Ask most Billy Joel fans to name their favourite album and they will probably reply "The Stranger" or "The Nylon Curtain", both big-selling albums full of hit singles. But this 1975 album (Billy's fourth release) is in my opinion one of his finest. It features "Angry Young Man" which starts with one of the most memorable and accomplished intros ever recorded by a pop/rock musician, indeed it is more like a classical piece (which is no surprise since Joel is a classically trained pianist). Also included on this album is the timeless concert favourite "New York State of mind" which is a beautiful, world weary ode to the eponymous city, featuring a wonderful saxophone solo that you can imagine is being played in a dark, smoky bar in downtown New York. The rest of the album is not mere filler however, "Summer Highland Falls" and "I've loved these days" are excellent piano based songs showcasing Billy's genius for writing beautiful melodies with intelligent lyrics. There is an air of disillusionment in all the songs, a feeling that Billy has seen and tasted the glamour of being a star and found it to be quite empty and artificial. In "New York State of mind" he shuns the planes to Miami Beach and Hollywood for a Greyhound Bus to the "reality" of the Hudson River. I would recommend this album to anyone who likes music by a traditional singer/songwriter. Billy Joel was one of the best of this genre, and this is one of his finest albums.