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The Complete Hits Collection: 1973-1997 Box set

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This version comes in a traditional multi-CD jewel case.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Piano Man
  2. Captain Jack
  3. The Entertainer
  4. Say Goodbye To Hollywood
  5. New York State Of Mind
  6. The Stranger
  7. Scenes From An Italian Restaurant
  8. Just The Way You Are
  9. Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)
  10. Only The Good Die Young
  11. She's Always A Woman

Disc: 2

  1. My Life
  2. Big Shot
  3. You May Be Right
  4. It's Still Rock And Roll To Me
  5. Don't Ask Me Why
  6. She's Got A Way
  7. Pressure
  8. Allentown
  9. Goodnight Saigon
  10. Tell Her About It
  11. Uptown Girl
  12. The Longest Time
  13. You're Only Human (Second Wind)
  14. The Night Is Still Young

Disc: 3

  1. Keeping The Faith
  2. An Innocent Man
  3. A Matter Of Trust
  4. Baby Grand
  5. This Is The Time
  6. Leningrad
  7. We Didn't Start The Fire
  8. I Go To Extremes
  9. And So It Goes
  10. The Downeaster 'Alexa'
  11. Shameless
  12. All About Soul (Remix)
  13. Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)
  14. The River Of Dreams
  15. To Make You Feel My Love
  16. Hey Girl
  17. Light As The Breeze

Disc: 4

  1. Billy Joel Spoken Intro/Music Concepts
  2. Scenes From An Italian Restaurant (Live Unreleased Version)
  3. Beatles Influence
  4. Hard Days Night (Live Unreleased Version)
  5. Why Vienna?
  6. Vienna (Live Unreleased Version)
  7. History Through Music
  8. We Didn't Start The Fire (Live Unreleased Version)
  9. Music Source
  10. The River Of Dreams (Unreleased Original Studio Recording)
  11. Piano Bar
  12. Piano Man (Live Unreleased Version)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 28, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1973
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • 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: Sony Legacy
  • ASIN: B00005NNM8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,180 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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For the 8 years I've known Billy Joel I've relied solely on some CDs my brother owned (2 in all) but the main thing I wore out was the Greatest Hits 1 and 2 tape. On the tape version they cut down the songs and they leave out "she's got a way" "...italian restaurant" "captain jack" "the entertainer" and some noticable verses in "Just the Way You are" and "Pressure". My Christmas shopping online consisting of catching up with CDs I've always meant to get but always put off. I was going to get the 2 albums..Greatest Hits 1&2 and 3 but I noticed the box set and the 4th w/ Q&A is only 2 dollars more than if you bought the 2 albums insteead of the set. Well when's the last time you got a Cd for 2 dollars? Neway the whole Set is amazing! Not only have the 4 CDs not left my Cd player BUT the 2 dollars seems to be well spent as the 4th is a great Q&A thing and plus the booklet w/ ALL THE LYRICS and the Story of the Man Behind the Piano...Defintely worthy...if you're thinking about getting the Greatest Hits Albums, don't! GET THE BOX SET FOR A LITTLE MORE....money well spent
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Billy Joel's Greatest Hits 1973-1997
I have been a Billy Joel fan since my senior year at South Miami High, and even though my collection of his music was pitifully small - still is, too - I did have a few of his 1980s vintage albums on audiocassettes. Included in this small batch of tapes was his first "Greatest Hits" collection, which covered the years 1973-1985. I played the cassette to death in my college years, even taking it with me to Sevilla (Seville), Spain, during a study-abroad stint.
I was glad when the first CD re-release of Volumes One and Two became available in the early 1990s. By then I had gone through two cassettes and was not looking forward to buying a third. I was looking forward to hearing "Piano Man," "She's Always a Woman," "Good Night Saigon," and "Don't Ask Me Why" in the new-to-me compact disc format.
I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered that the CD version was a marked improvement over the cassette. Not only did it sound better, but "Just the Way You Are" was presented in its entirety; in the cassette it had been abridged to fit the running time allowed on the tape. I also heard several new songs not included in the tape for space purposes, including "Scenes From an Italian Restaurant" and "She's Got a Way." This 2-disc set soon became my favorite non-classical, non-movie soundtrack music, and I loved to sing along to my much loved songs with the aid of the booklet of lyrics.
I held off on buying Volume Three as a result of a bad review in the Miami Herald, but when I saw this boxed set in 1998, I could not resist the temptation. Sure, I already had half of the four CDs in this collection, but I just had to have it! And naturally I played Disc Three first...and I regretted having paid attention to the Herald's music critic.
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Having grown up with an older brother and a cousin who are rabid Billy Joel fans, I grew up listening to his music on a daily basis. What has always amazed me about Joel is the ease with which he can jump styles. He can rock out ("Big Shot", "A Matter Of Trust"), be tender ("She's Always A Woman", "She's Got A Way"), even do a little gospel ("River Of Dreams"). True, I like some of his songs better than others, but overall you have to appreciate his solid musicianship, both in performing and writing. It's also amazing how he can span generations--both my 66-year-old father and my 11-year-old niece are fans (in fact, "The Stranger" was the only rock album Dad would let us play in the car on family trips!). In this age of sampling being called songwriting, it's great to hear an artist who can truly write great songs, truly sing, and truly play. This set literally covers Joel's career beginning to end, and the third disk, which is a combination of a talk he gave to college students and live tracks (including a great cover of "Back In The USSR" and, of course, the awesome singalong that is "Piano Man") gives a fascinating glimpse into how some of his greatest hits came into being. A must for any Joel fan, even if you're just a casual one, because this set has everything and more.
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This box set is awesome. If you are a devoted fan like myself you probably already have all the C.D.'s, including the Evening of Questions and Answers from another box set, but the enlcosed booklet makes it well worth paying for it all again! Billy really opens himself up in this and shows a very personal side of himself, rather than putting all his energy into being The Entertainer, like he usually does. I highly recommend it to anyone else who really loves Billy Joel!
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The main difference between this collection and the Greatest Hits 1-3 package is that for an extra $19 dollars you get one extra disc of rarities. The only other difference is that here you get "Don't Ask Me Why" in place of "Honesty". It's too bad the GH 1-3 doesn't also have "Don't Ask Me Why" when there are a number of other weaker tracks that could have been dropped instead. For that matter it is also missing "Modern Woman", "That's not Her Style" and "No Man's Land."
The 2 Disc, Essentials ($27), by constrast is predictably missing a large number of songs: "The Stranger", "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant", "Big Shot", "Pressure", "You're Only Human", "Night is Still YOung", "Keeping the Faith", "This is the Time", "Shameless" and the three bonus tracks from GHV.3. On the other hand it includes "You're My Home" and "Miami 2017".
Economically GH1-3 gives you the best selection of tracks. So this is probably what I'll be getting rather than this more expensive 4 disc collection.
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