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River Of Dreams

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. No Man's Land
  2. The Great Wall of China
  3. Blonde Over Blue
  4. A Minor Variation
  5. Shades of Grey
  6. All About Soul
  7. Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)
  8. The River of Dreams
  9. Two Thousand Years
  10. Famous Last Words


Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 5, 2008)
  • Rmst ed. edition
  • Original Release Date: February 5, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SBME SPECIAL MKTS.
  • Run Time: 49 minutes
  • ASIN: B0012GMWF2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,853 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By David Hardison on July 3, 2009
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I just celebrated my 38th birthday, which may explain why I like this album so much. River of Dreams is a collection of retrospective, introspective songs. Shades of Grey sounds like a mature version of Angry Young Man. No Man's Land looks at what our consumer-driven society has brought about. The Great Wall of China is a lament of opportunities lost, while Lullabye is a hopeful vision of who were are. A wonderful, thoughtful mix.
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This is one of my favorite Billy Joel Albums. It is full of depth and feeling, also of closure.I think each of his abums he has ever put out sets a theme and this one is no different.This is is a retrospective of his life at that time. Divorce to Christy and love for Alexa.A time of change, especially apparent in the last song. "Famous last words." The Lyrics are profound. This is a must for any one who likes Billy's music, for it is a true work of art
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This album hit while I was in 8th grade. I had grown up with Billy Joel, and not just as a casual fan of the hits. The deeper cuts are the core of his career, and showcase more of his innovations and experiments.
I was enthralled with this album when it first came out. I was impressed with how hard rocking tracks like Shades of Grey were, or the cutting-edge sound of Blonde Over Blue.
I watched a PBS special on the making of this album (which I have on VHS, but I don't see it listed on Amazon) which covered some interesting aspects of the album. First of all, this is a different drummer, and a different producer, than Billy usually worked with. This explains a lot. While Liberty's drums were spectacular, the drumming here is a little different. It feels solid, and there are some good grooves, but it doesn't sound as collaborative as his earlier albums did. The tracks are wound tightly, and there isn't as much room for moments that feel less planned, and more natural.
The second big difference is the mixing. If you listen to the alternate version of River of Dreams from the My Lives box set, you get a much more natural sounding performance. Joel is having a good time. That rhythm guitar is louder, and it glues everything together.
That's not to say that the album as it is, is bad.
As an adult, I still enjoy this album, but not in the same way that I used to.
I still don't like No Man's Land, but I think I get the idea. Sometimes, Billy likes to play a rock song on guitar. He did this with A Matter of Trust, and I respect that. I love that he's willing to do this sort of thing. But something about the track isn't right, and it never felt like the right album opener.
I still like The Great Wall of China, with the wonderful harmonies to kick it off.
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I've loved this album since I was a child and my mother would play it. Listening to it now brings back so many great memories, but onto the album. Billy Joel has done it yet again to make beautiful music. The album, in a way, tells a story. It's complex and probably most people would have different stories that they think the album tells. Highly recommended to Billy Joel fans and for those enjoy music that sounds amazing and makes you think.
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I enjoy listening to Bill Joel. I already had his 2 disc set Greatest Hits. Having said that, I have to say I was really surprised and pleased to listen to this CD. It's not Greatest Hits but, it sure is good!! Highly Recommended!!
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I remember when this was the only CD I owned and I played it over and over again during an endless work project. Guess I wore it out and I needed to replace it all these years later. But it's worth buying another because I still jones for this music from time to time.
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"River of Dreams" by Billy Joel is one of his most underrated albums. When Billy was recording it in 1993, he knew this would be his last (he did release a classical album in 2001) of new material. I remember loving the song, "The River of Dreams" as a child but throughout the years, I haven't heard many good things when it came to this particular album. A lot of people claim it's uneven and weak. So that's probably why I was so hesitant to purchase it. I finally broke down and bought it last month and I absolutely adore it. I think "River of Dreams" is beautiful, heartfelt, and well-produced. The opening track, "No Man's Land" is full of sarcasm. The lyrics are some of his best. I love it. "The Great Wall of China" is another standout especially the numerous tempo changes and the outro is genius. I must mention that Billy sings his FACE OFF on this record. His voice sounds crystal clear and confident. I think the BEST song is "Blonde Over Blue". I'm a bag fan of synthesizers and this song has a killer synth riff. The lyrics are slightly angry and yet very emotional. "A Minor Variation" has a bluesy feel to it. It's very catchy. "Shades of Grey" is loud, brash, and wildly entertaining. It's also the only song to feature Billy's long-time drummer, Liberty DeVitto. "All About Soul" definitely lives up to its title. Incredibly soulful and catchy (love the choir). That's the wonderful thing about this album. The lyrics are strong and vivid, the melodies are sunny and get stuck in your head, and the arrangements are tight and fluid. "Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)" is a gorgeous song written about his daughter, Alexa Ray. A simple and lovely piano ballad. Of course I've already mentioned how much I love the title track.Read more ›
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