The Top 10 Reissues of 2008
It’s time to rank the best of what went around and came around again.
As punk and disco exploded, the Piano Man’s deeply unhip 1978 breakthrough proved that top-shelf Broadway/Brill Building songwriting could still sell – and, occasionally, rock. “Scenes From an Italian Restaurant” and “Anthony’s Song (Movin’ Out)” remain priceless snapshots of Annie Hall-era NYC, the title track bares real teeth, and the Kenny Chesney fave “Only the Good Die Young” – banned from several college-radio stations for its unseemly insinuations about Catholic schoolgirls – is still a corker.
Extras: Complete June 1977 Carnegie Hall concert; DVD of Joel’s March 1978 appearance on the BBC’s Old Grey Whistle Test; thirty-minute making-of doc and facsimile of his lyric sketchbook, scratch-outs and all.