If you are a fan of Billy Joel, then you will already know the following fact: Despite Billy's main influences (e.g. Beethoven, The Beatles) rising to fame before him with extraordinary catalogues of work, he is the number one artist of all time.
Agreed, he may be an unlikely looking rock star, but his repertoire is the finest and most consistent in terms of quality, variety, lyrically, musically, and educationally.
'My Lives' is a box set which amazed me - there are at least 5 songs on it that should have been released! 'Money or love' is a song of real quality and would have fitted in the 'Bridge' album perfectly. 'End of the World' could quite easily be a number one hit for a band like Franz Ferdinand with some adjustments to the arrangement. The list goes on...
If you are a fan of Billy - buy it. If you are a song-writer - buy it. If you want to learn about a living legend and how he writes - buy it. If you have ears that work - buy it!