It's ironic how it seems rawer than the later version when Billy Joel specifically put out the Songs in the Attic
album to put out songs that he thought didn't seem to have as much life in them on their albums as they did live
I remember in my high school there were five guys who did an acapella version of "The Longest Time" before a Christmas concert for the school band...it was a rather bizarre and out-of-place moment, but they sure sounded pretty. Also, they did it at double the tempo of the original song for some reason.
As for "Shameless", I was just on a cruise that had hired a singer/guitarist who played in their smoke rooms in the evenings. His girlfriend was another employee of the ship, and "Shameless" seemed to be her favorite song, because he played it several times over the course of the week. A really nice, stripped down version of the song which I thought actually sounded better than Billy's own version.
Actually, he seemed to just really like Billy Joel in general (though he said he wasn't as fond of his albums from Glass Houses
on as his earlier ones). There was one more obscure Billy Joel song I remember he played at one point, but I can't remember what it was. I wanna say it was "Rosalinda's Eyes", but I'm not sure.
edited 22nd Sep '12 7:58:11 PM by 0dd1