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12 Gardens: Live

Artist: Billy Joel (Recorded By)

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Label: Columbia (USA)
Album: 12 Gardens: Live
# Song Title   Time
1)    Angry Young Man
2)    My Life
3)    Everybody Loves You Now
4)    Ballad of Billy the Kid, The
5)    Entertainer, The
6)    Vienna
7)    New York State of Mind
8)    Night Is Still Young, The
9)    Zanzibar
10)    Miami 2017 (I've Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)
11)    Great Wall of China, The
12)    Allentown
13)    She's Right on Time
14)    Don't Ask Me Why
15)    Laura
1)    Goodnight Saigon
2)    Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)
3)    Innocent Man, An
4)    Downeaster "Alexa", The
5)    She's Always a Woman
6)    Keeping the Faith
7)    River of Dreams, The
8)    Matter of Trust, A
9)    We Didn't Start the Fire
10)    Big Shot
11)    You May Be Right
12)    Only the Good Die Young
13)    Scenes From an Italian Restaurant
14)    Piano Man
15)    And So It Goes
16)    It's Still Rock and Roll to Me

Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Billy Joel (vocals, keyboards); Crystal Taliefero (vocals, guitar); Andy Cicon (vocals, bass guitar); Tommy Byrnes (guitar); Mark Rivera (saxophone, keyboards); Richie Cannata (saxophone); Carl Fischer (trumpet, trombone); David Rosenthal (piano, organ, keyboards).
  • The title of this concert album by Billy Joel--12 GARDENS: LIVE--takes its name from the singer-songwriter's dozen consecutive sold-out shows at New York City's Madison Square Garden, from which these recordings were taken. Joel was no longer a spring chicken by 2006, and the wear and tear of the grueling, high-profile gig can sometimes be heard in his performances. Yet this is a small complaint; Joel is a pop icon, and his success can be measured by the audience's rapturous reception over the course of this double-disc set.
  • But the meat of the set, naturally, is his songs, which include hits ("My Life" and "Piano Man") alongside lesser-known gems ("Laura" and "Don't Ask Me Why"), and newer material ("River of Dreams") alongside old ("New York State of Mind"). Joel's songcraft is evergreen, and his way with an infectious pop melody is undeniable--so much so that even reluctant listeners are likely to be singing along with disc 2's rousing version of "Only the Good Die Young."

Producer:Steve Lillywhite
Format:CD (0 Disc); Stereo
Studio/Live: Live
Release Date:13 June, 2006
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Ashwin on
Billy Joel is one of those performers who must be seen live no matter what kind of music you listen to. Having been a fan for many years but unfortunately living in the New York metro area where one must barter kidneys and firstborn children to have even a chance at a ticket to one of his shows, I was finally able to see Billy on this tour in Philadelphia. It was well worth the twenty-odd-year wait, and "12 Gardens" is a fine representation of the show. Billy plays to both the casual fans and the diehards, including plenty of his hits ("You May Be Right," "We Didn't Start The Fire" and, of course, "Piano Man") and some obscure stuff ("Laura," "Zanzibar," "Miami 2017"). Billy's voice is still remarkable and hasn't lost much of its range, and his piano work is as always tremendous. What comes across most in "12 Gardens," though, is his obvious love of performing. He's having an absolute blast and you can hear it in every note; there is nothing better than listening to a performer who truly loves what he does.

So why only 4 stars? Personal nitpicking on my part--"Pressure" isn't included, which is a shame since he did a spectacular job of it (and it also happens to be my favorite song of his). What I was really hoping for, though, was the inclusion of his cover of AC/DC's "Highway To Hell," on which he played guitar and one of his roadies sang (very well, I might add!). As the friend who accompanied me to the show said, "I never thought I'd be throwing metal at a Billy Joel concert!" But don't mind my personal prejudices--if you're even a casual Billy Joel fan you'll enjoy "12 Gardens." In an age where "performers" lip-sync to pre-recorded tracks and charge hundreds of dollars for people to witness it, it's refreshing to listen to someone with immense musical talent do what he does best

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