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2000 Years: Millennium Concert
Billy Joel
2000 Years: Millennium Concert
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
 
  •  Track Listings (12) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (13) - Disc #2

Much has been made of Billy Joel's plans to ditch his career as a rock & roller and age gracefully into the supposedly sanguine world of classical music. Maybe it's the right thing to do if, as it seems, he's run out of ga...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Billy Joel
Title: 2000 Years: Millennium Concert
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 2
Label: Sony
Original Release Date: 5/2/2000
Release Date: 5/2/2000
Album Type: Live
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
Styles: Singer-Songwriters, Soft Rock, Album-Oriented Rock (AOR)
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPCs: 074646379226, 5099749798120

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Much has been made of Billy Joel's plans to ditch his career as a rock & roller and age gracefully into the supposedly sanguine world of classical music. Maybe it's the right thing to do if, as it seems, he's run out of gas as a pop songwriter. Recent years have seen no new material, only box sets and reissues of his old albums. Now comes the capper, a live album from his Millennium Concert recorded at New York's Madison Square Garden on New Year's Eve. Certainly there's still some mileage left in Joel's catalog, particularly ballads like "Summer Highland Falls" and "I've Loved These Days," and, considering the nexus of the occasion and Joel's career plans, his version of "My Life." And he also turns in sharp performances of signature pieces like "Angry Young Man," "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant," and "You May Be Right." But his between-song patter may grow tiresome over repeated listenings. Joel is known to be pretty full of himself, but after hearing him rattle on about high ticket prices and his classical ambitions, you may have had your fill of him, too. --Daniel Durchholz

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Holly H. from SANTA MONICA, CA
Reviewed on 10/26/2006...
Two discs--fantastic for fans.
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Toni B. (twintoni) from ORANGE PARK, FL
Reviewed on 9/1/2006...
Great concert recorded live, Billy Joel really rocks!
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Melanie W. (novelwriter) from SURFSIDE BCH, SC
Reviewed on 8/27/2006...
This has to be one of my favorite Billy Joel CDs! Many of my favorites are on here. Having this CD is like being there with Billy. Not to mention, who wouldn't want to ring in the New Year with the Piano Man?
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

CD Reviews

Solid and complete, but ultimately unessential
David Pearlman | Arlington, MA United States | 05/02/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)

"It's hard to look at this as anything but additional product from an whose output in the decade has basically crawled to a standstill. One spotty original album (River of Dreams) and a couple of cover versions on Greatest Hits Vol. 3 do not a career make or sustain. Fortunately for Joel, he has a sturdy catalogue of songs to draw upon his (increasingly infrequent) live shows. Technically, this is an excellent live album: very clean recording, and enough inter-song patter to lend a feeling of "that's what it was actually like" continuity. It's MUCH superior to the only other live live concert album in the discography, the flat and uninvolving Koheupt. (While Songs in the Attic consists of live performances, they were culled from a variety of venues and there was no real attempt to reproduce the feeling of a single show).The set list is a fine one, with more of an emphasis on Joel's (superior but less commercially successful) early material than would have been expected. That's a nice plus for long-time fans. But, ultimately, there isn't much here that improves upon the studio versions. So, in the end, whether you need to get this will depend on how much you need to hear some--ANY--new Joel material. I found this more of a taunt: A reminder of both how very strong Joel's best-of really is, and of how long it's been since he's released anything that would rest comfortably beside these songs.Here's hoping this is merely stopgap product and not the endcap to a sometimes stellar career.dap"
A welcome and rare live album spanning a monumental career
David Berkowitz | New York, NY USA | 05/02/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"With the noted exception of a disc of live recordings in his Box Set, Billy Joel hasn't released any live material since his Russian album from the 80s. A second live CD from BJ is long overdue. He performed a fresh, lively concert, and the album is deliciously crisp. Fans will appreciate some musings on his future and career, and casual listeners can enjoy this insanely energetic 25-track compilation. Even though you may have wanted to be there, it's not a case of "you had to be there" to enjoy this release. I've heard these songs before, over and over and over again, but there's an added vivacity here that makes this a worthwhile addition to my complete collection."