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52nd Street [Enhanced, Original recording remastered]

Billy JoelAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 20, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00000DCHD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,312 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Big Shot
2. Honesty
3. My Life
4. Zanzibar
5. Stiletto
6. Rosalinda's Eyes
7. Half A Mile Away
8. Until The Night
9. 52nd Street

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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Second Multichannel SACD Billy Joel Disc August 6, 2001
By ALK
Format:Audio CD
Billy Joel's "52nd Street" continues Sony Music's release of 5.1-channel (multichannel) SACDs. "52nd Street" is the second disc in his recording catalog released in the multichannel SACD format, following "The Stranger". The multichannel version has catalog number CS 69385.
The disc is presented in 5.1 channel packed DSD sound as well as stereo DSD. There is no CD layer, so the SACD is only playable in an SACD player. Multichannel requires a multichannel SACD player such as the Sony SCD-CE775.
Unlike early DVD-Audio discs, the mixes and mastering process on this early multichannel SACD are all excellent. The disc is extremely easy to use. Unlike a DVD-Audio disc, which acts like a glorified DVD-Video disc, a multichannel SACD acts like a CD. Press 'play' - it plays. Track skipping is easy. As a bonus, the name of each track appears on the player's built-in display - no video display required. The packaging is a standard CD jewel box.
The sound quality is not as good as "The Stranger" multichannel SACD. While it is close, the snare drum, which is prominent in all tracks, is duller and less realistic than what was heard from the previous release. Dragging out an old LP record version of "52nd Street", the same snare sound is heard. It is likely that this snare sound is a recording decision made in the late-1970s rather than a mastering problem. The extreme clarity of the SACD just makes it more prominent.
Despite any criticism, the SACD is still much better than the CD version. The finger-snaps on "Stiletto" are very impressive. It is one of the best uses of multichannel effects I've heard. "Until the Night" also make effective but not distracting use of the multichannel effects.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawed & Lovable. February 26, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Just like the man himself, "52nd Street" is obnoxious and overambitious but thoroughly lovable. After "The Stranger" found Billy flirting with the dark side of AM radio, he went after a streetwise blues & jazz sound with "52nd Street." He found it, sometimes.
But even when he missed and overshot, he created some great, lasting music. "Stiletto" has an irresistible groove and some impressive hellcat piano work, while "Rosalinda's Eyes" and "Half a Mile Away" find him approaching a maturity that carries his angry-young-man themes into a realistic setting. The set's centerpiece, the would-be epic "Zanzibar," is notable for its attempt to shoehorn streetwise romantic cliches into an insanely ambitious arrangement. Featuring trumpet solos by Freddie Hubbard and shifting movements, "Zanzibar" is one of the most entertaining and interesting failures you'll ever want to hear. Which means it isn't a failure at all, but a joyously ridiculous piece of music.
The album's standout, however, is the gorgeously layered "Until the Night." Billy's not the most lovey-dovey fellow, but "Until the Night" is one of the great love songs in history, a tough, unsentimental track that acknowledges how crucial it is to share love when times get difficult. The song aims high and scores even higher - it's a truly transcendent piece of work.
Hey, I'm a Billy Joel fan, so I'm gonna love most of what he does. "52nd Street" might be my favorite album of his. I'm aware that it's not perfect - but heck, who wants to hear a perfect album anyway? For all his forced tough-guy stances, for all his "I'm a white boy singing funky blues" pretense, he hit enough homers with this album to make anyone a true Billy believer.
Oh, and when I was a kid, I assumed verse two of "Zanzibar" really was about baseball.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive Mutichannel SACD! February 4, 2004
Format:Audio CD
"52nd Street" was Billy Joel's first #1 album,thanks to the jaunty #3 hit "My Life" and two other big hits "Big Shot" and "Honesty".It also won the Grammy for 1979 Album Of The Year and became the first CD ever pressed in 1983.Musically speaking,it was a extension of "The Stranger",pushing into both jazzier("Zanzibar","Stilleto","Rosalinda's Eyes")and rockier("Big Shot","Half A Mile Away")territories while remaining widely appealing and radio-friendly.Song for song,it may not match "The Stranger",but there are no weak songs either.Billy Joel had quickly established himself as the most talented and consistent hitmakers of the late 70's and early 80's,and "52nd Street" is a strong testament to that indeed.The 5.1 SACD mix isn't quite as good as the mix done on the "The Stranger".The sound is a bit flatter and duller than on that one,but I guess that was the result of the remnents of late-70's production values than of the sound quality of the SACD itself.That said,this transfer is superb for the most part,providing an excellent clarity,rich and spaciousness to such songs as "Honesty","Until The Night","Rosalinda's Eyes" and "Stilleto" that isn't available on the standard CD.All in all,this version of "52nd Street" is surely recommened,just not as much as "The Stranger" 5.1 SACD.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Joel's Best Studio Album July 14, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Billy Joel has always been better at producing first rate singles than recording coherent albums. That said, "52nd Street" is (arguably) the best of his original studio albums. Befitting the title, Joel flirts with adding jazz elements to his usual straightforward pop rock approach. The album starts with three ace hit singles, the rocking "Big Shot," the ballad "Honesty," and the teenage liberation anthem "My Life." After that comes the strongest set of album filler material Joel has ever recorded. The jazz influences comes through most strongly on "Zanibar," the title track, and "Stiletto," the latter of which features some of Joel's best ever piano playing. On top of all of that is "Until the Night," one of Joel's most underrated tunes and one of his best ever love songs.
Overall, a strong album from an artist usually more noteworthy for his hit singles.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Billy Joel, what's not to like!?
52nd Street is a classic album and I purchased it as a replacement for an original that had that sadly warped. It played perfectly and was exactly as described by the seller. Read more
Published 18 hours ago by Katherine Benningfield
5.0 out of 5 stars SACD Hybrid
This set of songs is a 5 star package. I immediately bought the SACD to get that clearer than life sound, but the 1998 remaster is sadly better. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Just Fell In
5.0 out of 5 stars Billy Joel's 52nd street all killers no fillers!!
The songs on 52nd street are all killers and no fillers!!! You can hear elements of rock, pop, classical, jazz and Latin feel in Billys song writing and playing on this cd. Read more
Published 1 month ago by George T. Savastano
5.0 out of 5 stars BILLY JOEL ROCKS!!
How can you go wrong with any of his music? I LOVE IT ALL!!! I wake up singing the tracks but then I'm a HUGE Billy Joel fan from way back when!
Published 2 months ago by Faye LaGanga
5.0 out of 5 stars So mellow and so special
I had to re-purchase this cd. I enjoy all the tracks. His voice is sweet and the piano is a great accompaniment. This is his best collection of tunes. It is so calming.
Published 3 months ago by Sporty
4.0 out of 5 stars Billy Joel
This CD is alright. It is not Billy Joel's best by any means. I do like the song My Life. Like I said some of his other CD's are better.
Published 3 months ago by James D. Weinberg
4.0 out of 5 stars 52nd Street
I am sure that most people buying this record already know it well. I am forty, so this record was really a bit before my time, but it was a staple on the stereo in our house (we... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Cecil O. Byrnside III
5.0 out of 5 stars Billy Joel's Best!!
To me and millions of others this was Billy Joel's best album. To the younger generation who know little about him I will say this. Read more
Published 8 months ago by submariner
3.0 out of 5 stars sacd but not 5.1
I love this album of course and i have an sacd player and this sounds great but it is not 5.1 and that was not clear to me when ordering.. Read more
Published 12 months ago by elysium
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey! It;s Billy Joel!
You just can't go wrong with Billy Joel. I've always liked his music. I bought this album specifically to get Stiletto. Read more
Published 13 months ago by MARK MCKIBBEN
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