Monday 12/14/2020 10pm ET: Feature LP: Billy Joel – Ultimate Collection (2001)

The Ultimate Collection is a double-disc compilation album by American singer-songwriter Billy Joel. It was first released by Sony Music Entertainment Japan in December 2000, and subsequently issued in the most of European and Oceanian countries with slightly different track listings (replacing Japanese top-3 charting hit “The Stranger” with live version of “You’re My Home”).

This career-spanning compilation features some of Joel’s early notable compositions and hit singles which were disregarded on his Greatest Hits series, although several fan favorites like “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant”, “Pressure” and “Big Shot” were excluded alternatively. It became a smash hit worldwide, entering top-5 on the charts in several countries including United Kingdom.

The Ultimate Collection was not issued in the United States, however Legacy Recordings released another similar compilation The Essential in October 2001.

O1. “Just the Way You Are” 4:50
2. “My Life” 4:43
3. “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me” 2:57
4. “An Innocent Man” 5:18
5. “Piano Man” 5:37
6. “You’re My Home” 3:12
7. “Everybody Loves You Now” 3:11
8. “The Entertainer” 3:40
9. “Streetlife Serenader” 5:16
10. “New York State of Mind” 6:03
11. “Say Goodbye to Hollywood” 4:38
12. “She’s Got a Way” 3:00
13. “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)” 3:29
14. “She’s Always a Woman” 3:20
15. “Honesty” 3:49
16. “You May Be Right” 4:12
17. “Don’t Ask Me Why” 2:57
18. “Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)” 5:09

1. “Uptown Girl” 3:16
2. “Tell Her About It” 3:50
3. “The River of Dreams” 4:07
4. “The Longest Time” 3:37
5. “We Didn’t Start the Fire” 4:47
6. “Goodnight Saigon” 7:02
7. “Allentown” 3:49
8. “All for Leyna” 4:12
9. “This Is the Time” 4:59
10. “Leave a Tender Moment Alone” 3:53
11. “A Matter of Trust” 4:08
12. “Modern Woman” 3:50
13. “Baby Grand” (Duet with Ray Charles) 4:04
14. “I Go to Extremes” 4:21
15. “Leningrad” 4:03
16. “The Downeaster ‘Alexa'” 3:43
17. “You’re Only Human (Second Wind)” 4:48
18. “All About Soul” (Remix) 5:58