When it comes to music, I’ve got a pretty varied taste. Granted, the past decade or so I’ve been way out of touch. I’ll blame having kids on that one. But my CD collection includes everything from Iron Maiden to Billy Joel to the Dances With Wolves soundtrack.
I pretty much listen to all types except for Rap and Opera. Though I’d be curious to see a Rap Opera one of these days…
Anyways, I always liked Billy Joel. Way more than Elton John. To be honest, I was like most kids in college, I had the complete Billy Joel Greatest Hits. The mega 2-CD set that covered all the best of his early years. Great great stuff. I just love the way Billy can make a piano actually sound cool. And he didn’t even need a keytar to do it!
When I started taking piano lessons in high school, I picked up Billy Joel’s Greatest Hits sheet music and learned to play Piano Man (naturally) and one of my favorites: Pressure.
Well, Billy’s got a new album out called She’s Got A Way: Love Songs. Considering so many of Billy’s songs are about love and relationships, it must’ve been hard to cut this down to just one album. It’s a great collection to be sure, though I can’t imagine any Billy Joel collection being bad!
What I really like about this latest release is that it’s pretty much all over the place. It covers a huge variety of songs from Billy Joel’s lengthy career from the early ’70s to the late ’80s. There are a slew of great ones on here like “Just the Way You Are,” “She’s Always a Woman,” and “The Night is Still Young.” But for an average Billy Joel fan like myself, there are quite a few songs on here I’d never heard of!
Since I never owned any of the individual albums, plenty of b-sides and singles made the cut, yet they’re brand new to me. “Travelin’ Prayer,” “Temptation,” and “She’s Right on Time” are all fantastic tunes that I’ve never heard. So while this is a collection of old songs, there’s plenty of “new” on here for me.
She’s Got A Way: Love Songs are the love songs, ballads and sentimental favorites comprising a dream Billy Joel playlist for old and new romantics alike, bringing new context to classics like “Just the Way You Are,” “Honesty” and “She’s Always a Woman” while rediscovering forgotten masterpieces like “Travelin’ Prayer” (the b-side of the “Piano Man” single), Billy’s version of “Shameless” (a #1 country smash for Garth Brooks), and the haunting instrumental “Nocturne” (from 1971’s Cold Spring Harbor)
She’s Got A Way: Love Songs – track listing
- Travelin’ Prayer (single from Piano Man – 1973)
- The Night Is Still Young (single from Greatest Hits – Volume I and II – 1985)
- This Is The Time (single from The Bridge – 1986)
- She’s Got A Way (Live) (single from Songs in the Attic – 1981)
- Temptation (track from The Bridge – 1986)
- Nocturne (track from Cold Spring Harbor – 1971)
- Until The Night (from 52nd Street – 1978)
- She’s Right On Time (from The Nylon Curtain – 1982)
- You’re My Home (b-side of single from Piano Man – 1973)
- Just The Way You Are (single from The Stranger – 1977)
- She’s Always A Woman (single from The Stranger – 1977)
- State Of Grace (from Storm Front – 1989)
She’s Got a Way: Love Songs would make a great gift for Valentine’s Day for sure. It’s also just a great album to pop in the CD player (Okay, fine. Pop in your computer and import into iTunes).
Twelve great songs on one love-filled album. Billy Joel’s one of those timeless musicians who seems to capture a new audience with each new generation. Each audience is filled with wonder and awe and may even consider trying to purchase singing lessons or piano lessons in order to try to recreate this wonderful music.
She’s Got A Way: Love Songs just further proves the Piano Man himself is loved by millions. And for good reason.
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