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A Matter of Trust: The Bridge to Russia: Deluxe Edition (2 CD/Blu-Ray) Box set

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In July-August 1987, after 100 shows around the world on The Bridge Tour, Billy Joel accepted the Kremlin's invitation to the U.S.S.R. for six fully-staged rock shows in Moscow and Leningrad, fulfilling a long-time desire to perform in Russia. During their stay, Billy and his family, along with musicians, staff, and a huge press entourage spent their days interacting with the Russian people, forging true bonds of friendship wherever they went.

For the first time, this multi-disc 2 CD+DVD package, A Matter Of Trust The Bridge To Russia, presents an expanded version of what fans saw and heard over a quarter-century ago. The newly remastered 2 CD set adds 11 previously unreleased songs to the original 16-song KOH EPT CD from 1987, which closely re-creates Billy s full concert sequence. The extra material includes concert rehearsal takes and solo performances by Billy on the live Russian TV show, The Ring.

The Blu-Ray is a new two-part experience, with an expanded version of the original 1987 VHS release Live From Leningrad, and a separate documentary film that takes a fresh look at the groundbreaking trip. The newly remastered concert DVD, originally directed by Wayne Isham, adds seven previously unreleased songs. The brand new 90-minute documentary painstakingly incorporates some of the documentary material from 1988, both released and unreleased. But the heart and soul of this new film comprises up-to-date interviews with nearly 20 U.S. and Russian participants, including Billy, Christie Brinkley, band musicians, crew, and many others. There is a passion and intimacy to their interviews that underscores the historical significance of what these fellow travelers all witnessed, and the warmth that the Russian people showered on them.

Billy has always considered that going to Russia was the most important thing he'd ever done. The freedom and excitement of his presence permanently affected the country and played no small role in the ultimate dissolution of the U.S.S.R. in 1991. This new deluxe box set A Matter Of Trust The Bridge To Russia also includes newly commissioned essays and previously unseen photography.

A Matter Of Trust The Bridge To Russia: The Concert
1. Prelude/Angry Young Man
2. Allentown
3. Goodnight Saigon
4. Big Man On Mulberry Street
5. Baby Grand
6. An Innocent Man - previously unreleased
7. Honesty - previously unreleased
8. The Longest Time - previously unreleased
9. A Matter Of Trust
10. Only The Good Die Young
11. It's Still Rock And Roll To Me - previously unreleased
12. Sometimes A Fantasy - previously unreleased
13. You May Be Right - previously unreleased
14. Uptown Girl
15. Big Shot
16. Back In The U.S.S.R.
17. Pressure (Previously unreleased)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Odoya
  2. Prelude / Angry Young Man
  3. Honesty
  4. Billy the Kid
  5. She's Always A Woman
  6. Scenes from an Italian Restaurant
  7. Goodnight Saigon
  8. Stiletto
  9. Big Man On Mulberry Street
  10. Baby Grand
  11. What's Your Name
  12. The Longest Time
  13. An Innocent Man

Disc: 2

  1. Pressure
  2. Allentown
  3. A Matter of Trust
  4. Only the Good Die Young
  5. It's Still Rock and Roll To Me
  6. Sometimes a Fantasy
  7. You May Be Right
  8. Uptown Girl
  9. Big Shot
  10. Back In the U.S.S.R.
  11. The Times They Are A-Changin'
  12. She Loves You
  13. New York State of Mind
  14. Piano Man

Disc: 3

  1. Opening
  2. The Cold War and Van Cliburn
  3. The Story Behind the Tour
  4. Tblisi, Georgia
  5. Moscow: The Concerts
  6. Alexa
  7. Viktor the Clown
  8. Pressure
  9. Vladimir Vysotsky
  10. Leningrad: The Concerts
  11. Rethinking the Cold War
  12. Billy Goes Crowd Surfing
  13. "Opening the Gates"
  14. We Have Friends Here
  15. End Credits
  16. Opening Montage
  17. Prelude / Angry Young Man
  18. Allentown
  19. Goodnight Saigon
  20. Big Man on Mulberry Street
  21. Baby Grand
  22. Innocent Man
  23. Honesty
  24. The Longest Time
  25. A Matter of Trust
  26. Only the Good Die Young
  27. It's Still Rock and Roll To Me
  28. Sometimes a Fantasy
  29. You May Be Right
  30. Uptown Girl
  31. Big Shot
  32. Back In the U.S.S.R.
  33. End Credits
  34. Pressure


Product details

  • Audio CD (May 19, 2014)
  • The Deluxe Edition edition
  • Original Release Date: May 19, 2014
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • 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
  • Run Time: 383 minutes
  • ASIN: B00IL0GLU4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
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