Didn´t he do Back In The Ussr??
Wahooo, finally a Billy Joel thread to grace these hallowed halls. My favourite tracks would be the hit ballads such as Honesty, Just the Way You Are, She's Got a Way etc, but my favourite Billy Joel album of all time is an obscure heavy metal album he brought out in 1970 called Atilla. Somehow, he makes this organ sound like Deep Purple, like a wailing screaming guitar. The album is like Soundgarden 20 years ahead of its time - and the songs are of a high standard too, as we would expect from Billy Joel. Wonder Woman is an awesome song, as is Tear This Castle Down.
Going back before Atilla, Billy was in a band called The Hassles, and you should check out this song called Hour of the Wolf. An ambitious track.. goes for 12 minutes!
Another era I love from BJ's career is the Nylon Curtain era - around the same time Paul brought out Tug of War. Allentown was the big single from that. And before that, you have the Glass Houses rock style - You May Be Right, It's Still Rock and Roll To Me, All For Leyna, Don't Ask Me Why. All of it is pure gold.
Songs in the Attic would still be one of my favourite live albums of all time, probably second only to Wings Over America. The live version of Say Goodbye to Hollywood and Streetlife Serenader... send chills up my spine.
Seems he's living a quieter life these days, but that's ok, he's left a legacy of memories for me. I know he's not exactly the coolest guy in music to like, but I don't care. He may be uncool but he's one of the most gifted pop songwriters ever. I remember reading an interview once where he said he was inspired to write songs because he heard something on the radio and he believed HE could improve that song and write something better. He felt compelled after that. He also considered it a good way to get chicks, heh! And I think he was also a boxer?
I needed comfort of love just to get me some piece of mind.. wo-oh