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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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On July 29th, Eric Clapton will release the tribute album to his longtime friend and inspiration, the late JJ Cale, called The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale. Rolling Stone reported the 16-song set will feature collaborations with Tom Petty, Mark Knopfler, Willie Nelson, Derek Trucks, John Mayer, and others. JJ Cale, best known for writing the Clapton standards "After Midnight" and "Cocaine" -- along with Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Call Me The Breeze" -- died on July 26th, 2013 of a heart attack at the age of 74.

Clapton said in a statement announcing the album’s release: "I would like people to tap into what JJ Cale did -- that's the point. I’m just the messenger; I've always felt that that's my job. I try to interpret things so that the public at large, or at least the people who listen to what I do, will become intrigued about where I got it from."

“Call Me The Breeze” - Eric Clapton
“Rock And Roll Records” - Eric Clapton & Tom Petty
“Someday” - Mark Knopfler
“Lies” - John Mayer & Eric Clapton
“Sensitive Kind” - Don White
“Cajun Moon” - Eric Clapton
“Magnolia” - John Mayer
“I Got The Same Old Blues” - Tom Petty & Eric Clapton
“Songbird” - Willie Nelson & Eric Clapton
“Since You Said Goodbye” - Eric Clapton
“I’ll Be There If You Ever Want Me)” - Don White & Eric Clapton
“The Old Man And Me” - Tom Petty
“Train To Nowhere” - Mark Knopfler, Don White, & Eric Clapton
“Starbound” - Willie Nelson
“Don’t Wait” - Eric Clapton & John Mayer
“Crying Eyes” - Eric Clapton & Christine Lakeland



Over the years, Eric Clapton recorded five JJ Cale songs:

•"After Midnight" (Eric Clapton, 1970)
•"Cocaine" (Slowhand, 1977)
•"I'll Make Love To You Anytime" (Backless, 1978)
•"Travelin' Light" (Reptile, 2001)
•"Angel" -- with JJ Cale (Old Sock, 2013)

•JJ Cale came up through the Tulsa, Oklahoma music scene good friend and collaborator Leon Russell and upon hitting Los Angeles in 1964 joined forces with fellow Tulsa musician and future Derek & The Dominoes and Eric Clapton bassist, the late Carl Radle.
•Elmer Valentine, the owner of the Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip suggested that Cale -- who's given name was John W. Cale -- change his first name to "JJ" to avoid confusion with the Velvet Underground's John Cale.
•Cale, who also worked with Delaney & Bonnie, released a total of 15 albums -- including his 2006 Grammy Award winning collaboration with Eric Clapton,
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