May 11, 2009 – 4:09 am

When the melodies and the lyrics clicked, Billy Joel was a magician capable of bringing on the hits seemingly at will.

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Nassau Coliseum 1977 [no label, 2CD]

Live at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, December 11, 1977. An excellent soundboard/ pre-FM recording. This is not a copy of the FM broadcast but the pre-FM tape.

Most loyal Billy Joel fans fumed when the 30th anniversary boxset of The Stranger came out in 2007. The bonus CD of the Carnegie Hall concert from 1977, the year The Stranger was released, was an incomplete show. Another grievous omission was the extra bonus CD available at Best Buy outlets was just five tracks from the Nassau Coliseum show of December ‘77.

Several of Joel’s shows were recorded in full. This show at the Nassau Coliseum was broadcast to promote The Stranger. Listening to the full show, I can only guess either Joel or Columbia, his record label, may have felt it wasn’t quite so magnetic. There are moments when the energy dissipates and the concert crawls along. Still, perhaps some deft editing would have solved that.

All of Joel’s strengths are in full view here. His easy lyrics and catchy melodies and that distinct vocal style of a New York sharpie. It’s a joy to hear a young Joel sing She’s Always A Woman To Me or The Stranger or Piano Man. There are many highlights in this show including the best of The Stranger - Movin’ Out and Scenes From An Italian Restaurant.

This show was part of a 54-date U.S. tour to promote The Stranger. It was recorded and broadcast on American radio. We’ve had to omit all the five tracks that have been officially released on the Best Buy CD.

Amazing sound quality with distinct stereophonic image and centered vocals. Just listen to the drums. Great.
- The Little Chicken

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Disc 1
Track 101. Pre-show soundcheck
Track 102. The Stranger
Track 103. Somewhere Along The Line
4. Summer, Highland Falls [omited]*
Track 105. Piano Man
Track 106. Scenes From An Italian Restaurant
Track 107. Travellin’ Prayer
Track 108. Movin’ Out
Track 109. Still Crazy After All These Years [P. Simon cover]
10. Just The Way You Are [omited]*
Track 111. Prelude/ Angry Young Man
Track 112. New York State Of Mind

Disc 2
Track 201. The Entertainer (6.8MB)
2. Vienna [omited]*
Track 203. Root Beer Rag (4.1MB)
Track 204. She’s Always A Woman (4.4MB)
Track 205. I’ve Loved These Days (5.6MB)
Track 206. Miami 2017 (6.5MB)
7. The Ballad Of Billy The Kid [omited]*
Track 208. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Track 209.  Say Goodbye To Hollywood (10.4MB)
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Track 210 .Only The Good Die Young (7.1MB)
11. Get It Right The First Time [omited]*
Track 212. Souvenir (2.4MB)
* Tracks omitted can be found on the Best Buy Exclusive Bonus CD that comes with the 30th Anniversary Edition of Billy Joel’s The Stranger.

Billy Joel - piano
Richie Cannata - sax
Steve Khan - guitar
Doug Stegmeyer - bass
Liberty DeVitto - drums

This is the album that brought Billy Joel to a worldwide audience in 1977. Previously, he was a minor talent with a loyal American following. Just The Way You Are was the song that many first recognized as Joel’s. The 30th anniversary edition of The Stranger has been criticized for having too loud a mastering. Buyer beware. Click on the link to order the album.

  1. 6 Responses to “MAGIC MAN”

  2. Nice guitar work from Steve Khan. Thanks Big-O!

    By Dr. Greenthumb on May 12, 2009

  3. Does anyone know where to find the Best Buy Exclusive Bonus CD? The five songs omitted here are not included on the 2CD-legacy edition and also not on the 2CD+DVD-limited edition that are available on amazon.

    By Walter on May 16, 2009

  4. Try Craig’s List in the US for the Best Buy Album you mention.

    By Bubbles on May 19, 2009

  5. I would contend that since the Best Buy edition is long out of print and the bonus disc was attached as a ‘free’ disc to encourage purchase of the Legacy set, that the omitted titles could be safely reapplied to the set. Just an opinion.

    By E on Nov 27, 2012

  6. showtime has a special tonite 9pm 90mins that theyve never had before. its on now on the east coast. it repeats at 1030pm again. and im sure a few more times. anyone with showtime can look up the schedule im sure.
    its called billy joel - a matter of trust - the bridge to russia. its about the ‘87 concert in the ussr. its a nice little program. fans of billy’s will enjoy this.

    By darth on Feb 1, 2014

  7. ok its 75mins long. if it matters. it just ended. starts again in 15mins.

    By darth on Feb 1, 2014

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