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Songs In the Attic [Clean]

October 20, 1998 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: June 19, 1997
  • Release Date: June 19, 1997
  • Label: Columbia
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  • Total Length: 48:04
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  • ASIN: B00138F3KU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,163 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

This album shows you a performer at his creative peak.
Bruce Vandal from St. Paul
This is not a Live `Hits' album but a Live collection that shows just how good the `other' songs can be when performed at their best.
J. Bynum
Also included in the liner notes are lyrics - something very unusual for a live and/or compilation album.
L.A. Scene

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Christopher J. Benz on September 9, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Truly great live albums are as rare as hen's teeth when scrutinised closely, but this 1981 live recording from Billy Joel could very well be the greatest of them all.

Why? Well, the hardest task in producing a live album is to give it a character of it's own, unique from the albums from which it's songs are derived. It's a great challenge for a live album to hold it's own in the face of better production in the studio, and to give it 'authenticity' when so many of the live elements are doctored with later production. 'Songs in the Attic' packs a punch that it's studio sources cannot match. The reasons for this are owing to four elements:

i) Joel and Producer Phil Ramone went for Joel's 'undiscovered' tracks - the songs that predated BJ's ascendency to fame with the massive success of 'The Stranger' in 1977. By eschewing the last 5 years of hits, the 'Songs in the Attic' album captured fresh and definitive versions of reasonably unheard tracks. Most importantly, these were genuinely great compositions that deserved to be reassessed in the wake of Joel's newfound fame.

ii) These were the first versions of these songs to feature Joel's live band. Ramone knew that Joel's band had the character and passion to belt out better versions of these tracks than the more insipid original studio recordings. It's a rare claim, but I can say without any concessions that these are perfect live performances from the musicians; particularly by De Vito's pounding, atmospheric drumming and Richie Cannata's brilliant multi-instrumental work. There are no better versions of any of these songs on any other live or studio album. 'Captain Jack', 'Miami 2017' and 'I've loved these days' send chills up your spine, and there is NO filler on this record.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mark S. Winger on October 2, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Even if you are a casual Billy Joel fan you should love this album. This is the best live album I have heard. It has the feel of actually being there, the energy fills the room, but it doesn't have the scratchy or drowned out sound that so many live albums have. I listened to this even before it was digitally remastered and it was excellent then. What makes this recording so special is that you hear a lot of Joel songs that aren't played on the radio, and frankly I am too young to know if they ever were played back in the 70s & 80s. These songs are really good too, it gives you a further appreciation for Joel's talent and songwriting ability. Too often you get a best of or live album from a performer and the only tolerable songs are the ones you were already familiar with. Not so here. Buy it now!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L.A. Scene on August 16, 2005
Format: Audio CD
By the time 1981 rolled around, Billy Joel had established himself as a legitimate superstar. Billy would have seven studio albums under his belt but had yet to make a live album. Billy Joel's 1981 release "Songs in the Attic" would be a live album with a different spin. The main purpose of this album was: 1) To provide a live collection of Billy Joel songs; 2) To focus around "Old Billy Joel" songs from early in his career - songs that had almost been forgotten about - or not heard much by the average fan. As a result, Billy provides a "live" album with a different spin when you compare it to many other live releases. Overall Billy succeeds in providing this spin while providing a very good album.

I look at Billy Joel's career as having three phases. The first phase is what I call "Old Billy Joel". This basically includes all of his material from "Cold Spring Harbor" through "Turnstiles". These are perhaps the strongest days as the piano sound, but they also contain most of Joel's least heard material. The next phase is what I call "Middle Billy Joel". This was his most successful period and covers from "The Stranger" to "Billy Joel Greatest Hits Volume 1 and 2". Joel would go through a transition during this phase - expanding his musical horizons and exploring different avenues. The final phase is the "Later Billy Joel" phase - this covers "The Bridge" to "River of Dreams". In this phase, Billy would start to incorporate some of his older styles of music while not abandoning his desire to continue to explore new avenues. While "Songs in the Attic" was released in the "Middle Billy Joel" (Phase 2) period, all of the music comes from "Old Billy Joel" (Phase 1).

"Songs in the Attic" provides 11 tracks from the "Old Billy Joel" phase.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Vandal from St. Paul on October 21, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Songs in the Attic is a wonderful glimpse at a performer at his peak. Coming off of the huge commercial success of Glass Houses and 52nd Street, Billy changes gears completely. Instead of releasing a live album that recycles his more recent hits, he dusts off some of his earlier work and presents it to us in a live setting.
You can see in these performances the brilliance and passion of an artist who is completely committed to his material. Whether it be the intimacy of "You're My Home" performed in a small club or the intensity of "Captain Jack" in a large arena, each performance seems perfectly set in the appropriate venue.
Billy Joel is at his absolute best here. I particularly recommend "Songs" to the fan who has only seen Billy in his more mundane concerts of the last few years, often paired with Elton John. This album shows you a performer at his creative peak.
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