Billy Joel - The Vinyl Collection, Vol. 1 Box Set (9LP)

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Billy Joel - The Vinyl Collection, Vol. 1 Box Set (9LP)

      9LP Box Set Contains Billy Joel's First Six Studio Albums + 2 Live Albums

      Includes Previously Unreleased Live At The Great American Music Hall

      Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - The Stranger: Rated 169/500

      A definitive 9LP library chronicling Billy Joel's evolution as a songwriter, performer and recording artist during his rise from obscurity to international superstardom in the 1970s, The Vinyl Collection, Vol. 1 brings together the artist's first six solo studio albums (Cold Spring Harbor, Piano Man, Streetlife Serenade, Turnstiles, The Stranger, 52nd Street) with his first live album (Songs In The Attic) and an exclusive pressing of Live At The Great American Music Hall - 1975, a previously unreleased concert recording available for the first time in the boxset as a double 12" vinyl album. All titles have been sourced from the original album tapes and prepared by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound. The boxset includes a 50+ page booklet highlighting Billy's early career through archival photos, an essay by Anthony DeCurtis, Billy's personal observations and insights on his songs and albums, and tributes from his fellow musicians, artists and celebrities.

      The Vinyl Collection, Vol. 1 arrives to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Billy's career starting with Cold Spring Harbor, first released November 1, 1971. Named after a favorite spot located on Long Island Sound near Billy's hometown, Cold Spring Harbor introduced the world to Billy Joel, singer-songwriter, who, at the beginning of a new decade, was already penning future standards like "She's Got A Way" and "Everybody Loves You Now". The album charted in the United States (#158), Japan (#44) and the United Kingdom (#95).

      Piano Man, the second studio album in The Vinyl Collection, Vol. 1, was originally released on November 9, 1973 and, on the strength of the title track, an iconic signature song that entered the pop mainstream, helped the artist move on up from lounge singing in Los Angeles to the next level of show biz success. Driven by songs like "Piano Man", "Captain Jack" and "The Ballad Of Billy The Kid", the album became Billy's first US Top 40 (#27) and charted in Australia (#14), Canada (#26), Japan (#112) and the United Kingdom (#98). Piano Man has been certified 4x Platinum by the RIAA.

      Streetlife Serenade, Billy Joel's third studio album, was originally released on October 11, 1974 and marked the first time Billy deployed synthesizers on a record. His live shows from the period often featured the instrumental "Root Beer Rag", and the short song "Souvenir" was a frequent encore. The album introduced "The Entertainer", a key composition in Billy's repertoire. A Top 40 album in the United States (#35), Streetlife Serenade charted in Australia (#85) and Canada (#16) and has been certified RIAA platinum in the United States.

      Originally released May 19, 1976, Turnstiles, Billy's fourth studio album, was a celebration of the artist's return to New York with tracks directly referencing his love for his hometown: "Summer, Highland Falls", "Miami 2017 (I've Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway)" and the classic "New York State Of Mind", most recently covered by a star-studded cast of musicians, artists and celebrities for a new music video, a PSA lensed in all five boroughs, made in support of the volunteer organization, #NYCNext. Turnstiles also premiered "Say Goodbye To Hollywood", Billy's sonic tribute to the Ronettes, the quintessential New York girl group; in 1977, Ronnie Spector released her cover of the song, backed by the E Street Band. Turnstiles peaked at #122 in the United States, charted in Australia (#12) and Japan (#286) and has been certified Platinum by the RIAA.

      Billy Joel's fifth studio album, The Stranger, was originally released September 29, 1977 and catapulted the artist into the pop culture stratosphere. The first Billy Joel album to be produced by Phil Ramone and the first to capture the chemistry of Billy in the studio with his road-tested touring ensemble, The Stranger was recorded in a mere three weeks and generated no less than four Top 40 hit singles: "Just The Way You Are" (#3), "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)" (#17), "She's Always A Woman" (#17) and the controversial "Only The Good Die Young" (#24). The album also introduced fans to repertoire standards including "Vienna" and "Scenes From An Italian Restaurant". The Stranger peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 while charting in Australia (#2), Canada (#2), Japan (#3), the Netherlands (#36), New Zealand (#2) and the United Kingdom (#24). The album has achieved RIAA Diamond status and has been recently certified 11x Platinum in the United States. The Stranger brought Billy Joel his first two career Grammy Awards when "Just The Way You Are" took home trophies for Record of the Year and Song of the Year at the 21st Grammy Awards in 1978. The Stranger is Billy's top-selling non-compilation album to-date.

      Originally released October 11, 1978, 52nd Street, Billy's sixth studio album, was his first to hit #1 on the Billboard 200. Exploring new musical directions, Billy and returning producer, Phil Ramone, added jazz musicians to the studio ensemble and created an album that generated three Top 40 singles - "My Life" (#3), "Big Shot" (#14) and "Honesty" (#24) – and won two Grammys including the 1980 Grammy for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male. One of the first albums to be commercially released on the then-emerging compact disc format, 52nd Street pays tribute to one of the centers of New York City's mid-century jazz scene, the fabled 52nd Street, where the album was recorded a block away from the CBS Building. Jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard plays the riffs on "Zanzibar", a featured sound in a 2021 TikTok trend. The RIAA has certified the album 7x Platinum.

      Originally released in September 1981 (and celebrating its 40th anniversary this year), Songs In The Attic, Billy Joel's first live album, features top-flight performances recorded in concert in June-July 1980, curated specifically to introduce new fans to his earlier 1970s material following the phenomenal mainstream success of The Stranger. In the nearly ten years - and hundreds of concerts - since he'd recorded his debut, Billy Joel and his touring ensemble had become one of the tightest, most electrifying live bands in the world honing Billy's songs into the concert gems heard on Songs in the Attic. The album peaked at #8 on the Billboard 200 while charting in Australia (#9), Canada (#21), Japan (#3), New Zealand (#30), Norway (#12), Sweden (#38) and the United Kingdom (#57). Songs In The Attic has been certified 3x Platinum by the RIAA.

      Rounding out The Vinyl Collection, Vol. 1 is the previously unreleased double 12" vinyl bonus album, Live At The Great American Music Hall - 1975, recorded at The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, June 1975. The live gig from the Streetlife Serenade tour introduces the earliest available recordings of future Turnstiles classics "James" and "New York State Of Mind" into Billy's catalog, and includes examples of Billy's loving imitations of Joe Cocker, Elton John and Leon Russell - a staple of his early concerts.

      "Decades are never as neatly delineated as they appear on a calendar. They leak into each other and overlap, sometimes lurching backwards, sometimes forwards. In the case of Billy Joel, the Seventies began in 1971 and came to something like a triumphant end in 1981. The arc of this collection, then, traces the path of a young artist in search of his voice and his vision. It tells the story of a young man battling for respect - and attaining it on his own impressive, uncompromising terms. He started the decade as an unknown and ended it as a superstar, one of the biggest rock stars in the world. Around the time of his breakthrough album The Stranger, Joel would end his live shows by screaming to his audience, 'Don't take any shit from anybody!' This collection contains the music of a man who never did." - Anthony DeCurtis, Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone



      • 9LP Box Set
      • First 6 studio albums
      • 2 live albums
      • Live At The Great American Music Hall (previously unreleased)
      • Sourced from the original album tapes
      • Prepared by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound
      • Recreations of original LP packaging
      • 50-page book with rarely-seen photos & memorabilia
      • Essay by Anthony DeCurtis
      • Slipcase


      Track Listing:

      Cold Spring Harbor (1971 / 1LP)

      Side A:

      1. She's Got A Way

      2. You Can Make Me Free

      3. Everybody Loves You Now

      4. Why Judy Why

      5. Falling Of The Rain

      Side B:

      1. Turn Around

      2. You Look So Good To Me

      3. Tomorrow Is Today

      4. Nocturne

      5. Got To Begin Again


      Piano Man (1973 / 1LP)

      Side A:

      1. Travelin' Prayer

      2. Piano Man

      3. Ain't No Crime

      4. You're My Home

      5. The Ballad Of Billy The Kid

      Side B:

      1. Worse Comes To Worst

      2. Stop In Nevada

      3. If I Only Had The Words (To Tell You)

      4. Somewhere Along The Line

      5. Captain Jack


      Streetlife Serenade (1974 / 1LP)

      Side A:

      1. Streetlife Serenader

      2. Los Angelenos

      3. The Great Suburban Showdown

      4. Rootbeer Rag

      5. Roberta

      Side B:

      1. The Entertainer

      2. Last Of The Big Time Spenders

      3. The Weekend Song

      4. Souvenir

      5. The Mexican Connection


      Turnstiles (1976 / 1LP)

      Side A:

      1. Say Goodbye To Hollywood

      2. Summer, Highland Falls

      3. All You Wanna Do Is Dance

      4. New York State Of Mind

      Side B:

      1. James

      2. Prelude / Angry Young Man

      3. I've Loved These Days

      4. Miami 2017 (I've Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway)


      The Stranger (1977 / 1LP)

      Side A:

      1. Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)

      2. The Stranger

      3. Just The Way You Are

      4. Scenes From An Italian Restaurant

      Side B:

      1. Vienna

      2. Only The Good Die Young

      3. She's Always A Woman

      4. Get It Right The First Time

      5. Everybody Has A Dream


      52nd Street (1978 / 1LP)

      Side A:

      1. Big Shot

      2. Honesty

      3. My Life

      4. Zanzibar

      Side B:

      1. Stiletto

      2. Rosalinda's Eyes

      3. Half A Mile Away

      4. Until The Night

      5. 52nd Street


      Songs In The Attic (1981 / 1LP)

      Side A:

      1. Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway) - Recorded June 1980, Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

      2. Summer, Highland Falls - Recorded July 1980, Bijou, Washington, D.C.

      3. Streetlife Serenade - Recorded July 1980, St. Paul Civic Center, St. Paul, MN

      4. Los Angelenos - Recorded July 1980, Toad's Place, New Haven, CT

      5. She's Got A Way - Recorded June 1980, Paradise Club, Boston, MA

      6. Everybody Loves You Now - Recorded July 1980, Bijou, Washington, D.C.

      Side B:

      1. Say Goodbye To Hollywood - Recorded June 1980, Milwaukee Arena, Milwaukee, WI

      2. Captain Jack - Recorded July 1980, Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA

      3. You're My Home - Recorded July 1980, Bijou, Washington, D.C.

      4. The Ballad Of Billy The Kid - Recorded June 1980, Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

      5. I've Loved These Days - Recorded July 1980, Horizon, Chicago, IL


      Live At The Great American Music Hall, 1975 (2 LP)

      Side A:

      1. Introduction

      2. Somewhere Along The Line

      3. Roberta

      4. The Mexican Connection

      5. Root Beer Rag

      Side B:

      1. James

      2. Band Introductions

      3. You're My Home

      4. You Are So Beautiful - Interlude

      5. Everybody Loves You Now

      Side C:

      1. New York State Of Mind

      2. Bennie And The Jets - Interlude

      3. Travelin' Prayer

      4. Delta Lady - Interlude

      Side D:

      1. The Entertainer

      2. The Ballad Of Billy The Kid

      3. Ain't No Crime

      4. Weekend Song



      Format: LP Vinyl
      Label: Legacy
      Catalog No: 19075925521
      Barcode: 0190759255216
      Genre: Rock
      No of Discs: 9
      Release Date: 11/5/2021



      UPC:  190759255216