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Billy Joel - An Innocent Man (1983)  Music

Posted by popsakov at Nov. 24, 2017
Billy Joel - An Innocent Man (1983)

Billy Joel - An Innocent Man (1983)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 234 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 97 Mb
Full Scans (JPG, 600 dpi) ~ 183 Mb | RAR 5% Recovery
Soft Rock, Pop Rock, Rock & Roll | CBS Records #466329 2

Recording The Nylon Curtain exhausted Billy Joel, and even though it had a pair of major hits, it didn't rival its predecessors in terms of sales. Since he labored so hard at the record, he decided it was time for a break – it was time to record an album just for fun. And that's how his homage to pre-Beatles pop, An Innocent Man, was conceived: it was designed as a breezy romp through the music of his childhood. Joel's grasp on history isn't remarkably astute – the opener "Easy Money" is a slice of Stax/Volt pop-soul, via the Blues Brothers (quite possibly the inspiration for the album), and the label didn't break the pop charts until well after the British Invasion…

Billy Joel - Turnstiles (1976)  Music

Posted by popsakov at Nov. 24, 2017
Billy Joel - Turnstiles (1976)

Billy Joel - Turnstiles (1976)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 233 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 111 Mb
Scans Included (JPG, 600 dpi) | RAR 5% Recovery
Soft Rock, Pop Rock | CBS Records #902197 2

There's a reason Turnstiles begins with the Spector-esque epic "Say Goodbye to Hollywood." Shortly after Streetlife Serenade, Joel ditched California – and, by implication, sensitive Californian soft rock from sensitive singer/songwriters – for his hometown of New York. "Say Goodbye to Hollywood" was a celebration of his move, a repudiation of his past, a fanfare for a new beginning, which is exactly what Turnstiles was. He still was a singer/songwriter – indeed, "Summer, Highland Falls" was his best ballad to date, possibly his best ever – but he decided to run with his musical talents, turning the record into a whirlwind tour of pop styles, from Sinatra to Springsteen…
Billy Joel - Greatest Hits: Volume I & Volume II (1985) [MFSL 2017] PS3 ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Billy Joel - Greatest Hits: Volume I & Volume II (1985) [MFSL 2017]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 117:28 minutes | Scans included | 3,13 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 2,44 GB
2x SACD / Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2-2121

Billy Joel - Greatest Hits: Volume III (1997) {Japan 1st Press}  Music

Posted by popsakov at Oct. 15, 2017
Billy Joel - Greatest Hits: Volume III (1997) {Japan 1st Press}

Billy Joel - Greatest Hits: Volume III (1997) {Japan 1st Press}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 516 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 182 Mb
Full Scans (JPG, 600 dpi) ~ 40 Mb | RAR 5% Recovery
Soft Rock, Pop Rock | Sony Records #SRCS 8410

The Greatest Hits Volume III album includes hits from 1983 to 1997. Two previously unreleased studio tracks are included, "To Make You Feel My Love" and "Hey Girl", while the third new track, "Light as the Breeze", was originally recorded for a Leonard Cohen tribute album known as Tower of Song in 1995. All three tracks are newly recorded covers (a rare occurrence in his catalogue). Chronologically, Greatest Hits Volume III overlaps slightly with Volume II, as the first two tracks, "Keeping the Faith" and "An Innocent Man", first appeared on his album An Innocent Man.
Billy Joel - Greatest Hits Volume I & Volume II (1985) [2017, MFSL]

Billy Joel - Greatest Hits Volume I & Volume II (1985)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
2CD | MFSL, UDSACD 2-2121 | ~ 688 or 285 Mb | Scans(png) -> 389 Mb
Pop Rock / Ballad / Classic Rock

Although it's missing a few important (not to mention big) hits, Greatest Hits, Vols. 1 & 2 is an excellent retrospective of the first half of Billy Joel's career. Beginning with "Piano Man," the first disc runs through a number of early songs before arriving at the hit-making days of the late '70s; some of these songs, including "Captain Jack" and "New York State of Mind," weren't strictly hits, but were popular numbers within his stage show and became radio hits…
Billy Joel - Stranger (1977) [Reissue 2017] {2.0 & 5.1} PS3 ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Billy Joel - Stranger (1977) [Reissue 2017]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 42:30 minutes | Full Scans included | 3,28 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 42:41 mins | Scans | 895 MB
Featuring Stereo and Multichannel surround sound
Billy Joel - The Complete Albums Collection (2011/2014) [Official Digital Download]

Billy Joel - The Complete Albums Collection (2011/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time - 675:23 minutes | ~ 14,6 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover(s)

Although Billy Joel never was a critic's favorite, the pianist emerged as one of the most popular singer/songwriters of the latter half of the '70s. Joel's music consistently demonstrates an affection for Beatlesque hooks and a flair for Tin Pan Alley and Broadway melodies. His fusion of two distinct eras made him a superstar in the late '70s and '80s, as he racked an impressive string of multi-platinum albums and hit singles.
Billy Joel - 7 Studio Albums (1973-1983) [MFSL, 2010-2013] (Repost)

Billy Joel - 7 Studio Albums (1973-1983) [MFSL, 2010-2013]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 1,57 GB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 662 MB | Covers - 1,6 GB
Genre: Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab

Billy Joel - Piano Man (1973). Embittered by legal disputes with his label and an endless tour to support a debut that was dead in the water, Billy Joel hunkered down in his adopted hometown of Los Angeles, spending six months as a lounge singer at a club. He didn't abandon his dreams - he continued to write songs, including "Piano Man," a fictionalized account of his weeks as a lounge singer. Through a combination of touring and constant hustling, he landed a contract with Columbia and recorded his second album in 1973. Clearly inspired by Elton John's Tumbleweed Connection, not only musically but lyrically, as well as James Taylor, Joel expands the vision and sound of Cold Spring Harbor, abandoning introspective numbers (apart from "You're My Home," a love letter to his wife) for character sketches and epics…
Richard Joo - Billy Joel: Fantasies & Delusions (Music for Solo Piano) (2001)

Richard Joo - Billy Joel: Fantasies & Delusions (Music for Solo Piano) (2001)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:16:18 | 226 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | Catalog: CK 85397

It was pretty clear that Billy Joel had run out of steam by 1993's River of Dreams. He had shown signs of wearing on its predecessor, Storm Front, but his trademark melodic gift disappeared on River of Dreams and his words, even performances, were bone-tired – he even called the last song "The Last Song (No More Words)." So, it was no great surprise that he did not rush to record a follow-up, and when he started murmuring toward the end of the decade that perhaps he wasn't interested in pop music anymore, nobody who paid attention could have been surprised.
Billy Joel - 2 Studio Albums (1978-1980) [AFZ 24 KT + Gold CD, 2010]

Billy Joel - 2 Studio Albums (1978-1980) [AFZ 24 KT + Gold CD, 2010]
EAC Rip | WavPack (image+.cue+log) - 422 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 177 MB | Covers - 114 MB
Genre: Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Audio Fidelity

52nd Street (1978). 52nd Street is Billy Joel's sixth studio album and the first to reach #1 in Billboard. The 1978 release contains some essential American pop songs including the three Top 40 hits, "My Life," "Big Shot," and "Honesty."
The sophisticated and somewhat jazzy album is conceptualized like a musical, a showcase of masterful writing and musicianship. Joel interjects rock, soul and Latin rhythyms along with the jazz. The music flows together smoothly, thanks to Phil Ramone's seamless production and Joel's melodic craftsmanship. The jazz influences come through most strongly on "Zanzibar" - featuring Freddie Hubbard's trumpet solos - "Stiletto," and the title track. The album's standout is the gorgeously layered love song, "Until the Night"…