2000 Years: The Millennium Concert

2000 Years: The Millennium Concert
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Live album by Billy Joel
ReleasedMay 2, 2000
RecordedDecember 31, 1999 – January 1, 2000
GenreRock
Length128:39
LabelSony
ProducerDon DeVitto
Billy Joel chronology
Greatest Hits Volume III
(1997)
2000 Years: The Millennium Concert
(2000)
The Ultimate Collection
(2001)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[2]

2000 Years: The Millennium Concert is a two-disc set and the third live album by Billy Joel, released in 2000. On May 31, 2000, it was certified Gold by the RIAA for sales of 250,000 copies.

The album was recorded on New Year's Eve 1999 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, during Joel's The Night of Two Thousand Years Tour. Some alterations were made before its release: some songs are not the same version featured in the original concert (like "Big Shot"),[citation needed] others were edited in studio (some YouTube videos of "Scenes From An Italian Restaurant" show Joel singing off-key, while he sings perfectly on the album). This was mainly due to the fact that Joel became more inebriated as the concert progressed, particularly beginning with the second half after the intermission, where he changed into a tuxedo.

2000 Years: The Millennium Concert also marked the first time several songs had to be transposed to lower keys to accommodate Joel's deepening voice. "Only the Good Die Young," "Goodnight Saigon," "I Go To Extremes," and "The River of Dreams" are a semitone lower. "New York State of Mind," "I've Loved These Days," and "This Night" are a tone lower. "2000 Years" is a tone and a half lower.

Track listing

All songs written by Billy Joel, except where noted.

Disc one[1]
  1. "Beethoven's Ninth Symphony" (Ludwig van Beethoven) – 1:43
  2. "Big Shot" – 4:55
  3. "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)" – 5:23
  4. "Summer, Highland Falls" – 5:29
  5. "The Ballad of Billy the Kid" – 6:52
  6. "Don't Ask Me Why" – 4:49
  7. "New York State of Mind" – 8:29
  8. "I've Loved These Days" – 4:30
  9. "My Life" – 5:47
  10. "Allentown" – 4:48
  11. "Prelude/Angry Young Man" – 5:23
  12. "Only the Good Die Young" – 3:49
Disc two[1]
  1. "I Go to Extremes" – 5:01
  2. "Goodnight Saigon" – 7:28
  3. "We Didn't Start the Fire" – 5:21
  4. "Big Man on Mulberry Street" – 5:29
  5. "2000 Years" – 6:02
  6. "Auld Lang Syne" (Burns/Traditional) – 1:44
  7. "The River of Dreams" – 5:54
  8. "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" – 8:05
  9. "Dance to the Music" (Sly Stone) – 3:17
  10. "Honky Tonk Women" (Mick Jagger/Keith Richards) – 3:17
  11. "It's Still Rock & Roll to Me" – 4:08
  12. "You May Be Right" – 6:07
  13. "This Night" (Ludwig van Beethoven/Billy Joel) – 4:49

Some editions include a bonus track:

"This Is the Time" (live) European release: Columbia 497981 2

"This Is the Time" (live) and "Just The Way You Are" Japanese release: Sony SRCS 2267-8, which also included a 48-page booklet.[3]