Billy Joel 52nd Street Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid Stereo SACD
Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid SACD! Mastered From Original
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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 Joel’s
1978 Classic Should—and Does—Sound
Chart-Topper Certified Seven-Times Platinum: Includes “Big Shot,” “Honesty,” “My
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
City’s thriving club scene.
A key component of Mobile Fidelity’s 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 grooves—as well as the meticulous
mastering process—yield resplendent dynamics, broad soundstages,
three-dimensional perspectives, and tonal balances absent from prior editions.
Indeed, Joel wouldn’t 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 singer’s concision and
focus is evident via the tune’s 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 York’s thriving jazz club scene and
the city’s late-70s grit, Joel splashes Latin and jazz colors on several
pieces—even 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 vocalist’s
trademark Broadway gaze and knack for the grand gesture coincide with the
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, it’s 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
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