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Piano Man (Legacy Edition)

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Billy Joel the struggling musician hit paydirt with the title track, a fictional recounting of his pre-fame days as a piano singer who spent years trying to establish himself. While “Piano Man” and “Captain Jack” are fully realized Joel tunes that sound like the man everyone knows, tracks like “Travelin’ Prayer,” “Ain’t No Crime,” and “The Ballad of Billy the Kid” sound like early-‘70s singer/songwriter productions heavily influenced by Elton John. Joel’s inventive melodies, though, established him as a potential star. This legacy edition includes a live radio concert from Philadelphia’s WMMR on April 15, 1972. It’s the show that landed Joel his label contract. The future hit “She’s Got a Way” is here, along with passionate takes on “Captain Jack,” “Everybody Loves You Now,” and “The Ballad of Billy the Kid.” Three tracks, the bar-band rocker “Josephine,” the ballad “Long, Long Time,” and the compelling portrait “Rosalinda” (not “Rosalinda’s Eyes”), complete this amazing concert.

Customer Reviews

Pay For Intros?

The WMMR live broadcast is fantastic, just a shame that iTunes is making you pay extra for the Intro to the songs.


There are 12 tracks on the WMMR set, and the whole package is $14.99. Not sure how that equates to iTunes charging for intros. The "filler" on live albums is usually a separate track, but the album price rarely includes them. That said, worth the 15 bucks to finally have a clean copy of a landmark live show. Too bad corporate radio today would never see the "viability" of shows like this.

Amazing live album! dissapointing remaster...

I truely feel that this is the "perfect" album... The origional master was superb, but I feel that the quality of the artist is better than the usual "reissue for the sake of reissueing". Thank god half of the pacage is worth the price. Dont buy the origional album tracks because you probably already own them. This release is truely a legacy release, lots of new stuff. The 3 unheard songs are superb and up to par with what Billy actualy put on his albums. Had they actualy remastered the origional album i would have given 5 stars


Born: May 9, 1949 in New York, NY [The Bronx]

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Although Billy Joel never was a critic's favorite, the pianist emerged as one of the most popular singer/songwriters of the latter half of the '70s. Joel's music consistently demonstrates an affection for Beatlesque hooks and a flair for Tin Pan Alley and Broadway melodies. His fusion of two distinct eras made him a superstar in the late '70s and '80s, as he racked an impressive string of multi-platinum albums and hit singles. Born in the Bronx, Joel was raised in the Long Island suburb of Hicksville,...
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