You’re Only Human (Second Wind) (7/13/85) #9 US, #2 AC, #26 AR
The Night Is Still Young (10/5/85) #34 US, #13 AC
* The live version of this song is what charted, but this collection includes the studio version.
The 1998 remastered package added videos for “You’re Only Human” and “The Night Is Still Young” and replaced the live version of “Say Goodbye to Hollywood” with the original 1976 studio version.
Greatest Hits I & II
“Although it’s missing a few important (not to mention big) hits, Greatest Hits, Vols. 1 & 2 is an excellent retrospective of the first half of Billy Joel’s career. Beginning with Piano Man, the first disc runs through a number of early songs…including Captain Jack and New York State of Mind [that] weren’t strictly hits, but were popular numbers within his stage show and became radio hits.” STE
Other early favorites include “the unbridled biographical boasting of The Entertainer and the ambitious storytelling of Scenes from an Italian Restaurant,” DD an album cut from The Stranger.
Throughout the album are plenty of hits from the “soft-rock staples such as Just the Way You Are [and] Piano Man” DD to “the careening abandon of Only the Good Die Young and the thoughtful social commentary of Allentown.” DD
Of course, this collection also includes the #1 hits It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me and Tell Her About It as well as top ten hits like My Life, You May Be Right, and Uptown Girl. “There’s so many hits, it’s inevitable that some are left off – to be specific, ‘Honesty,’ ‘Sometimes a Fantasy,’ ‘An Innocent Man,’ ‘Leave a Tender Moment,’ and ‘Keeping the Faith’ aren't included.” STE
There are also “two new songs (You’re Only Human (Second Wind), The Night Is Still Young) that became hits as well.” STE
“In short, Greatest Hits, Vols. 1 & 2 does its job perfectly, encapsulating exactly why Billy Joel was one of the most popular singer/songwriters of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s” STE and is “as complete an artist as the last three decades have produced.” DD