Numbered, Limited Edition! 180g 45rpm Edition!
Half-Speed Mastered From
Original Master Tapes! Pressed at RTI!
Still Rock and Roll to Him: Joel Toughens Up and Increases the Animosity,
Sarcasm, Confidence, and Rock on 1980 Set
Accessible and Angry: Phil Ramone’s Stalwart Production Bristles With Boldness,
Raucousness, and Directness on Definitive Mobile Fidelity Reissue
Chart-Topper Certified Seven-Times Platinum: Includes “You May Be Right” “It’s
Still Rock and Roll to Me,” “Don’t Ask Me Why”
Elvis Costello long had a reputation for being the “angry young man.”
With apologies to the former Declan McManus, he had nothing on Billy
Joel’s Glass Houses. Fed up with inexcusable critical backlash and
believing he’d still not been regarded as a serious artist, Joel ratcheted up
the angst on the 1980 set that, oh, by the way, happened to sell another
seven-million-plus copies and top the Billboard charts. Revenge is sweet.
An integral part of Mobile Fidelity’s Billy Joel catalog restoration series,
Glass Houses is mastered from the original master tapes and pressed on 180g LP
at RTI. Honing in on producer Phil Ramone’s radio-tailored albeit
looser, straightforward production, this edition opens up the previously veiled
soundstages, spotlights the clean yet raucous arrangements, and decongests the
imaging so that every note comes to the fore. Thanks to the extra-wide
grooves and meticulous remastering, Joel’s urgency and temperament have never
sounded so vibrant.
In addition to firing shots at detractors, Joel further solidifies his
reputation as a pop maestro on the hit “Don’t Ask Me Why” and mellow classic
“C’etait Toi (You Were the One),” each replete with sparkling structures and
shimmering melodies. Throughout, he dials down the grand gestures, focusing more
on an attitude and directness. At the time, Joel was conscious of the
punk movement, and seems inspired to follow that genre’s preference for
simplicity, frankness, and irritability. The album’s legendary artwork—the
singer preparing to toss a brick through the windows of his house—is a metaphor
for Joel shattering his image as a cocktail-lounge pop crooner.
Such changes are evident in the now-signature “You May Be Right,” a hard-rocking
and scathing rebuttal to a romantic partner on which Joel embraces the
identity of a tough-skinned madman that won’t stop at anything. He inhabits the
role with convincing theatrics, his voice mixing pushiness, smugness,
self-evident humor, and cool that fits the resistive tone of the record’s songs.
Glass Houses is Joel’s megaphone for stubborn independence, dogged
assertiveness, and blustery confidence.
It’s also an announcement of artistic intent, a statement that’s
simultaneously catchy and barbed, well-crafted and rowdy. And it succeeds on
all levels, bringing to commercial pop-rock a brashness and grit often absent
from fare that sticks in your head for days. Joel would never be seen the
same way again.
• 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
• Gatefold Jacket
1. You May Be Right
2. Sometimes A Fantasy
3. Don't Ask Me Why
4. It's Still Rock and Roll To Me
5. All For Leyna
6. I Don't Want To Be Alone
7. Sleeping With the Television On
8. C'etait Toi (You Were the One)
9. Close to the Borderline
10. Through the Long Night