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Piano Man Enhanced, Original recording remastered

4.7 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 20 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00000DCH9
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,463 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Travelin' Prayer
2. Piano Man
3. Ain't No Crime
4. You're My Home
5. The Ballad Of Billy The Kid
6. Worse Comes To Worst
7. Stop In Nevada
8. If I Only Had The Words (To Tell You)
9. Somewhere Along The Line
10. Captain Jack

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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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Back in the summer of 1979, before I knew anything of pop music aside from The Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel, I went to a sleepaway camp where someone in my bunk had this great album. I didn't know who it was, but I loved these great songs - Piano Man, the song about Billy the Kid. By 1985, I was getting heavily into music...and of course, being from Long Island, Billy Joel was required listening. In my effort to find music by this guy that my friends were listening to (and who I knew from the radio from songs like "Pressure", "Allentown" and "Tell Her About It"), I went sifting through my dad's record collection. I found several there...Trying to go in chronological order, the earliest one I found was "Piano Man". When I saw the track listing, I realized that this was that great album that we used to listen to in summer camp.
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...
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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 quarter century.
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.
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Singer Billy Joel's 1973 album, Piano Man, offers some the artist's earliest work. While the release gave the prolific songwriter a signature anthem, that has been with him ever since, the album also showed that superstar status still eluded him at that time.
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
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Many people peg "Glass Houses" as the first real album where Billy Joel rocks out without constraints. Wrong! "Piano Man" is a true rocker. It is also a very dark album: every societal deprivation is presented here: loneliness, ostracization, drinking binges, stress of the workplace, lost love, divorce, masturbation, sexual deviancy, and hard drug abuse. Serious stuff.
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.
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