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I know that I might be mocked for saying so, but this is a pretty great album. I could say that it was before he cheezed out, and it was. But we all know that he was most-likely a cheezeball from the start.

 

Still, it was a centerpiece of my childhood listening and the title track is great. And, "Moving Out", "Scenes From an Italian Restaurant", "Always a Woman"... are some of the best songs he ever wrote. And "Only the Good Die Young" is the best.

 

Anyone else here have some love for this?

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I have been a Billy Joel fan since I was about 8. Stranger is a great album! No shame in it! I do like his earlies stuff even better though. If you listen to Cold Spring Harbor it is hard to comprehend that this album was made as a 23 year old! Streetlife Serenader and Piano Man are great too! I have seen him about 7 or so times in concert and am seeing him next friday at Shea. I even met him once and he was very friendly! I do wish though he would spice up his setlist more and stray from the hit laden sets! :thumbup

 

Here is my Billy Joel top 10:

1. Zanzibar

2. Stilleto

3. Everybody Loves You Now

4. The Stranger

5. Billy the Kid

6. Stop in Nevada

7. Angry Young Man

8. Los Angelenos

9. Allentown

10. Downeastern Alexa

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I know that I might be mocked for saying so, but this is a pretty great album. I could say that it was before he cheezed out, and it was. But we all know that he was most-likely a cheezeball from the start.

 

Still, it was a centerpiece of my childhood listening and the title track is great. And, "Moving Out", "Scenes From an Italian Restaurant", "Always a Woman"... are some of the best songs he ever wrote. And "Only the Good Die Young" is the best.

 

Anyone else here have some love for this?

Show me the love...

Dumb story, so ignore if not interested:

 

While "legacy" is a bit strong, I actually had this album in high school when my buddies would cruise the country roads drinking and listening to music on a portable 8-track player. One post-football game Friday, we had parked and had scored about 3 cases of beer and were parked on a gravel road next to a corn field with two other carloads of folks breaking out the first drink when a county cop pulled up. Everyone but the driver of our car went directly into the cornfield, running through the stalks. One by one we wandered back towards the cars to see if the coast was clear. The cop took pitty on the guy because we all bailed on him, took what beer he could find and drove off. We still had two cases left and we got in and drove off -- leaving Billy playing in the cornfield, until we went back and found it 2 hours later.

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I love Billy Joel. Billy Joel, Steely Dan, Cat Stevens, The Who and Neil Young made all of the music I listened to when I was really young and since Billy Joel was my mom's favorite, Songs from the Attic and The Stranger were nearly always on the turntable before my dad got home from work (I'm only 21 but we were too poor to upgrade to cassettes, let alone CDs until I was about 12).

 

Also, Turnstiles is an awful record.

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glad you started this thread

 

i haven't listened to the record in years but do occasionally play Scenes from an Italian Restaurant and Ballad of Billy the Kid on the piano - fun songs to play.

 

It's easy to dismiss Joel because his later stuff sucked so profoundly - i mean, we didn't start the fire? holy shit is that wretched. but he had a nice little run there with the first three records

 

Plus, I once won $50 at a college talent show playing Root Beer Rag on the piano!

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I love this article on Billy Joel fandom from Jody Rosen at Slate... Well worth a read for those of us with a guilty soft spot for him.

 

http://www.slate.com/id/2131184/

Thanks for that. Those of you effusing positively over "Only The Good Die Young', listen to the "reggae" version available at the end of the third paragraph of the Slate article. :no

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Not to start some shit here...but I am not sure how Billy Joel is that much more brilliant than some of performers who get a ton of hate here(Phil Collins, The Eagles...). They are all pretty much pop songwriters with their good (and bad) moments. (Can we talk about how great Elton John is?) New York State of Mind is a great song by the way. And I like Billy's later do-wop type stuff as well. (How about his former wife getting divorced AGAIN too.) Allentown is a great song as well.

 

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Not to start some shit here...but I am not sure how Billy Joel is that much more brilliant than some of performers who get a ton of hate here(Phil Collins, The Eagles...). They are all pretty much pop songwriters with their good (and bad) moments. (Can we talk about how great Elton John is?) New York State of Mind is a great song by the way. And I like Billy's later do-wop type stuff as well. (How about his former wife getting divorced AGAIN too.) Allentown is a great song as well.

 

LouieB

Everybody listened to the Eagles where I grew up. I'm not sure why they became so uncool. Also Elton John's 70's output had some good stuff in there imo.

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Everybody listened to the Eagles where I grew up. I'm not sure why they became so uncool. Also Elton John's 70's output had some good stuff in there imo.
You have missed all the Eagles hate here over the years, but I think they wrote pretty good radio fare myself. Meanwhile Elton John's body or work is monumental even into the 80s.

 

LouieB

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You have missed all the Eagles hate here over the years, but I think they wrote pretty good radio fare myself. Meanwhile Elton John's body or work is monumental even into the 80s.

 

LouieB

Yeah, I work in a music oriented field and we're all a bunch of music junkies but I picked up early on that the Eagles were a very "unhip" topic. :no

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i've loved his music since We didnt start the fire came out - and not ashamed to admit it. he had the knack of writing a catchy pop/rock/ballad tune.

 

favourites:

 

you're my home

we didnt start the fire

allentown

uptown girl

scenes from an italian restaraunt

storm front

keeping the faith

rootbeer rag

matter of trust

moving out

the entertainer

you're only human

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