Billy Joel Piano Man Numbered Limited Edition 180g LP
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Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs of All Time - "Piano Man" - Rated 429/500!
Numbered, Limited Edition! Half-Speed Mastered From Original Master Tapes!
Billy Joel Piano Man on Numbered Limited Edition 180g LP from Mobile Fidelity
Joel’s Breakthrough 1973 Album Filled With Memorable Character Sketches
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes for the First Time: Intimate Sonics
Sing a Song for the Piano Man: Joel’s Pathos Impacts Everyman In All of Us
Billy Joel’s Piano Man established a legend via two elements that became a
trademark of his career: simple, yet disarmingly effective lyrics that speak to
universal truths and instilled feelings of pathos. With the classic title track,
Joel captures the emotions and expectations all of us—consciously or not—attach
to our favorite musicians: “Sing us a song you're the piano man/Sing us a song
tonight/Well we're all in the mood for a melody/And you've got us feeling
alright,” he croons. Indeed, Joel has everyone feeling good on this breakout
Never before properly remastered, Mobile Fidelity secured the original master
tapes to present this 1973 singer-songwriter masterwork in unparalleled
fidelity. The cavity of Joel’s piano, tension of the strings, and reach of his
voice are astounding on this numbered limited-edition LP pressing. The New York
native finally seems as if he’s playing in your room rather than down the hall.
After the commercial failure of his debut, and resulting legal disputes with his
label, a determined Joel took up a six-month residency as a lounge singer in Los
Angeles. The vocalist continued to pen songs, including his signature track,
“Piano Man,” a fictional narrative motivated by the real-life stories and
actions of the patrons he witnessed during his cocktail club residency. Joel
also drew inspiration from a fellow peer with whom he’d ultimately collaborate
on a series of highly successful tours that continue to this day: Elton John.
The Englishman’s Tumbleweed Connection fueled a creative spurt in Joel, who
extends the record’s Western imagery and bluesy themes.
Ignoring introspection in favor of rich character sketches, Joel utilizes his
knack for melodic flair, filling out the songs with comprehensive arrangements
and a swift sense of purpose. His tales — “The Ballad of Billy the Kid,”
“Captain Jack,” “Ain’t No Crime” — are supported with phenomenal harmonies and
thematic flavors that arrive courtesy of instrumental accents from first-rate
players that include guitarist Larry Carlton, banjoist Fred Heilbrun, and
drummer Ron Tutt. Joel supplies the requisite emotions, and Piano Man oozes with
Mobile Fidelity’s 180g LP possesses a warmth that, until now, none of Joel’s
records possess. Soundstaging, imaging, and immediacy are refined and mannered,
and the enthusiasm and completeness of Joel’s craft come into supreme focus.
No fan of '70s rock or pop should be without this stellar pressing!
"Joel grew up playing in rock bands, but a California hiatus as a lounge pianist (under the name Bill Martin) saw him pecking out standards for lost souls. 'It was all right,' he said. 'I got free drinks and union scale, which was the first steady money I'd made in a long time.'" - Rolling Stone
"If you’re looking for an ideal example of the wealth of information available in a record’s grooves versus a high-resolution digital file, this is it. I favorably reviewed the
SACD of this set several issues ago, yet the LP uncovers far more sonic treasures. The additional layers of texture, echo,
and spaciousness in the oft-played title track are revelatory. It feels as if MoFi even captures the smokiness conveyed in the tune; such is the degree of piano texture available on this analog version." - Jeff Dorgay, TONEAudio Magazine, No. 52, January 2013
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• Half-Speed Production and Mastering by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
• Specially Plated and Pressed on 180 grams of High Definition Vinyl
• Special Static Free - Dust Free Inner Sleeve
• Heavy Duty Protective Packaging
• Mastered from the Original Master Tapes
• Gatefold jacket
1. Travelin' Prayer
2. Piano Man
3. Ain't No Crime
4. You're My Home
5. The Ballad of Billy the Kid
6. Worse Comes to Worst
7. Stop in Nevada
8. If I Only Had the Words (To Tell You)
9. Somewhere Along the Line
10. Captain Jack