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The legendary singer-songwriter Billy Joel channels John Lennon on this
musically ambitious and socially poignant baby boomer-themed set. Mobile
Fidelity broadens the expanse of the orchestral arrangements, the sweep of
melodic breadth, and the microdynamic reach.
This multi-platinum 1982 album includes "Allentown", "Laura", "Pressure",
and "Goodnight Saigon".
Having triumphantly asserted himself as a take-no-mess singer-songwriter on
1980’s hard-rocking Glass Houses, Billy Joel continues to push his creative
impulses on The Nylon Curtain, a fascinating song cycle that pays tribute to
John Lennon and stands as the most ambitious project of his career. Enriched by
sweeping orchestral arrangements and socially conscious lyrics, the 1982 set
addresses unemployment, war, and realities of the Reagan era with exacting
precision. Insightful and clever, the album’s Baby Boomer-themed narratives
continue to resonate.
A requisite piece of Mobile Fidelity’s Billy Joel catalog restoration series,
The Nylon Curtain is mastered from the original master tapes and pressed on 180g
LP at RTI. The myriad nuances amidst Phil Ramone’s crisp production assume
greater tonality, texture, and detail. This album is now an audiophile-caliber
favorite, with transparency, clarity, and microdynamics enhancing the poignant
connection between Joel’s expressiveness and the listener’s emotions. The Nylon
Curtain is now an even more personal experience, a brilliant distillation of
sadness, loss, hope, and anger.
Harnessing concerns, obsessions, reflections, and feelings that consumed a
majority of the Baby Boomer generation near the beginning of the Reagan Era,
Joel delves into job loss (“Allentown”), wartime fallout (“Goodbye Saigon”),
and, of course, romantic longing (“She’s Right on Time”). Rather than take a
long-view perspective, Joel gets up and close to the issues, infusing the fare
with a mix of sadness, frustration, cautious optimism, and moodiness that he
wears on his sleeve. Joel’s melodies, too, ricochet with unmistakably personal
sentiment, as he constructs arrangements in tribute to Lennon, whose ghost
arises on pieces like “Scandinavian Skies” and “Laura.”
Pop culture author Chuck Klosterman addresses the Beatles link and The Nylon
Curtain’s timeless appeal in Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, writing: “’Laura’ and
‘Where’s the Orchestra’ really are as good as what’s on The White Album. This is
because the first song says things so directly that its words shouldn’t make
sense to anyone else (and yet they do), while the latter is so metaphorically
vague that anybody should be able to understand what he’s implying.”
But relate and understand audiences do: The Nylon Curtain remains a pop marvel,
introspective juggernaut, and now, courtesy of Mobile Fidelity, a sonic
landmark. Joel’s anguish, regrets, sorrow, and worries transcend both tastes and
time. Somewhat underappreciated upon its original release, the 55-minute effort
is now regarded as a conceptual masterpiece.
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• 45rpm Speed Edition
• 2LP Set
• 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
LP 1 - Side 1:
LP 1 - Side 2:
2. Goodnight Saigon
LP 2 - Side 3:
1. She's Right On Time
2. A Room Of Our Own
LP 2 - Side 4:
1. Scandinavian Skies
2. Where's the Orchestra