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Billy Joel: Live at Shea Stadium [Blu-ray]

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A concert celebrating the end of an era: The Beatles opened it and Billy Joel closed it.

Built in 1964, Shea Stadium was the home of the New York Mets for 45 years. Designed as a multi-purpose stadium, Shea first met rock 'n' roll when The Beatles appeared there August 15, 1965, establishing Shea as the premier stadium for the world's greatest bands. The Who, The Police, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and The Clash all played Shea.

The Last Play At Shea, staged on July 16 and July 18, 2008 before a combined 110,000 fans, comprised the final performances ever at the historic stadium. Live At Shea Stadium contains two and a half hours of hits and album favorites, featuring special guests Paul McCartney, Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, John Mayer, John Mellencamp, Steven Tyler and Roger Daltrey.

Live At Shea Stadium captures the music and memories of a generation. After 45 years, the Mets' two World Series victories, The Beatles and The Last Play At Shea, the final section of Shea Stadium was torn down in 2009.

1. Prelude/Angry Young Man
2. My Life
3. Summer, Highland Falls
4. Everybody Loves You Now
5. Zanzibar
6. New York State Of Mind (with Tony Bennett)
7. Allentown
8. The Ballad Of Billy The Kid
9. She's Always A Woman
10. Goodnight Saigon
11. Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway)
12. Shameless (with Garth Brooks)
13. This Is The Time (with John Mayer)
14. Keeping The Faith
15. Captain Jack
16. Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)
17. The River Of Dreams/A Hard Day's Night
18. We Didn't Start The Fire
19. You May Be Right
20. Scenes From An Italian Restaurant
21. Only The Good Die Young
22. I Saw Her Standing There (with Paul McCartney)
23. Take Me Out To The Ballgame
24. Piano Man
25. Let It Be (with Paul McCartney)

Walk This Way (with Steven Tyler)
My Generation (with Roger Daltrey)
Pink Houses (with John Mellencamp)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Billy Joel
  • Directors: Jon Small
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (PCM 5.1), English (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Legacy
  • DVD Release Date: April 5, 2011
  • Run Time: 137 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004J713JW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,963 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By C. Scheller on March 19, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Oh man. I was so pumped when I saw this at Best Buy for $20. I couldn't believe it. I snapped it up immediately and watched it with my dad right when we got home. Other than the small disappointment of not having "Uptown Girl" or "Big Shot" on there, it was freaking awesome. The mixing is pretty tight with the exception of Joel's mix being a bit too loud sometimes, or like on "We Didn't Start the Fire" where the backup singers' mix was a bit too light. But overall, it was beautiful.

Highlight: 57,000 people singing the lyrics to "Piano Man". Wow. Mind blowing.

Also, Roger Daltrey, Paul McCartney, Steven Tyler, John Mellencamp, and Tony Bennett show up. Holy crap. My mind exploded.

Definitely buy this. Billy Joel plays with such enthusiasm and his band is absolutely amazing. Modern musicians can't hold a candle to these guys when it comes to live music. No autotune here, baby.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By S. Power TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 14, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
I have been following Billy Joel for most of my life, and have seen many of his concerts and all of the video releases of him. This was an awesome concert, and the DVD captures is well.

You won't be disappointed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Lee VINE VOICE on May 16, 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Listen...I'm a musician, I know it ain't "hip" to like BJ, BUT..

the man can PLAY and SING, and he sure as hell knows how to put a show on, and he has the kinds of friends that make him cool (John Mayer, Macca, etc...) and he's playing to HIS audience, HIS people, HIS city...this is penultimate Joel and just about the best production ever put onto Blu-Ray.

Others have clearly outlined what's on this set. I'm just here to tell you that this stuff is IT. I could go without the sometime hokey "rotating piano" schtick (why oh WHY was this done? does it really serve ANY purpose?), but the music is just perfectly paced, and Billy's piano and voice is SURPRISINGLY seasoned and warm, despite the environs of the outdoor stadium. That said, this whole mix is superb...there's not many times a live show OUTDOORS in a large arena can be made to sound intimate and LOOK intimate, yet the directors and engineers manage it with LOTS and LOTS of close ups, not just of BJ, but of all the performers (try not to mesmerized by the percussionist/backup singer/alto saxophonist to just stage left and behind!) are highlighted and the thing is an amazing whole picked from the best of the shows done in that amazing set of concerts at Shea (goodbye, old friend...).

Don't snub this, like I almost did. It's an amazing, beautifully wonderful performance and production.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By R. L. Richards on April 6, 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I received my BluRay version today. Had read an earlier review about a bad audio mix from a Best Buy disc. Well, apparentely nothing has been done to correct it, because the 5.1 mix is not good. Billy voice way too loud, drums, especially cymbals and other percussion instruments pretty much go unheard, and with the size of the band on stage, it is empty sounding. Like something's missing. I have an upper mid-range sound system and it just sounds flat and hollow. Compared to many other Blu Ray's, and even regular DVD's it is not a good sounding disc. The picture is great. Absolutely no extras to be found, however.

I turned down my center speaker quite a bit because Billy's voice was overpowering, but it still sounds empty.

Update few weeks later: Depends on what equipment your listening to this on to determine sound issues. In the Dolby Digital 5.1 mix, Billy's voice is way too far out front in the center speaker and dominates the overall sound. And, there is basically nothing in the rear speakers. The PCM 5.1 mix is bassy and muffled. I've been listening to the DD 5.1 mix with the center channel turned down a bunch and the rear speakers turned up a bunch. It is OK, but the mix is also different and better in the three (Tyler, Daltrey, Mellencamp)bonus tracks for some reason.
If you are listening to this through TV speakers in stereo or through a cheap all in one system, you're probably not going to notice any audio issues.

Overall, I am very happy with the purchase, the show is fantastic. I think my initial shock at the sound mix dimmed my overall feelings. I just don't think that I should have to adjust my equipment for certain DVD's/BluRays to get the best sound. I know there are a few concert discs over the years that I've had to tweak somewhat, but very rare.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Weathers on April 9, 2011
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Watched this last night for the first time. Unbelievable!!!! I've wanted a Billy Joel Concert on DVD (now Blu-ray) for many years. This concert does not disappoint at all! In fact, I'd say it ranks right up there as being one of the best I own. Picture quality is outstanding on the blu-ray on my 58" plasma. I have a pretty good sound system with sub and noticed no issues what so ever with the sound quality. The Dolby Digital track was great to me. So if you're thinking of getting this, but are anxious over the bad sound quality reviews, don't worry. With a properly calibrated audio system, you will enjoy this disc for many many years to come. It's just like being there! Even better. You have the best seat in the house! Sure there are some left out songs, but that's inevitable when there's such a huge catalog of incredible songs to choose from. Buy this disc! If you are a Billy Joel fan you will LOVE it!!!!
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