Billy Joel 8/3/22

Just published is the career-spanning Billy Joel retrospective On Track. . . Billy Joel: Everything Album, Every Song. The 160-page book by author Lisa Torem analyzes the “Piano Man’s” entire recorded output from 1971’s Cold Spring Harbor through his 2001 Fantasies & Delusions (Music For Solo Piano) classical debut.

Also featured are sections on Billy’s live albums, box sets, guest appearances, touring highlights, and cover versions of his songs.

Although former drummer-Liberty DeVitto‘s first album with Billy Joel — 1976’s Turnstiles — stalled at a dismal Number 122 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, he explained its classic tunes always served as the backbone to all of Billy’s concerts: [“Well, the funny thing is, is that when we played live, the live show was always Turnstiles-heavy. We did ‘Miami 2017,’ ‘I’ve Loved These Days,’ ‘Angry Young Man’s’ on that — ‘New York State Of Mind’ is on that.”] SOUNDCUE (:10 OC: . . . is on that)

The late, great Phil Ramone was Billy’s closest musical confidante and produced such classic multi-platinum albums for Billy as The Stranger52nd StreetGlass HousesSongs In The AtticThe Nylon CurtainAn Innocent Man, and The Bridge. He told us shortly before he died in 2013 that Billy’s was a multifaceted man: [“But, y’know, he’s a wonderful animal. He’s just so smart. And of course he comes off playing this tough Long Island kid — which is part of his background — but the rest of him is just amazing. He’s an amazing guy. Extremely intelligent and well read.”] SOUNDCUE (:15 OC: . . . and well read)

  • Billy Joel tour dates (subject to change):
    August 11 – Pittsburgh, PA – Concert At PNC Park
    August 24 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
    September 9 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
    September 23 – Houston, TX – Minute Maid Park
    October 9 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
    November 23 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
    December 3 – Auckland, New Zealand – Eden Park
    December 10 – Melbourne, Australia – Melbourne Cricket Ground

TL; DR

  • Just published is the career-spanning Billy Joel retrospective On Track. . . Billy Joel: Everything Album, Every Song.

SIDE NOTES

  • Out now is a Billy Joel 50th anniversary streaming collection featuring a half-dozen rarities.
  • The new 50-track, 50 Years Of The Piano Man, not only includes the rare 1980 single version of Glass Houses‘ “Sometimes A Fantasy” — but a 1994 Boston Gardens take of River Of Dreams‘ “All About Soul.”
  • The main draw are the four tracks recorded on December 5th, 1976 at New London, Connecticut’s Palmer Auditorium, which were recorded and videotaped by CBS Records as a promotional concert named, Tonight.
  • The ’76 tracks are: “The Ballad Of Billy The Kid,” “Summer, Highland Falls,” “New York State Of Mind,” and “Souvenir.”