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Billy Joel - The Essential Video Collection (2001)

Billy Joel  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Billy Joel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony
  • DVD Release Date: November 20, 2001
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005RT35
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,306 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Complete discography
  • Biographical timeline

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Product Description

This is the comprehensive selection of Billy Joel's music videos, a stunning group of clips and special live performances, spanning the entire career of Joel. Also included is a Bily Joel timeline/biography, as well as a complete discography. Special DV

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With over 100 million albums sold in the course of a career now in its fourth decade, Billy Joel is one of the most beloved entertainers in the world. Now, for the first time on DVD, a comprehensive selection of Billy's innovative, visually compelling music videos has been brought together for The Essential Video Collection. A stunning group of videos and special live performances spanning the entire career of this Rock & Roll Hall of Fame honoree, The Essential Video Collection showcases the thoughtful lyrics and musical sophistication that make Billy Joel a legend of American music. Whether you're a longtime Billy Joel fan or looking for an introduction to the man and his work, The Essential Video Collection is a great addition to your DVD library. Bonus tracks include the MTV favorite "She's Right on Time" as well as a rare early promotional video of "James" and concert clips of "Goodnight Saigon" and "Leave a Tender Moment Alone," all previously unavailable on home video. The Essential Video Collection includes a Billy Joel timeline/biography as well as a complete discography.

Songs: Piano Man, All for Leyna, Tell Her About It, Honesty, Sometimes a Fantasy, The Night Is Still Young, Pressure, My Life, Keeping the Faith, A Matter of Trust, You're Only Human (Second Wind), Everybody Loves You Now, Uptown Girl, You May Be Right, Big Shot, The Longest Time, Allentown, Los Angelenos, It's Still Rock and Roll to Me, Baby Grand. Bonus videos: She's Right on Time, Goodnight Saigon (Live), Leave a Tender Moment Alone (Live), James.

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60 of 60 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Damn DVD producers!!! November 12, 2003
By William
This was released by the same distributor in Australia but ... it has a different cover, and some different songs to the American DVD release. We get 25 songs in total, compared to 24 on the American DVD.
The songs on the Australian DVD that are missing on the American DVD are:
- New York State Of Mind
- The River Of Dreams
- We Didn't Start The Fire
- I Go To Extremes
- Leningrad
- The Downeaster 'Alexa'
- All About Soul
The songs on the American DVD that are missing on the Australian DVD are:
- Sometimes a Fantasy
- The Night Is Still Young
- Pressure
- Keeping the Faith
- Big Shot
- Los Angelenos
It depends on which Billy Joel songs you like, but for me I would rather have the American tracks because they capture an era when Billy was at his very best. Some American reviewers wish their DVD version had "River of Dreams", so the answer is to import it from Australia.
I'm tempted to buy the American DVD as well but seems like a bit of overlapping just to get 6 videos not available on the Australian DVD. The real solution is for DVD producers to release one definitive DVD version including ALL tracks!
And I agree with many consumers, we want music clip videos on music DVD's not concert videos (leave concert videos for full concert DVD's). I refer to videos like "Piano Man" which has been replaced with concert footage. Urgh!
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good music, great videos but... November 29, 2001
The content of this Billy Joel collection is more than you can ask for in a decent music DVD. It has most of his hits like Uptown Girl, Piano Man, Its still rock and roll to me etc. The visuals might look jaded but that has to be the case as these songs are old and videos were shot during the 70s and 80s. This DVD is a must for Billy Joel fans.
Now, I must explain the "but" in review title.. those of you looking for his later videos like We didn't start the fire, River of dreams might be dissappointed. What really made me drop one star off the rating was the missing "Shes always a woman to me" song. That happens to be one of my favorite and I was a trifle irked to find it missing.
In short, a good buy for a B.J fan as its got almost all his good songs.. mark the "almost".
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aside from three repeats, this DVD is awesome!! January 2, 2003
Having received a copy of Billy's "Greatest Hits Volume III - The Video" as a gift two years ago for Christmas 2000, I asked "Santa" for a copy of Billy's "The Essential Video Collection" as a gift for Christmas 2002--and I'm exceedingly glad that "Santa" gave me what I'd asked for! I've been pleased with "The Essential Video Collection" from the first time I watched it (Christmas-mid-morning).
The DVD is a great collection of original music videos, live concert performances and live studio performances from a legend of rock-n-roll, the "Piano Man".
Although I've never been a die-hard fan of Billy (I'm a true fan of his piano-partner, Elton, instead), at the time I got into the DVD format (April of 2000) there were more Billy discs than Elton discs available (but, thankfully, that's changed within the past two years); nevertheless, I do appreciate Billy's catalog of rock music.
Prior to experiencing "The Essential Video Collection", I had seen only a few of the orignal music videos on the compilation ('Pressure','Allentown','Tell Her About It','Uptown Girl'), none of the live concert footage and none of the live studio footage--so the DVD is a real treat!
The sound quality is up to par with DVD, yet the video quality varies from song selection to song selection, especially the studio footage from the mid-to-late '70s/early '80s and the original music videos from the early-to-mid '80s, while the live concert footage is passable.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars True 5.1 Dolby Digital Sound Mix! November 21, 2001
By Todd
Few DVD music video collections feature a 5.1 Dolby Digital sound mix, and the ones that do are usually just standard stereo with a little echo thrown on to the rear speaker channels. So I was shocked to find that nearly all of the tracks on "The Billy Joel Collection" were remixed in true 5.1 sound.
According to the DVD case, the man responsible is Thom Cadley. I have no idea who he is -- he's not a relative or a friend or a friend of a friend -- but I feel moved to give him kudos for a job well done. Some purists might not like hearing certain instruments and background vocals isolated on the rear speakers (and in one instance I was annoyed by an isolated tom overdub that should've been mixed in with the rest of the drum track), but if they don't like it, they can always choose the PCM stereo mix.
I'm not a tremendous Billy Joel fan, but I like many of his big hits and even the songs that annoy me bring back memories of the time when they were omnipresent on the airwaves. So I was a bit chagrined to find that they failed to include the video for "We Didn't Start the Fire." I wonder if Joel himself has grown to dislike this song.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 day ago by WILLIAM S. FLYNN
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great videos
Published 2 months ago by gayrickie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Both these dvd were fabulous and considering purchasing them for all my children.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Billy Joel collection of hit songs.
24 video collection of Billy Joel for such a bargain price. I cannot believe Billy Joel was a very handsome and thin person(compared to what he looks like now). Read more
Published 3 months ago by R. Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly fantastic with true remixed 5.1 sound - where is the BLU RAY?
This is a GREAT - expansive Billy Joel VIdeo Greatest Hits that is bursting at the seams with an endless parade of videos and "promo videos" that were only intended for the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by D. Weinstein
5.0 out of 5 stars A musical genius
A musical genius working with great video producers... that's entertainment!
The Dolby 5.1 soundtrack sounds great, but the first few are a little flat sounding (if you have... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bob Fillmore
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
I like Billy Joel, and some of these videos were wonderful. I prefer the ones like SHADES OF GRAY which has not been reissued where he talks about how he wrote the song, but this... Read more
Published 6 months ago by lesmoore2204
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice Classic Rock Music CD That Made A Nice Gift
This is a very nice classic rock music CD that made a nice Christmas gift as requested by a family member.
Published 7 months ago by Jeff Lichtenstein
5.0 out of 5 stars Billy Joel: A Musical Genius!
The Essential Video Collection is a must have for any serious music video enthusiast! The music videos selected for this collection are fun and inspiring. Read more
Published 12 months ago by JoeKen
5.0 out of 5 stars The best from Billy
Nice video collection from Billy Joel. It shows his early hits back in the 80's. Check the extras with Ray Charles in concert.
Published 16 months ago by Alex DC
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