Billy Joel – Концерт / Kohuept - Columbia Audio CD 1987 / COL 467448 2
Billy Joel – Концерт / Kohuept - Columbia Audio CD 1987 / COL4674482
During the Cold War, rock music was not allowed in the U.S.S.R. because it was not seen as part of Soviet culture. In 1987, Mikhail Gorbachev implemented glasnost—the Soviet policy of managed openness—and the Kremlin invited Billy Joel to perform in the Soviet Union in 1986. Joel, being a history enthusiast, took advantage of this opportunity, knowing that this would impact the history of the Cold War. He was seen as a "nice, safe, first attempt at bringing in an American 'pop star.'"
The tour of the Soviet Union consisted of six shows, three in Moscow and three in Leningrad. Joel brought his family with him to show the Russians that he felt safe and trusted the Russian people. During the show Joel gave new meanings to songs such as "Honesty." Each time the song was performed, he dedicated the song to Vladimir Vysotsky because he was an inspirational Russian man who "spoke the truth."
Because rock concerts were unknown in the Soviet Union, Joel had to invite the crowd to stand and dance. During the second of the three concerts performed in Moscow at the Olympic Sports Complex, Joel flipped his electric keyboard, and broke his microphone stand on his grand piano. While performing "Sometimes a Fantasy," the audience kept getting attention from spotlights, which angered Joel. He yelled, "Stop lighting the audience!" He then trashed his instruments, overturning his piano and breaking his mic stand. He later claimed that, "People like their privacy. They go to a concert to get that, to be in the dark and do their own thing."
Joel wanted the audience to feel comfortable, and most of all enjoy the show. To do so, he brought his daughter Alexa Ray Joel and his wife Christie Brinkley on tour with the band. He also crowd-surfed during his performances. While in Leningrad, Billy dove into the crowd during the performance of "The Longest Time." This was another way for him to show that he trusted the Russian people.
Joel had played a tour in Europe prior to the tour in the Soviet Union, and was being interviewed during the day. As a result, his voice became hoarse. Joel himself stated that he was disappointed by the album, and believes his vocals were not up to par during its production. Despite his opinion, Columbia Records released the album, claiming it was a "historic event." Joel and his band jokingly refer to the album as "Kaput."
Performer – Zhournalist
|2||Angry Young Man||5:04|
|6||Big Man On Mulberry Street||13:09|
|8||An Innocent Man||6:02|
|10||A Matter Of Trust||4:52|
|11||Only The Good Die Young||3:34|
|12||Sometimes A Fantasy||3:40|
|15||Back In The U.S.S.R.
Written-By – Lennon-McCartney
||The Times They Are A Changin'
Written-By – Dylan
- Art Direction – Stacy Drummond
- Engineer [Associate] – Tim Leitner
- Lacquer Cut By ["ᴛᴊ" etched in run-outs] – Ted Jensen
- Mastered By – Ted Jensen
- Mixed By – Brian Ruggles
- Photography By – Neal Preston
- Producer – Brian Ruggles, Jim Boyer
- Recorded By [Additional], Mixed By – Bradshaw Leigh
- Recorded By, Mixed By – Jim Boyer
- Translated By [On stage] – Oleg Smirnoff (2)
About Billy Joel:
William Martin Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and pianist. Commonly nicknamed the "Piano Man" after his first major hit and signature song of the same name, he has led a commercially successful career as a solo artist since the 1970s, having released twelve studio albums from 1971 to 1993 as well as one studio album in 2001. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, as well as the sixth best-selling recording artist and the third best-selling solo artist in the United States, with over 150 million records sold worldwide. His 1985 compilation album, Greatest Hits Vol. 1 & 2, is one of the best-selling albums in the US.
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