugh McCracken, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Patrick Williams, Orchestrator - Liberty DeVitto, Drums - Phil Ramone, Producer - Phil Ramone, Engineer

(P) 1977 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

11
She's Got a Way (Live)
00:03:01

Billy Joel, Vocal - Billy Joel, Composer - Billy Joel, Lyricist - Billy Joel, Piano - Billy Joel, Performer - Billy Joel, Harmonica - Liberty De Vito, Percussion - Liberty De Vito, Drums - Russel Javors, Electric Guitar - Richie Cannata, Organ - Richie Cannata, Flute - Richie Cannata, Saxophone - Russel Javors, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Chaz Clifton, 2nd Engineer - Paul Hulse, 2nd Engineer - Jim Boyer, Engineer - Jim Boyer, Re-Mixer - David Brown, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - David Brown, Electric Guitar - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer - Doug Stegmeyer, Acoustic Bass - Phil Ramone, Producer - Phil Ramone, Re-Mixer - Elliot Scheiner, Engineer - Elliot Scheiner, Re-Mixer

(P) 1981 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

12
Scenes from an Italian Restaurant (Album Version)
00:07:36

Steve Burgh, Electric Guitar - Billy Joel, Vocal - Billy Joel, Piano - Billy Joel, Synthesizer - Billy Joel, Performer - Billy Joel, Lyricist - Billy Joel, Composer - Richie Cannata, Organ - Richie Cannata, Flute - Richie Cannata, Tenor Saxophone - Richie Cannata, Soprano Saxophone - Richie Cannata, Clarinet - Jim Boyer, Engineer - Dominic Cortese, Acordeon - Steve Kahn, Guitar - Steve Kahn, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Steve Kahn, Electric Guitar - Hiram Bulock, Electric Guitar - Doug Stegmeyer, Bass - Hugh McCracken, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Patrick Williams, Orchestrator - Liberty DeVitto, Drums - Phil Ramone, Producer - Phil Ramone, Engineer

(P) 1977 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

13
An Innocent Man (Album Version)
00:05:22

Billy Joel, Vocal - Billy Joel, Piano - Billy Joel, Performer - Billy Joel, Composer - Billy Joel, Lyricist - Mike Allaire, 2nd Engineer - Marsy Robinson, A&R Coordinator - Mark Rivera, Percussion - Mark Rivera, Alto Saxophone - Mark Rivera, Tenor Saxophone - Bradshaw Leigh, Engineer - Jim Boyer, Engineer - Jim Boyer, Mixing Engineer - Scott James, 2nd Engineer - David Brown, Guitar - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer - Russell Javors, Guitar - Doug Stegmeyer, Bass - Liberty DeVitto, Drums - Phil Ramone, Producer

(P) 1983 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment.

14
Movin' Out (Anthony's Song) (Album Version)
00:03:30

Billy Joel, Vocal - Billy Joel, Composer - Billy Joel, Lyricist - Billy Joel, Piano - Billy Joel, Synthesizer - Billy Joel, Performer - Richie Cannata, Organ - Richie Cannata, Flute - Richie Cannata, Tenor Saxophone - Richie Cannata, Soprano Saxophone - Richie Cannata, Clarinet - Jim Boyer, Engineer - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer - Steve Kahn, Guitar - Steve Kahn, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Steve Kahn, Electric Guitar - Hiram Bulock, Electric Guitar - Doug Stegmeyer, Bass - Patrick Williams, Orchestrator - Liberty DeVitto, Drums - Phil Ramone, Producer - Phil Ramone, Engineer

(P) 1977 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

15
Only the Good Die Young (Single Version)
00:03:55

Billy Joel, Vocal - Billy Joel, Composer - Billy Joel, Lyricist - Billy Joel, Piano - Billy Joel, Synthesizer - Billy Joel, Performer - Richie Cannata, Organ - Richie Cannata, Flute - Richie Cannata, Tenor Saxophone - Richie Cannata, Soprano Saxophone - Richie Cannata, Clarinet - Jim Boyer, Engineer - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer - Steve Kahn, Guitar - Steve Kahn, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Steve Kahn, Electric Guitar - Hiram Bulock, Electric Guitar - Doug Stegmeyer, Bass - Patrick Williams, Orchestrator - Liberty DeVitto, Drums - Phil Ramone, Producer - Phil Ramone, Engineer

(P) 1977 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

16
All About Soul (Radio Edit)
00:04:17

Billy Joel, Composer - Billy Joel, Vocal - Billy Joel, Performer - Billy Joel, Lyricist - Danny Kortchmar, Producer

(P) 1993 Sony Music Entertainment

17
Honesty (Album Version)
00:03:51

Billy Joel, Vocal - Billy Joel, Composer - Billy Joel, Lyricist - Billy Joel, Piano - Billy Joel, Performer - David Spinozza, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Robert Freedman, Orchestrator - Robert Freedman, Horns - Richie Cannata, Organ - Richie Cannata, Saxophone - Richie Cannata, Clarinet - Jim Boyer, Engineer - Jim Boyer, Re-Mixer - David Martone, 2nd Engineer - Steve Khan, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Steve Khan, Electric Guitar - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer - Doug Stegmeyer, Background Vocal - Doug Stegmeyer, Bass - Liberty DeVitto, Drums - Phil Ramone, Producer - Phil Ramone, Re-Mixer

(P) 1978 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

18
Just the Way You Are (Radio Edit)
00:03:35

Steve Burgh, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Billy Joel, Vocal - Billy Joel, Composer - Billy Joel, Lyricist - Billy Joel, Piano - Billy Joel, Synthesizer - Billy Joel, Performer - Phil Woods, Alto Saxophone - Didier Deutsch, Mastering Engineer - Ralph MacDonald, Percussion - Richie Cannata, Organ - Richie Cannata, Flute - Richie Cannata, Tenor Saxophone - Richie Cannata, Soprano Saxophone - Richie Cannata, Clarinet - Jim Boyer, Engineer - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer - Steve Kahn, Guitar - Steve Kahn, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Steve Kahn, Electric Guitar - Hiram Bulock, Electric Guitar - Doug Stegmeyer, Bass - Hugh McCracken, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Darcy Proper, Mastering Engineer - Patrick Williams, Orchestrator - Liberty DeVitto, Drums - Phil Ramone, Producer - Phil Ramone, Engineer

(P) 1977 Sony Music Entertainment

Album Description

This international collection of highlights from the East Coast native's prolific career takes its choicest bits from Columbia's three hugely successful Greatest Hits compilations. Piano Man: The Very Best of Billy Joel may just skim the surface of Joel's large reservoir of material, but it's hard to argue with the end results. All of the radio hits, minus some of the more obscure ones like "Allentown," "Pressure," and "Matter of Trust" are dutifully represented. From "River of Dreams" and "We Didn't Start the Fire" to "Piano Man" and "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant," this skillfully paced compilation, which also includes a ten-track DVD, is about as good a single-disc Billy Joel primer as one is likely to find.
© James Christopher Monger /TiVo

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