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Mainstream Perfection: Melodic Devices, Passionate Singing, Sophisticated Arrangements, Jazzy Backdrop Walk Down 52nd Street
Commanding Sonics: Mobile Fidelity Edition Sets the New Standard in How Joels 1978 Classic Shouldand DoesSound
Chart-Topper Certified Seven-Times Platinum: Includes Big Shot, Honesty, My Life
Some artists embrace their success by repeating the steps that originally granted them fame. Billy Joel did the opposite, refusing to be contained by prescribed approaches or constrained by a given label. The follow-up to the breakthrough The Stranger, 52nd Street further expands on its predecessor's bold production techniques and inventive arrangements, incorporating more sophisticated textures as well as reflecting a jazz edge gleaned from New York Citys thriving club scene.
A key component of Mobile Fidelitys Billy Joel catalog restoration series, The Stranger is mastered from the original master tapes and made available on transparent hybrid SACD. The wider and deeper groovesas well as the meticulous mastering processyield resplendent dynamics, broad soundstages, three-dimensional perspectives, and tonal balances absent from prior editions. Indeed, Joel wouldnt sound more realistic if were playing ten rows away from you onstage. This is how you want to experience the 1978 LP that captured the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
Teaming again with producer Phil Ramone, Joel capitalizes on his momentum, churning out another direct-sounding affair replete with captivating melodic devices, showmanship accents, and penetrating lyrics. The singers concision and focus is evident via the tunes lengths, with only Until the Night breaking the six-minute mark. Hit singles Big Shot and My Life rattle forth with an urgency and intensity that Joel had not previously demonstrated, the combination of passionate deliveries, snide overtones, and insistent grooves setting the table for what follows.
Broadening his palette, and drawing from New Yorks thriving jazz club scene and the citys late-70s grit, Joel splashes Latin and jazz colors on several pieceseven employing veterans such as Dave Grusin and Freddie Hubbard to contribute along with a cast that includes a team of background vocalists and horn players. Everything is tastefully appointed, and yet the vocalists trademark Broadway gaze and knack for the grand gesture coincide with the straight-ahead swagger.
52nd Street is one of the main reasons why Joel has always been championed for consistency. Everything here, from the production to the stand-up songs, helped redefine mainstream pop-rock. More than three decades later, its finally available in fidelity that rivals that of those Columbia Records master tapes produced right on 52nd Street. Mobile Fidelity takes you there and Joel sweeps you away.
Also Available from Billy Joel on Mobile Fidelity SACD:
Billy Joel - The Stranger (MOBSA2089)
Billy Joel - Glass Houses (MOBSA2091)
Billy Joel - Songs In the Attic (MOBSA2092)
Billy Joel - The Nylon Curtain (MOBSA2093)
Billy Joel - An Innocent Man (MOBSA2094)
Super Audio CD
SACD Stereo SACD Layer
This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
Numbered, Limited Edition
Mastered From Original Master Tapes
1. Big Shot
3. My Life
6. Rosalinda's Eyes
7. Half A Mile Away
8. Until The Night
9. 52nd Street