Following the lead set by the Beatles, Elton John, Rod Stewart, and countless others, Billy Joel will issue his own romantic collection, She's Got A Way: Love Songs next month. The 18-song set, due out on January 22nd -- just in time for Valentine's Day -- touches upon most of Billy's albums, although 1974's Streetlife Serenade, 1976's Turnstiles, and 1980's Glass Houses are ignored. Among the rarities included are the 1971 Cold Spring Harbor deep cut, "Nocturne," the 1973 Piano Man standouts, "Travelin' Prayer" and "You're My Home," "Until The Night" from 1978's 52nd Street, "She's Right On Time" from 1982's The Nylon Curtain, and "And So It Goes" from 1989's Storm Front.
Billy told us that above all the roles he plays in his career, he's never taken being a songwriter for granted: "Songwriters don't always get the credit or the recognition. The toughest part of the job is the writing. People can go on American Idol and yell on key and they can win the 'Idol' of America, whatever. But writing -- that's a whole other ball of wax. There's a lot of craft, a lot of dedication, and a lot of hard work, aggravation, frustration; and without the song, you don't have the singers."
The tracklisting to Billy Joel's She's Got A Way: Love Songs is: "Travelin' Prayer," "The Night Is Still Young," "This Is The Time," "She's Got A Way (Live)," "Temptation,' "Nocturne," "Until The Night," "She's Right On Time," "You're My Home," "Just The Way You Are," "She's Always A Woman," "State Of Grace," "Honesty," "This Night," "Shameless," "An Innocent Man," "All About Soul (Remix)," and "And So It Goes.
Billy Joel will next perform on December 12th at 12-12-12: A Concert For Sandy Relief at New York's Madison Square Garden.