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The Complete Albums Collection

The Complete Albums Collection

  • •Brand new deluxe remasters of every Billy Joel album, 14 TOTAL
  • •Bonus CD with 17 rare and non-album recordings
  • •Two 60-page booklets with lyrics & photos from every decade
  • •Albums in cardboard jackets & sleeves reproducing LP artwork
  • •Random copies were autographed by Billy Joel

A triumph of technology and design, with respect for history in every detail, The Complete Albums Collection features 14 classic Billy Joel albums plus a bonus disc of rare and original recordings. This deluxe limited edition package is the most comprehensive collection ever by a consummate artist who has sold over 100 million records in the course of his 40-year career. Featuring brand-new digital remasters by Ted Jensen for the best sound reproduction of Billy Joel’s music ever on Compact Disc, each CD is packaged in a replica cardboard jacket and sleeve reproducing the original vinyl LP artwork in precise detail. New liner notes take the listener behind the scenes to the making of these timeless albums, featuring previously unpublished quotes from Billy, rare photos from the artist’s archives and complete lyrics to every song, all housed in an elegant display case. From the angry young Piano Man to the River Of Dreams and beyond, The Complete Albums Collection is the definitive artifact: a timeless body of work embraced by millions across multiple generations.

Brand-new remasters of all these classic albums (14):
Cold Spring Harbor (1971)
Piano Man (1973)
Streetlife Serenade (1974)
Turnstiles (1976)
The Stranger (1977)
52nd Street (1978)
Glass Houses (1980)
Songs In The Attic (1981)
The Nylon Curtain (1982)
An Innocent Man (1983)
The Bridge (1986)
Storm Front (1989)
River Of Dreams (1993)
Fantasies And Delusions (2001)

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  • Larry Davis "powerpoplarry" says:
    28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    One great AND RARE set indeed…the American Paul McCartney from Long Island, December 11, 2011
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    Larry Davis “powerpoplarry” (NYC/Long Island, NY) –
    This review is from: The Complete Albums Collection (Audio CD)

    Wow, I had no idea how rare this piece is, and will be…only available online via MyPlay.com, Sony Music’s webstore for specialty boxsets and other releases. I actually did a trade for this item…I brought into my fave used store in NYC, Academy Records, my used (but excellent condition) copy of Pink Floyd’s Immersion Box of “Dark Side Of The Moon”…6 discs…I realized I was not a hardcore fan of Floyd, and I was not going to buy the Immersion set of “Wish You Were Here” or “The Wall” in February, 2012…BUT I would get the regular versions…so anyway, I brought it in to sell/trade…I saw a sealed copy of this Billy Joel box on the shelf, they were selling it for $154…I brought it up and asked how much could they take off from the trade of the Floyd set??? And my friend the seller said…”Let me see it”, so I did, and he said “I’ll do an Even Steven”…REALLY??!!??!! “yep!!” So I did it…and I have a feeling they did it because this box may have been sitting there for a while, and their usual clientele does not really buy Billy Joel records, so they may have wanted to just get rid of it for the right price/trade as much as I did.

    I think I made out like a bandit because this box is a classy piece (for playing and displaying, a nice, shiny square gold-printed black box with inner gold rack), it sounds fantastic, and it shows nicely how underrated Billy Joel REALLY is, how his solo career evolved over 40 years. It has all 13 studio albums, one live (out of 5) (“Songs In The Attic”), and a disc of rarities/B-sides/soundtrack cuts, all in replica mini-LP sleeves (WITH replica inner jackets, many with lyrics printed like the original vinyls), as well as not one, but TWO 60-page booklets…one with full lyrics, liner notes and photos, and the other with a GREAT, funny (with swearwords), insightful new interview with critic Steve Morse from Boston and more pics. It’s awesome, basically, and sums up BJ’s place in music as an eclectic piano/keyboard-based rock & roll artist rooted in both classical and Beatlesque powerpop equally, with heavy doses of melody and hard-hitting, real-life lyrics.

    The discs: 1- “Cold Spring Harbour” (1971), a nice, naive, badly-produced, debut…it has it’s own charms despite BJ “hating that thing”, haha.
    2- “Piano Man” (1973), the classic breakthrough, ornately produced with touches of LA-based alt-country rock, pedal-steel and all, Gram Parsons-ish…it was recently reissued as a 2CD Legacy Edition with an important radio show on its bonus disc…here, it’s just the original album, beautifully remastered.
    3- “Streetlife Serenade” (1974), the rushed followup, when BJ did not have the material ready when the label wanted it…it has some good songs, but if the label gave him the proper time, it could have been a classic…nicely remastered though…
    4- “Turnstiles” (1976), the “Back To NY” album, quite underrated I think, with as many classic tunes as the widely revered “Stranger” record a year later…some of them classics to this day like “NY State Of Mind”, “Say Goodbye To Hollywood” and “Miami 2017″, beautifully remastered…8 songs short but feels longer.
    5- “The Stranger” (1977), the big breakthrough…was reissued/remastered, both as a 2-disc Legacy Edition and 3 or 4 disc boxset, depending on where you shop…but this is just the classic album, maybe even more newly remastered then the prior set??? Sounds just as (maybe even more) awesome…
    6- “52nd Street” (1978), I forgot how killer this album is, now even better with it’s remastering job…possibly influenced by Steely Dan jazz-rock, it is chock full of great tunes like “Rosalinda’s Eyes”, “Zanzibar”, “Half A Mile Away” & “Stiletto”, besides the hits like “My Life”, “Big Shot” & “Honesty”.
    7- “Glass Houses” (1980), BJ’s new wave/punk/powerpop album, and still possibly my favourite…at LEAST 2 fave tunes in “Sometimes A Fantasy” & “All For Leyna”…both of which were always never included in hits compilations, which always bugged me…but BJ always “hated those things” too, so I feel better with this set, haha.
    8- “Songs In The Attic” (1981), the one live album in this set, and the only one in a gatefold jacket, PLUS it has BOTH inserts here…love the details…I think this is the one live album included because it has hit versions in “Say Goodbye To Hollywood” and “She’s Got A Way”, as the studio versions never hit big???
    9- “The Nylon Curtain” (1982)…Billy’s favourite…it’s both artful and catchy, and I had no idea, but in the interview, he reveals that it was influenced by the death of John Lennon two years prior, so it has a major Lennon sound…very cool, plus it has 3 cool hits in “Allentown”, “Pressure” and “Goodnight Saigon”.
    10- “An Innocent Man” (1983), his 60s AM radio album, very “Four Seasons”…very lightweight but quite durable, and it has a fun spirit.
    11- “The Bridge” (1986), a jazzy and rockish and underrated album,…

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  • Withnail says:
    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Indespensible A++++, January 16, 2012
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    Withnail (London United Kingdom) –
    This review is from: The Complete Albums Collection (Audio CD)
    I have to agree with the other reviews. This is a fabulous limited edition set. The 2011 remastering By Ted Jensen is superb. I can hear details that are not in the 1998 remasters. But the other big surprise of this set is that the orginal and superior version of New York State Of Mind has been restored to the Turnstiles album. The 1998 remasters and Greatest Hits Vol.I and II included an inferior 1980′s re-recording of the song. So if you are a hardcore Billy fan then you need this set.

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  • Tony says:
    10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Pretty good, January 7, 2012
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    Tony
    This review is from: The Complete Albums Collection (Audio CD)
    I am a very big Billy Joel fan. Before buying this box set, I already had all of his albums. If you don’t have any of his albums buy this box set. If you already have all of his albums, but deciding weather or not if it’s worth spending the cash, then I don’t highly recommend it. Now the bonus disc that comes with the box set is not new news for me. A majority of the songs on that album can be found on another box set Joel came out with in 2005 titled “My Lives”. I find “My Lives” is a better box set to have than this box set if you don’t own it already. It includes plenty of B sides and demos that are great. So don’t think you’ll be missing out on too much if you don’t have that bonus CD. I really like the vinyl packaging though. It’s very nice and saves plenty of room. The box set itself is puny. For a Complete Albums Collection, I would think it would be a tad bit bigger. The books that are included are the same size as the CDs, which they are small as well. The first book is pretty much a Q & A about all of his work. The second book is all lyrics.

    For me, this box set is pretty cool. I barely play the CDs though. They look so nice and too collectible that I’m even afraid to touch it! If you are a complete die hard fan of Joel, I would recommend it. If you need all the albums, obviously buy this box set. If you think you’re missing out by not having the bonus disc, you’re not missing anything. If all you want is the bonus disc, then buy My Lives. If you’re a little iffy about the price, and on a seesaw on weather to spend the 200 bucks, don’t buy it. Why spend all that money on this when you can buy My Lives for 15 bucks? It’s a box set requiring decisions on weather to buy it. If you can’t find this on Amazon.com, you can find it at [...]
    Decide well, and put some thought into this buy!!

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