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Streetlife Serenade Original recording remastered, Enhanced

4.6 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Feb. 1 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0012GMVYY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
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Released in '74 and featuring the hit The Entertainer .


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Okay, I know I sound a bit like I'm promoting the damn thing rather than actually just raving about it, but I genuinely believe that this is Billy Joel's finest albums. It is because of him that I wanted to learn to play the piano to a relatively high level, but it is because of root beer rag, possibly the best song joel has ever done, that I will keep practising. Even though it is only instrumental, it is pure genius.
Souvenir is a real thought provoker at 2 minutes long and streetlife serenader and roberta are also lovely ballads to listen to. But, don't get bored by those thoughts because the entertainer is there to kick into life with its crescendo of sound. The weekend song also helps out if there was ever any problem of it getting to quiet!
Los angelinos is pretty good, and last of the big time spenders and the great surburban showdown are great fun to play all you piano players out there. And of course, the mexican connection, which possibly seems out of place on this album, but is still pretty good if root beer rag is not your thing. However, if root beer rag is not your thing, there's something wrong..!
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Every song is great on this CD. The songs are catchy so you can get tired of this CD if you play it too much but the lyrics and melodies are first rate. I also like that he has some instrumentals on this CD which he unfortunately quite doing later on as he got more commercial. If are like me and think some of his later stuff was to commercial than definately check this CD out. For me this CD was when Billy Joel was at his peak before success caused him to get to cutsie sometimes. Amazing lyrics. Song writing at its' best! In a league with Joni Mitchell, Jon Mark (Mark-Almond band), and Bob Dylan.
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Somehow, this album escaped my notice initially when I was exploring the music of Billy Joel - it wasn't in my dad's record collection and none of my friends who were into his music had ever mentioned it. After having, I supposed, overlooked it at first in the record store, I finally discovered the record and brought it home with me sometime in the spring of 1985. My initial impression of this album was not necessarily a great one...There were only a couple of songs on here that I liked at first. Over the years it remained relatively ignored by me...but now, when I listen to Billy Joel, this is one of the albums I listen to most - probably because I didn't over-play this one when in High School.
Actually, most of the songs here are really very good and show a little bit of a broadening of style for Billy Joel. Favorites include "Los Angelenos" which is actually rocks a little bit and makes good use of the electric piano (which, for those who have read other reviews of mine, is one of my favorite instruments...). "The Great Suburban Showdown" makes interesting use of what I suppose is one of those early Moog Synthesizers. It's used to great effect, as sort of embellishment to a tale of middle-class weekend boredom. "The Entertainer" is a very catchy, cynical view of the music business. I also very much like the pretty instrumental "The Mexican Connection" which has a nice hook and which also makes good ornamental use of the Moog synthesizer...I suppose the one song I don't like that much is the other instrumental, the cornball "Root Beer Rag" - great piano playing and all, but just too corny for my tastes...The other two or three songs on the album to me are somewhat nondescript, if not pleasant typical early Billy Joel songs...
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This CD is a little off the path Billy Joel would carve in later years; it was made before Billy formed his steady band, and the studio players he employed do give the music kind of a country twang. In addition, the Moog synthesizers, etc. definitely date the album. Despite all this, this CD represents one of Joel's finest hours. This is a unique portrait of an artist before commercialization and fame (i.e., before he came out with "The Bridge," which states that the name "Billy Joel" is a registered trademark), and the result is that it's just honest, soulful music, played hard. With the possible exception of "Songs in the Attic," I don't think I've heard another Billy Joel album as energetic as this one; he really pours his heart and soul into these performances. The lyric material, too, is as brilliant as anything Joel ever wrote. "The Entertainer," of course, provides a satirical look at what it takes to be "famous" in America's music world, but "The Great Suburban Showdown" is a surprising standout: it's a bitingly sardonic attack on the monotony of suburbia. "Weekend Song" is one of those high twang-factor songs, but it's a rocker nonetheless, and makes the kind of impression Joel wanted to make with "Glass Houses" six years later--except that he sounds even more impassioned here. This is also the case with the funky "Los Angelenos." "Last of the Big Time Spenders" and "Roberta" are both ballads, although "Spenders" is more bluesy while "Roberta" is more reflective (and it handles the subject matter better than Sting's "Roxanne," in my humble opinion).Read more ›
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