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An Innocent Man

October 20, 1998

$9.99
Song Title
Time
Popularity  
1
Easy Money
4:04
2
An Innocent Man
5:18
3
The Longest Time
3:37
4
This Night (Album Version)
4:15
5
Tell Her About It
3:49
6
Uptown Girl
3:17
7
Careless Talk (Album Version)
3:48
8
Christie Lee (Album Version)
3:31
9
Leave A Tender Moment Alone
3:56
10
Keeping The Faith
4:39

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: June 2, 1998
  • Release Date: June 2, 1998
  • Label: Columbia
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  • Total Length: 40:14
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  • ASIN: B00138D1W2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,387 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

Customer Reviews

This was one of the best albums of the period.
Gilly Bean
"Easy Money" is a good song, but it doesn't really fit with the album's concept.
Michael Dyckman
I listen to the whole album, and I enjoy every second of every song.
Mike

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Ben Kizer on February 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
"An Innocent Man" was released in 1983 to the hunger of many fans. Joel received a lot of controversy from his last album, "Nylon Curtain", an album that featured many socially conscious messages. Joel threw the messages in the back, and went to work on an album where he could let it all hang out and just have some fun. The result ended up being his best selling album from the 80's, and also one of the best albums of the decade and of all time.

Joel was a musical version of a chameleon. He could go from piano ballads one moment to light hearted pop and rock the next to socially challenging music. "An Innocent Man" gives proof that one of Joels stronger music sides is light hearted pop-rock. This could be a reason to the wide success of the album. Another could be that the album has something for everyone, and even the pickest music critic could find something to love.

The album salutes the rock and doo-wop of the 50's and 60's, the music the Joel grew up listening to, and what would influence him to become a singer-songwritter himself. The album starts off with "Easy Money", the upbeat song from the movie soundtrack of the same name. Nothing too great about the song, just an upbeat song with not too much redeeming value. The next track, the title track, is the most deep and introspective number on the album (maybe a foreshadowing of the direction Joel was heading with his music in the future). It sets up the mood for the rest of the album. Joel is a man with a serious case of 'tiude, but he has found a new love, and though he has been burned once before, he tells himself he is ready to try again. The pulsing base in the background reminds people of the song "Under the Boardwalk" by the Drifters. Again, this album is a tribute by Joel to the music he loved as a child.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Drinkwater on April 4, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This a wonderful album and truly is a tribute to Joel's predecessors in rock n' roll. A minor correction, however - the chorus from "This Night" is not from the "Emperor Concerto" (#5) but is from the second movement of the Sonata #8 in C-minor, Opus 13, the "Pathetique." The tunes are somewhat similar.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Betty June Moore on June 20, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Billy Joel's 1983 album, "An Innocent Man," is, in my opinion, one of his best recordings. Because I like many kinds of music (rock, country, New Age, Celtic, and some classical), this album has enough variety yet is evocative of rock `n' roll's early roots.
While not all the songs appeal to me - "Easy Money" being perhaps my least favorite track - I can honestly say that I really enjoy Joel's tribute to the doo-wop and early rock of his younger days. He has written some very lovely songs in the past, but in this album I particularly like his Frankie Vallie-style "For The Longest Time." It has a nice melody and a catchy hook, and the background vocals are evocative of a somehow more innocent time.
I also like Joel's take on the redeeming value of love expressed in his Carole King-inspired "An Innocent Man," with its bass guitar intro, Joel's tender piano melody, and the recognition that heartbreak exists but that one should not let that stop others from trying to heal the wounds.
My favorite song in this album is "This Night," which has gentle lyrics, a chorus melody borrowed from Beethoven, who is one of Joel's favorite classical composers, and a beat that was perfect for dancing with my boyfriend. If you are a romantic soul, like I am, this song is sure to move your heart.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gitters on October 8, 2005
Format: Audio CD
1983's An Innocent Man is my favorite Billy Joel album. The songs on the album remind me of many popular styles of sixties music. The album has a polished feel to it. The Best Tracks are Easy Money, An Innocent Man, Tell Her About It, Leave a Tender Moment Alone, Keeping the Faith, and Uptown Girl.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Johngy's Beat on February 14, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This CD is an interesting mix of early rock and soul, mixed with a bit of teeny-bopper pop rock. That mix proves to be awesome. The CD seemes to be woven through with the theme of love (lost and gained). Somewhere along this ride, you will be moved (if not many times).

The music found here is tight and on the mark. From the sax on 'Christie Lee' to the drum work on 'Easy Money'

the band rises up to their usual level.

Many of these songs received a lot of radio play and might have been overplayed, but time heals that wound and allows us to enjoy them all over again. I have had many favorite songs off of this CD at various points in my life (and listening). That should speak volumes of the quality and versatility found on this recording. The romantic will love 'This Night'. The jazz-rocker will like 'Christie Lee'. The 50's person will enjoy 'Keeping the Faith.

This is definitely one of the more universally appealing works by Billy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. WILLIAMS on February 18, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I remember the first time I heard "Tell Her About It." It was premiered on Friday Night Videos, in long form. The video was a spoof the Ed Sullivan Show, with Billy as the performer.
This album, along with Synchronicity, Punch the Clock and Cargo helped define my senior year of high school, but this was the best. Mr. Joel delves into his musical heros and spins tunes that makes this sound like a concept album ode to 1962. Some songs, like Innocent Man, Leave A Tender Moment Alone, and Keeping the Faith still bring chills of memories of innocence lost and new things found.
Stop reading this review and buy this album right now.
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