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  • Audio CD (18 Nov. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 15
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B006E7Z350
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,893 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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An amazing box set, The sound is perfect now they have all been remastered. Really pleased with it.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8519c138) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8548d6b0) out of 5 stars One great AND RARE set indeed...the American Paul McCartney from Long Island 11 Dec. 2011
By Larry Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Wow, I had no idea how rare this piece is, and will be...only available online via MyPlay.com, Sony Music's webstore for specialty boxsets and other releases. I actually did a trade for this item...I brought into my fave used store in NYC, Academy Records, my used (but excellent condition) copy of Pink Floyd's Immersion Box of "Dark Side Of The Moon"...6 discs...I realized I was not a hardcore fan of Floyd, and I was not going to buy the Immersion set of "Wish You Were Here" or "The Wall" in February, 2012...BUT I would get the regular versions...so anyway, I brought it in to sell/trade...I saw a sealed copy of this Billy Joel box on the shelf, they were selling it for $154...I brought it up and asked how much could they take off from the trade of the Floyd set??? And my friend the seller said..."Let me see it", so I did, and he said "I'll do an Even Steven"...REALLY??!!??!! "yep!!" So I did it...and I have a feeling they did it because this box may have been sitting there for a while, and their usual clientele does not really buy Billy Joel records, so they may have wanted to just get rid of it for the right price/trade as much as I did.

I think I made out like a bandit because this box is a classy piece (for playing and displaying, a nice, shiny square gold-printed black box with inner gold rack), it sounds fantastic, and it shows nicely how underrated Billy Joel REALLY is, how his solo career evolved over 40 years. It has all 13 studio albums, one live (out of 5) ("Songs In The Attic"), and a disc of rarities/B-sides/soundtrack cuts, all in replica mini-LP sleeves (WITH replica inner jackets, many with lyrics printed like the original vinyls), as well as not one, but TWO 60-page booklets...one with full lyrics, liner notes and photos, and the other with a GREAT, funny (with swearwords), insightful new interview with critic Steve Morse from Boston and more pics. It's awesome, basically, and sums up BJ's place in music as an eclectic piano/keyboard-based rock & roll artist rooted in both classical and Beatlesque powerpop equally, with heavy doses of melody and hard-hitting, real-life lyrics.

The discs: 1- "Cold Spring Harbour" (1971), a nice, naive, badly-produced, debut...it has it's own charms despite BJ "hating that thing", haha.
2- "Piano Man" (1973), the classic breakthrough, ornately produced with touches of LA-based alt-country rock, pedal-steel and all, Gram Parsons-ish...it was recently reissued as a 2CD Legacy Edition with an important radio show on its bonus disc...here, it's just the original album, beautifully remastered.
3- "Streetlife Serenade" (1974), the rushed followup, when BJ did not have the material ready when the label wanted it...it has some good songs, but if the label gave him the proper time, it could have been a classic...nicely remastered though...
4- "Turnstiles" (1976), the "Back To NY" album, quite underrated I think, with as many classic tunes as the widely revered "Stranger" record a year later...some of them classics to this day like "NY State Of Mind", "Say Goodbye To Hollywood" and "Miami 2017", beautifully remastered...8 songs short but feels longer.
5- "The Stranger" (1977), the big breakthrough...was reissued/remastered, both as a 2-disc Legacy Edition and 3 or 4 disc boxset, depending on where you shop...but this is just the classic album, maybe even more newly remastered then the prior set??? Sounds just as (maybe even more) awesome...
6- "52nd Street" (1978), I forgot how killer this album is, now even better with it's remastering job...possibly influenced by Steely Dan jazz-rock, it is chock full of great tunes like "Rosalinda's Eyes", "Zanzibar", "Half A Mile Away" & "Stiletto", besides the hits like "My Life", "Big Shot" & "Honesty".
7- "Glass Houses" (1980), BJ's new wave/punk/powerpop album, and still possibly my favourite...at LEAST 2 fave tunes in "Sometimes A Fantasy" & "All For Leyna"...both of which were always never included in hits compilations, which always bugged me...but BJ always "hated those things" too, so I feel better with this set, haha.
8- "Songs In The Attic" (1981), the one live album in this set, and the only one in a gatefold jacket, PLUS it has BOTH inserts here...love the details...I think this is the one live album included because it has hit versions in "Say Goodbye To Hollywood" and "She's Got A Way", as the studio versions never hit big???
9- "The Nylon Curtain" (1982)...Billy's favourite...it's both artful and catchy, and I had no idea, but in the interview, he reveals that it was influenced by the death of John Lennon two years prior, so it has a major Lennon sound...very cool, plus it has 3 cool hits in "Allentown", "Pressure" and "Goodnight Saigon".
10- "An Innocent Man" (1983), his 60s AM radio album, very "Four Seasons"...very lightweight but quite durable, and it has a fun spirit.
11- "The Bridge" (1986), a jazzy and rockish and underrated album, has some enduring songs plus his Ray Charles duet in "Baby Grand".
12- "Storm Front" (1989), first album since 1976 NOT produced by Phil Ramone, instead by Foreigner's Mick Jones, BUT was almost produced by Eddie Van Halen??!!?? Yep, as BJ reveals in the interview...this album has a big artful rock production, not unlike Motley Crue's "Dr Feelgood", or Madonna's "Like A Prayer", all out the same year, 1989.
13- "River Of Dreams" (1993), a nice successor, produced by Danny Kortchmar, who notably works with Don Henley, has a nice variety of sounds from powerpop to world music...his final songwriting album.
14- "Fantasies & Delusions" (2001), his "classical" album, as BJ threatened to do...and it's pretty good, if a bit long.
15- "Collected Additional Masters" (2011), the disc of rarities and assorted goodies...here's the tracklisting...
1- "Hey Girl" (from "Greatest Hits III", his Carole King cover)
2- "You're Only Human (Second Wind)" (his #9 single from "Greatest Hits Vol 1 & 2")
3- "The Night Is Still Young" (his #34 single also from "Greatest Hits Vol 1 & 2", thankfully both here)
4- "Elvis Presley Blvd" (B-side to "Allentown" in 1982)
5- "To Make You Feel My Love" (from "Greatest Hits III", his Bob Dylan cover...EVERYONE's doing this song it seems, so did Adele on "19"!!)
6- "Light As The Breeze" (his Leonard Cohen cover, both from "Greatest Hits III" but also that A&M Records tribute to Leonard Cohen in 1995)
7- "I'll Cry Instead" (Live)(a Beatles cover that was the B-side to "An Innocent Man" in 1983)
8- "House Of Blue Light" (B-side to "We Didn't Start The Fire" in 1989)
9- "Nobody Knows But Me" (from "In Harmony 2")
10- "Heartbreak Hotel" (one of 2 Elvis covers from the "Honeymoon In Vegas" soundtrack)
11- "In A Sentimental Mood" (from the "A League Of Their Own" soundtrack)
12- "You Picked A Real Bad Time" (B-side from "All About Soul" in 1993)
13- "All Shook Up" (the other Elvis cover from "Honeymoon In Vegas")
14- "Where Were You (On Our Wedding Day)??" (from the "Runaway Bride" soundtrack)
15- "Don't Worry Baby" (Live) (from "All Star Tribute To Brian Wilson", picked by his daughter Alexa Ray, her fave BW song)
16- "When You Wish Upon A Star" (from "Simply Mad About The Mouse" Disney tribute)
17- "All My Life" (his standalone 1997 CD single, produced by Phil Ramone that never led to an album that people hoped would)
As you can see, this disc is IMPORTANT, gathering up all the loose ends...but even though this box is missing 4 live albums, you can still buy them separately...but this box is beautifully done.

BRAVO!!! And hey, Lady Gaga is a huge fan too...easy to see why!!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x85bd3b70) out of 5 stars Indespensible A++++ 16 Jan. 2012
By Withnail - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have to agree with the other reviews. This is a fabulous limited edition set. The 2011 remastering By Ted Jensen is superb. I can hear details that are not in the 1998 remasters. But the other big surprise of this set is that the orginal and superior version of New York State Of Mind has been restored to the Turnstiles album. The 1998 remasters and Greatest Hits Vol.I and II included an inferior 1980's re-recording of the song. So if you are a hardcore Billy fan then you need this set.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x852deea0) out of 5 stars Pretty good 8 Jan. 2012
By Tony - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I am a very big Billy Joel fan. Before buying this box set, I already had all of his albums. If you don't have any of his albums buy this box set. If you already have all of his albums, but deciding weather or not if it's worth spending the cash, then I don't highly recommend it. Now the bonus disc that comes with the box set is not new news for me. A majority of the songs on that album can be found on another box set Joel came out with in 2005 titled "My Lives". I find "My Lives" is a better box set to have than this box set if you don't own it already. It includes plenty of B sides and demos that are great. So don't think you'll be missing out on too much if you don't have that bonus CD. I really like the vinyl packaging though. It's very nice and saves plenty of room. The box set itself is puny. For a Complete Albums Collection, I would think it would be a tad bit bigger. The books that are included are the same size as the CDs, which they are small as well. The first book is pretty much a Q & A about all of his work. The second book is all lyrics.

For me, this box set is pretty cool. I barely play the CDs though. They look so nice and too collectible that I'm even afraid to touch it! If you are a complete die hard fan of Joel, I would recommend it. If you need all the albums, obviously buy this box set. If you think you're missing out by not having the bonus disc, you're not missing anything. If all you want is the bonus disc, then buy My Lives. If you're a little iffy about the price, and on a seesaw on weather to spend the 200 bucks, don't buy it. Why spend all that money on this when you can buy My Lives for 15 bucks? It's a box set requiring decisions on weather to buy it. If you can't find this on Amazon.com, you can find it at [...]
Decide well, and put some thought into this buy!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8548fe1c) out of 5 stars One of the finest complete album collections 3 Nov. 2014
By Jason Reazin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A great collection! I'm glad they included the underrated "Cold Spring Harbor" and oft forgotten "Fantasies and Delusions." This may be one of the finest complete album collections I've ever seen.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8548fd2c) out of 5 stars UPDATED: Digital AND Physical Reviews! 10 May 2014
By Anthony Nagle - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
Being a Billy fan most of 'My Life' (yep, pun was intended), it was easy to get excited about this bridging collection. This MP3 format is the less expensive of the options to own every Billy album in its entirety. Or just about every one.

The sound for the most part on these albums are either barely improved or massively improved. For albums like Piano Man and The Stranger whom got remasters done, they don't sound all that much different from those counterparts. All the other albums however do sound like they got a tweak done. 52nd Street in particular sounded like it got some oomph put in with Zanzibar and Rosalinda's Eyes. River of Dreams with make the bass sound a bit more enthusiastic. Glass Houses arrives with the signature glass-shattering intro never sounding so beautiful.

Touching upon missing items, all the live albums (Kohuept, Millennium, 12 Gardens, etc) are exempt. There is an additional disc full of tracks of middling artistic quality (one of the tracks is indeed a real bad time...).

Digitally, the cost is less than $6.50 per disc/album, and they're all culled into one collection. Be aware though that Amazon's Music Player and iTunes, from what I've tested, lumps these songs together into a massive list, and it's kind of hard to separate them if you're not conversant with modifying settings. It's a hard set to miss albeit there isn't much for the die-hard Joel fan to get a souvenir out of.

The review originally contained JUST the MP3 review, but that is redone, and now I'm amending this review to include the fact I now own the physical collection as well. It's a nice, sturdy box with a slip-out retainer. This retainer holds the 14 released albums, the Collected Masters disc, and 2 booklets. One booklet contains liner notes and lyrics. The other booklet contains an in-depth interview with Richard Morse and Billy Joel.

All of the albums, 'Collected' included, are enclosed in vinyl-like replica cases. The CD's come in sleeves inside the cases. It's awesome to see the evolution of the musicians Billy had with him on these recordings, and the many producers who helped him along the way. That first booklet mentioned reprints the liner notes from the albums themselves, because for most people (myself included) the printing on the cases is too small.

I'm no audiophile admittedly, however the CD's and the MP3's sound the same. If you own the MP3's already, it's safe to say that adding the physical media won't add anything extra besides reading material. It's also very important to make sure that if you shop for this, get the best possible price, because even here at Amazon it's not cheap.

For collector's and die-hard fans, it's a no-brainer. For the more casual fan, try to see out the 5 album collections that are released elsewhere. Those collections from best I tell contain these masters, but collectively don't have all of them.
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