Billy The Demo [Gamberetto, 1CD]
The Stranger and 52nd Street studio sessions 1977-1978.
Columbia Records introduced Joel to Phil Ramone, who would produce all of Joel’s studio albums from The Stranger (1977) to The Bridge (1986). The Stranger was an enormous commercial success, yielding four Top-25 hits on the Billboard charts: “Just the Way You Are” (#3), “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)” (#17), “Only the Good Die Young” (#24), and “She’s Always a Woman” (#17). Joel’s first Top Ten album, The Stranger, was certified multi-platinum and reached number two on the charts, outselling Simon & Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water, Columbia’s previous best-selling album.
Expectations were high for Joel’s next album, 52nd Street, which he released in 1978, naming it after Manhattan’s famous 52nd Street, which, at the time of its release, served as the world headquarters of CBS/Columbia. The album sold over seven million copies, propelled to No. 1 on the charts by the following hits: “My Life”(#3), recorded in the disco genre; “Big Shot” (#14), and “Honesty” (#24).
Thanks to wonderboy for sharing the tracks at Dime.
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Track 01. Movin’ Out (studio demo) 2:18
Track 02. The Stranger (home demo) 3:29
Track 03. Just the way you are (studio demo) 1:53
04. Only The Good Die Young * Omitted
Track 05. She’s Always a Woman (piano version) 1:56
Track 06. Get it Right the First Time (studio demo) 3:35
Track 07. Big Shot (studio demo) 3:14
Track 08. Honesty (studio demo) 3:37
Track 09. Honesty (orchestra version demo) 3:43
Track 10. Zanzibar (alternate version) 2:37
Track 11. Stiletto (alternate version) 3:23
Track 12. Rosalinda’s Eyes (studio demo) 3:53
Track 13. Rosalinda’s Eyes (studio demo) 4:42
Track 14. Half a Mile Away (studio demo) 4:30
Track 15. Until the Night (studio demo) 7:12
Track 16. Close to the Borderline (studio demo) 1:28
Track 17. Close to the Borderline (studio demo) 3:50
Track 18. Through the Long Night (studio demo) 3:13
* Available on the My Lives box set.
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