The River of Dreams – Billy Joel

“The River of Dreams” is a single by Billy Joel. It is the title track and first single from his 1993 album River of Dreams. The song was a hit, peaking at #3 on the United States and UK charts, making it his highest charting of the 1990s (it was his only album released during the 1990s). It also hit the top spot in Australia and on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. The song was produced by Joe Nicolo and Danny Korchmar. In the video, the filming was shot on the Providence & Worcester railroad bridge spanning the Connecticut River in the city of Middletown, Connecticut. Joel and three backup singers appear throughout the video standing on the western span of the bridge, with the open center section of the bridge behind them. At least four versions of the song have been recorded and released. Two versions (released years later) include a bridge section containing a piano interlude paralleling Joel’s melody from his song “Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel)”, which is from the same album. These versions can be found on the boxed sets “My Lives” and “Complete Hits Collection: 1973-1999” – but even these versions differ from each other, both in length and in arrangement: One, for instance, has more percussion. A fourth mix appears as a bonus cut on the UK CD single of “River of Dreams” — the “percapella mix” done by Nicolo. “The River of Dreams” was nominated for the 1993 Grammy Record of the Year award.