Despite growing up with Billy Joel brilliantly using the music video format to reach mass audiences, creating a great 2nd act to his career, I am partial to 70s Billy Joel. Songs like "Captain Jack" fit spoiled NYers I knew in college, "Anthony's Song" somehow reached a small town kid from Maine, and "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" is an absolute story song classic. "Big Shot" feels like it is a hate filled, angry sonnet to an annoying bitch. Billy Joel songs of the 70s feel grittier, darker and a bit less commercial.
Plus "The Stranger" is dark, evil and magnificent. I loved it at first listen. Long live Billy Joel 70s songs.