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The Bridge [Enhanced]

Billy JoelAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 20, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: SBME SPECIAL MKTS.
  • ASIN: B0012GMWES
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,358 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Running On Ice
2. This Is The Time
3. A Matter Of Trust
4. Modern Woman
5. Baby Grand (duet with Ray Charles)
6. Big Man On Mulberry Street
7. Tempatation
8. Code Of Silence (Featuring Cyndi Lauper)
9. Getting Closer

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums of 1986!! May 18, 1998
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Format:Audio CD
I love this album!!! This was such a strong follow up to "An Innocent Man!" Billy put away those '50's style songs and picked up the guitar a jammed. My all time favorite Billy song "This is the Time" is on this CD. Also with songs like "A Matter of Trust", "Modern Woman", Big Man on Mulberry Street", "Baby Grand" and So on.... This CD has 9 tracks that will show you just why Billy Joel is one of the best song writers in rock history.
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29 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A personal favorite February 23, 2003
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I've said it about Bon Jovi and I'll say it about Billy Joel; the "typical" fan irritates me because they like the music for the weakest reasons. A good beat, nostalgic and/or politically targeted lyrics, and pop mediocrity in general helped just about every album of Billy's aside from The Bridge into excessive-selling "classics" with some great songs and some adequate ones. This album is not a majority fan-favorite.
But "The Bridge" is good. Consistently good, actually. A common criticism is that it is a victim of 80's formula and production, but I only somewhat agree with that. Indeed, without naming names, suffice to say that there are MANY other 80's albums that were far less full of artistic integrity.
The album kicks off with a great piano statement, if underdeveloped. The Piano Man indeed had not betrayed his roots for the synths-of-the-day, rather, he combined them with THE PIANO, which was vital for him, the music industry at the time, and myself, all for various reasons. I often talk about the union of heart and brains, which for me is what really makes a good album. I find "This is the Time," "A Matter of Trust," and "Temptation", beyond catchy. They are highly emotional, but they also connect with the emotions in a familiar-yet-unique sort of way, if that makes sense. Billy's always had the rare talent of making simplicity endure the test of time, but i find the songs on this album FAR more MUSICALLY interesting than the dragging, monotone strums of "Captain Jack" and "Only the Good Die Young" and "Tell Her About It".
Now that I have probably made a few million enemies, I should probably get to the nucleus of "The Bridge." "Baby Grand" is one of those songs that comes along that you have to react with a "This is perfect.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Listen Listen Listen January 18, 2004
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The secret to the success of any cd lies with the individual. Sometimes it is the hook, melody means a great deal to the experience of course. For others, it's rhythm, and still others lyrics supplanted by strong melody and/or rhythm.
Unfortunately, music is often judged on first go round. Such was the case with me regarding The Bridge. I had dismissed it when it came out, but recently I spent time in my studio (i.e. my car, with wonderful speakers and the solitude of the drive)and studied Billy from the early years through his last original. I was very much impressed with the diversity of this work, and I suggest several listens.....Modern Woman may sound 80ish to some, but I think it stands on its own. Mulberry Street is broad, a large sound with big band, and it is countered by the more typical Joel songs like Matter of Trust and This is the Time.
I think that 'veterans' like myself, guys/gals who grew up in the late 60's and have seen and heard the evolution of rock music, have learned that what initially clicks will sometimes wear down, and often other works grow with time, and that is true because we are changing, ever changing. I suggest a nice car ride, the music turned up, a mug of coffee, and 40 minutes spent with The Bridge. It's not Billy Joel's best, it's far from his worst, and for you, it might very well be special!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars laidback mid-80s rock November 4, 2008
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Away from the doo-wop style and straight back into 80's rock, Billy Joel was again two steps ahead, with the mid-80s sounds.
Highlights are:

A Matter Of Trust (1986): A more upbeat rendition of a similar theme -Innocent Man from his last album . A great feel-good song.

Baby Grand (1983): A superb r&b type duo
about a man's baby grand piano and references to romance, love, failed relationships, fame and fortune.duo with Ray Charles.

This Is The Time: (1983): One of my favourite, favourites. I keep playing it again and again. Here Billy Joel displays the incredible power of the voice at it's best, and references to fading youth and remembering the best of life.

The funky Modern Woman (from the film Ruthless People).

and a collaboration with Cindy Lauper
"Code Of Silence."
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Billy Joel Burns A Bridge or Two On This Set March 8, 2000
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"After 1986, what else could be new?" Billy Joel asked that at the end of his 1986 Top 10 synth-rocker "Modern Woman," but perhaps he should've been the one answering. He had come off a successful greatest hits collection and popular, if inconsequential, studio set (1983's "Innocent Man"). Perhaps this was the time for more important, weighty matters and melodies.
Perhaps not. On "The Bridge," Joel's melodic sense never fails him, even while stifling the jazzy "Big Man On Mulberry Street" (remember its being featured in "Moonlighting?") with a screechy vocal, or employing two of 1986's hottest guest stars (Steve Winwood and Cyndi Lauper, both had #1 hits that year) to guest, respectively, on "Code of Silence" (Joel's first co-writing credit),and the petulant, seething "Getting Closer."
Joel is best addressing relationship politics with sarcasm and sentimentality. His heart is in the right place addressing musical (w/Ray Charles on "Baby Grand") or familial ("Temptation," the wistful "This Is The Time.") influences. Lyrically, he's less sure of himself ("Big Man" the clunky rocker "Matter of Trust," the "Turnstiles"-ish "Running on Ice") and serves as his own devil's advocate (humorously in "Modern Woman.")
"The Bridge" was a mid-point album of sorts for Joel, who would follow with the more pretentious, awkward "Storm Front." As it was, it marked the last Joel album produced by Phil Ramone, the last with most of his touring band (except for drummer Liberty DeVitto), and to some degree, the last shred of cohesion with his 70s work. Call it a bridge crossed rather than one built.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Was a little disappointed by this CD
Was a little disappointed by this CD. Only bought it really for Baby Grand and Big Man on Mulberry Street but they don't compare with "live" versions. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Patricia Lake
3.0 out of 5 stars The Wheels Start to Fall Off
Billy had a huge hit with 1983's An Innocent Man which contained some very good pop songs like the title cut, Leave A Tender Moment Alone, and Keeping The Faith among them. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joelfan
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I am a huge Billy Joel fan, and this has some good songs on it, easy enough to say you should listen to them all many times.
Published 3 months ago by nevet1212
4.0 out of 5 stars 80's Joel
Overall, this album is fairly solid. But in some ways it seems a bit disjointed as well, in the manner that although most of the songs are good, there seems to be a lack of a... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Brings back lots of good memories. Matter of Trust is a classic song, great for cardio and early morning runs.

You just can't go wrong with Billy Joel.
Published 12 months ago by Rebecca Toribio
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I had this CD and loved it. It was borrowed by one of my children and lost. Had to replace.
Published 16 months ago by Carol L. Svatek
2.0 out of 5 stars The First Dud of Billy's 80's Albums
I'm a big Billy Joel fan, but I have no love for this album. It was recorded in the mid 80's and it definitely sounds like a product of its time: overproduced with way too many... Read more
Published on March 30, 2012 by J. Cohen
4.0 out of 5 stars Hit-making continues on Billy's `Bridge'
Nothing against 1980s pop production, but the frantic piano and intermittently inserted clipped sounds heard on "The Bridge's" opening song, "Running on Ice," made me wonder if the... Read more
Published on March 29, 2012 by Sal Nudo
5.0 out of 5 stars Very underrated Billy Joel Record...
This is one of my favorite Billy Joel records. It's largely forgotten and pretty much underrated. Baby Grand is a great song. Read more
Published on October 14, 2011 by loganwest
4.0 out of 5 stars Billy Winning For Losing Just A Little
Billy Joel's first three albums of the 80's had the advantage of being huge creative and commercial triumphs. Read more
Published on September 18, 2011 by Andre S. Grindle
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