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My Lives


  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. My Journey's End
    2. Time and Time Again
    3. Every Step I Take (Every Move I Make)
    4. You've Got Me Hummin'
    5. Amplifier Fire
    6. Only a Man - (demo)
    7. She's Got a Way
    8. Oyster Bay - (demo)
    9. Piano Man - (demo)
    10. Siegfried Line, The
    11. New Mexico (demo - became "Worse Comes To Worse")
    12. Cross to Bear - (demo)
    13. Miami 2017 - (demo)
    14. These Rhinestone Days (demo - became "I Love These Days")
    15. Everybody Has a Dream
    16. Only the Good Die Young - (alternate version)
    17. Until the Night
    18. Zanzibar - (demo)
    19. It's Still Rock and Roll to Me
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Captain Jack - (live)
    2. End of the World, The (demo - became "Elvis Presley Blvd")
    3. Prime of Your Life, The (demo - became "For The Longest Time")
    4. She's Right On
    5. Elvis Presley Boulevard
    6. Nobody Knows But Me
    7. Innocent Man, An - (demo)
    8. Christie Lee - (demo)
    9. Easy Money
    10. And So It Goes - (demo)
    11. I'll Cry Instead - (live)
    12. Keeping the Faith - (12" dance remix)
    13. Modern Woman
    14. Baby Grand - (featuring Ray Charles)
    15. Getting Closer - (alternate version, featuring Steve Winwood)
    16. House of Blue Light
    17. Money or Love - (demo)
    18. Times They Are a Changin', The - (live)
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Downeaster "Alexa", The
    2. I Go to Extremes - (live)
    3. Shout
    4. All Shook Up
    5. Heartbreak Hotel
    6. When You Wish Upon a Star
    7. In a Sentimental Mood
    8. Motorcycle Song (demo - became "All About Soul")
    9. You Picked a Real Bad Time
    10. River of Dreams, The - (alternate version)
    11. Hard Day's Night, A - (live)
    12. Light as the Breeze
    13. To Make You Feel My Love - (alternate version)
    14. Hey Girl
    15. Why Should I Worry
    16. Where Were You (On Our Wedding Day?)
    17. Highway 61revisited - (demo)
    0. DISC 4:
    1. Movin' Out
    2. You May Be Right - (live, featuring Elton John)
    3. Big Shot
    4. Don't Worry Baby
    5. Goodnight Saigon - (live, Vets version)
    6. Los Angelenos
    7. New York State of Mind
    8. Opus 1. Soliloquy (On a Separation)
    9. Opus 8. Suite For a Piano (Star Crossed): I. Innamorato / II. Sorbetto / III. Delusion
    10. Elegy: The Great Peconic
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 93520

  • Credits
    ProducerTony Michaels; Vinny Gormann; Billy Joel; Phil Ramone; Irwin Mazur; Artie Ripp; Rick Chertoff; Lucy Simon; David Levine; Jim Boyer; Mick Jones; B.A. Robertson; Danny Kortchmar; Joe Nicolo; David Thonner; Tony Brown; Steve Lindsey; Justin Neibank; Peter Asher; Don DeVito; Steven Epstein
    EngineerCarl Glanville; Leanne Ungar; Ed Cherney; Bill Schnee; George Massenburg; The Butcher Brothers

    Personnel: Billy Joel (vocals, accordion, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, harpsichord, Clavinet, organ, keyboards, bass guitar); Probyn Gregory (vocals, guitar, trumpet, flugelhorn, French horn); Jeffrey Foskett (vocals, guitar, sleigh bell); Nick Walusko (vocals, guitar); Darian Sahanaja, Scott Bennett (vocals, piano, organ, vibraphone, glockenspiel); Dave Brown , Elton John, Brian Wilson (vocals, piano); John Edward Dizek (vocals, percussion); Taylor Mills, Zhournalist (vocals); Dann Huff, Don Evans, Sal DeTroia, John McCurry, Russell Javors, Jim Bosse, Tommy Byrnes, Ken Recher, Richie McKenna (guitar); Steve Khan (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Mac McAnally (acoustic guitar); Eric Gale (electric guitar); Sneaky Pete (steel guitar); Paul Franklin (pedal steel guitar); Hugh McCracken (nylon-string guitar); World Famous Incognito Violinist (fiddle); Paul Mertens (flute, harmonica, saxophone); Clint Black (harmonica); Dominic Cortese (accordion); Mark Rivera (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); David Sanborn (alto saxophone); Ronnie Cuber (baritone saxophone); Jon Faddis, Bob Winiker, Joe Shepley (trumpet); Jim Hoke, Jim Horn, Hollywood Paul Litteral, Charles Rose (horns); Matt Rollings (piano); Richard Tee, Richie Cannata, Steve Nathan (organ); Leon Pendarvis, Steve Winwood (Hammond b-3 organ); Jeff Jacobs (synthesizer); Emory Gordy, Larry Knechtel, Neil Jason, Randy Jackson , T-Bone Wolk, Will Lee , Joe Osborn, Bob Lizik, Schuyler Deale, Doug Stegmeyer, Howard Arthur Blauvelt (bass guitar); Jim Hines, Jonathan Small, Willie Weeks, Charlie Morgan , Sean Pelton, Rhys Clark, Liberty DeVitto, Bill Zampino, David Baglioli, Denny Siewell (drums); Anton Fig (snare drum); David Friedman (percussion, chimes); Kim Fleming, Bob Bailey, Yvonne Hodges (background vocals); Mike D'Amico, Brian Ruggles.
    Arranger: Robert Freedman.
    Something of a companion piece to Billy Joel's greatest hits collections, this exhaustive box set comprises four CDs (and a bonus DVD) of rarities, B-sides, demos, covers, and recordings that have fallen between the cracks in Joel's discography. Those looking for the studio versions of "My Life," "Just the Way You Are," and "Uptown Girl" won't find them here; this collection is a different animal altogether. With an eye toward representing Joel as an adventurous craftsman and tireless reviser, MY LIVES is packed with one-off concert performances and intimate, unreleased demos (which often differ radically from the well-known final versions) that paint an interesting portrait of Joel's creative process.
    Disc one stretches back to Joel's pre-solo career, including songs by his garage-pop band the Hassles and his snicker-inducing heavy metal project Atilla. But it is with Joel's PIANO MAN demos that one can hear the artist finding his feet ("Oyster Bay" is one of the set's highlights). While discs three and four may contain too many covers (do we really need to hear Joel's rendition of "When You Wish Upon a Star?"), there are some interesting selections of his classical work from the 2000s. Despite its shortcomings, MY LIVES provides valuable insight into Joel's evolution as a songwriter and performer, which makes it intriguing for casual fans, and essential for devotees.

  • Critic Reviews
    Entertainment Weekly (No. 852, p.83) - "...If you love him, you need this..." - Grade: B+
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