My Lives

My Lives

by Billy JoelBilly Joel

CD(Bonus DVD / Special Packaging)

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With My Lives, Billy Joel fans only familiar with the piano man's most popular fare get to experience him in an entirely different light. Compiled by the multiple Grammy winner, this five-disc (four CDs and a DVD) anthology is a veritable This Is Your Life. Sprinkled throughout are myriad audio delights, dating from Joel's pre-solo days right up to his recent forays into classical music. Although his earliest group recordings may sound a little dated, it's nonetheless fascinating to hear Joel as a psychedelic popster (with the Lost Souls), a Stax-flavored, blue-eyed-soul man (with the Hassles), and an organ-pumping headbanger (with Attila). It's on the disc's 23 previously unreleased tracks, however, that Joel's musical tastes and creative choices come to the surface. An alternate, reggae-inspired version of "Only the Good Die Young" is surprising effective, while the stripped-down demo of "Miami" is more poignant than its better-known, fleshed-out version. My Lives presents a nearly schizoid range of musical urges: a dalliance with sophisticated jazz on the soundtrack to A League of Their Own (Duke Ellington's "In a Sentimental Mood"); the raucous R&B of the Isley Brothers ("Shout"); a gospel-flavored twist given to Leonard Cohen ("Light as the Breeze"); and straightforward rock 'n' roll (the Beatles' "Hard Day's Night") -- all of them evinced in live recordings or studio alternates. And if nearly five hours of music isn't enough, the enclosed DVD concert from the River of Dreams tour adds a visual touch to Joel's always impressive chops, making My Lives an exhilarating and intriguing trip for both the casual and well-versed Billy Joel fan.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/22/2005
Label: Sony
UPC: 0827969352021
catalogNumber: 93520
Rank: 48870


Disc 1

  1. My Journey's End
  2. Time and Time Again
  3. Ever Step I Take (Every Move I Make)
  4. You've Got Me Hummin'
  5. Amplifier Fire
  6. Only a Man
  7. She's Got a Way
  8. Oyster Bay
  9. Piano Man
  10. The Siegfield Line
  11. New Mexico
  12. Cross to Bear
  13. Miami 2017
  14. These Rhinestone Days
  15. Everybody Has a Dream
  16. Only the Good Die Young
  17. Until the Night
  18. Zanzibar
  19. It's Still Rock & Roll to Me

Disc 2

  1. Captain Jack
  2. The End of the World
  3. The Prime of Your Life
  4. She's Right on Time
  5. Elvis Presley Blvd.
  6. Nobody Knows But Me
  7. An Innocent Man
  8. Christie Lee
  9. Easy Money
  10. And So It Goes
  11. I'll Cry Instead
  12. Keeping the Faith
  13. Modern Woman
  14. Baby Grand
  15. Getting Closer
  16. House of Blue Light
  17. Money or Love
  18. The Times They Are A-Changin'

Disc 3

  1. The Downeaster "Alexa"
  2. I Go to Extremes
  3. Shout
  4. All Shook Up
  5. Heartbreak Hotel
  6. When You Wish Upon a Star
  7. In a Sentimental Mood
  8. Motorcycle Song
  9. You Picked a Real Bad Time
  10. The River of Dreams
  11. A Hard Day's Night
  12. Light as the Breeze
  13. To Make You Feel My Love
  14. Hey Girl
  15. Why Should I Worry
  16. Where Were You (On Our Wedding Day)?
  17. Highway 61 Revisited

Disc 4

  1. Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)
  2. You May Be Right
  3. Big Shot
  4. Don't Worry Baby
  5. Goodnight Saigon
  6. Los Angelenos
  7. New York State of Mind
  8. Opus 1. Soliloquy (On a Separation)
  9. Opus 8. Suite for Piano (Star-Crossed): I. Innamorato
  10. Opus 8. Suite for Piano (Star-Crossed): II. Sorbetto
  11. Opus 8. Suite for Piano (Star-Crossed): III. Delusion
  12. Elegy: The Great Peconic
  13. [Untitled Track]

Disc 5

  1. No Man's Land
  2. Pressure
  3. Ballad of Billy the Kid
  4. Leningrad
  5. Allentown
  6. My Life
  7. I Go to Extremes
  8. Shades of Grey
  9. The River of Dreams
  10. Goodnight Saigon
  11. We Didn't Start the Fire
  12. A Hard Day's Night
  13. Big Shot
  14. Piano Man

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billy Joel   Primary Artist,Organ,Synthesizer,Harmonica,Piano,Accordion,Harpsichord,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Background Vocals,Clavinet,Melodica,fender rhodes
Clint Black   Harmonica
Trisha Yearwood   Background Vocals
Donna McElroy   Background Vocals
Elton John   Piano,Vocals
London Symphony Orchestra   Track Performer
Brian Wilson   Piano,Vocals
Steve Winwood   Hammond Organ
Ronnie Cuber   Baritone Saxophone
Jon Faddis   Trumpet
Steve Khan   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Matt Rollings   Piano
David Sanborn   Alto Saxophone
David Friedman   Percussion,Orchestral Chimes
Bob Bailey   Background Vocals
Dominic Cortese   Accordion
Sneaky Pete Kleinow   Steel Guitar
Scott Bennett   Track Performer
Howard Arthur Blauvelt   Bass
Alex Brown   Background Vocals
Tommy Byrnes   Guitar,Vocals
David Campbell   Conductor
Richie Cannata   Organ,Clarinet,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Andy Cichon   Bass
Rhys Clark   Drums
Sal DeTroia   Guitar
Liberty DeVitto   Percussion,Drums
Schuyler Deale   Bass
John Edward Dizek   Percussion,Vocals
Don Evans   Guitar
Jackie Gouche   Background Vocals
Kim Fleming   Background Vocals
Paul Franklin   Pedal Steel Guitar
Robert Freedman   Horn
Eric Gale   Electric Guitar
Emory Gordy   Bass
Everette Harp   Saxophone
Jim Hines   Track Performer
Yvonne Hodges   Background Vocals
Jim Hoke   Horn
Jim Horn   Horn
Dann Huff   Guitar
Jeff Jacobs   Synthesizer,Piano
Neil Jason   Bass
Russell Javors   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Curtis Rance King   Vocals
Larry Knechtel   Bass
Robbie Kondor   Keyboards
Will Lee   Bass
Bob Lizik   Track Performer
Mac McAnally   Acoustic Guitar
Bob Mann   Guitar
Hugh McCracken   Guitar (Nylon String)
John McCurry   Guitar
Richie McKenna   Guitar
Ozzie Melendez   Trombone
Michael Mellett   Vocals
Charlie Morgan   Drums
Steve Nathan   Organ
Shawn Pelton   Drums
Leon Pendarvis   Hammond Organ
Mark Rivera   Flute,Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Chris Rodriguez   Background Vocals
Charles Rose   Horn
David Rosenthal   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Jonathan Small   Drums
David Snell   Conductor
Doug Stegmeyer   Bass,Background Vocals
Crystal Taliefero   Flute,Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Saxophone,Vocals
Richard Tee   Organ
Randy Waldman   Keyboards
Willie Weeks   Drums
Monalisa Young   Background Vocals
Bill Zampino   Drums
David Santo   Bass
Kim Keyes   Vocals
Bob Winiker   Trumpet
Marlon Saunders   Vocals
Darian Sahanaja   Track Performer
Nick Walusko   Track Performer
Melodie Crittenden   Vocals
Jeffrey Foskett   Track Performer
Joe Shepley   Trumpet
Randy Jackson   Bass
Paul Mertens   Track Performer
Dorathea Strauchen   Vocals
Michael D'Amico   Track Performer
Probyn Gregory   Track Performer
Joe Osborn   Bass
T-Bone Wolk   Bass,Mandolin,Accordion,Vocals
Dave Brown   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Taylor Mills   Track Performer
Carmine Lauri   Leader
David Baglioli   Drums
Jim Bosse   Guitar
Thomas V. Byrnes   Guitar
Barry Danielan   Trumpet
Georgian Sisters   Track Performer
Wesley "Arif Saint Michael" Holmes   Vocals
Ken Recher   Rhythm Guitar
Denny Siewell   Drums
Lost Souls   Track Performer
Paul Litterall   Horn

Technical Credits

Leonard Cohen   Composer
Michael Jones   Producer
Ray Charles   Duet
Bob Dylan   Composer
Dan Hartman   Composer
Billy Joel   Composer,Producer
Elton John   Duet
Carole King   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Elvis Presley   Composer
Lloyd Price   Composer
Brian Wilson   Composer
BA Robertson   Producer
Otis Blackwell   Composer
Peter Asher   Producer,Percussion Sequencing
Jim Boyer   Producer
Tony Brown   Producer
Thom Cadley   Remixing
David Campbell   Vocal Arrangements,String Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
Ed Cherney   Engineer
Rick Chertoff   Producer
Peter Cho   Studio Arrangements
Don DeVito   Producer
Jerry Dixon   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Robert Freedman   Orchestration
Vinny Gormann   Composer,Producer
Leigh Harline   Composer
Jim Horn   Horn Arrangements
Ronald Isley   Composer
Rudolph Isley   Composer
Matthew Kelly   Tape Archivist
Danny Kortchmar   Producer
Nathaniel Kunkel   Engineer
David Levine   Producer
George Massenburg   Engineer
Irwin Mazur   Producer
Tony Michaels   Composer,Producer
Charlie Midnight   Composer
Joe Nicolo   Producer,Percussion Sequencing
Phil Nicolo   Engineer
Phil Ramone   Producer
Artie Ripp   Producer
Brian Ruggles   Producer,Live Production
Lucy Simon   Producer
Jonathan Small   Composer,Producer
Gary Tole   Engineer
Eric Turner   Composer
Leanne Ungar   Engineer
Ned Washington   Composer
Anthony DeCurtis   Liner Notes
Justin Neibank   Engineer
Christopher Austopchuk   Art Direction
Dirk Grobelny   Engineer
Jon Small   Producer,Liner Notes
Kip Smith   Tape Archivist
Peter Afterman   Executive Producer
Tim Janis   Orchestration
Omar Carrasquilla   Tape Archivist
Michael Kull   Tape Archivist
David Swope   Engineer
Tommy Durden   Composer
Harold Logan   Composer
Larry Jordan   Video Director
Jeff Schock   Producer
Brian J. McKenna   Studio Arrangements
Frank Weber   Executive Producer
Andy Manganello   Engineer
Steve Lindsay   Producer,Horn Arrangements
Joel Gallen   Executive Producer
Christian Calabró   Art Direction
Lily Lew   Packaging Manager
Kevin Guarnieri   Engineer
T-Bone Wolk   Contributor
Johnny Patton   Composer
Timothy White   Back Cover
Steve Barri Cohen   Production Design
Jonathan Allen   Engineer
Jim Bosse   Liner Notes
Keith Dorgan   Tape Archivist
Alexa Ray Joel   Cover Art
Jordan Makow   Studio Arrangements
Robert Prisament   Tape Archivist
Dave Thonner   Producer
Steven Epstein   Producer

Customer Reviews

My Lives 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have all of Joel's other albums, including his piano solos, and this collection is my new favorite! I love hearing his original takes on some of his more well-known songs. I've had this set for four days now, and I'm still listening to Disc 1 over and over. . .should probably move on to the others, but I'm so hooked on this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being a big fan of Billy Joel w/ having all of the albums, I thought I had heard, seen, and had it all. This one takes the cake. If you really want it all, this is it that is a must for all Billy Joel fans. Thank you Mr. Joel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Billy Joel is incredibly talented. This 4-cd set takes you on his evolving journey. My only complaint is that it doesn't fit in my CD rack. But, I guess I'd have to quit playing the CDs in order to store the box. That hasn't happened...
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