Kontsert: Live in Leningrad

Kontsert: Live in Leningrad

by Billy JoelBilly Joel


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Once he had a decade of uninterrupted multi-platinum albums and had tasted the sweet fruit of the high life, Billy Joel decided that it was time for something different -- it was time to get serious. The first hint of this was his celebrated Russian tour in 1987. Not many rock artists had been allowed to tour the U.S.S.R., so this was a big deal. Joel took his task very seriously, embracing his role as musical and cultural ambassador from the West and acting solemnly throughout the tour. Besides the temper tantrum where he pushed his piano off stage, of course, but even that could be seen as a rock & roller taking his message to the people. If you're charitable, that is. That defining moment of the tour is captured at the end of Kohuept (sadly, it was trimmed for a subsequent CD reissue), a live double-album (single-disc) document of the Russian tour. At the time, it may have been a big event, and personally, it was a turning point for Joel, but musically, it wasn't much of anything. Supported by an augmented version of his touring band, Joel runs through a predictable selection of hits, drawing heavily from The Bridge, but making sure to hit such favorites as "Angry Young Man," "Honesty," "Stiletto," "An Innocent Man," "Allentown," "Only the Good Die Young," "Big Shot" and "Sometimes a Fantasy." For topicality's sake, he adds "Back in the U.S.S.R." and "The Times They Are A-Changin'" to his repertoire. All of it is professionally performed, but most of it sounds like slicker versions of the original studio takes. Still, die-hard fans would want this as a souvenir of a show they were never able to see and perhaps casual fans would want to use this as a de facto greatest-hits collection.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/01/2008
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886972413624
catalogNumber: 724136
Rank: 3930


  1. Odoya
  2. Prelude/Angry Young Man
  3. Honesty
  4. Goodnight Saigon
  5. Stiletto
  6. Big Man on Mulberry Street
  7. Baby Grand
  8. An Innocent Man
  9. Allentown
  10. A Matter of Trust
  11. Only the Good Die Young
  12. Sometimes a Fantasy
  13. Uptown Girl
  14. Big Shot
  15. Back in the U.S.S.R.
  16. The Times They Are A-Changin'

Album Credits

Performance Credits

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

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer
Billy Joel   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Jim Boyer   Producer,Engineer
Tim Leitner   Engineer
Brian Ruggles   Producer
Andy Rose   Contributor
Stacy Drummond   Art Direction
Bradshaw Leigh   Engineer
Giya Chirakadze   Contributor
Timur Chkuatzeli   Contributor
Georgi Dylidze   Contributor
Tomaz Eliava   Contributor
Zurab Loladze   Contributor
Yosif Zurabauli   Contributor
Frank Weber   Executive Producer
Oleg Smirnoff   translation
Traditional   Composer
John Naatjes   Tape Research
Nick Reynolds   Contributor
Georgian Singers "Zhournalist"   Contributor

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