Billy Joel: The Complete Albums Collection is a special boxed set of all of Billy Joel's studio albums plus Songs In The Attic (a live album) which was released in 2011 just before Christmas, but I did not find it under my Christmas tree. This looks like a very well-done boxed set that contains original album artwork, new liner notes in two 60 page booklets, and a bonus CD of outtakes and rarities. The songs were re-mastered in 2011. It does not include 1987's live album, Kohuept, but A Matter of Trust: The Bridge To Russia was released in 2014 which contained a re-mastered and extended version of Billy's Russian concerts.
In 2013, Apple iTunes made this entire set available, specially mastered for iTunes. You can buy the entire set on MP3 (AAC) from iTunes. Otherwise you can buy the physical boxed set (audio CDs) from Amazon or through Billy Joel's official website.
After the release of The Complete Albums, Billy recorded a series of videos about each album which are posted throughout this website. You can also see a YouTube playlist of all of these videos here.
From the official release of the boxed set: "Billy Joel: The Complete Albums Collection is a box set worthy of one of the great composers and recording artists of our time." No kidding. If I were a young teen, new to Billy Joel (and did not already have all of Billy's albums like I do), I would save my money and buy this rather than getting any "hits" collection. Every Billy Joel fan who has kids should buy The Complete Albums for their kids and "keep those memories holding on."
Songlist for Bonus CD
(click links for lyrics)
1. Elvis Presley Boulevard (B-side of the “Allentown” single, 1982)
2. I’ll Cry Instead (B-side of “An Innocent Man,” 1983)
3. House Of Blue Light (B-side of “We Didn’t Start The Fire,” 1989)
4. You Picked A Real Bad Time (B-side of “All About Soul,” 1993)
5. You’re Only Human (Second Wind)” – outtake
6. The Night Is Still Young - outtake
7. Heartbreak Hotel (from 1992 film Honeymoon in Vegas)
8. All Shook Up (from 1992 film Honeymoon in Vegas)
9. Where Were You (On Our Wedding Day)?
(from 1999 film, Runaway Bride)
10. In A Sentimental Mood (from A League Of Their Own in 1992).
11. Nobody Knows But Me (from In Harmony II)
12. To Make You Feel My Love (Bob Dylan cover)
13. Light as the Breeze (Leonard Cohen cover)
14. Hey Girl (the Gerry Goffin-Carole King standard ).
15. When You Wish Upon A Star
(from Disney tribute album, Simply Mad About The Mouse)
16. Don’t Worry Baby Beach Boys cover from the Radio City Music Hall All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson concert).
17. All My Life the 2007 single