Billy Joel ‎– Souvenir

Columbia ‎– AS 326, Family Productions ‎– AS 326
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Promotional-only release by Columbia Records in 1977 to promote Billy's pre-The Stranger songs.

Side 1: These selections were recorded live December 5th and 6th, 1976 at Palmer Auditorium, University of Connecticut at New London during the live video taping of "Billy Joel Tonight."

Side 2:
- The Entertainer (From the Columbia Lp, "Streetlife Serenade" PC 33146)
- I've Loved These Days (From The Columbia Lp, "Turnstiles" Pc 33848)
- Captain Jack (From the Columbia Lp, "Piano Man" PC 32544
- Los Angelenos (From The Columbia Lp, "Streetlife Serenade" PC 33146)
- Say Goodbye to Hollywood (From The Columbia Lp, "Turnstiles" PC33848)

Pressed on Columbia's white promo labels, which state "Demonstration - Not For Sale" at the bottom, as well as on the front jacket.

These were distributed mainly to radio stations, clubs, and fan clubs in the US and were were not sold in stores.

This album is known to have been heavily counterfeited (see comments below).

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Matrix A, on label): XSM 130937
  • Matrix / Runout (Matrix B, on label): XSM 160938
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out Side A, stamped): P XSM160937-1B
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out Side B, stamped): P XSM160938-1A B


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May 19, 2018
Just realizing the version I have is a counterfeit pressing. Another indicator is that the run-outs, though similar to an actual Columbia pressing, are lightly stamped and there is no pressing indication. At first glance the press ring looks like Columbia, but is actually 2.75" press ring.
My run-outs are:
A) XSM160937 1B
B) XSM160938 - 1A


March 5, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
Caution. This one is known to have been heavily counterfeited.

ADDENDUM, 7/20/17, with edit, 7/21/17: Here's the rub - as I see it - on genuine vs. counterfeit copies. I own both.

- In the lower right corner on the front cover, the Columbia "eye" insignia should be sharp and clear. No blurriness.
- The "Ron Levine" signature on the cover art should be sharp and clear.
- On the spine, the "AS 326" should be sharp and clear, and the slanted lines next to this should also be clean (see one of the images).
- My genuine copies have the gold "For Promotion Only"/CBS stamp on the back cover, upper left.
- The cardboard on a genuine copy is firm and pretty thick; it yields a good, flat spine.
- When you look inside the sleeve, it is natural, grayish brown cardboard.

- The Columbia "eye" insignia in the lower right corner on the front cover is muddy (see one of the photos in the images).
- The counterfeit I own is made of a thin, white cardboard. When you look inside the sleeve, you see that the cardboard is white.
- Because the cardboard is relatively thin, the spine of a counterfeit is a bit of a mess. The slanted lines on the spine are crooked and actually look they've been hand drawn.

I also know of another counterfeit I've seen, but do not own, where "Ballad" (in "The Ballad of Billy the Kid") is misspelled as "Ballard."

As far as I can see, you cannot tell the difference between a genuine and a counterfeit just by looking at the disc itself. The stamps on the matrix/runout on both are similar. The white labels look exactly the same. But as far as sound quality, I have read that the sound of the counterfeit is noticeably inferior.

If anyone knows how to add an "Unofficial" version listing, please do. I have been unable to figure it out. The picture disc version - is that unofficial, also? - should also be added.

I hope this is helpful!


February 15, 2017
does anybody else have the picture disc of this? one of us that owns it should make another listing for it.