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A Matter Of Trust - The Bridge To Russia: The Deluxe Edition (2CD/DVD) Box set


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  • Audio CD (May 19, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Legacy
  • ASIN: B00IL0GLTA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,714 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Odoya
2. Prelude/Angry Young Man
3. Honesty
4. The Ballad of Billy the Kid - previously unreleased
5. She's Always A Woman - previously unreleased
6. Scenes From An Italian Restaurant - previously unreleased
7. Goodnight Saigon
8. Stiletto
9. Big Man On Mulberry Street
10. Baby Grand
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Pressure - previously unreleased
2. Allentown
3. A Matter Of Trust
4. Only The Good Die Young
5. It's Still Rock And Roll To Me - previously unreleased
6. Sometimes A Fantasy
7. You May Be Right - previously unreleased
8. Uptown Girl
9. Big Shot
10. Back In The U.S.S.R.
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Editorial Reviews

In July-August 1987, after 100 shows around the world on The Bridge Tour, Billy Joel accepted the Kremlin's invitation to the U.S.S.R. for six fully-staged rock shows in Moscow and Leningrad, fulfilling a long-time desire to perform in Russia. During their stay, Billy and his family, along with musicians, staff, and a huge press entourage spent their days interacting with the Russian people, forging true bonds of friendship wherever they went.

For the first time, this multi-disc 2 CD+DVD package, A Matter Of Trust - The Bridge To Russia, presents an expanded version of what fans saw and heard over a quarter-century ago. The newly remastered 2 CD set adds 11 previously unreleased songs to the original 16-song KOH EPT CD from 1987, which closely re-creates Billy s full concert sequence. The extra material includes concert rehearsal takes and solo performances by Billy on the live Russian TV show, The Ring.

The DVD is a new two-part experience, with an expanded version of the original 1987 VHS release Live From Leningrad, and a separate documentary film that takes a fresh look at the groundbreaking trip. The newly remastered concert DVD, originally directed by Wayne Isham, adds seven previously unreleased songs. The brand new 90-minute documentary painstakingly incorporates some of the documentary material from 1988, both released and unreleased. But the heart and soul of this new film comprises up-to-date interviews with nearly 20 U.S. and Russian participants, including Billy, Christie Brinkley, band musicians, crew, and many others. There is a passion and intimacy to their interviews that underscores the historical significance of what these fellow travelers all witnessed, and the warmth that the Russian people showered on them.

Billy has always considered that going to Russia was the most important thing he'd ever done. The freedom and excitement of his presence permanently affected the country and played no small role in the ultimate dissolution of the U.S.S.R. in 1991. This new deluxe box set A Matter Of Trust - The Bridge To Russia also includes newly commissioned essays and previously unseen photography.

A Matter Of Trust - The Bridge To Russia: The Concert
1. Prelude/Angry Young Man
2. Allentown
3. Goodnight Saigon
4. Big Man On Mulberry Street
5. Baby Grand
6. An Innocent Man - previously unreleased
7. Honesty - previously unreleased
8. The Longest Time - previously unreleased
9. A Matter Of Trust
10. Only The Good Die Young
11. It's Still Rock And Roll To Me - previously unreleased
12. Sometimes A Fantasy - previously unreleased
13. You May Be Right - previously unreleased
14. Uptown Girl
15. Big Shot
16. Back In The U.S.S.R.
17. Pressure (Previously unreleased)

Customer Reviews

Uplifting and entertaining.
kenneth kantor
The DVD is 2 channel, not 5.1 or DTS but it sounds great!!!
john
Glad to have the whole concert.
Thomas Jones

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mitzi2013 on May 20, 2014
Format: Audio CD
Great quality of music...great quality DVD...I saw him in 1987 at the Civic Arena and will NEVER forget it...To the person who wrote the idiotic 1 star review about Leningrad being left off of this release...that is because it was not released until the Storm Front lp which was in 1989...so how could he have done a song that was not even released yet? It is nice to finally have a proper release to celebrate this amazing tour and expand on the disappointing live album released in 1987
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Paul Blubaugh on May 20, 2014
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First off, I'm thrilled to have this after 27 years. I don't usually write reviews, but I feel compelled to let those interested know that there is no 5.1 available on the blu-ray. Otherwise, I would've given this five stars.

I'd like to add that it was good to see so many of the participants involved in the updated documentary, notably Christie Brinkley, Liberty Devitto, and Russell Javors.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David D. McFarland on June 4, 2014
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A excellent overview of Billy's Russian concert with the addition of the DVD addition. It appears he had a lot of fun doing this show & the performances were right up there with other shows I've seen and heard. This concert was previously released before if I'm not mistaken and this expanded edition is worth the price if your a Billy Joel fan. It has ad least 7 additional tracks not released the first time & of course the DVD of the show as well as a documentary. I highly recommend it and it was not for getting my a%$ to work, I'd add a bit more but really, check it out, Excellent!
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Daniel G. Moir on May 20, 2014
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Great set. The reason that the song "Leningrad" was not included was because when this show was performed in 1987, Bill had not written it yet. He would write this song AFTER the Russian Tour and include it in his first post-Soviet Union tour, "Stormfront."

Overall, this is a FANTASTIC set and a solid improvement over "The Red Album."
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By kim Lovato on May 20, 2014
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Was not a fan of the original release but this expanded version does actually make the whole set more satisfying. It's also great to hear Billy's first band live again (although guitarist Dave Brown was not on this tour the end. He was at the beginning when I saw them in 86 for the bridge tour). A welcome addition for any Joel fan.
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As a huge and lifelong Billy Joel fan, I have long regarded KOHUEPT, the 1987 release which represents the bones of this nicely expanded edition, as something of a sub par curiosity. For whatever reason, maybe song selection, perhaps some other intangibles, the album faded from my mind and consideration. What a difference 25 years can make. I am delighted at this new release, with all of its trappings.

Listening to this album again, a quarter century after its release, I was struck by the realization of what it represents. This is the only live recording of Billy Joel while in his prime. Though 1981's "Songs in the Attic" (my all time favorite Joel album) is a live album of sorts, collecting deep cut material from his first four albums, this Russian concert would be the only true concert recording for audio until the Millenium Concert Album in 2000, 7 years after Billy had ceased recording songs. Though we did not know it at the time of this albums original release, there would only be two more Joel albums forthcoming and thus, almost by accident, we have him performing with nearly his full catalog of song to choose from. After listening to Joel's recent concert releases, listless affairs in which most of his songs are performed in different keys to accommodate his aging voice, it is a genuine treat to be reminded just how good he was. This, even though he was struggling with throat problems during the entire Russian tour. In addition, this new release adds 11 songs previously left off due to time constraints in the age of vinyl. These, newly unearthed, recordings are, almost universally, gems. The inclusion of these tracks gives, much more, the feel of actually being at one of these landmark concerts and improves vastly upon the previous album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yuri Abashidze on July 2, 2014
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Great performance and excellent documentary. I was fortunate to play a small role in production of this event and remember Billy Joel setting the place on fire. Unforgettable! A+++++
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By collie lover on November 22, 2014
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I loved this documentary!!! In the 80's I was took him for granted as a fan. I liked his music and was a fan, but the radio stations overplayed his music and I started getting sick of hearing Billy Joel on the radio. But watching this documentary really showed me how wrong I was about Billy Joel. This documentary shows how revolutionary he was about making music for the people of all races, religions, and nationalities and sharing it all over the world. The documentary made me cry and rethink how great Billy Joel is and how music should be for everyone to share the beauty of this world. Not enough can be said about this documentary. If your a human who loves music, you should watch this documentary. It is truly beautiful. I was able to buy the movie with the accompanied cd and it was the same music that played in the documentary. Truly all the music in the documentary is fully represented and it does include most of the 70's and 80's hits. Truly wonderful buy. You cannot go wrong with this cd or movie. It represents the 80's well as well as reflects about the current times, and it is truly wonderful.
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Leningrad was written as a result of this tour. It was released on the following album, Storm Front in 1989. Snippets of the song do appear in the documentary.
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