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A Matter Of Trust The Bridge To Russia: The Deluxe Edition (2CD/Blu-ray)

A Matter Of Trust The Bridge To Russia: The Deluxe Edition (2CD/Blu-ray)

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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)

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3 Responses to A Matter Of Trust The Bridge To Russia: The Deluxe Edition (2CD/Blu-ray)

  • Mark Holt says:
    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Revisited and reconsidered, this is a classic, November 20, 2014
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    Mark Holt (Syracuse, NY USA) –
    This review is from: A Matter Of Trust The Bridge To Russia: The Deluxe Edition (2CD/Blu-ray) (Audio CD)
    As a huge and lifelong Billy Joel fan, I have long regarded KOHUEPT, the 1987 release which represents the bones of this nicely expanded edition, as something of a sub par curiosity. For whatever reason, maybe song selection, perhaps some other intangibles, the album faded from my mind and consideration. What a difference 25 years can make. I am delighted at this new release, with all of its trappings.

    Listening to this album again, a quarter century after its release, I was struck by the realization of what it represents. This is the only live recording of Billy Joel while in his prime. Though 1981′s “Songs in the Attic” (my all time favorite Joel album) is a live album of sorts, collecting deep cut material from his first four albums, this Russian concert would be the only true concert recording for audio until the Millenium Concert Album in 2000, 7 years after Billy had ceased recording songs. Though we did not know it at the time of this albums original release, there would only be two more Joel albums forthcoming and thus, almost by accident, we have him performing with nearly his full catalog of song to choose from. After listening to Joel’s recent concert releases, listless affairs in which most of his songs are performed in different keys to accommodate his aging voice, it is a genuine treat to be reminded just how good he was. This, even though he was struggling with throat problems during the entire Russian tour. In addition, this new release adds 11 songs previously left off due to time constraints in the age of vinyl. These, newly unearthed, recordings are, almost universally, gems. The inclusion of these tracks gives, much more, the feel of actually being at one of these landmark concerts and improves vastly upon the previous album.

    The included concert video is also a gem, though the fashions may take some getting used to. The documentary is also excellent, though it is mostly repurposed footage from the original “A Matter of Trust” documentary with current interview footage inserted.

    If you are a Billy Joel fan, I cannot recommend this set highly enough.

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  • Mitzi2013 says:
    14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Saw The Tour In Pittsburgh, May 20, 2014
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    Mitzi2013 (Pennsylvania) –
    This review is from: A Matter Of Trust The Bridge To Russia: The Deluxe Edition (2CD/Blu-ray) (Audio CD)
    Great quality of music…great quality DVD…I saw him in 1987 at the Civic Arena and will NEVER forget it…To the person who wrote the idiotic 1 star review about Leningrad being left off of this release…that is because it was not released until the Storm Front lp which was in 1989…so how could he have done a song that was not even released yet? It is nice to finally have a proper release to celebrate this amazing tour and expand on the disappointing live album released in 1987

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  • Paul Blubaugh says:
    11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Stereo only, May 20, 2014
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    This review is from: A Matter Of Trust The Bridge To Russia: The Deluxe Edition (2CD/Blu-ray) (Audio CD)
    First off, I’m thrilled to have this after 27 years. I don’t usually write reviews, but I feel compelled to let those interested know that there is no 5.1 available on the blu-ray. Otherwise, I would’ve given this five stars.

    I’d like to add that it was good to see so many of the participants involved in the updated documentary, notably Christie Brinkley, Liberty Devitto, and Russell Javors.

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