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J. Cole - Lost Ones

Monday, April 11, 2011

Billy Joel - The Stranger

Holy cats. Can you believe that Billy Joel - BILLY JOEL has never graced the presence of the B Side? I mean, it's been over a year and not one single appearance? What a jerk. Oh's no one's fault but my own. My sincerest apologies to Mr. Joel. Seriously though, is there a single person out there who would say they don't like his music? I mean, not even 5 or 6 songs from any section of his storied career? Seems like anything he touches turns into wait, platinum. He was born in 1949 in the Bronx. His father was a classical pianist, and he's said that's where he picked up the music bug. Joel took up boxing to protect himself in the rough area he grew up in. He actually was an amateur boxer for quite sometime. He got his nose broken in his twenty-fourth match, which is when he elected to call it quits. He joined a band called "The Echoes" that specialized in British cover songs. He finally busted out into a solo act in 1971 or so, and then never looked back. This was Joel's fifth studio album, and the only reason I selected this one today was the sales. This is certified an INCREDIBLE 10x platinum. That's diamond status. Sick. Joel is no stranger to album sales, as he's had to have sold at least 50 million copies of albums just in the US. I'm going to assume everyone knows Mr. Joel's style by now...piano heavy and mostly ballads. Great songwriting that is typically modeled after his life or people close to it. This album is in a word, outstanding. It's 9 solid tracks of really good music. It's easy to see why it sold so much, and now has a Broadway musical named after it. Sweet sassy molassy, if you have never heard this, listen to it today. Get well versed in some Billy won't regret it.

1. Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)
2. Stranger, The
3. Just the Way You Are
4. Scenes from an Italian Restaurant
5. Vienna
6. Only the Good Die Young
7. She's Always a Woman
8. Get It Right the First Time
9. Everybody Has a Dream

Listen To Samples

Top 3 Tracks:
1. Movin' Out
2. Only The Good Die Young
3. Just The Way You Are

4.5 out of 5 stars

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