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Piano Man [Legacy Edition] [Digipak]


  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Travelin' Prayer
    2. Piano Man
    3. Ain't No Crime
    4. You're My Home
    5. Ballad of Billy the Kid, The
    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
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Introduction By Ed Sciaky [Live April 1972 At Sigma Sound Studios, Wmmr Radio, Philadelphia, Pa] - (live)
    2. Falling [Live April 1972 At Sigma Sound Studios, Wmmr Radio, Philadelphia, Pa] - (live)
    3. Intro To Travelin' Prayer [Live April 1972 At Sigma Sound Studios, Wmmr Radio, Philadelphia, Pa] - (live)
    4. Travelin' Prayer [Live April 1972 At Sigma Sound Studios, Wmmr Radio, Philadelphia, Pa] - (live)
    5. Intro To Billy the Kid [Live April 1972 At Sigma Sound Studios, Wmmr Radio, Philadelphia, Pa] - (live)
    6. Ballad of Billy the Kid [Live April 1972 At Sigma Sound Studios, Wmmr Radio, Philadelphia, Pa], The - (live)
    7. Intro To She's Got a Way [Live April 1972 At Sigma Sound Studios, Wmmr Radio, Philadelphia, Pa] - (live)
    8. She's Got a Way [Live April 1972 At Sigma Sound Studios, Wmmr Radio, Philadelphia, Pa] - (live)
    9. Intro To Everybody Love You Now [Live April 1972 At Sigma Sound Studios, Wmmr Radio, Philadelphia, Pa] - (live)
    10. Everybody Loves You Now [Live April 1972 At Sigma Sound Studios, Wmmr Radio, Philadelphia, Pa] - (live)
    11. Intro To Nocturne [Live April 1972 At Sigma Sound Studios, Wmmr Radio, Philadelphia, Pa] - (live)
    12. Nocturne [Live April 1972 At Sigma Sound Studios, Wmmr Radio, Philadelphia, Pa] - (live)
    13. Station Id and Intro To Turnaround [Live April 1972 At Sigma Sound Studios, Wmmr Radio, Philadelphia, Pa] - (live)
    14. Turnaround [Live April 1972 At Sigma Sound Studios, Wmmr Radio, Philadelphia, Pa] - (live)
    15. Intro To Long, Long Time [Live April 1972 At Sigma Sound Studios, Wmmr Radio, Philadelphia, Pa] - (live)
    16. Long, Long Time [Live April 1972 At Sigma Sound Studios, Wmmr Radio, Philadelphia, Pa] - (live)
    17. Intro To Captain Jack [Live April 1972 At Sigma Sound Studios, Wmmr Radio, Philadelphia, Pa] - (live)
    18. Captain Jack [Live April 1972 At Sigma Sound Studios, Wmmr Radio, Philadelphia, Pa] - (live)
    19. Intro To Josephine [Live April 1972 At Sigma Sound Studios, Wmmr Radio, Philadelphia, Pa] - (live)
    20. Josephine [Live April 1972 At Sigma Sound Studios, Wmmr Radio, Philadelphia, Pa] - (live)
    21. Intro To Rosalinda [Live April 1972 At Sigma Sound Studios, Wmmr Radio, Philadelphia, Pa] - (live)
    22. Rosalinda [Live April 1972 At Sigma Sound Studios, Wmmr Radio, Philadelphia, Pa] - (live)
    23. Tomorrow is Today [Live April 1972 At Sigma Sound Studios, Wmmr Radio, Philadelphia, Pa] - (live)
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 761901

  • Credits
    ProducerDennis Wilen; Michael Stewart
    EngineerRon Malo

    The title track from Billy Joel's major-label debut, 1973's PIANO MAN, became a smash hit, and put the singer-songwriter/piano player on the musical map for good. A story-song, the verses consist of character sketches given by the resident musician at a bar-lounge, and these build toward a sweeping, melodically infectious chorus and a melancholic, carnivalesque refrain. The tune demonstrates Joel's flair for narrative and lyrical detail, as well as his unmistakable knack for a catchy hook - qualities that would be the bedrock of his success through the 1970s and '80s.
    Joel was still developing his trademark style here, and while the rest of the album doesn't quite measure up to the strength of "Piano Man," it fits quite neatly into the rubric of the one-man folk-rock artists of the era (namely Elton John, but also acoustic guitar-wielding troubadours like Harry Chapin). Still, there is evidence of Joel's signature tendencies throughout, like the tender love ballad "You're My Home" and the closer, "Captain Jack," a character-heavy story-song on the order of the title song. On the whole, PIANO MAN is an important step in Joel's development, and contains the musical and lyrical seeds that would sprout to full flower on albums like THE STRANGER, and subsequently catapult the artist to singer-songwriter stardom.

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