Scenes from an Italian Restaurant

"Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" is a song from Billy Joel's 1977 album The Stranger.wikipedia
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"Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" is a song from Billy Joel's 1977 album The Stranger.
This album became Columbia's best-selling release, selling over 10 million copies and spawning several hit singles, including "Just the Way You Are", "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)", "Only the Good Die Young", and "She's Always a Woman"; another song on this album, "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant", is Joel's favorite of his own songs and has become a staple of his live shows.

The Stranger (album)

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"Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" is a song from Billy Joel's 1977 album The Stranger.
Other songs, such as "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" and "Vienna", have become staples of his career and are frequently performed in his live shows.

Movin' Out (musical)

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The characters of Brenda and Eddie from this song became major characters in the Broadway production Movin' Out.
The principal characters are drawn from those who appeared in various Joel tunes: high school sweethearts Brenda and Eddie ("Scenes from an Italian Restaurant"), James ("James"), Judy ("Why Judy Why"), and Tony (Anthony in "Movin' Out").

Single (music)

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Although never released as a single, it has become one of Joel's most celebrated compositions among fans and critics alike; it appears on most of his compilation albums and is a live favorite.

Compilation album

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Although never released as a single, it has become one of Joel's most celebrated compositions among fans and critics alike; it appears on most of his compilation albums and is a live favorite.

The Beatles

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In an interview, Joel cites the second side of The Beatles' album Abbey Road as one of its primary musical influences.

Abbey Road

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In an interview, Joel cites the second side of The Beatles' album Abbey Road as one of its primary musical influences.

Fantasies & Delusions

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At 7 minutes and 37 seconds, it is the longest of Joel's rock music studio cuts, only surpassed by live recordings and five tracks from Joel's 2001 classical album Fantasies & Delusions.

LIU Post

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On May 6, 1977, before the song's official release, Joel premiered it in a performance at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University.

Oyster Bay (town), New York

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Joel dedicated that performance to Christiano's, a restaurant in the nearby hamlet of Syosset, which operated until February 2014.

Syosset, New York

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Joel dedicated that performance to Christiano's, a restaurant in the nearby hamlet of Syosset, which operated until February 2014.

Name-dropping

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Joel admitted, years later, that the shout-out to the local restaurant was similar to shouting out "Yankees" at a Manhattan concert.

New York Yankees

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Joel admitted, years later, that the shout-out to the local restaurant was similar to shouting out "Yankees" at a Manhattan concert.

Medley

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The song is effectively a medley of three distinct pieces fused into one.

Piano

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"Italian Restaurant" begins as a gentle, melodic piano ballad, depicting, in the first person, a scene of two old classmates reuniting in an Italian restaurant.

Ballad

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"Italian Restaurant" begins as a gentle, melodic piano ballad, depicting, in the first person, a scene of two old classmates reuniting in an Italian restaurant.

Italian cuisine

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"Italian Restaurant" begins as a gentle, melodic piano ballad, depicting, in the first person, a scene of two old classmates reuniting in an Italian restaurant.

Jazz

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This segues into a triumphant and uptempo jazz-influenced section as the classmates catch up with each others' lives and begin to reminisce.

Clarinet

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Clarinet, trombone, tuba and saxophone solos then lead into a rock and roll section (which Joel calls "The Ballad of Brenda and Eddie").

Trombone

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Clarinet, trombone, tuba and saxophone solos then lead into a rock and roll section (which Joel calls "The Ballad of Brenda and Eddie").

Tuba

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Clarinet, trombone, tuba and saxophone solos then lead into a rock and roll section (which Joel calls "The Ballad of Brenda and Eddie").

Saxophone

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Clarinet, trombone, tuba and saxophone solos then lead into a rock and roll section (which Joel calls "The Ballad of Brenda and Eddie").

Rock and roll

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Clarinet, trombone, tuba and saxophone solos then lead into a rock and roll section (which Joel calls "The Ballad of Brenda and Eddie").

Narration

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This section tells a story, in the third person, about high school sweethearts who were an "it" couple, marry young and quickly divorce.

First-person narrative

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"Italian Restaurant" begins as a gentle, melodic piano ballad, depicting, in the first person, a scene of two old classmates reuniting in an Italian restaurant.