The Man wrote:
Billy Joel's Songs in the Attic honestly doesn't deserve to be on here. Or at least not that high. It didn't really do much of anything except for "She's Got a Way" which became a moderately big hit for him.
Didn't do much? It was a Top Ten album on the charts and multi-platinum. Furthermore, it was what introduced most people to Joel's early material because while he had a few moderate hits before The Stranger
, it wasn't until '77 that he really broke through to a wide audience. Songs In The Attic
was was one of the smartest things Joel ever did from a business standpoint, using his current popularity to boost the familiarity of his early work, since all of the songs he performed were pre-'77 cuts. It immediately sent his back catalog sales zooming, which was quite influential giving artists another avenue to promote older releases. Two Top 25 singles came off that as well, which is more than most live albums can boast, and it established Joel as a big time concert performer, as opposed to a saloon piano man best suited for small intimate settings. If anything it's too low by the criteria.
The Man wrote:
I also think that Queen's Live at Wembley '86 should move up quite a few spots. It does exceptionally well in all the criteria besides influence, and most live albums can't really boast too much in the terms of "influence" anyway. Wembley is probably the strongest document of one of the most important live acts of the 70s and 80s.
Queen's album doesn't do quite as well in the criteria actually. It came out way too late after Wembley to take advantage of the buzz they created there and as a result it didn't even crack the Top 50 on the U.S Album Charts. It did hit #2 in Great Britian so it made up some ground there obviously, but overall I gave it a ton of Impact credit even though it really wasn't the ALBUM itself that made the impact rather than the reputation of the show itself from before the LP was ever released. I may have been a little generous there, but think it deserves its spot - any lower wouldn't recognize the widespread acclaim for it, but any higher wouldn't be defensible by the criteria.