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Out this week is the deluxe edition of Billy Joel's A Matter Of Trust: The Bridge To Russia. The set contains the documentary -- which premiered in January on Showtime -- along with a book of rare and never-before-seen photos and newly written liner notes. The original live album chronicling Billy's Russian visit, 1987's Kohuept -- which translates to "Concert" -- only featured 12 songs, but the new CD -- A Matter Of Trust: The Bridge To Russia - The Music, features newly remastered sound with 11 additional tracks -- including a bonus rehearsal version of the Beatles' classic "She Loves You."

Billy spoke about the new project, telling American Songwriter magazine, "It was originally done in documentary form, right after we played the Soviet Union in the '80s. For some reason or another, there was interest in it again -- and actually, now that Russia invaded the Ukraine, it is kind of timely. Remember the Cold War? You don't really want to go back there again. It's funny watching those politicians stamping their feet, going, 'Those damn Russians. We better threaten them with an atomic bomb' Don't drag us back to that."

He went on to recall the groundbreaking Russian gigs, saying, "That was a watershed moment. It felt like we made a difference, and I saw the power of music. It broke through all of these political barriers. They knew our pop music, through out blue jeans, through Coca-Cola. That was a better way to know us than through our politicians. And there were a lot of similarities. That audience looked just like an American audience -- they played stupid air guitar, they went crazy, they jumped up and down. They're just like we are! And the music was the medium for that."
Billy Joel, who is nearly halfway through his 12-sold out monthly performances at New York's Madison Square Garden, told us a while back that although he's fine releasing live albums, he's far too self-conscious to ever mine his archives for a full album of outtakes: ["There are some things that people should never hear. And I know people are interested. I'm a fan of hearing outtakes that the Beatles did. I love that stuff, because I'm such an aficionado of their music. Selfishly, sure I wanna hear it, but I would understand if people wouldn't want people to hear that stuff. The best way for people to hear your music is as if it were Promethean, as if it just sprang out of your forehead in one fell swoop."

Disc One:

"Prelude/Angry Young Man"
"The Ballad Of Billy The Kid" - previously unreleased
"She's Always A Woman" - previously unreleased
"Scenes From An Italian Restaurant" - previously unreleased
"Goodnight Saigon"
"Big Man On Mulberry Street"
"Baby Grand"
"What's Your Name" - previously unreleased
"The Longest Time" - previously unreleased
"An Innocent Man"

Disc Two:
"Pressure" - previously unreleased
"A Matter Of Trust"
"Only The Good Die Young"
"It's Still Rock And Roll To Me" - previously unreleased
"Sometimes A Fantasy"
"You May Be Right" - previously unreleased
"Uptown Girl"
"Big Shot"
"Back In The U.S.S.R."
"The Times They Are A Changin'"
"She Loves You" - previously unreleased Russian concerts rehearsal recording
"New York State Of Mind" - previously unreleased
"Piano Man" - previously unreleased

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