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Songs in the Attic

Songs in the Attic is the first live album by Billy Joel, released in 1981.

Songs in the Attic
Billy Joel - Songs in the Attic.jpg
Live album by
ReleasedSeptember 14, 1981
RecordedJune–July 1980 during Glass Houses tour
LabelFamily Productions/Columbia
ProducerPhil Ramone
Billy Joel chronology
Glass Houses
Songs in the Attic
The Nylon Curtain
Billy Joel live chronology
Songs in the Attic
Singles from Songs in the Attic
  1. "Say Goodbye to Hollywood (Live)"
    Released: March 1981
  2. "You're My Home (Live)"
    Released: July 1981
  3. "She's Got a Way (Live)"
    Released: January 1982
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[citation needed]
Rolling Stone Album Guide, 3rd Edition2.5/5 stars[citation needed]

At the time of its release, it was the first widely available appearance of music from his first album, Cold Spring Harbor, originally released in 1971.

In the liner notes, Joel writes that Songs in the Attic introduced his earlier work to fans who had come to know his work after The Stranger. In that earlier work, most of the instruments were played by session musicians while Joel himself sang and played piano, keyboards, and harmonica. But by the late 1970s, Joel had a fairly consistent touring/recording band and wanted to showcase his songs as played by his band.

The single-releases included: "Say Goodbye to Hollywood" and "She's Got a Way", which made the top 25, and "You're My Home". In Japan, "Los Angelenos" was also available in 1981.[2]

A series of promotional music videos were filmed. Though the concert filming may have been staged for the occasion, the audio versions are nonetheless different from the live recordings featuring on the live album. A total of five promo videos were filmed: four of them recorded at Sparks and one in a recording studio. At least two of them were not released as worldwide official singles.[3] "Everybody Loves You Now" (not a single) directed by Steve Cohen (live at Sparks); "You're My Home" directed by Steve Cohen (live at Sparks); "Los Angelenos" (not a single, though a Japanese 7" vinyl was in existence) directed by Steve Cohen (live at Sparks); "Say Goodbye to Hollywood" directed by Steve Cohen (live at Sparks); "She's Got a Way" live in a studio, also a different version from the live album.[2]

Track listingEdit

All songs written by Billy Joel.

Side one
  1. "Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)" – 5:05
  2. "Summer, Highland Falls" – 3:03
  3. "Streetlife Serenader" – 5:17
  4. "Los Angelenos" – 3:48
  5. "She's Got a Way" – 3:00
  6. "Everybody Loves You Now" - 3:08
Side two
  1. "Say Goodbye to Hollywood" – 4:25
  2. "Captain Jack" – 7:16
  3. "You're My Home" – 3:07
  4. "The Ballad of Billy the Kid" – 5:28
  5. "I've Loved These Days" – 4:35




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  6. ^ a b Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970-2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9.
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