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A Matter of Trust - The Bridge to Russia: The Music (Live)
 
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A Matter of Trust - The Bridge to Russia: The Music (Live)

19 May 2014 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 25 Feb. 2014
  • Release Date: 19 May 2014
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Columbia/Legacy
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  • Total Length: 2:06:24
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  • ASIN: B00IIW2T24
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,769 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Andy Sweeney TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 May 2014
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"A Matter Of Trust: The Bridge To Russia" is a really long-overdue full release of a previously heavily abridged 1987 live album, "Kontsert" (often referred to as "Kohuept", which is the English attempt at replicating the Russian title) and comes in various formats, including music only, or music plus the visual concert on either DVD or Bluray. There was always something a bit disappointing about the original, if I'm completely honest. The audio quality was slightly weak, some of the harmonies on the tracks they chose were a bit wobbly and, given Billy's reputation for long gigs, this abridged version was more that a touch unsatisfying. All of this has been rectified on "A Matter Of Trust" as the sound quality has been enhanced and the missing songs restored on a bumper double album, with the addition of a few bonus rehearsal tracks, a cracking version of The Beatles' "She Loves You", a solo "Piano Man" and a terrific "New York State Of Mind". There is a beautiful thick booklet with pictures, posters, essays, lyrics and everything you could possibly want to know about Billy's historic Russian concert. When I listened to "Kontsert", it was enjoyable enough; when I listen to "A Matter Of Trust: The Bridge To Russia", it is exciting, edgy and thrilling - I wish I could have been there. Of course, the occasional wobbly harmonies in "Uptown Girl", the questionable second lead vocal in "An Innocent Man" plus the slightly raw lead vocals on "Honesty" are still present and correct, this isn't a revisionist package, thankfully, but given the longer concert and the greater context of these wobbles, the odd slip here and there adds to the authenticity of the live performance.Read more ›
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This release must be a joke right? On the back of the box it says that 'Billy's presence permanently affected the country and played a role in the ultimate dissolution of the USSR in 1991' AS IF!!! It was the Russian people that created this change in the country not an insignificant US rock act! Its also claimed in the accompanying documentary that Billy was invited to play there by Soviet officials. Er no he wasn't!! In a Rolling Stone interview back in 1987 Billy himself stated that he and his management decided themselves to go and play there. But theres nothing like a bit of histirical revisionism eh?? In the doc Billy, his band and various talking heads are so full of their own self importance believing that their tour had brought down the USSR that it will make you want to gag!! Music critics always railed against Joel but really after watching this he really is his own worst enemy and makes himself an easy target. Still I suppose Sony need to flog this piece of hokey nonsense in order to make a bit of money.
As for the album its as dreadfulbas you remember from its earlier incarnation as Kohept. The 11 additional tracks sound fine remixed as they are by Frank Fillipeti but the tracks from the original release sound atrocious! Was there no attempt to remix these as well so the album has a unified sound? The blu ray has a few additional tracks added but where are all the performances that are on the cds? Normally with these releases the track listings are on the CD/Blu Ray are identical buut not here. Woeful! So save your money and avoid this sub standard release. Hopefully Sony will release the far superior 1982 Live From Long Island in an expanded release where Billy is on top form and does not display any of the arrogant obnoxiousness that he does on this release.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jersey Customer on 25 Jun. 2014
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I remember watching the concert when it was originally broadcast - I recorded it and took the soundtrack off onto an audio cassette tape (remember them?!) and I know this concert inside out and back to front because of that over the last 27 years! Then the concert was repeated on BBC4 recently, alongside the documentary 'The Road to Lenningrad' which tells the behind-the-scenes story of how the concert came about and the impact it had on the USSR at that time - and, it has to be said in no small part as well, the impact it had on Billy himself. He, Christie Brinkley and several of the band members from that 1987 concert came together about 2 years ago to give interviews with their memories of that tour - it's quite an emotional rollercoaster to watch.

On this set you get the DVD (which has the concert and the documentary on it) and two CDs of songs from the concert, plus extras which you only get on this set. There is also an additional free download MP3 version of the songs so you can stick them straight onto the music player of your choice. You also get a sizeable booklet with more memories, photos, and all the words to all the songs. I'd say it's a pretty good package for the money!

Billy Joel is the consummate showman - his stage-craft is second to none. The way in which he draws in a Russian audience who had no idea how to behave at a rock concert is amazing - but he had to fight to achieve it, throwing the famous piano-tipping 'tantrum' in order to get them to turn the house lights down because turning them up just made the audience freeze. There was also the issue of too many tickets being given away to politicians and senior government figures, who sat in the front rows in stony silence...
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