Numbered, Limited 180g 45rpm Edition!
Half-Speed Mastered From
Original Master Tapes! Pressed at RTI!
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Infectious Doo-Wop, carefree Soul, harmonious Pop give testament to the music of
Billy Joel's childhood. This Mobile Fidelity reissue allows you to hear this
pleasing set with fresh ears!
Another blockbuster by Joel this 1983 album became seven-times platinum and
includes "Uptown Girl", "For the Longest Time", "An Innocent Man", and "Tell Her
After making The Nylon Curtain, Billy Joel felt the need to exhale and get back
to the carefree music of his childhood. He also met supermodel Christie
Brinkley, who brought serious degrees of levity and romance to his world. In
love, relaxed, and out to have fun, the singer crafted An Innocent Man, arguably
the most easygoing and pleasing album of his career. Featuring four Top 40 pop
singles and the same number of Top 5 Adult Contemporary hits to grace the
Billboard charts, the record remains a commercial staple.
An essential title in Mobile Fidelity’s Billy Joel catalog restoration series,
An Innocent Man is mastered from the original master tapes and pressed on 180g
LP at RTI. The effervescent harmonies now possess an airiness and
extension that lends to realistic tonal decay. Instruments are balanced and
placed on a wider, deeper soundstage, contributing improved to improved imaging
and spaciousness. Joel’s voice, too, comes across with tremendous clarity,
presence, and body. These songs have never sounded so contagious.
Per usual, Joel proves a melodic jukebox. The vocalist’s grasp on structure,
hooks, and delivery help make this batch of songs among his most beloved, easy
to hum, and impossible to ignore. Much of the appeal resides in Joel’s
understanding of the early rock and roll, doo-wop, and soul that he grew up
hearing in New York, and the manners in which the popular songwriters favored
simplicity over complexity, good-natured vibes over seriousness, and romantic
charm over introspective sadness.
Whether floating on a cloud on the giddy “Uptown Girl” (check out his falsetto),
doubling as both the lead and background vocalist on the reminiscent-themed “The
Longest Time,” or tapping gospel undercurrents on the tribute “Keeping the
Faith,” Joel revels in 50s and 60s pop constructs, turning out amiable refrains
and unforgettable moods. Love perfumes the air, and Joel can’t get enough, and
it's a feeling he passes on to his listeners.
As the calm before stormier periods in his life, and a timeless connection to
America’s finest pop music traditions, An Innocent Man is indeed innocent—a
guiltless pleasure that keeps on giving.
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• 45rpm Speed Edition
• Half-Speed Production and Mastering by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
• Specially Plated and Pressed on 180 grams of High Definition Vinyl
• Pressed at RTI
• Special Static Free - Dust Free Inner Sleeve
• Heavy Duty Protective Packaging
• Mastered from the Original Master Tapes
LP1 - Side One:
1. Easy Money
2. An Innocent Man
LP1 - Side Two:
1. The Longest Time
2. This Night
3. Tell Her About It
LP2 - Side Three:
1. Uptown Girl
2. Careless Talk
3. Christie Lee
LP2 - Side Four:
1. Leave A Tender Moment Alone
2. Keeping the Faith