Billy Joel

52nd Street/An Innocent Man

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One always has to wonder why any label simply repackages two albums in a slipcase, shrink wraps them, and ships them out. There is no price break, no remastering job, no bonus material, nothing. But it must work because all the majors do it in one form or another. Here are two of Billy Joel's best-known recordings, 52nd Street and An Innocent Man, in a rather ugly slipcase. Thankfully, the two CDs keep their own packages so you can toss it in the recycling bin. But if you were a Joel fan, why would you buy these again? If you are simply getting into the man, while these are both truly fine albums, why not start somewhere else? This is almost despicable marketing. The stars here are for the music, not the set.

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