Production Analysis

As a part of Billy Joel’s 1977 album “The Stranger,” “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant” encompasses several different instrumentation combinations, as designated by the three different distinct sections this song contains. The song begins as a slow ballad, using only piano and voice. At around 43 seconds, the Italian mandolin and acoustic guitars are added in. In the uptempo section, it is more of a jazz big-band style, using a larger instrumentation that includes drum kit, clarinet, trombone, trumpet, and an alto saxophone solo. Later in the song, there is a more uptempo section that is depecticted by drums, bass, guitar and piano with a small woodwind solo, creating a rock and roll feel. This song used only real instruments, and had no engineers. This song was created under Colombia Records and was produced by Phil Ramone.


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