NEW MUSIC EAR'S PERSONAL PLAYLISTS - "BILLY JOEL"

A NEW FEATURE ON NEW MUSIC EAR.  THE PLAYLISTS ON MY IPOD FEATURE LOTS OF VARIOUS ARTISTS SO I THOUGHT I WOULD SHARE MY PLAYLISTS WITH YOU.  HOPE YOU SEE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITES!

BILLY JOEL


PLAYLIST


From Billy's debut album, "Cold Spring Harbor" I only chose one song, the Folk-style foot tapper that is "Everybody Loves You Now".



1973 brought the second album and it was the one that got Billy Joel noticed.  4 of the 10 tracks have been picked for my playlist which obviously includes the brilliant and well loved title track from which fans dubbed Mr Joel throughout his career.  Also here are the uptempo Folk style of "Travelin' Man" and the soft ballad "You're My Home".  Completing this quartet is the anthemic Soul of "Stop In Nevada".



After the disappointing backward step of 1974's "Streetlife Serenade", Billy pulled the critics back in a little with "Turnstiles" in 1976.  I took two tracks from this album, the classic "Say Goodbye To Hollywood" and the moody epic and one of my favourites, "New York State Of Mind".



Billy's fifth studio album released in 1977 brought him right back in the groove where "Piano Man" put him.  The singles, "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)" and "She's Always A Woman" are included.  Two other more well known singles have been chosen, the classic soft Rock of "Just The Way You Are" and the Jazz/Pop of "Only The Good Die Young".



I selected 3 songs from the 1978 album, "52nd Street".  My playlist includes the famous classic Joel songs, "Big Shot" and "My Life" as well as the poppy "Half A Mile Away".



Billy Joel was firmly establishing his music credentials by the time of "Glass Houses" in 1980.  The album is a brilliant set of tracks hence my choosing of 6 of the 10 tracks.  Five were released as singles, including the superb rocker "It's Still Rock And Roll To Me" and The Rolling Stones' sound-a-like "You May Be Right".  The keyboard rocker "All For Leyna" is included as is the almost Pop Punk of "Sometimes A Fantasy".  The fina two songs from the album are "I Don't Want To Be Alone" and the bare bones sound of "Don't Ask Me Why".



The 1982 album release, "The Nylon Curtain" has added 3 songs to the playlist.  The lovely "Allentown" and the epic "Goodnight Saigon" were both singles and are worthy memorable additions.  The third track I chose is the laid back, cool soft rocker "She's Right On Time".



1983's "An Innocent Man" was tour de force, it was the album that prompted me to look up ll Billy's back catalogue and also in my opinion his last and best album.  Out of the 10 tracks I chose 7, six of these were singles.  The most famous 80s classic sound of "Uptown Girl" and "Tell Her About It" obviously have to be on any playlist of Billy Joel! The gorgeous "An Innocent Man" with its Drifters' style sound and the doo-wop homage "The Longest Time" are also here.  "Leave A Tender Moment Alone" and "Keeping The Faith" make up the 6 singles and both give throwback sounds to the 50s and 60s.  I also added "Easy Money" from the album for its James Brown tribute style!



"The Bridge" released in 1986 only gives me one track, after the mega success of "An Innocent Man" and the "Greatest Hits Vol 1 and 2" this was a disappointment and signalled the popularity slide of Billy.  The song I chose is "A Matter Of Trust" which is clssic Billy.



1989's "Stormfront" gave us a glimpse of the Billy Joel we know and love with the brilliantly creative "We Didn't Start The Fire", a quick fire list of certain events and people between his birth in 1949 t 1989.  This is included on my playlist for sure along with the Springsteen like "I Go To Extremes".



"River Of Dreams", released in 1993 proved to be the last original studio album by Billy Joel.  Not including "Fantasies And Delusions", the Classical album in 2001.  The song "The River Of Dreams" is here bringing memories of "An Innocent Man" back.  Also is the rocky "No Man's Land" and the quite brilliant "Blonde Over Blue".



I did choose one extra track, Billy's cover of Bob Dylan's "To Make You Feel My Love".  The song actually was released a month before Dylan.  


 I AM SURE MANY FANS WILL BE DEBATING THE INCLUSIONS AND THE TRACKS NOT INCLUDED, BUT I HOPE YOU FOUND THIS PLAYLIST INTERESTING, CHECK BACK FOR MORE ON NEW MUSIC EAR!


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