A Matter of Trust: The Bridge to Russia

A Matter of Trust: The Bridge to Russia

by Billy JoelBilly Joel
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As Mikhail Gorbachev's Glasnost warmed relations between the East and West, Billy Joel was invited to be the first American rocker to perform in the Soviet Union. In the throes of his supporting tour for 1986's The Bridge, Joel jumped at the chance and performed three shows apiece in Moscow and Leningrad, along with an acoustic show in Tbilisi, in the summer of 1987. This tour was documented on the rush-released 1987 live album Kohuept but the 2014 set A Matter of Trust: The Bridge to Russia goes deep, expanding the original double LP/single CD to a double-disc 27-track set, adding 12 unreleased cuts (including a version of the Beatles' "She Loves You" taken from rehearsals), plus a DVD containing video of the full concert and the documentary film A Matter of Trust. This movie, helmed by Emmy winner Jim Brown, does an admirable job of placing Billy's Russian tour in historical context and is often more interesting than the album it supports. The 1987 concert, whether in its original Kohuept incarnation or this expanded double-disc edition, does capture a well-oiled band at its stadium-pleasing best and the set list -- anchored with the classics, featuring three songs from The Bridge, hard rockers tailored for an arena, covers of Beatles and Dylan, plus a doo wop interlude -- is satisfying.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/19/2014
Label: Sony
UPC: 0888430165724
catalogNumber: 301657
Rank: 53756

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billy Joel   Primary Artist,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Liberty DeVitto   Drums
Kevin Dukes   Electric Guitar
Pete Hewlett   Background Vocals
Russell Javors   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Dave Lebolt   Keyboards
George Simms   Background Vocals
Doug Stegmeyer   Bass
Giya Chirakadze   Vocals
Timur Chkuatzeli   Vocals
Georgi Dylidze   Vocals
Tomaz Eliava   Vocals
Nugree Gamtjebeli   Vocals
Zurab Loladze   Vocals
Marc Rivera   Saxophone
Yosif Zurbauli   Vocals
David Aberzadze   Vocals

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer
Billy Joel   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Jim Boyer   Producer,Engineer
Brian Ruggles   Producer
Arthur Levy   Liner Notes
Bradshaw Leigh   Engineer
Edward O'Dowd   Art Direction
Oleg Smirnoff   translation
Traditional   Composer
Claude Johnson   Composer

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