My Lives

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My Lives
Box set of rarities by Billy Joel
Released November 22, 2005
Recorded 1965 - 2001
Genre Rock, classical, pop, psychedelic rock, piano rock, rock and roll
Length 284:50 (4-CD)
85 Minutes (DVD)
Label Sony BMG
Billy Joel chronology
Fantasies & Delusions
(2001)
My Lives
(2005)
12 Gardens Live
(2006)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars 1

My Lives is a box set compilation of demos, outtakes, B-sides, soundtrack cuts, live recordings and album cuts by American singer/songwriter Billy Joel. It was released on November 22, 2005. The album name is derivative of the Billy Joel song "My Life." The liner notes were written by long time Rolling Stone magazine contributor Anthony DeCurtis.

The set is notable for including numerous tracks which had been previously released, but had never been available on an official Billy Joel album, including songs from his days with The Lost Souls, The Hassles, and Attila, various B-sides, and soundtrack contributions such as "Why Should I Worry?", which his character sang in the Disney animated film Oliver and Company.

The cover of the box set was painted by Joel's daughter, Alexa Ray Joel, when she was seven years old.2

It was Joel's 20th album to chart on the Billboard 200, peaking at #171 in December 2005.

Track listing

There are five discs included in My Lives: four CDs and one DVD. All Songs written by Billy Joel, except where noted.

Disc One

  1. "My Journey's End" - The Lost Souls (Demo, Never Released) - 2:07
  2. "Time And Time Again" – The Lost Souls (Demo, Never Released) - 2:00
  3. "Every Step I Take (Every Move I Make)" - The Hassles (Album Version) (William Joel, T. Michaels, V. Gorman) - 2:28
  4. "You've Got Me Hummin'" - The Hassles (Album Version) (Isaac Hayes, David Porter) - 2:28
  5. "Amplifier Fire (Part 1)" – Attila (Heavily Edited) (William Joel, Jonathan Small) - 3:06
  6. "Only A Man" (Demo, Never Released) - 3:16
  7. "She's Got a Way" (Album Version) - 2:56
  8. "Oyster Bay" (Demo, Never Released) - 3:44
  9. "Piano Man" (Demo, Never Released) - 2:52
  10. "The Siegfried Line" (Demo, Never Released) - 2:35
  11. "New Mexico" (Demo, Never Released) (Became "Worse Comes To Worst") - 2:37
  12. "Cross To Bear" (Demo, Never Released) - 4:20
  13. "Miami 2017" (Demo, Never Released) - 4:50
  14. "These Rhinestone Days" (Demo, Never Released) (Became "I've Loved These Days") - 3:00
  15. "Everybody Has A Dream" (Album Version) - 4:36
  16. "Only the Good Die Young" (Alternate Version, Never Released) - 3:39
  17. "Until the Night" (Album Version) - 6:38
  18. "Zanzibar" (Album Version, Unfaded) - 6:47
  19. "It's Still Rock & Roll to Me" (Album Version) - 2:58

Disc Two

  1. "Captain Jack" (Live Version, Never Released) - 7:22
  2. "The End of the World" (Demo, Never Released) (Became "Elvis Presley Blvd.") - 3:22
  3. "The Prime of Your Life" (Demo, Never Released) (Became "The Longest Time") - 3:43
  4. "She's Right on Time" (Album Version) - 4:14
  5. "Elvis Presley Blvd." (B-Side of Allentown) - 3:15
  6. "Nobody Knows But Me" (from In Harmony II) - 2:55
  7. "An Innocent Man" (Album Version) - 5:19
  8. "Christie Lee" (Demo, Never Released) - 4:02
  9. "Easy Money" (Album Version) - 4:06
  10. "And So It Goes" (Demo, Never Released) - 3:14
  11. "I'll Cry Instead" (Live, B-Side of An Innocent Man) (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) - 2:25
  12. "Keeping the Faith" (Unreleased Dance Remix) - 4:54 Incorrectly listed as the 12" Remix, which originally ran for 5:27
  13. "Modern Woman" (Album Version) - 3:51
  14. "Baby Grand" duet with Ray Charles (Album Version) - 4:05
  15. "Getting Closer" duet with Steve Winwood (Alternate Version, Never released) - 5:39
  16. "House of Blue Light" (B-Side of "We Didn't Start the Fire") - 4:45
  17. "Money or Love" (Demo, Never Released) - 4:02
  18. "The Times They Are A-Changin'" (Live Album Version) (Bob Dylan) - 2:54

Disc Three

  1. "The Downeaster 'Alexa' " (Album Version) - 3:45
  2. "I Go to Extremes" (Live, Never Released) - 4:53
  3. "Shout" (Live) (O'Kelly Isley, Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley) - 5:50
  4. "All Shook Up" (B-side) (Otis Blackwell, Elvis Presley) - 2:09
  5. "Heartbreak Hotel" (Soundtrack) (Mae Boren Axton, Tommy Durden, Elvis Presley) - 3:21
  6. "When You Wish Upon a Star" (Soundtrack) (Leigh Harline, Ned Washington) - 3:42
  7. "In a Sentimental Mood" (Soundtrack) (Duke Ellington, Manny Kurtz, Irving Mills) - 4:02
  8. "Motorcycle Song" (Demo, Never Released) (Became "All About Soul") - 4:19
  9. "You Picked A Real Bad Time" (B-side) - 4:56
  10. "The River of Dreams" (Alternate Version, Never Released) - 5:49
  11. "A Hard Day's Night" (Live) (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) - 2:47
  12. "Light As The Breeze" (Album Version) (Leonard Cohen) - 6:14
  13. "To Make You Feel My Love" (Album Version) (Bob Dylan) - 3:52
  14. "Hey Girl" (Album Version) (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) - 3:57
  15. "Why Should I Worry" (Soundtrack) (Dan Hartman, Charlie Midnight) - 3:33
  16. "Where Were You (On Our Wedding Day?)" (Soundtrack) (Harold Logan, John Patton, Lloyd Price) - 1:58
  17. "Highway 61 Revisited" (Demo, Never Released) (Bob Dylan) - 5:11

Disc Four

  1. "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)" (Live) - 3:44
  2. "You May Be Right" duet with Elton John (Live, Never Released) - 4:50
  3. "Big Shot" (Live) - 4:45
  4. "Don't Worry Baby" (Live) (Roger Christin, Brian Wilson) - 3:27
  5. "Goodnight Saigon" – Vietnam Veterans Version (Live) - 6:30
  6. "Los Angelenos" (Live 1980) - 3:54
  7. "New York State of Mind" (Live) - 6:01
  8. "Opus 1. Soliloquy (On A Separation)" - 11:22
  9. "Opus 8. Suite For Piano (Star-Crossed) I. Innamorato" - 7:46
  10. "Opus 8. Suite For Piano (Star-Crossed) II. Sorbetto" - 1:31
  11. "Opus 8. Suite For Piano (Star-Crossed) III. Delusion" - 3:35
  12. "Elegy: The Great Peconic" - 6:51
  13. "Glass Houses Promo Talk" - 9:00

Disc Five (DVD)

Live from the River of Dreams Tour:
  1. "No Man's Land"
  2. "Pressure"
  3. "The Ballad of Billy the Kid"
  4. "Leningrad"
  5. "Allentown"
  6. "My Life"
  7. "I Go to Extremes"
  8. "Shades Of Grey"
  9. "The River of Dreams"
  10. "Goodnight Saigon"
  11. "We Didn't Start the Fire"
  12. "A Hard Day's Night"
  13. "Big Shot"
  14. "Piano Man"
  15. "I Go to Extremes" - "Umixit" Track
  16. "Zanzibar" - "Umixit" Track

References

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r804260
  2. ^ My Lives liner notes, p. 56







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