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Piano Man: The Very Best of Billy Joel

3 April 2006 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 3 April 2006
  • Release Date: 3 April 2006
  • Label: Columbia
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  • Total Length: 1:17:58
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  • ASIN: B001UQ7WYU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Paul Williams on 30 Aug 2006
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When Billy Joel belatedly hit the big time in the mid 1970s it was "Piano Man" that gave him the break. It's a great song both lyrically and musically, and stands out even in the context of this collection of undoubted quality, and deserves to be the title song of such a compilation.

So why, oh why, then, did some idiot see fit to include only a shortened version of this, his first and arguably finest hit? Why edit out the bluesey piano introduction, and then cut from the first half of verse two straight into the second half of verse three, losing some poignant and descriptive lyrics in doing so? Surely if they were pushed for space on the CD they could have economised elsewhere, rather than devalue such a great favourite. Only four stars for that reason, I'm afraid.
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73 of 76 people found the following review helpful By A. Sweeney TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Jun 2008
Format: Audio CD
As somebody who has all of Billy Joel's studio albums, my opinion is that a one-CD 'very best of' just doesn't have the space to deliver what it promises and, indeed, with key tracks in Billy's career missing, this falls short as a satisfying overview of the piano man's career. 'Big Shot', 'Allentown' and 'The Longest Time' are just three examples of incredible tracks which any self-respecting Billy Joel collection shouldn't omit but this one, unfortunately, does. Of course, that just scratches the surface - some of Billy's best compositions are relatively unknown album tracks - but even with realistic expectations of what a good compilation should include, this album doesn't hit the mark.

To be completely fair, I should tell anyone who has a passing interest in Billy Joel's music and is thinking about buying this CD that you probably wouldn't be disappointed with the content. Most of the huge hits are here including the majestic, insanely catchy 'Uptown Girl', his breakthrough hit 'Piano Man', the gospel-tinted 'River Of Dreams', the hugely successful modern-history-as-a-list 'We Didn't Start The Fire', the achingly beautiful ballads, 'She's Got A Way', 'Honesty', 'Just The Way You Are', plus too many more to mention - the track listing is above, so - to avoid repetition - I'll just say that it's all good... extremely good. To its credit, it also includes 'Scenes From An Italian Restaurant', one of Mr. Joel's finest moments.

The music contained within this disc is all of '5 star' quality and anyone listening to this material for the first time is likely to be completely blown away by it, but the questionable track listing - given the material to choose from - loses it that 'five star' rating. Simply put, this is not the very best of Billy Joel.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By "office3320" on 11 Jan 2005
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This is a very disappointing compilation of Billy Joel's career because it doesn't really represent the geneius of the man. sure 'Uptown Girl" "Piano Man" and all those "Hits" are here but not all of them and not all of Billy's best songs which featured on Greatest Hits Volumes 1,2 and 3 are here. "Scenes from an italian Restaurant" is the best of Billy's song because of it's intelligent musical variation and it's not here. In fact I'll make a list of all the songs that should be here but aren't:
I go to extremes; Big shot; You may be right;Allentown;Pressure;The longest time; Scenes from an italian restaurant; Captain Jack; Lullabye (Goodnight my angel); A Matter of trust; This is the time; The Downeaster "Alexa"
Now these are all well known songs and all have been featured on other Billy Joel compilation albums but aren't here.
On a positive note the song "Scandanavian Skies" from 1982's 'Nylon Curtain" album makes it's debut on a Billy Joel compilation album, an underated Joel gem.
The other thing that I don't like about this album is that there are too many edited versions of Joel songs which don't do any justice whatsover to Joel's reputation, which in critics eyes , unfortunately wasn't all that good. The true musical journey of Billy Joel is either through his original albums (cronologically) or through Greatest hits Volumes 1 and 2 , Greatest Hits Volume 3 , Billy Joel- the ultimate collection, The essential Billy Joel or 2000 Years- The millenium Concert. That will give you the real Billy Joel experience. This one- maybe a collector's item or an addition to your kareoke collection.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By "helloimcraig" on 16 Dec 2004
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Don't be fooled, this is by no means the best of Billy Joel. It's a collection of the songs people know him best by, but it can only ever be an entry into Billy Joel's music. His albums, completely different each one, are entire volumes of work, and to divide them into this 'best of' isn't doing Joel justice. Now that he's stopped recording/touring, he's obviously not aware what Sony are shoving out, which is a shame.
However, there are fantastic songs here. Piano Man is criminally cut short, arguably Joel's best work, but aside from that there are some genuinely brilliant songs here. His best work, "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" is omitted, but it is still a good album. For Billy Joel fans, it's a "been here, done that". For newbies, this is what real music is. And I'm only 18. Check out his Millenium Concert, or preferably copies of his '82 Nassau Coliseum show which is floating around the internet. The best concert ever.
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