Win A Billy Joel 'Complete Albums Collection' Box Set

Rejoice! A $200 deluxe edition of Billy Joel’s classic catalog is the latest sweepstakes on the Stereogum prizewagon. To enter, you need be a fan of Stereogum on Facebook and comment with your favorite Billy Joel album via Facebook Connect (do not use your ‘Gum user account on this post — we’ll have to be able to check if you are a fan of Stereogum on FB when the sweepstakes ends). US entrants only. The set includes:

  • 14 classic albums remastered PLUS a bonus disc with 17 rare and non-album recordings
  • 2 lavish 60-page booklets
  • Complete printed lyrics to every Billy Joel composition
  • Dozens of photos, many rare, from throughout the decades
  • Insightful new interview with Billy by longtime Boston Globe music writer Steve Morse
  • All albums in replica cardboard jackets and sleeves reproducing original LP artwork
  • Elegant display case

The albums included:

  • Cold Spring Harbor (1971)
  • Piano Man (1973)
  • Streetlife Serenade (1974)
  • Turnstiles (1976)
  • The Stranger (1977)
  • 52nd Street (1978)
  • Glass Houses (1980)
  • Songs In The Attic (1981)
  • The Nylon Curtain (1982)
  • An Innocent Man (1983)
  • The Bridge (1986)
  • Storm Front (1989)
  • River Of Dreams (1993)
  • Fantasies And Delusions (2001)
  • plus a bonus disc of rare and original recordings.

The Complete Albums Collection is available now via MyPlayDirect.

Comments (176)
  1. I love Storm Front! “I go to Extremes” is my life’s theme song.

  2. Songs In The Attic

  3. The Stranger is by far my favorite album by Billy Joel. If this album didn’t exist, I wouldn’t have taken piano lessons. I told my father when I was five years old that I needed to learn how to play “Scenes from an Italian Restaraunt”. Here I am, 15 years later and I have been teaching piano lessons and pursuing a music education degree. He is my biggest inspiration and this album is outstanding.

  4. Well, seeing as the title track is one of my favorite songs, I’ll have to go with River of Dreams. :)

  5. River of Dreams, I remember my parents playing that album a lot when I was a kid, brings back memories.

  6. GLASS HOUSES! When I was little I would pop in my grandma’s 8-track tape and sing and dance my troubles away!

  7. Glass House, although all of them are fantastic!

  8. Toss up between Stranger and Storm Front.

  9. So many albums to choose from….But, if I was to pick out a favorite Billy Joel album, it would be “52nd Street”…. I had a chance to buy a CD of “52nd Street” and listen to it track by track and it is one really good album…. I would recommend for those who as not listen to “52nd Street” track by track, I say do so, you will get one heck of a musical story, like Elton John’s “Tumbleweed Connection”,,,,,


  11. I don’t care what anybody says. I’m picking River of Dreams. I love Shades of Gray so much. Billy Joel was one of the first rock songwriters I ever liked, and even now that I mostly listen to indie rock I still think he’s great. People are always like, “Elton John this” and “Elton John that,” but Billy Joel can write just about any kind of song and he has way more rock songs that Elton so whatever, dude.

  12. Have to go with “An Innocent Man”, though on any given day it could be “The Bridge”, “River of Dreams”, “Glass Houses”, or “The Stranger”. Some nearly flawless albums!

  13. In all honesty this is hard, but “Turnstiles” is my favorite.

  14. The Stranger, no, wait, Turnstiles, wait again, Cold Spring Harbor. All of the above!

  15. the stranger is my fave..i can listen to it over and over

  16. Stormfront. Downeaster Alexa is the greatest song!

  17. My favorite is Greatest Hits Volumes 1 & 2

  18. The Stranger, ftw.

  19. Turnstiles. I love the song Miami 2017, it tells a really fascinating story.

  20. Tough choice to pick one album but I have to go with 52nd Street as the best total album with Turnstiles and Innocent Man right behind.

  21. Billy Joel is just an Awesome Artist any way you look at it, Great diversity, Great Voice, Great Piano skills!!!!
    The first thing that popped into my Head was Piano Man and then from his Album “The Stranger” Only the good die young… Glass Houses, The Attic and so many More, But I will Never forget “The Piano Man”, It takes me back to 10 years of age and all the great music to follow plus a little to catch up on but not much, and the show a few weeks ago with Him and Elton John together, the gorgeous pianos was pure musical genius (as always!!!) . Billy….You make it hard to pick cause you have been around through 8 track, cassette, Albums, cd’s, dvd’s, Your music has influenced most of my life including 7 years of band in middle and High school….The only Artist I really enjoyed before you died in 1971 and that was Jim Croce in a plane crash and I also still listen to his old music, timeless pieces such as Time In A Bottle, Operator, and last but not least the one almost everyone still knows…Bad Bad Leroy Brown, I would have loved a duo there ( though I am not sure how it would have been, but believe You could have pulled it off somehow….I Just want You to know Your music has given me many hours of pleasure in the last 40 years and If I had to pick just 1….it would have to be Piano Man…not just the Album but the Song also!!! Keep up the Fantastic work, who knows…maybe one Day I will have the HONOR of meeting you at a concert ( if You make it to Athens Georgia, which has a nice music venue and a lot of really good artist from around the area have made it big) I Will do my best to have a front row seat in the orchestra section of “The Classic Center” and maybe wishful thinking but a backstage pass also and Your Autograph!!!! Hope to see You in the future!!! Love your #1 fan for many years!!!!!

  22. “Glass Houses”.
    I live for “All For Leyna”

  23. cold spring harbor. great art.

  24. The Stranger

  25. I would say that my favorite Billy Joel album is 52nd Street. I can remember the first time I heard it with Big Shot, Honesty, and My Life kicking it off. I was a Billy fan for life then.

  26. The Stranger… Gotta say it.

  27. The Stranger

  28. Songs in the Attic. Fantastic.

  29. Turnstiles or The Stranger my favorite albums. But Nylon Curtain was first real concert I ever went to! Billy Joel my favorite artist of all time!

  30. Definitely Songs in the Attic.

  31. The Nylon Curtain, definitely.

  32. Street Life Serenade

  33. The Stranger … what a masterpiece ;)

  34. Hard to choose, but I go with 52nd Street. Unitl the Night, Stiletto, Big Shot….

  35. Nylon Curtain is the best with songs like Allentown, Pressure, and the fantastic Goodnight Saigon!

  36. Impossible to choose my favorite Billy Joel album. But, I would probably say Nylon Curtain. But, the album that will always harken me back to a particular time in my life is An Innocent Man.

  37. Probably Storm Front, although there are so many great ones…it’s really hard to choose a favorite.

  38. I can’t decide between The Stranger and 52nd Street. I have so many favorite songs from each of them.

  39. The Stranger – classic

  40. The Stranger! Where is my mp3 player?

  41. If you can just skip C’était Toi, Glass Houses is a goddamn masterpiece.

  42. I love Innocent Man too

  43. It’s terribly hard to choose, but I’m going with Storm Front. My mother played the cassette in her car ALL the time when it was released. I was about seven years old, and it was my first introduction to Billy Joel.

  44. The Stranger

  45. You are The Best of The Best! My favorite album is 52nd Street.

  46. Tie between The Stranger and River of Dreams for me… though I could listen to them all on repeat anyday! :)

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