34 Songs, 2 Hours 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Having "retired" from the music industry, Billy Joel still pops his head up from time to time to play when he feels the spirit move him. His record 12 sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden were a career highlight. Joel was relaxed and in control, having lowered the keys of many songs to better fit his deepening voice. This excellent live summation of his career is powerful; Joel plays favorites from his entire career, including many album cuts. Even the cynicism of "Everybody Loves You Now" comes across with affection, while "Angry Young Man" sounds more wistful than a statement of purpose. Joel appears to be accepting the applause after years of beating himself up, and this love extends to his performances. "Piano Man" still has life. "The Downeaster 'Alexa'," "River of Dreams," and "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" resonate with years of wisdom. "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" brings everyone to their feet. It's arguably his finest live album. This iTunes edition of the album features two exclusive cuts: "Stiletto" and "Honesty."

EDITORS’ NOTES

Having "retired" from the music industry, Billy Joel still pops his head up from time to time to play when he feels the spirit move him. His record 12 sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden were a career highlight. Joel was relaxed and in control, having lowered the keys of many songs to better fit his deepening voice. This excellent live summation of his career is powerful; Joel plays favorites from his entire career, including many album cuts. Even the cynicism of "Everybody Loves You Now" comes across with affection, while "Angry Young Man" sounds more wistful than a statement of purpose. Joel appears to be accepting the applause after years of beating himself up, and this love extends to his performances. "Piano Man" still has life. "The Downeaster 'Alexa'," "River of Dreams," and "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" resonate with years of wisdom. "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" brings everyone to their feet. It's arguably his finest live album. This iTunes edition of the album features two exclusive cuts: "Stiletto" and "Honesty."

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