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Billy Joel - 7 Studio Albums (1973-1983) [MFSL, 2010-2013]

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Billy Joel - 7 Studio Albums (1973-1983) [MFSL, 2010-2013]

Billy Joel - 7 Studio Albums (1973-1983) [MFSL, 2010-2013]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 1,57 GB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 662 MB | Covers - 1,6 GB
Genre: Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
Billy Joel - Piano Man (1973). Embittered by legal disputes with his label and an endless tour to support a debut that was dead in the water, Billy Joel hunkered down in his adopted hometown of Los Angeles, spending six months as a lounge singer at a club. He didn't abandon his dreams - he continued to write songs, including "Piano Man," a fictionalized account of his weeks as a lounge singer. Through a combination of touring and constant hustling, he landed a contract with Columbia and recorded his second album in 1973. Clearly inspired by Elton John's Tumbleweed Connection, not only musically but lyrically, as well as James Taylor, Joel expands the vision and sound of Cold Spring Harbor, abandoning introspective numbers (apart from "You're My Home," a love letter to his wife) for character sketches and epics…

Even the title track, a breakthrough hit based on his weeks as a saloon singer, focuses on the colorful patrons, not the singer. If his narratives are occasionally awkward or incomplete, he compensates with music that gives the songs a sweeping sense of purpose - they feel complete, thanks to his indelible melodies and savvy stylistic repurposing.

Billy Joel - Turnstiles (1976). There's a reason Turnstiles begins with the Spector-esque epic "Say Goodbye to Hollywood." Shortly after Streetlife Serenade, Joel ditched California - and, by implication, sensitive Californian soft rock from sensitive singer/songwriters - for his hometown of New York. "Say Goodbye to Hollywood" was a celebration of his move, a repudiation of his past, a fanfare for a new beginning, which is exactly what Turnstiles was. He still was a singer/songwriter – indeed, "Summer, Highland Falls" was his best ballad to date, possibly his best ever – but he decided to run with his musical talents, turning the record into a whirlwind tour of pop styles, from Sinatra to Springsteen. There's little question that the cinematic sprawl of Born to Run had an effect on Turnstiles, since it has a similar widescreen feel, even if it clocks in at only eight songs. The key to the record's success is variety, the way the album whips from the bouncy, McCartney-esque "All You Wanna Do Is Dance" to the saloon song "New York State of Mind"; the way the bitterly cynical "Angry Young Man" gives way to the beautiful "I've Loved These Days" and the surrealistic apocalyptic fantasy "Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)."

Billy Joel - The Stranger (1977). Billy Joel teamed with Phil Ramone, a famed engineer who had just scored his first producing hits with Art Garfunkel's Breakaway and Paul Simon's Still Crazy After All These Years for The Stranger, his follow-up to Turnstiles. Joel still favored big, sweeping melodies, but Ramone convinced him to streamline his arrangements and clean up the production. The results aren't necessarily revelatory, since he covered so much ground on Turnstiles, but the commercialism of The Stranger is a bit of a surprise. None of his ballads have been as sweet or slick as "Just the Way You Are"; he never had created a rocker as bouncy or infectious as "Only the Good Die Young"; and the glossy production of "She's Always a Woman" disguises its latent misogynist streak. Joel balanced such radio-ready material with a series of New York vignettes, seemingly inspired by Springsteen's working-class fables and clearly intended to be the artistic centerpieces of the album. They do provide The Stranger with the feel of a concept album, yet there is no true thematic connection between the pieces, and his lyrics are often vague or mean-spirited.

Billy Joel - 52nd Street (1978). Once The Stranger became a hit, Billy Joel quickly re-entered the studio with producer Phil Ramone to record the follow-up, 52nd Street. Instead of breaking from the sound of The Stranger, Joel chose to expand it, making it more sophisticated and somewhat jazzy. Often, his moves sounded as if they were responses to Steely Dan - indeed, his phrasing and melody for "Zanzibar" is a direct homage to Donald Fagen circa The Royal Scam, and it also boasts a solo from jazz great Freddie Hubbard à la Steely Dan – but since Joel is a working-class populist, not an elitist college boy, he never shies away from big gestures and melodies. Consequently, 52nd Street unintentionally embellishes the Broadway overtones of its predecessor, not only on a centerpiece like "Stiletto," but when he's rocking out on "Big Shot." That isn't necessarily bad, since Joel's strong suit turns out to be showmanship – he dazzles with his melodic skills and his enthusiastic performances. He also knows how to make a record. Song for song, 52nd Street might not be as strong as The Stranger, but there are no weak songs - indeed, "Honesty," "My Life," "Until the Night," and the three mentioned above are among his best - and they all flow together smoothly, thanks to Ramone's seamless production and Joel's melodic craftsmanship.

Billy Joel - Glass Houses (1980). The back-to-back success of The Stranger and 52nd Street may have brought Billy Joel fame and fortune, even a certain amount of self-satisfaction, but it didn't bring him critical respect, and it didn't dull his anger. If anything, being classified as a mainstream rocker - a soft rocker - infuriated him, especially since a generation of punks and new wave kids were getting the praise that eluded him. He didn't take this lying down - he recorded Glass Houses. Comparatively a harder-rocking album than either of its predecessors, with a distinctly bitter edge, Glass Houses still displays the hallmarks of Billy Joel the pop craftsman and Phil Ramone the world-class hitmaker. Even its hardest songs - the terrifically paranoid "Sometimes a Fantasy," "Sleepin' With the Television On," "Close to the Borderline," the hit "You May Be Right" - have bold, direct melodies and clean arrangements, ideal for radio play. Instead of turning out to be a fiery rebuttal to his detractors, the album is a remarkable catalog of contemporary pop styles, from McCartney-esque whimsy ("Don't Ask Me Why") and arena rock ("All for Leyna") to soft rock ("C'etait Toi [You Were the One]") and stylish new wave pop ("It's Still Rock and Roll to Me," which ironically is closer to new wave pop than rock).

Billy Joel - The Nylon Curtain (1982). Billy Joel hit back as hard as he could with Glass Houses, his bid to prove that he could rock as hard as any of those new wave punks. He might not have proven himself a punk - for all of his claims of being a hard rocker, his work inevitably is pop because of his fondness for melody - but he proved to himself that he could still rock, even if the critics didn't give him any credit for it. It was now time to mature, to move pop/rock into the middle age and, in the process, earn critical respect. In short, The Nylon Curtain is where Billy Joel went serious, consciously crafting a song cycle about Baby Boomers in the Reagan era. Since this was an album about Baby Boomers, he chose to base his music almost entirely on the Beatles, the pivotal rock band for his generation.

Billy Joel - An Innocent Man (1983). Recording The Nylon Curtain exhausted Billy Joel, and even though it had a pair of major hits, it didn't rival its predecessors in terms of sales. Since he labored so hard at the record, he decided it was time for a break - it was time to record an album just for fun. And that's how his homage to pre-Beatles pop, An Innocent Man, was conceived: it was designed as a breezy romp through the music of his childhood. Joel's grasp on history isn't remarkably astute - the opener "Easy Money" is a slice of Stax/Volt pop-soul, via the Blues Brothers (quite possibly the inspiration for the album), and the label didn't break the pop charts until well after the British Invasion - but he's in top form as a craftsman throughout the record. Only once does he stumble on his own ambition ("This Night," which appropriates its chorus from Beethoven). For the rest of the record, he's effortlessly spinning out infectious, memorable melodies in a variety of styles, from the Four Seasons send-up "Uptown Girl" and the soulful "Tell Her About It" to a pair of doo wop tributes, "The Longest Time" and "Careless Talk."

Billy Joel - 7 Studio Albums (1973-1983) [MFSL, 2010-2013]


Billy Joel - Piano Man (1973) [MFSL, 2010]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 249 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 103 MB | Covers - 152 MB
Genre: Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (UDSACD 2062)
Tracklist:
01. Travelin’ Prayer
02. Piano Man
03. Ain’t No Crime
04. You’re My Home
05. The Ballad Of Billy The Kid
06. Worse Comes To Worst
07. Stop In Nevada
08. If I Only Had The Words (To Tell You)
09. Somewhere Along The Line
10. Captain Jack

Total time: 43:41

Billy Joel - 7 Studio Albums (1973-1983) [MFSL, 2010-2013]


Billy Joel - Turnstiles (1976) [MFSL, 2010]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 203 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 86 MB | Covers - 206 MB
Genre: Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (UDSACD 2063)
Tracklist:
01. Say Goodbye To Hollywood
02. Summer, Highland Falls
03. All You Wanna Do Is Dance
04. New York State Of Mind
05. James
06. Angry Young Man
07. I’ve Loved These Days
08. Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway)

Total time: 36:50

Billy Joel - 7 Studio Albums (1973-1983) [MFSL, 2010-2013]


Billy Joel - The Stranger (1977) [MFSL, 2012]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 223 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 100 MB | Covers - 236 MB
Genre: Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (UDSACD 2089)
Tracklist:
01. Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)
02. The Stranger
03. Just The Way You Are
04. Scenes From An Italian Restaurant
05. Vienna
06. Only The Good Die Young
07. She’s Always A Woman
08. Get It Right The First Time
09. Everybody Has A Dream

Total time: 42:39

Billy Joel - 7 Studio Albums (1973-1983) [MFSL, 2010-2013]


Billy Joel - 52nd Street (1978) [MFSL, 2012] (Repost)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 222 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 96 MB | Covers - 245 MB
Genre: Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (UDSACD 2090)
Tracklist:
01. Big Shot
02. Honesty
03. My Life
04. Zanzibar
05. Stiletto
06. Rosalinda's Eyes
07. Half A Mile Away
08. Until The Night
09. 52nd Street

Total time: 40:43

Billy Joel - 7 Studio Albums (1973-1983) [MFSL, 2010-2013]


Billy Joel - Glass Houses (1980) [MFSL, 2012] (Repost)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 201 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 83 MB | Covers - 244 MB
Genre: Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (UDSACD 2091)
Tracklist:
01. You May Be Right
02. Sometimes A Fantasy
03. Don't Ask Me Why
04. It's Still Rock And Roll To Me
05. All For Leyna
06. I Don't Want To Be Alone
07. Sleeping With The Television On
08. C'Etait Toi (You Were The One)
09. Close To The Borderline
10. Through The Long Night

Total time: 35:15

Billy Joel - 7 Studio Albums (1973-1983) [MFSL, 2010-2013]


Billy Joel - The Nylon Curtain (1982) [MFSL, 2012]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 235 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 98 MB | Covers - 228 MB
Genre: Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (UDSACD 2093)
Tracklist:
01. Allentown
02. Laura
03. Pressure
04. Goodnight Saigon
05. She’s Right On Time
06. A Room Of Our Own
07. Surprises
08. Scandinavian Skies
09. Where’s The Orchestra?

Total time: 41:53

Billy Joel - 7 Studio Albums (1973-1983) [MFSL, 2010-2013]


Billy Joel - An Innocent Man (1983) [MFSL, 2013]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 246 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 96 MB | Covers - 289 MB
Genre: Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (UDSACD 2094)
Tracklist:
01. Easy Money
02. An Innocent Man
03. The Longest Time
04. This Night
05. Tell Her About It
06. Uptown Girl
07. Careless Talk
08. Christie Lee
09. Leave A Tender Moment Alone
10. Keeping The Faith

Total time: 40:43
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