Numbered, Limited-Edition Hybrid SACD from Mobile Fidelity!
Billy Joel Turnstiles on Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid SACD from Mobile
Fidelity. Joel Expands Musical Horizons on 1976 Gem Defined by Hit Songs Like
"New York State of Mind," "Say Goodbye to Hollywood," "Angry Young Man".
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.
• 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
Billy Joel, keyboards, vocals
Doug Stegmeyer, bass guitar
Liberty DeVitto, drums
Howie Emerson, electric and acoustic guitars
Russell Javors, electric and acoustic guitars
James Smith, acoustic guitar
Mingo Lewis, percussion
Richard Cannata, saxophone
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)