Piano Man Enhanced, Original recording remastered
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His 1973 Columbia Records debut-and first charting album.
This disc is the album that launched Billy Joel as the megastar singer-songwriter of the '70s, and with good reason. Both the title track and "Captain Jack" have become karaoke bar standards, staples of FM radio rock, and cocktail lounges. Some of the lesser-known material in this program, including the truly touching "You're My Home," have aged no less well. The minimal production used here puts Joel's piano and vocals at the forefront, and to good effect. This disc prefigures Joel's fame and remains one of the highest points of his art, and is an essential for any collection of soft rock. --Skip Heller --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It wasn't long before I became intimately familiar with all the songs on this album. Nowadays, I don't listen much to Billy Joel (probably because I listened to so much of him during High School), but looking at "Piano Man" in the context of his other work as well as my exposure to much more and different and varied music over the years, I still feel that this is a really good album from someone who would emerge as one of the premier songwriters of the '70s and '80s.
Highlights of this album include the poignant, expressive title track which paints a vivid picture of Billy Joel's experience as a lounge pianist (I believe in L.A.). He paints great characters in this song which, in itself would make the song really good - of course, then there's the great music of the song. "Captain Jack" was another great hit off of this album - an ode to the hopelessness of suburban teenagerdom...Read more ›
Aside from the classic title track, which has also become synonymous with the artist himself, there are several wonderful songs on this album such as "Travelin' Prayer", melancholy songs like the "Ballad of Billy the Kid" and "Captain Jack", and even some softer songs like "Stop in Nevada" and "You're My Home".
This is definitely not Billy Joel's strongest album front to back, but in many ways it's his most lovable. In retrospect it's easy to see how this set the stage for the rest of his brilliant career, and fans of the Piano Man will definitely have to have this in their collection.
As great as the classics "Piano Man", "Captain Jack","Worse Comes To Worst","You're My Home", "Stop In Neveda" and "If I Only Had The Words" are, the collection also features the likes of "Travelin' Prayer". I have always found that song a bit of a rambling mess. Equally unfocused is "Aint No Crime". At this point in his career, I don't think he quite had a knack for songs with a rapid tempo yet. But if the song was a slow ballad or had a mixed tempo, Joel could sing like no other. Fotunately he would go on to master songs with any tempo later on as time passed.
The CD has 10 tracks and a running time of 43:38 Recommened
The first two tracks betray this gloomy album. "Travellin' Prayer" is an upbeat song, about protecting one's love against her travelling adventures. "Piano Man" is the title track that established Joel as a major songwriter, constantly overplayed on classic-rock radio, recollecting the experience and even some of the characters he remembered from his six months as a lounge lizard pianist in a Los Angeles dive. They seemed to have fueled the fire for the rest of the album.
Joel takes another mellow break with the lovely and hopeful ballad "You're My Home," the other well-known song besides "Piano Man" itself. But then Joel launches into one frustrated tirade after another: "Ain't No Crime," "Worse Comes to Worst," "Stop in Nevada," "Somewhere Along the Line," and the unforgettable "Captain Jack," the musical equivalent of arson, deliberately burning every human emotion in its path. This is a low as Billy gets. It's a powerful song that was humorously -- and stupidly -- played at a Hillary Clinton for Senate fundraiser. By the end of the album, if it's not evident that Billy Joel is suffering from a nervous breakdown, you soon will.
This is why I can't understand those who would classify this album in the soft-rock category, "Piano Man" and "You're My Home" notwithstanding.
Don't be misled, Billy rocks out on this album in total [ticked]-off fashion and leaves us with frazzled nerves.Read more ›
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Another pretty decent remastering work from Analogue to digital. They aren't all this good. Fast shipping from this seller.Published 4 months ago by Robert
I have always loved the music of this very talented musician. I would gladly buy the rest of his music too.Published on Nov. 2 2013 by Magnus
This album sounds very good. Nothing to complain about here. Dynamics sound range everything is good. A little noise on the vinyl itself but nothing too bad.Published on May 22 2013 by The Seeker
On this, his first album with Columbia Records, Billy Joel first showed the promise and talent that would make him one of the most recognizable and beloved songwriters of the past... Read morePublished on Feb. 25 2004 by Vilbs
YOu have one of his best songs in "Piano Man" and then a pop song in "Captain Jack" The rest fo the songs coem off to me as great songs that are divided between... Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2004 by Tnahpellee
I considered this album to be a great classic from Billy Joel. Every song is a real gem and it was the first album that proved what a good songwriter he was then and would become... Read morePublished on Sept. 17 2003 by Carlos Rodriguez
Billy Joel's second album CD debut called "Piano Man". In which I have it on cassette the songs that are my favorites is "Worst Comes To Worse",... Read morePublished on July 13 1999