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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. 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.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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 - Billy Joel feat. Tony Bennett
  7. Allentown
  8. The Ballad Of Billy The Kid
  9. She's Always A Woman
  10. Goodnight Saigon
  11. Miami 2017 (I've Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway)
  12. Shameless - Billy Joel feat. Garth Brooks
  13. This Is The Time - Billy Joel feat. John Mayer
  14. Keeping The Faith

Disc: 2

  1. Captain Jack
  2. Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)
  3. The River Of Dreams / A Hard Day's Night
  4. We Didn't Start The Fire
  5. You May Be Right
  6. Scenes From An Italian Restaurant
  7. Only The Good Die Young
  8. I Saw Her Standing There - Billy Joel feat. Paul McCartney
  9. Take Me Out To The Ball Game
  10. Piano Man
  11. Let It Be - Billy Joel feat. Paul McCartney

Disc: 3

  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 - Billy Joel feat. Tony Bennett
  7. Allentown
  8. The Ballad of Billy the Kid
  9. She's Always a Woman
  10. Goodnight Saigon
  11. Miami 2017 (I've Seen the Lights Go Out On Broadway) [Live at Shea Stadium, July 2008]
  12. Shameless - Billy Joel feat. Garth Brooks
  13. This Is the Last Time - Billy Joel feat. John Mayer
  14. Keeping the Faith
  15. Captain Jack
  16. Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)
  17. 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 (Live at Shea Stadium, July 2008)
  22. I Saw Her Standing There - Billy Joel feat. Paul McCartney
  23. Take Me Out to the Ball Game
  24. Piano Man
  25. Let It Be - Billy Joel feat. Paul McCartney
  26. Closing Credits
  27. Walk This Way
  28. My Generation - Billy Joel feat. Roger Daltrey
  29. Pink Houses - Billy Joel feat. John Mellencamp
  30. Prelude/Angry Young Man
  31. My Life
  32. Summer, Highland Falls
  33. Everybody Loves You Now
  34. Zanzibar
  35. New York State Of Mind - Billy Joel feat. Tony Bennett
  36. Allentown
  37. The Ballad Of Billy The Kid
  38. She's Always A Woman
  39. Goodnight Saigon
  40. Miami 2017 (I've Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway)
  41. Shameless - Billy Joel feat. Garth Brooks
  42. This Is The Time - Billy Joel feat. John Mayer
  43. Keeping The Faith
  44. Captain Jack
  45. Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)
  46. The River Of Dreams / A Hard Day's Night
  47. We Didn't Start The Fire
  48. You May Be Right
  49. Scenes From An Italian Restaurant
  50. Only The Good Die Young
  51. I Saw Her Standing There - Billy Joel feat. Paul McCartney
  52. Take Me Out To The Ball Game
  53. Piano Man
  54. Let It Be - Billy Joel feat. Paul McCartney
  55. Closing Credits


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 8, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: March 8, 2011
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 652 minutes
  • ASIN: B004JST28U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,790 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Gengler VINE VOICE on March 8, 2011
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There are a few artists whose music provides a soundtrack to one's life. As a boomer, The Beatles top my list. As a keyboard player there were only two artists whose music provided the inspiration for me to rock out and believe that I didn't have to wield a guitar to prove my post-adolescent worth as a musician. And those two artists, needless to say, were Elton John (who I chase down Braodway following an early appearance on the Dick Cavett show) and Billy Joel.

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.
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* DVD *

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?
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I've been a huge fan of Billy Joel for decades now (when you're listing things in "decades" you know you're getting old) and couldn't wait to get this CD/DVD combo. I have to admit to being a little disappointed. The songs don't stray far from the studio versions, other than Billy's voice being deeper (he still sounds good, though) and the music being slightly slowed down to accommodate.

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.
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