Joel, Billy
Concert / Kohuept
Rare & Collectible Vinyl Records

Joel, Billy

Concert / Kohuept
1987 US 2LP Original, With Custom Printed Red Inner Sleeve, Housed In A Glossy Embossed Gatefold Jacket. Hole Punch Top Left, Light Crease Bottom Left Corner. Recorded Live In Leningrad In 1987 During A Tour Of The Soviet Union. The Title Is The Russian Word 'Kontsert', Meaning 'Concert'. It Is Referred To As Kohuept On The Official Billy Joel Website. "Once He Had A Decade Of Uninterrupted Multi-Platinum Albums And Had Tasted The Sweet Fruit Of The High Life, Billy Joel Decided That It Was Time For Something Different -- It Was Time To Get Serious. The First Hint Of This Was His Celebrated Russian Tour In 1987. Not Many Rock Artists Had Been Allowed To Tour The U.S.S.R., So This Was A Big Deal. Joel Took His Task Very Seriously, Embracing His Role As Musical And Cultural Ambassador From The West And Acting Solemnly Throughout The Tour. Besides The Temper Tantrum Where He Pushed His Piano Off Stage, Of Course, But Even That Could Be Seen As A Rock & Roller Taking His Message To The People. If You're Charitable, That Is. That Defining Moment Of The Tour Is Captured At The End Of Kohuept (Sadly, It Was Trimmed For A Subsequent Cd Reissue), A Live Double-album (Single-disc) Document Of The Russian Tour. At The Time, It May Have Been A Big Event, And Personally, It Was A Turning Point For Joel, But Musically, It Wasn't Much Of Anything. Supported By An Augmented Version Of His Touring Band, Joel Runs Through A Predictable Selection Of Hits, Drawing Heavily From The Bridge, But Making Sure To Hit Such Favorites As "Angry Young Man," "Honesty," "Stiletto," "An Innocent Man," "Allentown," "Only The Good Die Young," "Big Shot" And "Sometimes A Fantasy." For Topicality's Sake, He Adds "Back In The U.S.S.R." And "The Times They Are A-Changin'" To His Repertoire. All Of It Is Professionally Performed, But Most Of It Sounds Like Slicker Versions Of The Original Studio Takes. Still, Die-Hard Fans Would Want This As A Souvenir Of A Show They Were Never Able To See And Perhaps Casual Fans Would Want To Use This As A De Facto Greatest-Hits Collection." AMG Review By Stephen Thomas Erlewine.

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  • Artist: Joel, Billy
  • Genre: Rock
  • Type: Used - LP
  • Label: Columbia
  • Catalog ID: C2X 40996
  • Condition:
    Very Good Plus (VG+)
    Very Good Plus (VG+)
  • Country ID: US
  • SKU: 170203

Track List

A1 Odoya 1:17
A2 Angry Young Man 5:04
A3 Honesty 3:40
A4 Goodnight Saigon 6:39
B1 Stiletto 5:14
B2 Big Man On Mulberry Street 13:09
B3 Baby Grand 5:43
C1 An Innocent Man 6:02
C2 Allentown 3:49
C3 A Matter Of Trust 4:52
C4 Only The Good Die Young 3:34
D1 Sometimes A Fantasy 3:40
D2 Uptown Girl 2:58
D3 Big Shot 4:42
D4 Back In The U.S.S.R. 2:36
D5 The Times They Are A Changin' 2:12


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