Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Rock Revival's Forgotten Classics (1970): Attila (with Billy Joel as Psychedelic Butcher)
Oh my God, Billy Joel in fuzzed out proto-metal, hard psych steaming hammond organ freak-out.
I know it's hard to believe but it's true.
The instrumentation was mostly organ and drums, with Billy Joel also handling the bass lines with a keyboard, like the Doors' Ray Manzarek.
(A fascinating footnote is that their creative partnership ended when Joel allegedly ran off with Small's wife)
They released only one album, Attila, in 1970, later reissued by CBS Inc in 1985.
Attila is often selected by critics and other music journalists as one of the worst rock albums of all time (I beg to differ !!!!!!!!!); however, while not an easily accessible album, its unique jazz-metal fusion has become a cult favorite amongst both Joel's fans and people who would never otherwise listen to Billy Joel.
One track from the album, "Amplifier Fire, Part 1 (Godzilla)," appears on Joel's 2005 boxed set My Lives.
Check it out (yes that's the Piano Man with moustache)