drjohncarpenter wrote:I was never wild about Joel's condescending tone towards the punk movement (Glass Houses, "It's Still Rock & Roll to Me"), and some of his more pretentious efforts ("We Didn't Start the Fire" -- hello, R.E.M.!) but always had a soft spot for singles like "Big Shot." He certainly learned a lot from Paul McCartney.
I listened to "52nd street" on my way to work today. The third track on the album, "My life", has a part that sounds extremely like Paul McCartney. It´s probably "With a little luck" from "London town" I´m thinking of: Listen at 1:14-1:29 (My life): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghGuw6E7Vfg
Then listen to Wings at 0:50-1:25: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XViNAoCq-k
"With a little luck" was released march 20 1978. "My life" was released in october 1978, so it isn´t impossible that Billy listetend and got inspired by Wings´ US no 1 hit. "My life" reached no 2, by the way.
"52nd street" is a bit mor "jazzy" than his previous records. Nice listening!