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Streetlife Serenade Enhanced, Original recording remastered

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Released in '74 and featuring the hit The Entertainer .

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Streetlife Serenader
  2. Los Angelenos
  3. The Great Suburban Showdown
  4. Root Beer Bag
  5. Roberta
  6. The Entertainer
  7. Last of the Big Time Spenders
  8. Weekend Song
  9. Souvenir
  10. The Mexican Connection
  11. [Souvenir] Filmed Performance Footage


Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 5, 2008)
  • Rmst ed. edition
  • Original Release Date: February 5, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Original recording remastered
  • Label: SBME SPECIAL MKTS.
  • Run Time: 39 minutes
  • ASIN: B0012GMVYY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,860 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By G. J Wiener on June 25, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I really appreciate all of Billy Joel's records. However his early releases: Cold Spring Harbor, Turnstiles, and this one are special probably because they are not so overplayed on the radio. The title track is so haunting its beautiful. Los Angelinos boogies along quite nicely as Billy's band adds nice support. And two instrumentals- the subdued Mexican Connection with its accentuated rhythms and the jolly bingo hall styled Root Beer Rag. The Entertainer may be the hit single with its catchy lyrics but overall this record is very consistent and quite varied.
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Somehow, this album escaped my notice initially when I was exploring the music of Billy Joel - it wasn't in my dad's record collection and none of my friends who were into his music had ever mentioned it. After having, I supposed, overlooked it at first in the record store, I finally discovered the record and brought it home with me sometime in the spring of 1985. My initial impression of this album was not necessarily a great one...There were only a couple of songs on here that I liked at first. Over the years it remained relatively ignored by me...but now, when I listen to Billy Joel, this is one of the albums I listen to most - probably because I didn't over-play this one when in High School.
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...
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If you've ever liked this CD, which admittitdly is not the best CD in the early cannon - and not the worst - this is the very best this CD has EVER sounded - and you get the QUAD sound - which was done back in the 70s but restored here in luscious precision On THE ENTERTAINER and LOS ANGELENOS the QUAD is used to stunning effect. I"m still listening to this so will add to my review as I listen more, but this is a fantastic way to hear this CD - the best way.
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This review is for the SACD from Audio Fidelity.

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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By A Customer on September 8, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I love Billy Joel's music, and am starting to collect his older CDs. I just got "Streetlife Serenade" and it's great! I especially like the piano/keyboard solos i.e. "The Mexican Connection". I can't pick a favorite because they're all great! And I love the painting on the cover, too! Hats off to Billy Joel, one of the greatest musicians EVER.
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"Streetlife Serenade" by Billy Joel is the prettiest album of his career. This record (his 3rd studio album) is so underrated. It's sandwiched in between his breakthrough album, "Piano Man" and "Turnstiles" which is considered a masterpiece. Billy Joel did admit that he didn't have a lot of material while working on this album, but there some really beautiful songs here like, "Streetlife Serenader" which has a gorgeous and unforgettable piano melody. "The Great Suburban Showdown" is subtle but has powerful, heartfelt lyrics. "Roberta" is about a "lady of the night" and "Los Angelenos" is an up-tempo track with a killer keyboard riff (the lyrics are pretty cool, too). "Last of the Big Time Spenders" and "Weekend Song" are decent songs, but not as good as the others. "Souvenir" contains Billy's best vocal. Wow. What a voice. It's a short little ditty but it's extremely emotional. It will give you chills. "The Entertainer" (the only single released from this album) contains hilarious and sarcastic lyrics. Such a brilliant track. I love Billy's wicked sense of humor. There's 2 instrumental tracks, "Root Beer Rag" which has a touch of vaudeville, and "The Mexican Connection" which I absolutely adore. It's so whimsical. A lovely album by an even lovelier man. He's a genius and yet so humble. One of the best singer/songwriters of our time. Enjoy!
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