Happy Birthday to Billy Joel, who turns 73 today (May 9th)!!! The “Piano Man” has just released is a 50th anniversary streaming collection featuring a half-dozen rarities. The new 50-track, 50 Years Of The Piano Man, not only includes the rare 1980 single version of Glass Houses' “Sometimes A Fantasy” — but a 1994 Boston Gardens take of River Of Dreams' “All About Soul.”
The main draw are the four tracks recorded on December 5th, 1976 at New London, Connecticut's Palmer Auditorium, which were recorded and videotaped by CBS Records as a promotional concert named, Tonight. The '76 tracks are: “The Ballad Of Billy The Kid,” “Summer, Highland Falls,” “New York State Of Mind,” and “Souvenir.”
Also in celebration of his 50th anniversary, the “Piano Man” has launched the “Billy Joel New York State Of Mind” Landmarks website — and the digital-only release of Places, the first in a series of thematic EP's showcasing select tracks from across his career.