The Vinyl Collection, Vol. 1
Release Date: November 5, 2021
About the Album
Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, are celebrating the first 50 years of Billy Joel’s legendary career with today’s release of Billy Joel – The Vinyl Collection, Vol. 1, a definitive 9LP boxset library chronicling Billy’s evolution as a songwriter, performer and recording artist during his rise from obscurity to international superstardom in the 1970s.
Billy Joel – The Vinyl Collection, Vol.1 available now: HERE
Two previously unavailable live tracks–“New York State of Mind” and “Everybody Loves You Now”– have been released as a digital bundle, providing fans a taste of the newly released Live at The Great American Music Hall -1975 disc in The Vinyl Collection, Vol.1. Enjoy these Billy Joel live tracks HERE
In advance of the release of The Vinyl Collection, Vol. 1, an official new animated music video for “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant” (a sophisticated musical suite–and perennial crowd-pleasing fan favorite–from Billy’s The Stranger) was created for #50YearsofBilly by Lightborne Communications and premiered online September 30, 2021. Watch HERE
At long last, as part of the #50YearsofBilly celebration, Billy’s YouTube channel is presenting “Everybody Loves You Now,” the artist’s first official promotional video, lensed in 1971 to showcase a core song (and b-side to the singles “She’s Got a Way” and “Tomorrow Is Today”) from his solo debut album, Cold Spring Harbor. Watch HERE
The Vinyl Collection, Vol.1 arrives the same day as the first rescheduled concert in Billy Joel’s extraordinary ongoing Madison Square Garden residency on November 5.
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.
While “New York State of Mind”/”Everybody Loves You Now” are available as a digital bundle, the Live at The Great American Music Hall -1975 LP is currently exclusive to the boxset and not available at digital outlets.
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Billy Joel has released a live version of “New York State of Mind” ahead of the November 5 release of his new Vinyl Collection, Vol 1. The performance of the then-unreleased song was recorded in San Francisco in 1975, a year before it would be featured on Billy Joel’s Turnstiles album. You can hear “New … Continue reading Hear Billy Joel’s Live Rendition of “New York State of Mind” from his New Vinyl Collection
Billy Joel paid tribute to the late Charlie Watts this past weekend with a performance of the Rolling Stones’ “Brown Sugar” during his concert at Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park. You can watch a fan-filmed clip from Friday night’s show in the player below. “That’s for Charlie,” said Joel as he and his band wrapped … Continue reading Billy Joel Pays Tribute to Charlie Watts with Rolling Stones Cover
The Slim Kings, featuring longtime Billy Joel drummer Liberty DeVitto, have shared another new track from their forthcoming album The King’s County Classic. Hear “Soldier On” in the player below. The release of the new song coincides with the release of Devitto’s new memoir, Liberty: Life, Billy and the Pursuit of Happiness, out now. Lyrics … Continue reading Iconic Drummer Liberty DeVitto ‘Soldiers On’ with New Single from The Slim Kings, New Memoir
The Slim Kings, a tri-state area favorite featuring longtime Billy Joel drummer Liberty DeVitto, have released a new brand new song. “Truth Be Told” will be featured on the band’s forthcoming album The King’s County Classic, due out October 16th. “Truth Be Told” was recorded in an entirely analog studio, without a computer in sight. … Continue reading The Slim Kings Release New Track, Announce New Album