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A Matter Of Trust – The Bridge To Russia: The Concert (DVD)

A Matter Of Trust – The Bridge To Russia: The Concert (DVD)

  • Brand Name: SONY BMG MUSIC Mfg#: 888430166196
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  • Genre: Music Video: Concerts
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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, 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 concert DVD, originally directed by Wayne Isham, adds seven previously unreleased songs to the original 1987 VHS release Live From Leningrad, including a bonus performance of Pressure.

Billy has always believed 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.

Track Listing:
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.

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3 Responses to A Matter Of Trust – The Bridge To Russia: The Concert (DVD)

  • LuckyDan says:
    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Billy Joel is one my favorite musicians so I was looking forward to watching this …, July 14, 2014
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    LuckyDan (USA) –
    Billy Joel is one my favorite musicians so I was looking forward to watching this DVD. I was under the impression that the BLU-RAY version of this ALSO contained the documentary that aired on Showtime back in February. It doesn’t..and that’s my misunderstanding – my fault. I also figured that the audio would be available in 5.1 DTS since just about everything I’ve bought regarding music concerts in the last couple of years have had that option. It doesn’t. Only stereo. I think this release could’ve been so much better than this. I guess if you want the documentary you MUST purchase the “Deluxe Edition”, It’s a great concert but I’m left a bit disappointed.

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  • Billy D "Consumer Adviser" says:
    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    CONCERT ONLY; NO DELUXE EDITION EXTRAS, May 20, 2014
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    Billy D “Consumer Adviser” (Houston Texas) –
    Verified Purchase(http://www.amazon.com/gp/community-help/amazon-verified-purchase/178-2443995-9401368', ‘AmazonHelp’, ‘width=400,height=500,resizable=1,scrollbars=1,toolbar=0,status=1′);return false; “>What’s this?)
    NOTE: THIS BLU RAY IS THE CONCERT ONLY! RUN TIME ~86 MINUTES. ONE MUST PURCHASE THE MORE EXPENSIVE “DELUXE EDITION” TO GET THE BOOKLET AND VIDEO EXTRAS.

    Received promptly on release date. Sound is good (2 CH only); blu ray picture is very good.
    Billy Joel and band are rockin’ but I don’t understand a few of the song choices given the audience.

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  • Thomas E. Davis says:
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    The good-will tour that changed history (but get the deluxe edition with CDs and a documentary rather than this bare-bones disc), January 22, 2015
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    Thomas E. Davis (Seattle, WA) –
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    This review is from: A Matter Of Trust – The Bridge To Russia: The Concert (DVD) (DVD)
    At the invitation of the Kremlin, Billy Joel took the first large-scale rock tour to the Soviet Union in 1987, performing his greatest hits in Tbilisi, Moscow, and Leningrad as a good-will ambassador to a nation in the throes of change. In doing so, he became one of the powerful cultural influences that brought about the dissolution of that nation. Gorbachev introduced perestroika in 1986 and added glasnost in 1988, so Joel’s concerts were of a piece with the new freedoms and opening to the West that transformed the Soviet bloc.

    There are several ways to buy the concerts: as a two-CD set, as a DVD or Blu-ray, or in deluxe editions which pair a DVD or Blu-ray with the CDs. The audio recordings present 11 tracks that weren’t on the original LP, called simply “Kонцерт” (Concert), while the video discs include seven songs not on the original VHS release, entitled “Live From Leningrad.” The sound and picture are excellent, as are the performances of Billy and his band. Although he strained his voice a bit early on in the tour, he managed to overcome the problem and put on exciting, energetic shows.

    The 75-minute Showtime documentary added to the deluxe editions makes a strong argument for buying one of them. It captures the warmth, intimacy, and excitement of the tour, offering not only numerous clips from the concerts but also behind-the-scenes activities, a travelogue, and meetings with Russians. The many people involved (family, band, crew, producer, translator, and others) reflect on the pains and pleasures of the experience. Billy took his then-wife Christie Brinkley and baby daughter Alexa along; young Russians embraced them wholeheartedly and they reciprocated the feelings. The deluxe booklet contains new essays and archival photos.

    I really enjoyed this set. It takes you back to one of the peaks of Billy Joel’s career, and it remains a vital historical document.

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