Billy Joel

Opus Collection

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A compilation available exclusively at Starbucks, The Opus Collection is a 16-track snapshot of Billy Joel in his prime. Although it's filled with hits -- "My Life," "Piano Man," "Just the Way You Are," "You May Be Right" are all here, along with the epic mini-suite "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" -- this skews ever so slightly toward the serious songwriter side of Joel, relying on such melancholy introspective tunes as "Summer, Highland Falls," "New York State of Mind," "Honesty," and "Lullaby (Goodnight, My Angel)," along with such fan favorites as "Vienna" and "Travelin' Prayer." Some big hits are missing -- there's no "Only the Good Die Young," nothing from The Nylon Curtain -- but it's a good, entertaining sampler of some of Billy's best songs.

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