Billy Joelâ€™s Piano Man established a legend via two elements that became a trademark of his career: simple, yet disarmingly effective lyrics that speak to universal truths and instilled feelings of pathos. With the classic title track, Joel captures the emotions and expectations all of usâ€”consciously or notâ€”attach to our favorite musicians: â€œSing us a song you're the piano man/Sing us a song tonight/Well we're all in the mood for a melody/And you've got us feeling alright,â€ he croons. Indeed, Joel has everyone feeling good on this breakout set.
Never before properly remastered, we secured the original master tapes to present this 1973 singer-songwriter masterwork in unparalleled fidelity. The cavity of Joelâ€™s piano, tension of the strings, and reach of his voice are astounding on this numbered edition LP pressing. The New York native finally seems as if heâ€™s playing in your room rather than down the hall.
After the commercial failure of his debut, and resulting legal disputes with his label, a determined Joel took up a six
month residency as a lounge singer in Los Angeles. The vocalist continued to pen songs, including his signature track, â€œPiano Man,â€ a fictional narrative motivated by the real-life stories and actions of the patrons he witnessed during his cocktail club residency. Joel also drew inspiration from a fellow peer with whom heâ€™d ultimately collaborate on a series of highly successful tours that continue to this day: Elton John. The Englishmanâ€™s Tumbleweed Connection fueled a creative spurt in Joel, who extends the recordâ€™s Western imagery and bluesy themes.
Ignoring introspection in favor of rich character sketches, Joel utilizes his knack for melodic flair, filling out the songs with comprehensive arrangements and a swift sense of purpose. His talesâ€”â€œThe Ballad of Billy the Kid,â€ â€œCaptain Jack,â€ â€œAinâ€™t No Crimeâ€â€”are supported with phenomenal harmonies and thematic flavors that arrive courtesy of instrumental accents from first-rate players that include guitarist Larry Carlton, banjoist Fred Heilbrun, and drummer Ron Tutt. Joel supplies the requisite emotions, and Piano Man oozes with life.
Our 180g LP possesses a warmth that, until now, none of Joelâ€™s records possess. Soundstaging, imaging, and immediacy are refined and mannered, and the enthusiasm and completeness of Joelâ€™s craft come into supreme focus.
No fan of 70s rock or pop should be without this stellar pressing!
Billy Joel Piano Man Track Listing:
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"