Songs in the Attic

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Songs in the Attic
Live album by Billy Joel
Released September 14, 1981
Recorded June - July 1980 during Glass Houses-Tour
Genre Rock
Length 47:58
Label Family Productions/Columbia
Producer Phil Ramone
Billy Joel chronology
Glass Houses
(1980)
Songs in the Attic
(1981)
The Nylon Curtain
(1982)
Singles from Songs in the Attic
  1. "Say Goodbye to Hollywood (Live)"
    Released: 1981
  2. "You're My Home (Live)"
    Released: 1981
  3. "She's Got a Way (Live)"
    Released: 1982
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[citation needed]
Rolling Stone Album Guide, 3rd Edition 2.5/5 stars[citation needed]

Songs in the Attic is the first live album by Billy Joel, released in 1981 (see 1981 in music).

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

Songs in the Attic introduced Billy Joel's early work to fans who had only come to know his work after The Stranger, according to liner notes written by Joel. In his earlier work, most of the instruments were played by session musicians, but by the late 1970s, Joel had a fairly consistent touring group, and so he wanted to showcase the songs with this band.

Two songs from the album, "Say Goodbye to Hollywood" and "She's Got a Way," were released as singles, and both made the top 25. In Australia, "You're My Home" was also released as a single, but didn't chart.

Track listing[edit]

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

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications/Sales[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Japan (Oricon Charts) 286,000[4]
United States (RIAA)[13] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Songs in the Attic at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  3. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 35, No. 16". RPM. 1981-11-14. Retrieved 2013-11-10. 
  4. ^ a b Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970-2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9. 
  5. ^ "Charts.org.nz - Billy Joel - Songs in the Attic". Hung Medien, charts.org.nz. Recording Industry Association of New Zea Land. Retrieved 2013-11-08. 
  6. ^ "norwegiancharts.com Billy Joel - Songs in the Attic". Hung Medien, norwegiancharts.com. VG-lista. Retrieved 2013-11-08. 
  7. ^ "swedishcharts.com Billy Joel - Songs in the Attic". Hung Medien, swedishcharts.com (in Swedish). Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 2013-11-08. 
  8. ^ "Billy Joel > Artist > Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 2013-11-08. 
  9. ^ "allmusic ((( Songs in the Attic > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-03-19. 
  10. ^ "Album Search: Billy Joel - Songs in the Attic" (in German). Media Control. Retrieved 2013-11-08. 
  11. ^ "Top 100 Albums of 1981". RPM. 1981-12-26. Retrieved 2013-11-11. 
  12. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc (1982-12-25). Billboard.com – Year End Charts – Year-end Albums – The Billboard 200. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  13. ^ "American album certifications – Billy Joel – Songs in the Attic". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 25 July 2012.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH