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  1. I just watched it — nice little interview. This is what I meant when I was telling you off-line that Billy (like Eric) was always a great quote source. Still is. I love what he said to the interviewer here — that in coming back like this, "he feels like Rip Van Winkle." How funny. He went on to say that everything has changed — he "doesn't know how the charts work, doesn't know how radio works...." Yes, it's a different world. His teaser comments about a new album.... Well, I guess it's time for me to be cynical: I'd bet we won't see a full 10- or 12-song album of new songs from Billy Joel. Hope I'm wrong. What he says in that interview leaves the door open, but he's also "reluctant" to go there. Doing a whole new album is a tough thing. Maybe we'll get at least a couple more one-offs?
  2. Well-done, Bernie. He was fun to watch on the field (though as a Packers fan, he caused a lot of anguish). Love your workaround with the NFL and its licensing arms. I think this look is better than having him in his game jersey....
  3. A Billy backlash! It's nice to have a meaningful discussion on new music, isn't it? Even if we're not of the same mind. (Especially if we're not of the same mind!) As always, I respect the opinions of others. Craig, now you've got me wondering whether there was a little "enhancement" in the studio to erase some years in Billy's voice. (I wonder if an artist of Billy's stature (or an engineer involved) would ever admit to as much.) And Patti, I get what you're saying about the song lacking a "big statement" or "big instrumentation," etc. (Lew, I don't get what you're saying, though! 😀) But I'm with Rhonda. There is emotion in this song that I find touching. Well, to back up a little, I find Billy's return in itself to be moving. In my years as a music journalist (1980s-1990s), I interviewed Billy multiple times and got to know him and admire him. I mean, we weren't best friends or anything, but I'd see him backstage at concerts and he'd know my name and he liked and respected the magazine I edited, and we'd chat about things like my request and follow-up requests to do his authorized biography. (At the time, he said "I haven't done anything yet!" — even though it was after The Stranger, 52nd Street, Greatest Hits Vol. 1 and 2, Nylon Curtain, The Bridge, Storm Front.... Lol. He just didn't wanna go there!) Anyway, his catalog of music meant a lot to me then, and it still does. "Summer, Highland Falls," "Vienna," "Miami 2017," "I've Loved These Days," ""Rosalinda's Eyes," "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant," "She's Always a Woman," the whole Nylon Curtain album — these and so many of his songs were and are very compelling. With some exceptions, his catalog has held up to repeat listenings. When Billy came out of nowhere with a new song, I couldn't believe it. But... my expectations weren't that we'd be getting "Allentown" or "You May Be Right" or "Only the Good Die Young" again. Heck, when you're in your 70s, you're just not in the same mindset as when you were 28, you don't have the same voice, you have a different energy. So I listened to his new "Turn the Lights Back On" in the same way I listened to "Brand New Year" by Eric Carmen 10 years ago. A different time, different expectations, different experience. So I net out where Rhonda did. For some of us, what we hear in the new song "is enough, especially if it is relatable.... [S]ongs aren't always about big production numbers, bridges, key changes or crazy chord progressions. Most of the time they are about how they touch you." t's not for everyone, I know, so, Patti, I don't discount your musical analysis. I think the one point of departure for us is your line that "the lyrics are redundant and without dynamics and emotion." Man, I do read emotion in the lyrics and I hear it in Billy's voice (AI or not). I don't know for sure, but the lyric as a whole strikes me not as a rekindling of a relationship (maybe it is... I dunno) — but rather as a self-assessment. I think Billy is looking in the mirror and acknowledging mistakes and wondering if he has waited too long to wake up, so to speak. I could be wrong, but it feels autobiographical. Which is why I'm figuring it's a one-off. I haven't read or heard that he's got new music to follow. This feels like Billy popping up, looking back at his life now that he's in the September of his years, and telling us (and himself): I'm okay. I write too much!
  4. Agree — lots of blabbering in there. The writer lost me after a couple paragraphs. Overanalysis....
  5. Wow! Great finds on those other promo posters, Kirk. It makes me wonder how much, if any, interaction there was between Billy and Eric. They have a lot of similarities and overlaps... Beatles-influenced piano men who have a way with melodies. Just a year prior to those 1977 concert dates, Eric would have been the clear headliner on the strength of his singles-laden first solo album — four Top 40 songs (including "That's Rock'n'Roll, for Shaun Cassidy). On the other hand, Billy was in a slump. After his early hit "Piano Man" from 1972, he had two commercial bombs (Streetlife Serenade and Turnstiles, although the former isn't bad, and the latter is really powerful). But The Stranger emerged in 1977, with all of its Top 40 singles, while Eric's Boats Against the Current was floundering. And just like that, Billy leapfrogged Eric commercially. So as these posters illustrate, Billy was the headliner, though the weight of Eric's name on the two images you posted shows he still had almost-equal marquee value.
  6. I hope Billy doesn't adopt the same songwriting pace Eric did after "Brand New Year"! Lol
  7. Good work, Matthew. I am amazed at what you found!
  8. Speaking of Billy Joel... This 1977 event would have been a perfect show. I think I'd have s sprung for the $7.50 ticket.
  9. I'm going to respond to my own post with a couple of comments. Three things I love about this: • Billy's voice. Man, he doesn't sound aged at all. He gives us a very strong vocal that doesn't sound any different than what we heard in the 1970s, '80, and '90s. • The rolling piano that I referenced above. It's relaxed and relaxing — kind of symmetrical, as he did with the above referenced classic, "Summer, Highland Falls." • The lyrics. Billy is in his 70s, and he gives us a peek into his mindset, including regrets, apologies, and some hope. I love the line "And pride sticks out its tongue, laughs at the portrait we've become." TURN THE LIGHTS BACK ON (from BillyJoel.com) Please open the door Nothing is different We’ve been here before Pacing these halls Trying to talk Over the silence And pride sticks out its tongue Laughs at the portrait that we’ve become Stuck in a frame Unable to change I was wrong I’m late But I’m here right now Though I used to be romantic I forgot somehow Time can make you blind But I see you now As we’re laying in the darkness Did I wait too long To turn the lights back on Here Stuck on a hill Outsiders inside the home that we built The cold settles in It’s been a long winter of indifference Maybe you love me Maybe you don’t Maybe you’ll learn to And maybe you won’t You’ve had enough But I won’t give up on you I’m late But I’m here right now And I’m tryin’ to find the magic That we lost somehow Maybe I was blind But I see you now As we’re laying in the darkness Did I wait too long To turn the lights back on I’m late but I’m here right now Is there still time for forgiveness Won’t you tell me how I can’t read your mind But I see you now As we’re laying in the darkness Did I wait too long To turn the lights back on
  10. Nice song, really nice... "Turn the Lights Back On." It's not "Only the Good Die Young" or "My Life," but this is 2024, so Billy has come up with an age-appropriate, introspective, moving piece. It's probably closer in feel to "Summer, Highland Falls," with it's beautiful rolling piano line. Check it out. (And a PS to Eric, if you're reading... you can do this! Just pour out some feelings and do that melody thing you mastered!)
  11. Great one, Bernie. I think we all overlooked it. Don't forget that the rawk press hammered Macca for Give My Regards, but I've always liked that soundtrack. There are some worthy new songs, like this and "No More Lonely Nights," as you mentioned. Plus, he revisited some of his Beatles classics (which p***ed off some critics: how dare he reclaim his own songs?). While it's not an A+ album like Ram or Band on the Run, it's always felt like a solid B or at least C+ for me.
  12. Good sleuthing here by all of you! You verified my fear that it's a group of previously circulated bootlegs. 😞 We're all hungry from some fresh Raspberries meat, but I'm afraid that there won't ever be any mind-blowing discoveries of long-lost, high-quality live recordings. My favorite all-time 'berries boot didn't make this cut: the moving combination of "Let's Pretend" (played at a slowed-down ballad pace) segueing into "Starting Over.' But at least it's on multiple other boots, and is also on YouTube somewhere....
  13. Anyone have this? I saw it on CDsVinylJapan.com (https://cdsvinyljapan.com/en-us/products/3851137306520). I imagine it's a collection of those widely circulated live bootleg recordings that have appeared on various CDs (and in YouTube videos).
  14. Happy birthday wishes, Bernie! And thank you always for your prodigious impact on Raspberries and EC fandom!
  15. Wow, Matthew -- your post there already has two pages of comments!
  16. Some "must-watch TV": Karen and Richard Carpenter guest on Johnny Carson and perform — fully live — some truly great pop songs: "Superstar," "Rainy Days and Mondays," and "Goodbye to Love." Then there's a charming interview with both, who seemed kind of nervous despite the huge success of their then-new greatest hits album (The Singles / 1969–73). And then they do a more obscure but cute song called "Mr. Guder," written about a DisneyLand boss who fired the Carpenters in 1967. This clip is just over 18 minutes but worth the time!
  17. And... yes, RIP, David Soul. I admit that I also dug that wonderfully sappy song (and I mean that in the nicest way) "Don't Give Up on Us." I normally am nauseated by any song with begging, pleading, or pandering in it. But that one was well done. Very well done.
  18. Agree with you on these James. Those first two especially... so great. Marilyn McCoo on "Last Night" was so arresting. Now I need to hear it again....
  19. My own flub: The three albums among the 50 that hogged my music-listening time over the years (Starting Over plus Elton John's Greatest Hits and Caribou) should actually have been four. I overlooked the writer's citation of this classic: John Lennon's Walls and Bridges. It's still a favorite listen. It includes "#9 Dream" (LOVE that one), the #1 hit "Whatever Gets You Thru the Night," the Sinatra-esque "Nobody Loves You (When Your'e Down and Out)," and the awesomely sharp "Steel and Glass." There's also a collaboration with Harry Nilsson that I love: "Old Dirt Road."
  20. James — good calls! I agree on the Eagles' On the Border and especially ELO's Eldorado as wrongful placed in the "Others" category. They should be part of the 50. Another flub as sort of an afterthought: Ringo's Goodnight Vienna. That's a very good album, with the title track, a Roger Miller song called "Husbands and Wives," an Elton song called "Snooker," "The No No Song," and an awesome take on "Only You." Oh, there's also "All By Myself" — but not that one. Flubs aside, the writer gets huge kudos for giving Starting Over its due.
  21. LC

    Angels & Demons

    Susie, I love that JFK portrait. And the pumpkin-head painting too — I don't think I've seen it, but my daughter must have. She has become a professional photographer and did a shoot (in the fall) of people wearing pumpkin heads. They're creepily cool, like this Wyeth painting is. On another Wyeth note: Back when I was editing an antiques publication, I assigned and published a feature on Andrew Wyeth — whose paintings were (and are) seeing for big dollars — and found out his estate is prickly and litigious. They sent a threatening cease-and-desist order because our article showed a few of his paintings. I used images that came right from auction houses that sold his paintings for hundreds of thousands of dollars. I never had anyone object to use of photos (for journalism purposes) in our publication, so it was kind of shocking to me. It's not like we were reproducing Wyeth art and selling it! It was a very complimentary piece, and very timely because of auction events around the time. As I responded to the estate — "How the heck can I publish a feature on Wyeth without showing his work?" (I knew the answer: "Pay us!")
  22. Got it! Took a little fancy footwork — I apologize for interrupting Cartoon World talk — but I nailed it.
  23. LC

    Angels & Demons

    How did "Devil in the Deep Blue Sea" by Eric Carmen get overlooked here? Go to the Supporters area to listen. 🙂
  24. LC

    Hollywood Squares

    Kirk! Good goingI I sent this photo to Rhonda a while back, as part of our John Stewart Master Class. But I didn't think to post it here. Sure wish I could find the video footage of this episode. John was an extremely smart guy.
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