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Piano Man: Very Best of

Piano Man: Very Best of

  • JOEL BILLY PIANO MAN: THE VERY BEST OF BILLY JOEL

This single disc collection, originally released in 2004, documents the Piano Man’s long career beginning in the 1970′s. PIANO MAN: THE VERY BEST OF Billy Joel features 19 classics in all, including “Tell Her About It,” “Uptown Girl,” “New York State of Mind” and many more.

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  • Superbu says:
    27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    CD debut of the 45 single edit of “Piano Man”, March 17, 2005
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    Superbu (Los Angeles, CA United States) –
    This review is from: Piano Man: Very Best of (Audio CD)
    Nice one-disc Billy Joel import, notable mainly for using the 4:33 single remix of “Piano Man” — first time on CD. It also uses the edit versions of “My Life,” “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” “Tell Her About It,” “All About Soul,” and “Just the Way You Are.”

    Collectors may want those hard-to-find single edits, and the disc is a good choice for beginners, but the more comprehensive “Essential Billy Joel” can be got for around the same price.

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  • Robert A. Pacheco says:
    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    nice edits, but one missing, May 16, 2010
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    Robert A. Pacheco (buzzards bay, mass) –
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    This review is from: Piano Man: Very Best of (Audio CD)
    This is a great album. Greatest hits 1 and 2 and the Essential 2 disc collection give us the unedited, full-length version of all the songs, which is really nice. However, it is nice to hear the edits for a change, and this album gives them to us: the shorter version of Piano Man, taking out about a verse and a half, and the shorter version of All About Soul gives us the great guitar work that is not in the original recording. I also like the version of My Life, its a little more rocking and moving without the high piano notes coming in until the very end and fewer piano measures between the verses. My favorite Billy Joel edited song, however, is I Go To Extremes. When i was a kid and the song came out on the radio, it pretty much had the first rocking piano solo, followed by 2 lines of singing, then the second piano solo (which rocks even more). At the end of the second solo, it goes back to Billy singing and the song fading out. I have tried to find this everywhere to get onto my ipod along with the great original recording and have been unable to find it anywhere. I figured when this album came out and I read about the edited versions that I Go To Extremes would defintiely be on there. It isn’t :( But the rest of the album is great stuff :)

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  • Warhorse says:
    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    You’d be much better off getting GH1-3 for $34, March 11, 2005
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    Warhorse (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) –
    This review is from: Piano Man-Very Best of (Audio CD)
    I lived in Japan for three years and can tell you that even there the made-in-Japan versions are more expensive than the CDs they import from abroad.
    Japanese versions differ in two ways. First, the liner notes include translated lyrics in addition to the original (even when the English words are omitted in other versions). Often the Japanese versions have a page or two that gives a background introduction to the artist and their genre. The assumption is that these Japanese buyers did not have the benefit of growing up listening to these Anglophone artists on the radio, so they aren’t familiar with the whole scene.
    Providing these expanded liner notes adds the cost of the disc, so as compensation the Japanese releases frequently include a bonus track not found on other versions. In this case “The Stranger”. (“All by Myself” on Celine Dion’s ‘All The Way’ GH, “Is there Any Love in Your Heart” on Lenny Kravitz’s GH etc.)
    In Japan, the price difference may be in the neighbour of 4 or 5 dollars extra to get the domestic version rather than buying the imported version.
    In North America the situation is reversed. The version without the Japanese liners notes is the domestic version, while the one with Japanese liner notes (and extra song) is the import. But the price gap becomes much more extreme. From this side of the pacific, buying non-Japanese is even cheaper and buying Japanese is even more expensive.

    While it is true that most imports cost more, it’s much more so the case with the Japanese release as these were more expensive to begin with because of the bilingual liner notes – a feature that most shoppers outside of Japan aren’t going to find too useful.
    Notwithstanding albums or compilations that were never put on CD except in Japan, buying a Japanese import is a complete waste of money – unless you desperately want that special bonus song.
    Anyway, I’m supposed to talking about Billy Joel. This collection is pretty good; in fact I’d give it 4/5 stars, were it not for the price – arguably it IS the “Very Best” – but do your wallet a favour and get the domestic version or better yet get the 42 song 3-disc collection (Australian Import) Greatest Hits 1, 2,&3 for only $34. You get all the tracks seen here on the VBof (except “Scandinavian Skies” and “Don’t Ask Me Why”) – PLUS 25 MORE SONGS not seen here.

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