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Billy Joel Turnstiles on Numbered Limited Edition 180g LP from Mobile
Joel Expands Musical Horizons on 1976 Gem Defined by Hit Songs Like "New York
State of Mind," "Say Goodbye to Hollywood," "Angry Young Man"
Half-Speed Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Brill Building Sound Courses
Through With Amazing Transparency
Experience the Orchestral Sweep, Ravishing Poignancy Like Never Before
By 1976, Billy Joel had proven his merit as an auteur of California-based
singer-songwriter pop-rock. On Turnstiles, the legend focuses his attention on
more ambitious matters: Making an album whose scope and range dwarf that of his
previous work, and shot his star into the stratosphere. Encompassing everything
from urgent rock to soft pop and saloon fare, Turnstiles is a classic of major
Mobile Fidelity has gone back to the original master tapes to present Joel’s
encompassing music the way it was always intended to be experienced: Intimate,
detailed, expressive, warm. The record’s widescreen sonics are at last properly
cinematic, flush with colors, textures, and atmosphere.
Progressing away from sensitivity, Joel casts his eye towards broader horizons.
For him, that meant moving from the West Coast back to his native New York and
embracing the city’s doo-wop, Broadway, and R&B heritage. Joel’s diversity comes
through in a spectacle of memorable tunes, including the infectious “All You
Wanna Do Is Dance,” acerbic “Angry Young Man,” and gorgeous “I’ve Loved These
Still, no song better illustrates the allure — and breadth — of Turnstiles more
than “Say Goodbye to Hollywood,” bathed in the sort of fabulous Phil Spector
sound, huge drum echoes, and Brill Building orchestral sweep that Joel grew up
on. Similarly, the sprawling ballad “New York State of Mind” clearly states the
singer’s vision and mood. On the definitive track, Joel luxuriates in full
string accompaniment and soulful saxophone playing that gives the pop standard
its foundation. Not for nothing did Joel insist on keeping his touring band for
the album, a decision that resulted in the firing of the record’s original
Supported by talents such as arranger Kenny Ascher, guitarist James Herb Smith,
and percussionist Mingo Lewis, Joel succeeds in wrapping his head around a rich
swath of American pop music, stopping by way of New Orleans, Kansas City,
Memphis, Chicago, and other cities on his way from California back to the Garden
State. While lacking the fame of the subsequent The Stranger and 52nd Street,
Turnstiles is in every way their equal.
Finally, the delicate nuances of Joel’s phrasing, pregnant pauses, and
introspective emotion can be experienced in three-dimensional fidelity. In
addition, the spectrum of the orchestra’s power and finesse, ravishing poignancy
of the lyrics, and bittersweet qualities of the melodies bloom with unforced
immediacy. The previous veiled sonic character and stultifying dryness have been
corrected, presenting Joel and his crack band with illuminating precision and
Turnstiles has never sounded better—and it never will.
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• Half-Speed Production and Mastering by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
• Specially Plated and Pressed on 180 grams of High Definition Vinyl
• Special Static Free - Dust Free Inner Sleeve
• Heavy Duty Protective Packaging
• Mastered from the Original Master Tapes
• Gatefold jacket
Billy Joel, keyboard, vocals
Doug Stegmeyer, bass guitar
Liberty DeVitto, drums
Howie Emerson, electric, acoustic guitars
Russell Javors, electric, acoustic guitars
James Smith, acoustic guitar
1. Say Goodbye to Hollywood
2. Summer, Highland Falls
3. All You Wanna Do Is Dance
4. New York State of Mind
6. Prelude/Angry Young Man
7. I've Loved These Days
8. Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)
Recorded at Ultra Sonic Studios, Homestead, New York.