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listen  1. Introduction By Ed Sciaky (Live April 1972 At Sigma Sound Studios, Wmmr Radio, Philadelphia, Pa)0:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Falling (Live April 1972 At Sigma Sound Studios, Wmmr Radio, Philadelphia, Pa) 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  5. Intro To Billy The Kid (Live April 1972 At Sigma Sound Studios, Wmmr Radio, Philadelphia, Pa)0:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The Ballad Of Billy The Kid (Live April 1972 At Sigma Sound Studios, Wmmr Radio, Philadelphia, Pa) 5:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Intro To She's Got A Way (Live April 1972 At Sigma Sound Studios, Wmmr Radio, Philadelphia, Pa) 1:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. She's Got A Way (Live April 1972 At Sigma Sound Studios, Wmmr Radio, Philadelphia, Pa) 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Intro To Everybody Love You Now (Live April 1972 At Sigma Sound Studios, Wmmr Radio, Philadelphia, Pa) 1:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Everybody Loves You Now (Live April 1972 At Sigma Sound Studios, Wmmr Radio, Philadelphia, Pa) 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Intro To Nocturne (Live April 1972 At Sigma Sound Studios, Wmmr Radio, Philadelphia, Pa)0:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Nocturne (Live April 1972 At Sigma Sound Studios, Wmmr Radio, Philadelphia, Pa) 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Station Id And Intro To Turnaround (Live April 1972 At Sigma Sound Studios, Wmmr Radio, Philadelphia, Pa) 1:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Turnaround (Live April 1972 At Sigma Sound Studios, Wmmr Radio, Philadelphia, Pa) 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Intro To Long, Long Time (Live April 1972 At Sigma Sound Studios, Wmmr Radio, Philadelphia, Pa) 1:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Long, Long Time (Live April 1972 At Sigma Sound Studios, Wmmr Radio, Philadelphia, Pa) 4:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Intro To Captain Jack (Live April 1972 At Sigma Sound Studios, Wmmr Radio, Philadelphia, Pa) 1:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Captain Jack (Live April 1972 At Sigma Sound Studios, Wmmr Radio, Philadelphia, Pa) 6:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Intro To Josephine (Live April 1972 At Sigma Sound Studios, Wmmr Radio, Philadelphia, Pa) 1:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Josephine (Live April 1972 At Sigma Sound Studios, Wmmr Radio, Philadelphia, Pa) 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Intro To Rosalinda (Live April 1972 At Sigma Sound Studios, Wmmr Radio, Philadelphia, Pa)0:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Rosalinda (Live April 1972 At Sigma Sound Studios, Wmmr Radio, Philadelphia, Pa) 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Tomorrow Is Today (Live April 1972 At Sigma Sound Studios, Wmmr Radio, Philadelphia, Pa) 5:10$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 8, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • ASIN: B005FNGAD8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,906 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In late 1973 Columbia Records released Piano Man, its first album by Billy Joel. A New York-bred singer- songwriter-keyboardist, the artist would have a profound impact on popular music for years to come. The album's title track single, "Piano Man" took its time before debuting on the Hot 100 in February 1974, where it eventually rose to #25. The album went on to sell more than 4-times RIAA platinum to date, and is one of the corner-stones of Billy Joel's Columbia catalog of nearly 20 studio and live albums.
Almost four decades later, Piano Man (Legacy Edition) puts the groundbreaking 10-song album back in the spotlight. The new package includes a bonus CD of an entire previously unreleased 1972 live radio concert (predating Joel's Columbia signing by a year), a crucial stepping-stone in his career. Early support for Joel came from Philadelphia, specifically the top-rated FM station WMMR, which programmed a live concert series taped in the intimate Sigma Sound Studios. Billy recorded a concert for the series on April 15, 1972. Three of the 12 songs that he performed were destined for inclusion on his next album (more than a year and a half away) Piano Man: "Travelin Prayer," the Aaron Copland-esque "The Ballad Of Billy The Kid," and the notorious "Captain Jack." Tapes of the 'MMR concert made the rounds, with "Captain Jack" turning into an "underground" FM favorite. Some of those listeners happened to work for Columbia Records, and soon the groundwork was being laid for Billy Joel to come to New York and audition for the label. The rest, of course, is history but without the Philadelphia radio concert, that history might have taken a different direction indeed.

Customer Reviews

One of Billy Joel's best songs ever.
D. Haralson
This is the 2010 Mobile Fidelity SACD version mastered from the original master tapes using their Gain 2 system which has produced some other excellent discs.
James W. Unger
Lyrics, music very creative and entertaining.
John R Wallace

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Format: Audio CD
Sometimes you DO get what you pay for. If you have an SACD player or even if you don't this CD/SACD disc features probably the best transfer I've heard of "Piano Man" in the digital realm. Joel's second album also generated a minor hit with the title track "Piano Man" but what it is most noticeable for is how it was influenced by The Band and Elton John--the latter's "Tumbleweed Connection" (itself influenced by The Band)clearly informed Joel's songwriting here whether it be about Billy the Kid with it's Aaron Copeland influenced string arrangement (that also at times recalls western scores like those from "The Big Country" and of composer Elmer Bernstein who wrote the score for the seminal western "The Magnficent Seven")or the epic commentary track "Captain Jack" about a suburban teenager's life including drug use to take the edge off his boredom. Each track has its own unique character and Joel manages to embrace a variety of styles from lounge singer to social commentator.

Lyrically this isn't Joel's best album with some lyrics a bit clumsy compared to his later work but the ambition and talent are both on display.

The CD layer sounds terrific and for those who have an SACD player, again, we get additional depth, warmth and a superior soundstage. The SACD layer IS NOT in 5.1 I should note as there are those that might wonder about that. Nevertheless, it sounds warm and captures little details that probably haven't been noticed since the album was first mastered.

Recommended.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Wilen on December 21, 2011
Format: Audio CD
As Music Director of WMMR in 1972, I booked, produced and mixed this Billy Joel Sigma Sound Show. I was pretty sure "Captain Jack" was a hit the night of live broadcast.

I became convinced when my mother, who was listening at home, called to say she didn't like that song about the suburban kids, especially the masturbate part and the mother makes your bed part.

BINGO! SUBURBAN TEENAGE ANGST!

The fixed drum flub is actually a relief to me -- it's been driving me crazy ever since then.

I am sad old friend Ed Sciaky, the WMMR DJ extraordinaire who announced the show, did not live to see this concert released officially. And I wish my mother was around to finally know this epic musical evening has reached the public, and I was at last credited by Sony/Columbia/Legacy.

Thanks to Jon Takiff for the great notes.

-- Dennis Wilen
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Krug on November 9, 2011
Format: Audio CD
First, if you have never heard the Sigma Sound/WMMR concert before, stop reading and order this. If you have heard it, stop reading and order this. The sonic upgrade is stunning.

Let me qualify my 5 Star rating now. FOR WHAT YOU GET, the material is 5 stars. The album remaster, while not perfect, is much better than earlier Columbia versions. My number one frustration with Billy Joel is the lack of new material for the last 20 years. My number two frustration is Columbia's management of his catalog. (There have been bright spots, like the Stranger 30th Anniversary Set.) But, the Sigma show should not be the second disc of a Piano Man Legacy Edition, it should be the second disc of a newly mixed and mastered Cold Spring Harbor Legacy Edition. And where are the bonus tracks? And lastly, what a gigantic let down when you open this package and see the reproduction of a Columbia Records invitation to a November 1973 Troubador Show to hype the Piano Man album. Where is THAT show (or one like it)?

Billy, give us some new music. And Columbia, give us comprehensive archival releases that befit one of the greatest singer-songwriters of the 1970s (and early 1980s, for that matter).
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Nasti on October 11, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Of the three albums released between 1971 and 1975, "Piano Man" is easily the best of Joel's recorded output from that period. It is by far his most cohesive and polished of the three ("Cold Spring Harbor" and the following year's "Streetlife Serenade" are the other two), and it includes some of the best material in his catalogue.

"Travelin' Prayer" is a mock country number set to a fast paced hodown rhythm as Billy, an admitted atheist Jew from Long Island, feably attempts to ask God to look after his loved one "far across the sea." Though it seems like a filler track, it is actually a very solid number, and the structure of the melody and the way it is arranged on record is nothing short of amazing. The blending of the piano with the bass and drums is beautiful, and the banjo playing is awesome.

Next comes the album's title track, which obviously needs very little to be said. Though Billy has done more complex and impressive material both lyrically and melodically, this song easily personifies Billy and is deserevedly his signature song. A true classic with rich lyrical detail and a timeless melody.

"Ain't No Crime" is a gospel rave-up with beautiful harmonies and tough, rollicking rhythm. This song was a major staple of Billy's live set list in the 1970s', and was even more exciting in that conext.

"You're My Home" is a beautiful, atmospheric ballad with great lyrics and some hugely impressive instrumental work. The guitar strumming on the intro is incredibly beautiful and one of the most complex arrangements Billy ever wrote.
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