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Billy Joel (Official Thread)

Discussion in '70's Music' started by Sweaty, Feb 17, 2010.

  1. TheSound

    TheSound An Englishman in New York

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    Outrageous!!!...this forum has no Billy Joel thread!! ( as a protest you can see who has just turned up on my sig)

    I first thought that this is maybe because we simply have no Billy Joel fans, though then I seriously doubted that because I have been around here long enough now to know that there are plenty of people on CRF who recognise genius as soon as they hear/see it. So I can only therefore conclude that it's just that everybody here hates short fat bald men (neither Van Morrison nor Elton have their own threads either) :uh: :mad

    Anyway, even though there's a danger that this thread could possibly turn into a solo effort, I have long been of the personal opinion that there are 7, maybe 8, truly great all-time-music-hall-of-fame singer/songwriters in the world, who in my view nobody else can hold a candle to...Springsteen, Dylan, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty, Tom Waits......and Billy Joel.

    I've seen Billy J live 3 times, met him once very briefly backstage before a show in Philadelphia in 2006, and I'm pretty sure that I have every song he has ever released, including 'Fantasies and Delusions' which is his sole classical piano recording.

    I just think he's a genius, and an amazingly electric performer for somebody who basically just sits down at a piano for most of the show, he still projects himself to his audience, and he has written some of the most moving and uplifting songs known to me... if I ever make the mistake of playing 'Goodnight Saigon' in the car, and listening too closely to the lyrics, not only does it buck the notion that grown men never cry, but it also by the 3rd verse becomes a distinctly dangerous situation for any passengers and pedestrians!

    Of course he's originally from The Bronx, and his music over the years has become pretty synonymous with the city of New York in much the same way that Springsteen is so closely identified with New Jersey, and his songs to me hit many of the same spots as Springsteen lyrically, most of us at various times have either worked a job we hate, or fallen in love, or been proud of who we are and where we came from, sometimes all three at the same time, and BJ writes for people like that. Some of his stuff is obviously less profound, and is just out and out great pop music fun, which explains why he's had 60 chart hits and sold over 150 million records, I think about #15 on the all time list.

    Anyway, here's just a few of BJ's greatest tracks, though there are at least a couple hundred more great Billy Joel songs that are equally deserving...











     
  2. TheSound

    TheSound An Englishman in New York

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    Seems there IS an official Billy thread, thanks to a friend who has just pointed this out to me by PM, though it has sunk so far down the board that I didn't spot it, so maybe one of the mods can do something clever and maybe merge this one into it???
     
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    LG Fade To Black

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    It's done TS, but I have to say you did a very nice OP for Billy.:grinthumb
     
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    TheSound An Englishman in New York

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    Thanks M'Lord!!
     
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    Baby Grand is one of those tunes, that many people wouldn't recognize as Billy Joel unless you told them. :pimp: :grinthumb

     
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    Yeah, great stuff MP....that Ray Charles thing he sometimes has going is incredibly seductive, really jazzy and moody, nice vid.

    For me Billy never, ever, wrote a bad song, one that I have been playing quite a lot lately on his 'Storm Front' album is 'Leningrad'...

     
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    Love Storm Front!!! :bow: :grinthumb
     
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    The Nylon Curtain is still one of my favourite albums by Billy and should get more attention.

    Scaandinavian Skies is pretty awesome!

     
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    from New Orleans Jazz Fest "Miami 2017"

     
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