River of Dreams has been added to your Cart

Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

River of Dreams Enhanced, Original recording remastered

5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review

Price: CDN$ 7.29 & FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ 35. Details
Only 10 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.ca. Gift-wrap available.
20 new from CDN$ 3.49 10 used from CDN$ 4.50

Frequently Bought Together

  • River of Dreams
  • +
  • The Nylon Curtain
  • +
  • 52nd Street
Total price: CDN$ 26.63
Buy the selected items together

Product Details

  • Audio CD (Feb. 27 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0012GMWF2
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,500 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
  •  Would you like to update product info, give feedback on images, or tell us about a lower price?

1. No Man's Land
2. Great Wall of China
3. Blonde Over Blue
4. Minor Variation
5. Shades of Grey
6. All About Soul
7. Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)
8. River of Dreams
9. Two Thousand Years
10. Famous Last Words
11. [CD-Rom Track]

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
See the customer review
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
We've always been fans of Billy Joel, but, this is one CD we lost, so this was a replacement.
Great service!!!!!
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse

Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)

Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 24 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Like the music Sept. 28 2016
By Ray Kralj - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Unripable. Old technology
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this CD June 8 2009
By Karolyn Quianthy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I added this to my Billy Joel collection and I am very glad that I did. Although there were a few songs on here that I never heard before I really enjoyed it.
5.0 out of 5 stars "Now we're gonna get the whole story..." July 20 2016
By ADRIENNE MILLER - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"River of Dreams" by Billy Joel is one of his most underrated albums. When Billy was recording it in 1993, he knew this would be his last (he did release a classical album in 2001) of new material. I remember loving the song, "The River of Dreams" as a child but throughout the years, I haven't heard many good things when it came to this particular album. A lot of people claim it's uneven and weak. So that's probably why I was so hesitant to purchase it. I finally broke down and bought it last month and I absolutely adore it. I think "River of Dreams" is beautiful, heartfelt, and well-produced. The opening track, "No Man's Land" is full of sarcasm. The lyrics are some of his best. I love it. "The Great Wall of China" is another standout especially the numerous tempo changes and the outro is genius. I must mention that Billy sings his FACE OFF on this record. His voice sounds crystal clear and confident. I think the BEST song is "Blonde Over Blue". I'm a bag fan of synthesizers and this song has a killer synth riff. The lyrics are slightly angry and yet very emotional. "A Minor Variation" has a bluesy feel to it. It's very catchy. "Shades of Grey" is loud, brash, and wildly entertaining. It's also the only song to feature Billy's long-time drummer, Liberty DeVitto. "All About Soul" definitely lives up to its title. Incredibly soulful and catchy (love the choir). That's the wonderful thing about this album. The lyrics are strong and vivid, the melodies are sunny and get stuck in your head, and the arrangements are tight and fluid. "Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)" is a gorgeous song written about his daughter, Alexa Ray. A simple and lovely piano ballad. Of course I've already mentioned how much I love the title track. It's a great mix of gospel and pop. Excellent melody and effortless harmony. "Two Thousand Years" is my favorite song on the record. One of his most under-appreciated ballads from his entire catalog of songs. It gives me chills. "Famous Last Words" closes the album. The title of the song pretty much sums up Billy's decision to stop being a recording artist which was a risky move to make especially in the early '90s. Of course Billy Joel still tours to sold-out crowds, and he's the 3rd best-selling solo artist of all-time so that should count for something. The cover of the album was painted by Christie Brinkley (Billy's wife at the time). "River of Dreams" is an important album. Maybe it wasn't well-received by the fans, but it's well-received by this reviewer. I highly recommend it. Enjoy!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not the highest note for Billy to go out on Jan. 30 2012
By J. Dollak - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album hit while I was in 8th grade. I had grown up with Billy Joel, and not just as a casual fan of the hits. The deeper cuts are the core of his career, and showcase more of his innovations and experiments.
I was enthralled with this album when it first came out. I was impressed with how hard rocking tracks like Shades of Grey were, or the cutting-edge sound of Blonde Over Blue.
I watched a PBS special on the making of this album (which I have on VHS, but I don't see it listed on Amazon) which covered some interesting aspects of the album. First of all, this is a different drummer, and a different producer, than Billy usually worked with. This explains a lot. While Liberty's drums were spectacular, the drumming here is a little different. It feels solid, and there are some good grooves, but it doesn't sound as collaborative as his earlier albums did. The tracks are wound tightly, and there isn't as much room for moments that feel less planned, and more natural.
The second big difference is the mixing. If you listen to the alternate version of River of Dreams from the My Lives box set, you get a much more natural sounding performance. Joel is having a good time. That rhythm guitar is louder, and it glues everything together.
That's not to say that the album as it is, is bad.
As an adult, I still enjoy this album, but not in the same way that I used to.
I still don't like No Man's Land, but I think I get the idea. Sometimes, Billy likes to play a rock song on guitar. He did this with A Matter of Trust, and I respect that. I love that he's willing to do this sort of thing. But something about the track isn't right, and it never felt like the right album opener.
I still like The Great Wall of China, with the wonderful harmonies to kick it off. Blonde Over Blue is uniquely memorable, and the drumming is great.
Occasionally, Joel likes to toss in a blues song, but I don't feel like they've been natural since 52nd Street. A Minor Variation isn't up to that par, but it's not objectionable.
Shades of Grey isn't as tough a rocker as I remembered it, but it still plays well. It seems a little like a companion piece to Storm Front's I Go To Extremes.
I didn't like All About Soul as a kid. It felt like it went on way too long, and that it didn't have the same sense of melody as his other work. I like it a bit more as an adult. I think it felt like his version of Hey Jude - an easy crowd singalong.
Lullabye is nice, but there's something I don't like when a personal statement like this turns into popular fodder for a capella groups.
River of Dreams is obviously the highlight of the album. The mix is the real star on the track though. It smooths everything out, making everything flow seamlessly. When you hear the song live, or hear the alternate mix, you'll understand how unique this mix is.
Two Thousand Years and Famous Last Words feel like Joel realized he wanted to do something important with this album. Two Thousand Years is more successful in actually accomplishing something, but Famous Last Words is nice. There are phrases and images in the song that recall some of his earlier songs, and the song leaves you with a feeling that you just caught up with an old friend for a long lunch, and at the end of the conversation, you're glad to have the opportunity to talk, but you aren't sure when, or if, you'll get to see them again.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Soundtrack for Midlife July 3 2009
By David Hardison - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I just celebrated my 38th birthday, which may explain why I like this album so much. River of Dreams is a collection of retrospective, introspective songs. Shades of Grey sounds like a mature version of Angry Young Man. No Man's Land looks at what our consumer-driven society has brought about. The Great Wall of China is a lament of opportunities lost, while Lullabye is a hopeful vision of who were are. A wonderful, thoughtful mix.

Look for similar items by category