Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid SACD! Mastered From Original Master Tapes!
This 1981 live album finds Joel adding warmth to ballads and punch and kick to rockers. Mobile Fidelity's version gives the listener a dead-center seat and wonderful sonic perspective! The album is an ideal summation of Joels early period material, enhanced by an accomplished band in a concert setting.
Great live albums often function as documents of a performers stinting onstage abilities, stopgaps between studio albums, introductions to a musicians earlier work, and/or opportunities for familiar material to be showcased in superior ways. Songs In the Attic serves all of these purposes and more. As Billy Joels first live album, its still his best, punctuated by dynamic renditions of favorites and deep cuts, and augmented by a tested band in sync with the pianist.
A vital component of Mobile Fidelitys Billy Joel catalog restoration series, Songs In the Attic is mastered from the original master tapes and made available on fully transparent hybrid SACD. The resulting presentation effortlessly outshines that heard on all previous editions of this 1981 set. Joels piano possesses fuller body and lifelike resonance. His veteran groups contributions emerge with newfound clarity, dynamics, decay, and extension. Balances are supreme, and shades and colors blend, amplifying richness and presence.
On the heels of three multi-platinum albums and a commercial breakthrough, Joel released Songs In the Attic to both tide fans over until 1982s The Nylon Curtain as well to feature material in a looser, warmer setting. The record highlights not only the singers consistency and knack for indelible melodies, but savvy live techniques. Upbeat tunes such as Everybody Loves You Now receive a more fleshed-out treatment that yields added punch and swagger, while balladic numbers like Ive Loved These Days take on a cozy warmth akin to the feeling of putting on a sweater on a cool fall day.
Songs In the Attic also bridged the gap for listeners for whom Joel was then a new entity, as many didnt come to his music until The Stranger. Hence, tracks like Captain Jack and The Ballad of Billy the Kid, from Piano Man, get a fresh identity, particularly courtesy of a backing band that, by then, had been gigging with Joel for years. No wonder that, unlike a majority of live records, Songs In the Attic yielded two Top 40 pop hits: Say Goodbye to Hollywood and Shes Got a Way. No matter from what angle its viewed, the set stands as one of the most important and enjoyable live records ever released.
Also Available from Billy Joel on Mobile Fidelity SACD:
Billy Joel - The Stranger (MOBSA2089)
Billy Joel - 52nd Street (MOBSA2090)
Billy Joel - Glass Houses (MOBSA2091)
Billy Joel - The Nylon Curtain (MOBSA2093)
Billy Joel - An Innocent Man (MOBSA2094)
Super Audio CD
SACD Stereo SACD Layer
This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
Numbered, Limited Edition
Mastered From Original Master Tapes
1. Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)
2. Summer, Highland Falls
3. Streetlife Serenader
4. Los Angelenos
5. She's Got A Way
6. Everybody Loves You Now
7. Say Goodbye To Hollywood
8. Captain Jack
9. You're My Home
10. The Ballad of Billy The Kid
11. I've Loved These Days