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Live album by Billy Joel
Released October 26, 1987
Recorded Summer 1987
Genre Rock
Length 72:52
Label Sony BMG
Billy Joel chronology
The Bridge
Storm Front
Singles from Kontsert
  1. "Back in the U.S.S.R. (Live)"
    Released: 1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1.5/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone Album Guide, 3rd Edition 3/5 stars[citation needed]

Kontsert (Russian: Концерт (commonly corrupted to Kohuept); English: Concert; k) is the second live album by Billy Joel, released in 1987. The album was recorded during the Soviet leg of Joel's 1987 The Bridge tour. The tour made history, as it was the first live rock radio broadcast in Soviet history. [2]

Joel's cover of The Beatles' "Back in the U.S.S.R." became the first single released by Joel that was written by someone other than himself. The B-side was "The Times They Are A-Changin'", Joel's live cover of Bob Dylan's song.

On May 19, 2014 the album was rereleased as A Matter of Trust: The Bridge to Russia, a two-disc set incorporating eleven previously unreleased tracks.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Billy Joel, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Odoya" (Traditional) 1:17
2. "Prelude/Angry Young Man"   5:23
3. "Honesty"   3:58
4. "Goodnight Saigon"   7:20
5. "Stiletto"   5:09
6. "Big Man on Mulberry Street"   7:17
7. "Baby Grand"   6:09
8. "An Innocent Man"   6:09
9. "Allentown"   4:22
10. "A Matter of Trust"   5:09
11. "Only the Good Die Young"   3:31
12. "Sometimes a Fantasy"   3:38
13. "Uptown Girl"   3:08
14. "Big Shot"   4:44
15. "Back in the U.S.S.R." (Lennon–McCartney) 2:43
16. "The Times They Are A-Changin'" (Bob Dylan) 2:55

A Matter of Trust: The Bridge to Russia Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Billy Joel, except where noted.

Disc one
  1. "Odoya" (Traditional Georgian)
  2. "Prelude/Angry Young Man"
  3. "Honesty"
  4. "The Ballad of Billy the Kid"
  5. "She's Always a Woman"
  6. "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant"
  7. "Goodnight Saigon"
  8. "Stiletto"
  9. "Big Man on Mulberry Street"
  10. "Baby Grand"
  11. "What's Your Name" [3]
  12. "The Longest Time"
  13. "An Innocent Man"
Disc two
  1. "Pressure"
  2. "Allentown"
  3. "A Matter of Trust"
  4. "Only the Good Die Young"
  5. "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me"
  6. "Sometimes a Fantasy"
  7. "You May Be Right"
  8. "Uptown Girl"
  9. "Big Shot"
  10. "Back in the U.S.S.R." (Lennon/McCartney)
  11. "The Times They Are A-Changin'" (Dylan)
  12. "She Loves You" (Lennon/McCartney) (Russian concerts rehearsal recording)
  13. "New York State of Mind" (Russian concerts rehearsal recording)
  14. "Piano Man"


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[4] Platinum 70,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[5] Gold 7,500^
United States (RIAA)[6] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone


Later samples[edit]


  1. ^ Kontsert at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Pete & Scott". Hewlett Anderson. Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  3. ^ Discogs - A Matter of Trust - The Bridge to Russia deluxe box-set 2014-May-19th Columbia / Legacy (88883759762) Europe
  4. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1987 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  6. ^ "American album certifications – Billy Joel – Концерт". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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