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Billy Joel's hidden masterpiece
on July 16, 2016
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. I originally was entranced by it on cassette in the early 90s. I have had the original CD issue for a very long time. If you listen to the original issue carefully with really good headphones you can hear just how poor quality they got out of the originally mixed tape as the tape hiss is overwhelming for any modern recording, even analog. Yet I've still been entranced by it. With this reissue they have done an amazing job. I just finished listening to this version, and I realize that before this I've only heard about 20% of what the recording has to offer. What comes out now is pure elegant yet humble brilliance.
I don't know how many people who like Billy Joel have heard any of the songs here, yet along the entire album. The styles of each song show his tremendous breadth of musical style. Yet they all just somehow seem to naturally lead one into the next from beginning to end anyway. With this issue I am hearing a few new things. First, the lyrics are very clear and crisp, and you can appreciate all the humor, basic humanity and sentimentality that comes off as pure brilliance in the lyrics. Second, I never realized how much this album really rocks! I had always thought of Streetlife Serenade as a very laid back, quiet piece of work. But with everything so crisp and fresh the drums, vocals, rhythm and technically on point piano playing suddenly comes to life.
This is in my mind truly the best Billy Joel issue one could ever buy.