Billy Joel 52nd Street Numbered Limited Edition 45rpm 180g 2LP
Numbered, Limited Edition! 180g 45rpm Edition!
Half-Speed Mastered From
Original Master Tapes! Pressed at RTI!
Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 354/500!
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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 pressed on 45RPM
180g LP at RTI. 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
• 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
• Full Lyrics Included
• Gatefold Jacket
1. Big Shot
3. My Life
3. Rosalinda's Eyes
4. Half A Mile Away
5. Until The Night
6. 52nd Street