The result is a tremendously catchy tune that highlights a nostalgic air that is wildly infectious and serves as a parallel to a Joel track from the same album that just missed our list, "For The Longest Time. The third and final song on our list from "An Innocent Man," "Uptown Girl" is remembered as much for the music video featuring soon-to-be wife Christie Brinkley as it is for its infectious doo-wop sound. Joel's main inspiration for this song comes from boy bands of the '50s and '60s, like Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and the execution is both familiar and dare we say it, hard charging.
Upon first listen, it won't take long before you find yourself clapping and swaying along with the rhythm and losing yourself in the moment. The song feels both sweaty and intent, as Joel plays the role of a man pleading for common ground based on, you guessed it, trust. The melody is strictly hard rock and finds its place on our list easily due to its uptempo nature and grittier sound. From Joel's "52nd Street," "Honesty" is a simple yet effective tune that feels like a predecessor of sorts to power ballads of the late '80s, early '90s that were more indicative of hair bands searching for legitimacy as musicians.
Here Joel positions himself as a man without shame, taking responsibility for being imperfect in relationships and spinning it into a defining characteristic. The sound is broken down and sparse, perfect for a piano ballad that seeks to pull on heart strings with each note. In "Movin' Out Anthony's Song " Joel takes the position of someone at odds with what he sees as people selling out to move up the ladder, a notion that heavily conflicts with his working class sensibilities.
The result is a song that sneers at those who seem to turn their back on their roots to get ahead while losing their identities in the process. What started as a tribute to Joel's then-wife, Elizabeth Weber, Movin Out (Anthonys Song) - Billy Joel - Strangers On 52nd Street (CD), "Just the In A Secret Place - Mark Knopfler - Cal (Vinyl, LP, Album) You Are" has its place in music history as that kind of love song that mirrors the pain and frustration of love against the idealistic notion that the love we all hope for is worth anything that happens along the way.
Of course things like divorce happen, and after Joel's split from Weber was complete, it took a good number of years before Joel could perform the song live. Now, after another couple of marriages, "Just the Way You Are" is one of his staples.
A departure for Joel, "Don't Ask Me Why" leaves out Joel's '50s-style influences for a more eclectic sound, featuring Afro-Cuban melodies loosely mixed with a little ballroom just for flavor.
The song feels as light and carefree as the title betrays and once again gives listeners the sort of Yacht Rock funk that served as a cornerstone of Joel's career before a shift toward more poppy material later in the decade.
The title track from Joel's magnum opus, "The Stranger" may well be the one of the best songs to describe life in s New York without going into any detail about the city itself. From the gritty lyrics about the many faces we show to ourselves and others, to the lonesome melody represented by a whistle, the song feels like New York, warts and all.
Unreleased as a single in the U. Probably ranked higher on our list than any other list out there, the song earns its place as a near-perfect piece that expresses vulnerability in a way few songs ever have. Today, "She's Always a Woman" is remembered as one of the last songs played over the loudspeakers at the World Trade Center on the day of its collapse. But in its heyday it was a powerful ballad depicting what it truly means to love someone flaws and all.
The sound is almost lullabye-like in nature with a melody that is nearly impossible not to hum along with both during and after you hear it. Probably the closest Joel's ever come to being edgy, "Only the Good Die Young" is the backbone of "The Stranger" and the album's biggest source of controversy, as Joel fills the shoes of a horny kid trying to You Could Have Been With Me - Sheena Easton - You Could Have Been With Me (Vinyl, LP, Album) Movin Out (Anthonys Song) - Billy Joel - Strangers On 52nd Street (CD) girl to sneak out of the house for God knows what spoiler alert: sex.
Never meant to be a single, "Captain Jack" became a classic nonetheless. Ironically it's not one of Joel's favorite songs to perform live these days, largely due to the awkwardness of a year-old man singing the story of a juvenile junkie layabout who manages to make masturbation sound like a burden. Despite the depressing narrative, "Captain Jack" is performed with a vitality that, like Joel's best songs, delivers a balance that's irresistible.
The crown jewel from "The Stranger" feels more like a fully realized musical than a song. One of Joel's longer songs, "Scenes From an Italian Restaurant" is a trilogy of random stories treated as overheard conversations while given a choice of wines. The Motor Laces - Various - Deep Tones 01 (CD) moves along breezily as Joel weaves tales of evolution with a sadly wistful air of knowing that growing older also means growing up.
While it may not be No. Joel was based in Los Angeles, trying to embed himself as an entertainer while missing his real home. The song is a testament to those days, giving himself and the listener a longing perspective that in turn serves as a defacto anthem to the city. Billy Joel's best song is also a monument to his legacy as a performer.
It's set in some random bar where a lounge crooner embraces a less-than-glamorous gig singing to wannabe real estate novelists and career enlisted men who all share mediocre lives and are comforted by each other and their surroundings. Joel couples the maudlin with the air of festiveness highlighting the very reason they're all at the bar in the first place. You'll receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web.
Many of the songs from the album went on to become staples in Joel's repertoire. Though never released as a single, "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" is a staple of his set of live shows, named by Rolling Stone ' s Movin Out (Anthonys Song) - Billy Joel - Strangers On 52nd Street (CD) Sheffield as his equivalent to Bruce Springsteen 's " Jungleland ". Joel has cited "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" and "Vienna" as his favorite and 5th-favorite songs that he's written, respectively.
The limited deluxe edition of The Stranger includes a CD of the original album in its entirety remastered by producer Phil Ramoneand a second CD of a previously unreleased concert featuring Billy and his band, Live at Carnegie Hallrecorded at the historic Manhattan venue on June 3,one month before the sessions for The Stranger album.
Also included in this box set is a facsimile poster from the Carnegie Hall concert, and a facsimile notebook that contains copies of rough draft lyrics for many of the songs that appeared on The Stranger. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Billy Joel. Rock pop. The song contains lyrics inspired by Elizabeth Weber, Joel's wife at the time. Billy Joel — vocals, acoustic piano, keyboards, synthesizers, Fender Rhodes Richie Cannata — organtenor saxophonesoprano saxophoneclarinetflutetuba Dominic Cortese — accordion 4, 5 Richard Tee — organ 9 Hiram Bullock — electric guitar Steve Khan — six Mediterranea (4) - LUltima Maria (Vinyl) twelve string electric guitarsacoustic rhythm guitar, high string guitar Mr.
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