Billy Joel is an incomparable musician, having sold more than 150 million records, he ranks as one of the most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in the world. Streetlife Serenade is Joel's third studio album originally released in 1974.
Streetlife Serenade may rank as one of his finest efforts. Joel keep things lively and diversified from song to song. "The Great Suburban Showdown" and "Last of the Big Time Spenders" have an openly spaced, laid-back Western vibe. The spunky instrumentals "Root Beer Rag" and "The Mexican Connection" show off Joel's formidable piano-playing skills and are pure fun. "Weekend Song" is an awesomely rugged rocker and the quirky hit "The Entertainer" is sheer pop genius, both lyrically and sonically.
This was the last albm that Billy Joel recorded with the singer-songwriter style. Most of the compositions look back intimately at Joel's life. The album has great arrangements and rhythms and lyrics that tell a story with feeling and hints that he had enough with California, enough with the music industry, enough with being a sensitive artist. It was time for Billy to say goodbye to Hollywood and head back home to New York.
Put all of these elements together and add 4.0 Quad and you have a very special Billy Joel album that appeals to the audiophile, the record collector, and the music lover.
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• Hybrid 4.0 Multichannel SACD
• Stereo CD and SACD mastering by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
• Includes Multichannel Mix in SACD Surround Sound and original 2-Channel Stereo Mixes in SACD Stereo and CD Stereo
• Quad Remix Engineer: Don Young
• Hybrid Multichannel SACD Plays On All SACD & CD Players
1. Streetlife Serenader
2. Los Angelenos
3. The Great Suburban Showdown
4. Root Beer Rag
6. The Entertainer
7. Last of the Big Time Spenders
8. Weekend Song
10. The Mexican Connection