Billy Joel Live at Shea Stadium: The Concert
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I first saw Joel in the early 1970s in Buffalo New York as an undergraduate. For some reason, the Piano Man album was getting early, heavy air play in Buffalo, and Joel broke big there. I mean really big. He was grabbed to open for Jesse Colin Young of The Youngbloods (Get Together). Joel put on an explosive set, and the audience wouldn't let him off of the stage. Finally someone off of stage right pulled the plug on him. Literally. Amps and sound went off. Joel stormed off the stage, some yelling ensued, the lights on the amps went back on, the audience roared its approval, and Joel uttered his infamous end-of-concert admonishment not to take any, uh, stuff, from anybody. (Words that close this Shea set as well.)
It seems both silly and unnecessary to comment on the musical value of any of Billy Joel at this point in time. However, a few things need to be said. A skilled pianist, a gifted tunesmith, and a profoundly bipolar personality, Joel has had more than his share of hits from rock critics who have decried his music as being unoriginal, uninspired, or at worst, derived from the work and styles of other artists. What is they often fail to mention, is that Joel (who freely acknowledges his debt to other artists) forged his own unique style of American music. And then some.Read more ›
Masterfully shot and probably the only reason why someone should buy this collection. Accurately captures a post-2005 Billy Joel concert in all its glory. The only thing missing (for obvious time constraint reasons) is more of Joel's hilarious in-between banter, which only adds to the entertainment of seeing him live. However, there are many great, memorable moments that are not present on the CDs, stunning visuals, and three incredible bonus songs. Watching this successfully conveys the message of any great concert DVD: Yes, this concert was a blast!
* CDs *
I'll put the bulk of my energy here, as this is the meat of the package. But first, let's rewind through time:
Songs in the Attic: Probably the most beautiful, complete Billy Joel live album in existence - something which came at a pivotal time in Joel's ever-growing career. Old singles and back-catalog material were suddenly brand new. And the album's pacing was incredible, switching from small club shows to monstrous stadium shakers every other track. One could get instant chills during "Captain Jack," "She's Got A Way," and "Streetlife Serenader," and this album quickly became the fan favorite - the pure Billy Joel experience. (A similar thrill came from hearing the live disk in the Legacy Edition of The Stranger, released in 2008.)
Kohuept: Garbage. Washed-out, clanky mixing with mediocre-to-terrible performances.
2000 Years: Better, but not great by a long shot. An interesting mix of many amazing songs, but not consistently good. If this had been trimmed down to a single disk of the night's most memorable performances, it would have been infinitely more valuable.
12 Gardens Live: Transposed songs?Read more ›
Billy's lost a lot of energy with age (as do we all), but what's more surprising is that his audience also seems to be slightly tired. Joel himself looks surprised at the lack of cheering he hears at the start. His more rock and roll oriented hits are mostly missing, leaving this as a 2 hour set consisting of almost all ballads.
I think the set also suffers from his not having made any new music in almost 2 decades and from Joel playing it safe with the songs he chooses to play. There's nothing new here, aside from guest appearances, that you couldn't find on his older, better live albums. Or that you couldn't hear attending basically any of his recent, overpriced concerts with Elton John. Also, much of Joel's trademark banter with the audience has been unwisely removed. It would have added something new to the discs.
Shea's final concert was a significant cultural event and this CD/DVD would be great for those who were there to commemorate the experience. But for those of us who missed out when it was live? It wouldn't be the end of the world to skip this one and keep holding out for a new studio album from Billy Joel.
As far as the quality? The CDs sound great. Great mix and well edited (outside of It's Still Rock and Roll being edited out completely). The problem is the 5.1 mix on the DVD. The bass is mixed way too low. It's literally almost impossible to hear.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love it!! A trip to yesterday. Billy Joel has been a great musician and entertainer for years. This is good compilation of his work.Published 6 months ago by Doris
cd was never delivered at adress by usps. Avoid using usps in Garden city ny, this happens a lot.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a real Billy Joel jewel. Once again I am a big fan. I do not however like all live music, but this one is very well done. I had no trouble giving it the 5 of 5 rating.Published 10 months ago by Rocky