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Dem Vinyl Boyz EP 28 - Billy Joel Greatest Hits Vol 1


Dem Vinyl Boyz are dropping the needle this week from the Franklin Social House taking their vinyl on the road for all to hear. ‘Billy Joel’s Greatest Hits’ was released in 1987 which includes the artist’s work from 1973 to 1985 and contains some of his most renowned records such as “Piano Man”, “Uptown Girl”’, and “The Longest Time”. The album is certified double diamond and has sold over 23 million units tying Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ for the sixth most certified album of all time in the United States. 

The album kicks off with “Piano Man,” the first disc runs through a good chunk of his early work before arriving at his golden age of the late ’70s; some of these songs, including “Captain Jack” and “New York State of Mind,” weren’t strictly hits, but were popular within his stage show and became radio hits. Over the next disc and a half, there’s so many hits, it’s inevitable that some are left off such as “Honesty” and “Sometimes a Fantasy” but still includes “Just the Way You Are,” “Only the Good Die Young,” “My Life,” “You May Be Right,” “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me,” “Don’t Ask Me Why,” “Allentown,” “Tell Her About It” and “Uptown Girl,” among many others are present and accounted for. In short, Greatest Hits, Vols. 1 & 2 encapsulates exactly why Billy Joel was one of the most popular singer/songwriters of the late ’70s and early ’80s and is still described as a legendary artist today.
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