The Complete Hits Collection: 1973-1997 Box set
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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.Read more ›
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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The complete song titles from the original CD's are included here, unlike the partial cuts on his greatest hits I-III. Plus additional live versions and interviews. Read morePublished 3 months ago by D.T.
I forgot that I already had this collection. Oops. I don't mind duplicates, though.
Fabulous collection of all time favourite classics by Billy Joel. What's not to love?
This is the ultimate for Billy Joel fans. Almost all his best are on this 4 CD collection. It's getting some serious hard play! Money well spent!Published 7 months ago by L. J. Moucha
Great music from a great musician. I love the music of Billy Joel and this CD has the best of all of his works. I recommend this to all Billy Joel fans.Published 8 months ago by Elftaler
Thank you!!! A+++++++++ Vendor, I wouldn't hesitate to purchase again.Published 8 months ago by M. Sullivan
I recently purchased this excellent, 4-CD career retrospective of Billy Joel and could not be more satisfied with my purchase. Read morePublished 10 months ago by J. Young