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Streetlife Serenade Enhanced, Original recording remastered
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Audio CD, Enhanced, Original recording remastered, February 5, 2008
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Actually, most of the songs here are really very good and show a little bit of a broadening of style for Billy Joel. Favorites include "Los Angelenos" which is actually rocks a little bit and makes good use of the electric piano (which, for those who have read other reviews of mine, is one of my favorite instruments...). "The Great Suburban Showdown" makes interesting use of what I suppose is one of those early Moog Synthesizers. It's used to great effect, as sort of embellishment to a tale of middle-class weekend boredom. "The Entertainer" is a very catchy, cynical view of the music business. I also very much like the pretty instrumental "The Mexican Connection" which has a nice hook and which also makes good ornamental use of the Moog synthesizer...I suppose the one song I don't like that much is the other instrumental, the cornball "Root Beer Rag" - great piano playing and all, but just too corny for my tastes...The other two or three songs on the album to me are somewhat nondescript, if not pleasant typical early Billy Joel songs...Read more ›
Before the explosion of wide spread fame thst engulfed Billy Joel, he made a series of singer/songwriter albums that largely get overlooked except for "Piano Man" (which was a break through selling a million copies on the strength of the title single and FM playing "Captain Jack").
"Turnstyles" and "Streetlife Serenade".
The latter album receives a nice upgrade with an SACD release that makes use of the multi-channel quad tapes for the first time in over 40 years. For those that don't know, quadrophonic was a brief craze for music fans with upscale systems because of the early multi-channel analog capability. These tapes have largely remained unheard for years and it's nice to have these available again.
To be clear-the multi-channel capability is ONLY available on the SACD layer of the disc not the CD layer. This can be played on CD players as well because this is a hybrid disc. The multi-channel is presented in, not a surprise, 4.0 (hence the word quadrophonic). Both the stereo and SACD layers sound exceptinal with plenty of dynamics and no noticeable distortion during playback.
The booklet features the credits as well as pictures of the original labels for the quad vinyl releases from the 1970's.
My only issue with this album is that there are a few filler tracks in my opinion but the best material here measures up to Joel's classic material after "The Stranger".
If you only know Billy Joel from his big singles, this is a terrific album to listen to and will gice you a slightly different view of Joel before the massive explosion of fame with "The Stranger".
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Great early album from Billy Joel! I enjoyed the album from start to finish
including the instrumental tracks!
Streetlife Serenade has been for a very long time my favorite Billy Joel album. To date I have now purchased this album three times, and it was worth it every time. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mark
appears to be a quad mix from when the album was released. Very active rears and great separation.Published 3 months ago by Joseph A. Borzyn
Los Angelenos and The Entertainer are the standout tracks here, while the instrumental Root Beer Rag showcases a side of Joel's compositional and pianist skills you may not have... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Daniel Kirk