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I've Loved These Days

Ya know, Billy Joel's Turnstiles always strikes me as a weird album, especially in the middle. I mean, you get the airy songs like "Say Goodbye to Hollywood" and "Summer, Highland Falls". It delves down into more mellow overtones by the time you get to "New York State of Mind" and "James". Then.... BOOM! "Prelude/Angry Young Man" hits, disrupting the flow.

When I play the WAV files for this album, I always put "Angry Young Man" first, leading into "Say Goodbye to Hollywood" and leaving the rest of the playlist intact. Of course, I don't often listen to this album anyway. There's just something different about hearing the songs done live on albums like Songs in the Attic or Kohuept.

Quick note -- The album Songs in the Attic was made exactly for this reason. Billy thought that some of his earlier songs just didnt' have the right feel being done in a studio, so this album was produced specifically to record what he wanted -- the energy of a live performance. That's why the version of "She's Got A Way" which is popular has the applause at the end. It came off this album. The original was on Cold Spring Harbor.



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Jul. 29th, 2006 03:17 am (UTC)
A remnant of vinyl-record sequencing, I suspect. I don't have my album here, but I'm wagering "Prelude/Angry Young Man" starts one of the sides. (Oh, how I love that "James.")

I studied "Prelude" as a 20th century piano piece one semester in college. My teacher wasn't really up for it, but I was ready with the "But you play pop music in a lounge on Thursday nights" card...

I doubt I could play it today to save my soul. Fortunately, I don't think that will be required.
Jul. 29th, 2006 09:22 pm (UTC)
*headslap* Of course. I hadn't even thought about this being on two sides. It's been so long since I thought about CDs in terms of two sides of an LP, but I'm sure that's it.

As for being able to play Prelude -- I'm impressed!
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