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The Hits

The Hits

November 16, 2010
4.4 out of 5 stars 192 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: November 16, 2010
  • Release Date: November 16, 2010
  • Label: Columbia/Legacy
  • Record Company Required Metadata: Music file metadata contains unique purchase identifier. Learn more.
  • Total Length: 1:19:20
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  • ASIN: B004AXOBCG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 192 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,920 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Folks, this isn't Billy's decision. Well...at least not directly. A lot of this catalog crap is 100% a record label decision. Especially in Billy's case, where he hasn't put any real pop albums out in almost two decades. The record company will keep putting these out to get money out of people.

Sure, Billy won't turn down the residuals. Who would?

But please know this about record labels...they can (and will) do this as often as they want. And these simplistic collections (not expansive box sets) are easy to produce and actually sucker people in to buy. And people actually will buy them. If you're a real fan, you already have these songs and don't need them on another disc. (Count me in that group.) But stop with the anger at Billy for being greedy or trying to trick us. This is a record label thing, plain and simple. Direct all of your scorn at them.

I'll still give it a decent rating because I love this music that I already own.
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Billy Joel is an amazing composer and performer. That being said, there is nothing new on this CD and there are already several Greatest Hits compilations (including boxed sets) that are superior to this one. I suppose it would be a good purchase for someone who is unfamiliar with Billy Joel's work and wants a small sampling. In fact, a better title for this CD would be "The Billy Joel Sampler." That would better support truth in advertising.
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This is a great collection for the casual Billy Joel fan, which I am.

I was introduced to Billy Joel back in the late 1970s and I have had some of BJ's music in my collections on and off for the past 30+ years. Of course no compilation from a catalog as large as BJ's will meet everyone's personal preferences, but this is a great cross-section and contains many of his best tracks. With that being said, any serious BJ fan will already have the majority if not all of these tracks, so this selection wasn't made for them. It was made for people like me, casual fans who like to sing along when songs from the old days come on the radio, but who have not yet added any of his tracks to our digital collections.

As I scanned down this list of tracks I saw at least 14 tracks that I'm excited to add to my playlists, and maybe the other 5 tracks will grown on me, you never know. Anyway, 14/19 is outstanding for any greatest hits album. And since I snagged this during one of Amazon's $5 album sales that's a real bargain! Thanks Amazon!

Well, whenever someone looks at a "Hits" album like this they say, why isn't _______ on it!? I decided that what's on it's on it, and since it's got lots of what I like then, click, I bought it! Personally I would have loved to see "Honesty" on it too, but sometimes life's like that.

Anyway, I'm excited to add these tracks to my list of MP3 titles and smile when they come up.
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My music collection was lacking some Billy Joel, so I bought this very cd. Some people " complain " it doesn't have this or that song. This cd has ALL the songs of Billy Joel I like. In other words, no wasted filler. My " all-time " favorite song by BJ is here....You May Be Right !! For those who want or need more songs from Billy Joel should consider guying his Greatest Hits Vol1 & 2. This is one great cd and the sound is great. Meanwhile, crank up the volume....Billy's playing !!!
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LOVE this CD! It has many of Billy Joel's greatest hits. I listen to this CD in my car, often re-playing some of my favorites like "Piano Man" again and again. It is one of my favorite CD's to just relax and enjoy while in the car or at home. You cannot beat this CD with so many great hits on it. Highly recommend. You will not regret it.
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I paid some attention when "Piano Man" came out, but not too much. But when "The Stranger" came out and "Just The Way You Are" and "Only the Good Die Young" started getting airplay, that's when I started listening. And I liked what I heard. I've bought all his original studio albums (except "Cold Spring Harbor), a couple of his live albums ("Songs In the Attic" and "Kohuept"). And all three volumes of his Greatest Hits. So THIS album is extraneous for me.

It's missing "Uptown Girl", it's missing "All About Soul", "Just the Way You Are", "Innocent Man", "Baby Grand".

Frankly, for $5 it's not that bad, but you would be better buying any of his albums of original studio material.
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For me, the best of Billy's work all in one package. Does it have all of his work, no way. It just highlights his best known chart hits which is fine with me. Highly recommended for any fan of the Piano Man.
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Remastering here is better here than Ultimate and Essential & Audiophile K2HD releases. Sticker on cd cover says all songs remastered from original studio recordings. I did some A/B comparison tests on most of the tracks here and the audio is better , more intelligible vocals and tighter bass.
Here are the sleeve notes regarding the remastering :
mast by ted jensen sterling sound nyc compiled by vic anesini battery studios nyc

This is a 2010 release .Worth getting for the remastered recordings.
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