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The Essential Billy Joel

Billy Joel

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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.
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1
Piano Man
00:05:39

Billy Joel, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist - Michael Stewart, Producer - Ron Malo, Engineer - Michael Omartian, Arranger - Ted Jensen

(P) 1973 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
You're My Home
00:03:13

Billy Joel, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist - Michael Stewart, Producer - Ron Malo, Engineer - Michael Omartian, Arranger - Ted Jensen

(P) 1973 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
Captain Jack
00:07:17

Billy Joel, Associated Performer, Composer, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Composer - Michael Stewart, Producer - Ron Malo, Engineer - Michael Omartian, Arranger - Ted Jensen

(P) 1973 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

4
The Entertainer
00:03:40

Billy Joel, Arranger, Associated Performer, Composer, Keyboards, Lyricist, Main Artist, Arranger, Associated Performer, Composer, Keyboards, Lyricist - Michael Stewart, Arranger, Guitar, Producer - Gary Dalton, Guitar - Richard Bennett, Guitar - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer - Mike Deasy, Guitar - Roj Rathor, Guitar - Al Hertzberg, Guitar - Don Evans, Guitar - Art Munson, Guitar - Tom Whitehorse, Banjo - Ron Tutt, Drums - Joe Clayton, Congas - William Smith, Organ - Emory Gordy, Bass - Larry Knechtel, Bass - Wilton Felder, Bass

(P) 1974 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
Say Goodbye to Hollywood
00:04:37

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

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

6
Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out On Broadway)
00:05:14

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

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

7
New York State of Mind
00:06:03

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

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

8
She's Always a Woman
00:03:22

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

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

9
Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)
00:03:30

Billy Joel, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Piano, Synthesizer, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Piano, Synthesizer - Patrick Williams , Orchestrator - STEVE Kahn, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Guitar - Hiram Bulock, Electric Guitar - Liberty DeVitto, Drums - Richie Cannata, Clarinet, Flute, Organ, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone - Doug Stegmeyer, Bass - Phil Ramone, Engineer, Producer - JIM BOYER, Engineer - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer

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

10
Only the Good Die Young
00:03:55

Billy Joel, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Piano, Synthesizer, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Piano, Synthesizer - Phil Ramone, Engineer, Producer - JIM BOYER, Engineer - STEVE Kahn, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Guitar - Patrick Williams , Orchestrator - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer - Hiram Bulock, Electric Guitar - Liberty DeVitto, Drums - Richie Cannata, Clarinet, Flute, Organ, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone - Doug Stegmeyer, Bass

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

11
Just the Way You Are
00:04:50

Billy Joel, Associated Performer, Composer, Main Artist, Piano, Synthesizer, Associated Performer, Composer, Piano, Synthesizer - Patrick Williams , Orchestrator - STEVE Kahn, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Guitar - Hugh McCracken, Acoustic Guitar - Steve Burgh, Acoustic Guitar - Hiram Bulock, Electric Guitar - Ralph MacDonald, Percussion - Liberty DeVitto, Drums - Richie Cannata, Clarinet, Flute, Organ, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone - Doug Stegmeyer, Bass - Didier C. Deutsch, Mastering Engineer - Phil Woods, Alto Saxophone - Phil Ramone, Engineer, Producer - JIM BOYER, Engineer - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer - Darcy Proper, Mastering Engineer

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

12
Honesty
00:03:54

Billy Joel, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Piano, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Piano - Phil Ramone, Producer, Re-Mixer - JIM BOYER, Engineer, Re-Mixer - Doug Stegmeyer, Bass - David Martone, Assistant Engineer - Steve Khan, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar - David Spinozza, Acoustic Guitar - Robert Freedman, Horn, Orchestrator - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer - Liberty DeVitto, Drums - Richie Cannata, Clarinet, Organ, Saxophone

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

13
My Life
00:04:45

Billy Joel, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Piano, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Piano - Doug Stegmeyer, Bass - Donnie Dacus - Peter Cetera - Steve Khan, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar - Liberty DeVitto, Drums - Richie Cannata, Clarinet, Organ, Saxophone - Phil Ramone, Producer, Re-Mixer - JIM BOYER, Engineer, Re-Mixer - David Martone, Assistant Engineer - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer

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

14
It's Still Rock and Roll to Me
00:02:57

Billy Joel, Accordion, Associated Performer, Composer, Harmonica, Lyricist, Main Artist, Piano, Synthesizer, Accordion, Associated Performer, Composer, Harmonica, Lyricist, Piano, Synthesizer - Michael Stewart, Producer - Phil Ramone, Producer - David Brown, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar - Michael Slagter, Assistant Producer - Russell Javors, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar - JIM BOYER, Engineer - Bradshaw Leigh, Assistant Engineer - Liberty DeVitto, Drums, Percussion - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer - Richie Cannata, Organ, Saxophone - Doug Stegmeyer, Bass

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

15
You May Be Right
00:04:16

Billy Joel, Accordion, Associated Performer, Composer, Harmonica, Lyricist, Main Artist, Piano, Synthesizer, Accordion, Associated Performer, Composer, Harmonica, Lyricist, Piano, Synthesizer - Phil Ramone, Producer - Michele Slagter, Assistant Producer - Russell Javors, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar - JIM BOYER, Engineer - David Brown, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar - Bradshaw Leigh, Assistant Engineer - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer - Doug Stegmeyer, Bass Guitar - Liberty DeVitto, Drums, Percussion - Richie Cannata, Flute, Organ, Saxophone

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

16
Don't Ask Me Why
00:02:59

Billy Joel, Accordion, Associated Performer, Composer, Harmonica, Lyricist, Main Artist, Piano, Synthesizer, Accordion, Associated Performer, Composer, Harmonica, Lyricist, Piano, Synthesizer - Phil Ramone, Producer - Michele Slagter, Assistant Producer - Russell Javors, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar - JIM BOYER, Engineer - David Brown, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar - Bradshaw Leigh, Assistant Engineer - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer - Doug Stegmeyer, Bass Guitar - Liberty DeVitto, Drums, Percussion - Richie Cannata, Flute, Organ, Saxophone

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

17
She's Got a Way (Live at the Paradise, Boston, MA - June 1980)
00:03:00

Billy Joel, Associated Performer, Composer, Harmonica, Lyricist, Main Artist, Piano, Associated Performer, Composer, Harmonica, Lyricist, Piano - Phil Ramone, Producer, Re-Mixer - ELLIOT SCHEINER, Engineer, Re-Mixer - Russel Javors, Acoustic Guitar - JIM BOYER, Engineer, Re-Mixer - David Brown, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar - Chaz Clifton, Assistant Engineer - Russel Javors, Electric Guitar - Paul Hulse, Assistant Engineer - Doug Stegmeyer, Bass Guitar - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer - Liberty De Vito, Drums, Percussion - Richie Cannata, Flute, Organ, Saxophone

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

18
Allentown
00:03:52

Billy Joel, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Piano, Synthesizer, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Piano, Synthesizer - Phil Ramone, Producer - JIM BOYER, Engineer, Re-Mixer - Russell Javors, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar - Larry Franke, Assistant Engineer - Andy Hofman, Assistant Engineer - Liberty DeVito, Drums, Percussion - Dave Grusin, Arranger - Michael Christopher, Assistant Engineer - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer - Doug Stegmeyer, Bass

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

DISC 2

1
Goodnight Saigon
00:07:06

Billy Joel, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Piano, Producer, Synthesizer, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Piano, Producer, Synthesizer - Phil Ramone, Producer - Russell Javors, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar - JIM BOYER, Engineer, Re-Mixer - Larry Franke, Assistant Engineer - Liberty DeVito, Drums, Percussion - Andy Hofman, Assistant Engineer - Dave Grusin, Arranger - Michael Christopher, Assistant Engineer - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer - Doug Stegmeyer, Bass

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

2
An Innocent Man
00:05:18

Billy Joel, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Piano, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Piano - Phil Ramone, Producer - JIM BOYER, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Russell Javors, Guitar - Mark Rivera, Alto Saxophone, Percussion, Tenor Saxophone - Bradshaw Leigh, Engineer - Mike Allaire, Assistant Engineer - Liberty DeVitto, Drums - James Scott, Assistant Engineer - David Matthews, Arranger - Doug Stegmeyer, Bass - Ted Jensen

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

3
Uptown Girl
00:03:18

Billy Joel, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Piano, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Piano - Phil Ramone, Producer - JIM BOYER, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Russell Javors, Guitar - Mark Rivera, Alto Saxophone, Percussion, Tenor Saxophone - Bradshaw Leigh, Engineer - Mike Allaire, Assistant Engineer - Liberty DeVitto, Drums - James Scott, Assistant Engineer - David Matthews, Arranger - Doug Stegmeyer, Bass - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer

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

4
The Longest Time
00:03:43

Billy Joel, Associated Performer, Composer, Main Artist, Piano, Associated Performer, Composer, Piano - Phil Ramone, Producer - JIM BOYER, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Russell Javors, Guitar - Mark Rivera, Alto Saxophone, Percussion, Tenor Saxophone - Bradshaw Leigh, Engineer - Mike Allaire, Assistant Engineer - Liberty DeVitto, Drums - David Matthews, Arranger - James Scott, Assistant Engineer - Doug Stegmeyer, Bass - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer

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

5
Tell Her About It
00:03:55

Billy Joel, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist - George Martin, Producer

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

6
Leave a Tender Moment Alone
00:03:57

Billy Joel, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Piano, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Piano - Phil Ramone, Producer - JIM BOYER, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Russell Javors, Guitar - Mark Rivera, Alto Saxophone, Percussion, Tenor Saxophone - Bradshaw Leigh, Engineer - Mike Allaire, Assistant Engineer - Ralph McDonald, Percussion - James Scott, Assistant Engineer - Liberty DeVitto, Drums - David Matthews, Arranger - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer - Doug Stegmeyer, Bass - Toots Thielemans, Harmonica

(P) 1983 Sony Music Entertainment

7
A Matter of Trust
00:04:12

Billy Joel, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Piano, Synthesizer, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Piano, Synthesizer - Phil Ramone, Producer - David Brown, Guitar - JIM BOYER, Engineer - Russell Javors, Guitar - STEVE BOYER, Engineer - Liberty DeVitto, Drums - FRED TENNY, Engineer - David Dickson, Engineer - Bradshaw Leigh, Engineer - Jeff Bova, Synthesizer - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer - Doug Stegmeyer, Bass

(P) 1986 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

8
Baby Grand
00:04:04

Billy Joel, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Piano, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Piano - Ray Charles, Associated Performer, Featured Artist, Piano - Billy Joel duet with Ray Charles, Associated Performer - Phil Ramone, Producer - Dean Parks, Guitar - Vinny Calaiuta, Drums - Neil Stubenhauss, Bass

(P) 1986 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

9
I Go to Extremes
00:04:23

Billy Joel, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Piano, Producer, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Piano, Producer - Mick Jones, Producer - JAY HEALY, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Joe Lynn Turner - Ian Lloyd - Billy Joel - David Brown, Guitar - Liberty DeVitto, Drums - Gary Solomon, Assistant Engineer - Jeff Jacobs, Synthesizer - David Dorn, Assistant Engineer - Tim Crich, Assistant Engineer - Schuyler, Bass - Joe Pirerra, Assistant Engineer - Dana Becker, Assistant Engineer - Gary Soloman, Assistant Engineer - Suzanne Hollander, Assistant Engineer - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer

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

10
We Didn't Start the Fire
00:04:51

Billy Joel, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Percussion, Producer, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Percussion, Producer - Mick Jones, Producer - Jim Miner - JAY HEALY, Engineer - Crystal Taliefero, Percussion - David Brown, Guitar - Joey Hunting, Guitar - Sammy Merendino, Percussion - Gary Solomon, Assistant Engineer - Liberty DeVitto, Drums, Percussion - David Dorn, Assistant Engineer - Tim Crich, Assistant Engineer - John Mahoney, Keyboards - Joe Pirerra, Assistant Engineer - Jeff Jacobs, Synthesizer - Dana Becker, Assistant Engineer - Gary Soloman, Assistant Engineer - Schuyler, Bass - Suzanne Hollander, Assistant Engineer - TOM LORD-ALGE, Mixing Engineer - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer

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

11
Leningrad
00:04:06

Billy Joel, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Piano, Producer, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Piano, Producer - Arif Mardin, Orchestrator - Chuck Arnold - Members Of The Hicksville High School - JAY HEALY, Engineer - David Brown, Guitar - Liberty DeVitto, Drums - Dominic Cortese, Accordion - Jeff Jacobs, Synthesizer - Schuyler, Bass - Mick Jones, Producer - David Dorn, Assistant Engineer - Tim Crich, Assistant Engineer - Joe Pirerra, Assistant Engineer - Dana Becker, Assistant Engineer - Gary Solomon, Assistant Engineer - Suzanne Hollander, Assistant Engineer - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer

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

12
The Downeaster 'Alexa'
00:03:45

Billy Joel, Accordion, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Producer, Accordion, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Mick Jones, Producer - David Brown, Guitar - Liberty DeVitto, Drums - Jim Miner - JAY HEALY, Engineer - Dominic Cortese, Accordion - Jeff Jacobs, Synthesizer - Schuyler, Bass - World Famous Incognito Violinist, Fiddle - Gary Solomon, Assistant Engineer - David Dorn, Assistant Engineer - Tim Crich, Assistant Engineer - Joe Pirerra, Assistant Engineer - Dana Becker, Assistant Engineer - Gary Soloman, Assistant Engineer - Suzanne Hollander, Assistant Engineer - TOM LORD-ALGE, Mixing Engineer - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer

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

13
And So It Goes
00:03:40

Billy Joel, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Piano, Producer, Synthesizer, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Piano, Producer, Synthesizer - Mick Jones, Producer - JAY HEALY, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - David Cullen, Arranger - Gary Solomon, Assistant Engineer - David Dorn, Assistant Engineer - Tim Crich, Assistant Engineer - Joe Pirerra, Assistant Engineer - Dana Becker, Assistant Engineer - Gary Soloman, Assistant Engineer - Suzanne Hollander, Assistant Engineer - TOM LORD-ALGE, Mixing Engineer - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer

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

14
The River of Dreams
00:04:05

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

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

15
All About Soul (Remix)
00:05:59

Billy Joel, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Piano, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Piano - Danny Kortchmar, Guitar, Producer - Crystal Taliefero - Joe Nicolo, Mixing Engineer, Producer - NIKO BOLAS, Engineer, Recording Engineer - Wrecia Ford - Dirk Grobelny, Assistant Engineer - B. David Whitworth - Marion Saunders, Associated Performer - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer - Tommy Byrnes, Guitar - Zachary Alford, Drums - Phil Nicolo, Re-Mixer - Ira Newborn, Associated Performer - Color Me Badd, Associated Performer - Philip Ballou, Associated Performer - Katreese Barnes, Associated Performer - Dennis Collins, Associated Performer - Will Downing, Associated Performer - Frank Floyd, Associated Performer - Diane Garisto, Associated Performer - Stephanie James, Associated Performer - Devora Johnson, Associated Performer - Corliss Stafford, Associated Performer - Brenda White-King, Associated Performer - T.M. Stevens, Bass

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

16
Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)
00:03:33

Billy Joel, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Piano, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Piano - Danny Kortchmar, Guitar, Producer - Crystal Taliefero, Vocal Arranger - Andrew Baker - Wrecia Ford - Lester Baylinson - CARL GLANVILLE, Engineer - Marlon Saunders, Associated Performer - Doug Kleeger, Arranger - Bradshaw Leigh, Engineer - B. David Whitworth - Curtis King Jr., Conductor - Bob Thrasher, Engineer - Ira Newborn, Orchestrator - Dave Wilkerson, Engineer - JAY HEALY, Engineer - Tommy Byrnes, Guitar - Dan Hetzel, Assistant Engineer - Dave Hofbauer, Guitar - Brian Vibbertsa, Assistant Engineer - Bob Jones, Guitar - Howie Mendelson, Guitar - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer - Zachary Alford, Drums - NIKO BOLAS, Recording Engineer - Color Me Badd, Associated Performer - Phillip Ballou, Associated Performer - Katreese Barnes, Associated Performer - Dennis Collins, Associated Performer - Will Downing, Associated Performer - Frank Floyd, Associated Performer - Diane Garisto, Associated Performer - Stephanie James, Associated Performer - Devora Johnson, Associated Performer - Corliss Stafford, Associated Performer - Brenda White-King, Associated Performer - T.M. Stevens, Bass

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

17
Waltz No. 1 (Nunley's Carousel) (Album Version)
00:06:58

Billy Joel, Associated Performer, Composer, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Composer - Steven Epstein, Producer - Richard Joo, Piano - William Joel, Composer, Lyricist - Andreas Myer, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2001 Sony Music Entertainment

18
Invention In C minor
00:01:04

Billy Joel, Associated Performer, Composer, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Composer - Steven Epstein, Producer - Richard Joo, Piano - Andreas Myer, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2001 Sony Music Entertainment

Album Description

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 /TiVo

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