I first heard this album when I was a freshman in university (late 1981/early 1982). I remember seeing the album cover through the window of the record store and thinking, "What in the world is this?" I had been a huge fan of Glass Houses (my brother and I wore out an 8-track of it), and I was expecting another album along the same lines. I soon purchased a copy of Songs, and I have to be honest....it took it a while to grow on me. After listening to it for a few times, I was hooked.
Today, I have owned this album on cassette (twice), on 8-track, on album, and on CD (twice). I consider it to be the best live album that I have had the experience of hearing. There are other live albums that I also enjoy (Paul McCartney's "Tripping the Live Fantastic" is one of them), but never have I heard a live album that has the ability to literally draw the listener into the excitement of the moment. I can close my eyes and listen to this album, and it's as though I'm there in that nightclub or concert hall. All that I can say is ... wow.
If I could preserve a time capsule of music for future generations, this would be the live album that I would contribute. Billy....well done!
I first heard this album in 1984 when I was working at CIMN , a radio station at the University of Prince Edward Island in Canada. At the same time , I was a sound-man doing small gigs for bands etc...
I was never into Billy Joel until this moment ( 1984) - I lit up and plugged this album on my stereo turntable into my PA ( Public Address System) for you old guys. I turned it up to a pleasureable volume ( medium loud and not ear blasting- no distortion) ..
This is my favourite live recording of any artist ..I have it now on CD, MP3 and a constant in my collection. My kids want to know what I am listening to because they think it is awesome.
These recordings are not in my attic ! There is no dust on these songs ! Everytime I present them to younger people and tell them it's Billy Joel - they are really freaked out ! Like really freaked out ! Most of them say " Who is Billy Joel ?" but a great deal of them say- "Cool !"
I have never seen Billy Joel in concert but when I close my eyes and plug this in and turn the volume up - I wish I had !
Bravo Bravo Bravo !
I remember first seeing this album in my grandparents' record collection when I was about 9. The copy my grandparents had was actually my dad's brother's, he moved out of their house in the 80s and left most of his records behind. My dad also had a copy and he always used to play it whenever I requested him to. After I asked them to do so when they were on a holiday that year, my grandparents brought home a copy of this album on CD and I was hooked on Billy Joel from then on. He was my first influence in adult rock music. My favourite songs on the album are "Miami 2017", "Say Goodbye to Hollywood", "Captain Jack" and "I've Loved These Days".
This album was the second i ever heard of the piano mans and i think it will certainly NEVER be the last. My personal faves are miami 2017, summer highland falls, los angelenos and you're my home. When ever i play 'you're my home' i picture a man in a ballroom tux and a woman in a cocktail dress spinning on a night club dance floor. The man is singing the lyrics to the song while the band plays behind him. I don't know why, i just like to think up little movie-like scenes for the songs on this album!
This is my favorite Billy album.
I first heard this album in late 1978 as a 13 year old, and that was it . . . . . I was gone.
I had heard of Piano Man and some other stuff, but this was the one that made me a life long fan.
I wore out my cassette copy, and then I had to buy another one when I got a car. Then I bought the CD and it sounded even better.
I have just bought another copy of the re-released version here in Australia.
It still has such an impact on me.
I played it to my fiancee and she has also fallen in love with this album, so much so that we have chosen this albums version of Your My Home as our Bridal Waltz next year.
I saw Billy in December 2008 at Acer Arena with my fiancee, She bought me the tickets for my birthday. Even though he didnt play this song, it was still great to hear the master play live. Just like this album.
This album was one of the best produced albums Billy Joel has ever made. Each track was a song of perfection. Who can't remember the feeling you had when you first listened to these songs? I first saw Billy Joel when he toured in 1978, 4th row on the floor and I had only heard Piano Man. 31 years later and Songs in the Attic is still in my car and is played constantly. Favorite song is Miami 2017, why? because it's the first song of a long string of songs that will all make me happy! If you haven't heard it in awhile .......it's time.
When the album came out in 1981, "fans" were surprised at the song listings. There were no songs from Glass houses, 52nd Street or The Stranger! Where did these songs come from? These people were the next generation fans. These were Fans who had never heard of Billy Joel before "The Stranger". I know , because was one of them. The album was released to set a certain goal and it did exactly what it was set out to do and that was to introduce these new fans to Pre-Stranger material. The songs sounded a little raw but that was it's intention. The songs were played LIVE and played in different settings. Even Billy admitted when he wrote inside the album jacket, that these songs were picked for the album and done in different settings to get the actual feel of these tunes. When the new fan heard this album, it opened up volumes to Billy Joel's music and so the next chapter began. It was like opening up a present at Christmas time! My Goodness! He's got 4 other albums? Let's buy 'em! That's what I did. So, in reviewing this album in one word or less - Discovery. I give the Album a 10/10. 5 for the well played tunes and 5 for the introduction of my new presents!