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3.0 out of 5 stars Streetlife slumbers on, 27 July 2011
This review is from: Streetlife Serenade (Audio CD)
A bit of a mixed bag this album, it has some great moments, but not enough to be considered a classic Billy Joel release and the sound quality is only average, which doesn't help. The great songs are Streetlife Serenader and The Entertainer, which Billy often played live. Other good songs are Roberta, Root Beer Rag(a breezy little instrumental), Los Angelenos and Souvenir, which sounds oddly profound: most of the remaining songs sound very average by comparison. As this CD is a straight reissue of the original LP, it still retains that smooth, rather flat sound typical of CBS recordings of the mid seventies and as such loses much in dynamics, I feel sure this record such have been remastered by now, given the amount money Billy Joel must have earned for CBS to date. It maybe one of the less sucessful records of Billy's back catalogue, but that's no reason not to give it a decent modern sound, say like the album Turnstiles received. When the live album Songs from the Attic was released around 1980, Billy said that songs from his early back catalogue deserved better performances, but I do wonder if he also thought that the sound production values of his records, made his songs less exciting to listen to. Don't get me wrong, to quote a lyric from "My Life"; I am a fan of Billy Joel and I have plenty of his later albums, but I just feel somewhat disappointed by this issue. So I will give it 3 stars, for 6 of the songs on the album, but nothing more due to the average sound quality.
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