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Turnstiles [Enhanced Version] [Enhanced, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Billy JoelAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (October 20, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00000DCHB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,030 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Say Goodbye To Hollywood
2. Summer, Highland Falls
3. All You Wanna Do Is Dance
4. New York State Of Mind
5. James
6. Prelude/Angry Young Man
7. I've Loved These Days
8. Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway)

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On this 1976 classic, Billy Joel tempers his anger a bit, adding dashes of hope and even sentimentality. In fact, he seems to address this fresh outlook on the scathing "Angry Young Man" and defiant "Say Goodbye to Hollywood." Still, his ballads here mark some of his finest work, from the Ray Charles-influenced "New York State of Mind" to the introspective "Summer, Highland Falls" to the celebratory "I've Loved These Days." Lyrically, "Miami 2017" owes as much to folk as it does to rock. These eight songs seem as if they're therapeutic for Joel: they display a new comfort and satisfaction as he digs deeper within himself to find lyrical themes. --Marc Greilsamer

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly Billy Joel's best album March 12, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Though "The Stranger" gets most of the nods for best
Billy Joel album, it's this album--which flew considerably
under the radar when it was released a year earlier--that
presents Joel's most consistent set of tunes. There isn't
a weak track on here, and some (I've Loved These Days,
New York State of Mind, Summer Highland Falls)
have become standards. He covers a lot of stylistic ground
here, including Phil Spector, saloon jazz, and direct
balladry, and succeeds every time. The commercial triumph of
"The Stranger" took the world by surprise, but that's only
because they missed this album the first time. Everything
that would make Joel huge in a couple of years is right here.
A must.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Album that began to build Billy Joel's Legend February 18, 2005
Format:Audio CD
After his first three albums, Billy Joel rose from the ranks of "underground" musician and into more of a mainstream star. Those three albums would have what would be considered one or two "classic" songs that would stay with Joel through his career ("Cold Spring Harbor" would have "She's Got a Way"; "Piano Man" would have the title track and "Captain Jack"; "Streetlife Serenade" would have "The Entertainer"). The release of Billy Joel's fourth album - "Turnstiles" would be the album that would begin to mount the legend of "Billy the Kid" with many songs that would stay with Joel throughout his career.

I look at Billy Joel's career as having three phases. The first phase is what I call "Old Billy Joel". This basically includes all of his material from "Cold Spring Harbor" through "Turnstiles". These are perhaps the strongest days as the piano sound, but they also contain most of Joel's least heard material. The next phase is what I call "Middle Billy Joel". This was his most successful period and covers from "The Stranger" to "Billy Joel Greatest Hits Volume 1 and 2". Joel would go through a transition during this phase - expanding his musical horizons and exploring different avenues. The final phase is the "Later Billy Joel" phase - this covers "The Bridge" to "River of Dreams". In this phase, Billy would start to incorporate some of his older styles of music while not abandoning his desire to continue to explore new avenues. I consider "Turnstiles to be the end of the Old Billy Joel phase. Billy still maintains his trademark piano sound - but now begins to look to those other musical horizons that would become the trademark of the "Middle Billy Joel" phase.

There are two central themes that are a part of "Turnstiles".
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the same as the original LP release March 31, 2005
By J-Man
Format:Audio CD
This 1976 album has a dubious history on CD. The songs are all great, but "New York State of Mind" hasn't received its proper due from the standpoint of sonics or consistency. "Turnstiles" was released on CD in 1986 (Columbia, CK 33848). This initial CD release has very clean sound - given the CD technology available at that time - except on "New York State of Mind." It suffers on this CD release from loud hiss, especially in the piano introduction. This hiss is not as apparent on the CD's other seven tracks.

The original "Turnstiles" release of "New York State of Mind" appeared with much cleaner sound on the vinyl and cassette releases of "Billy Joel's Greatest Hits Volumes I and II," issued by Columbia in 1985. The CD release of "Greatest Hits Volumes I and II", however, features a slightly different version of "New York State of Mind." It has almost no background noise, but DOES HAVE annoying reverb on Billy Joel's vocals. It also has a VERY different saxophone track. It is this latter butchery of "New York State of Mind" that is featured on the 1998 CD re-issue of "Turnstiles." It was also featured on a cassette edition of "Billy Joel's Greatest Hits Volumes I and II" that I bought in 1993. As I mentioned earlier, the original "Turnstiles" release of "New York State Of Mind" appeared with much cleaner sound on the original vinyl and cassette issues of "Greatest Hits Volumes I and II" issued in 1985.

Why has one of Billy Joel's best known songs been so mistreated on CD? Why was there so much hiss on its initial CD release? Why was the instrumentation butchered in its additional CD
re-issues? "Turnstiles" has great material, but also has a legacy of inconsistency on CD. Unfortunately, so does one of Billy Joel's signature songs.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Underrated Billy Joel Album December 14, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
Unfortunately, this album was completely overshadowed by The Stranger, but in it's own way it proves that it belongs with that album as the high-water mark of Billy Joel's career. Don't get me wrong, I like the later stuff too, but this album shows the full songwriting capability of a great talent and, at least for me, the overall songs on this album are more thoughtful than on The Stranger. "Summer, Highland Falls", "New York State of Mind", and "Prelude/Angry Young Man" alone make this a good album. "Say Goodbye To Hollywood" and "Miami 2017" make it a great album. While most of these songs were re-released as live versions on Songs From The Attic, I prefer the studio versions simply because most of the subtleness is lost before a stadium full of people. This was one that I insisted on getting for my collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply One of the Best Musicians and Songwriters of Our Time
Billy Joel....simply one of the best musicians and songwriters of our time, it goes without saying. The CD arrived (1) day late, according to tracking, but in excellent condition. Read more
Published 12 days ago by A's Mum-Mum
4.0 out of 5 stars His Best Complete Album To That Point
This was the Piano Man's fourth studio album and the first that really gave a glimpse of the great music he'd make over the ensuing decade. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joelfan
5.0 out of 5 stars Swan Song
This is his best album, beating out the Stranger slightly. It's musically and lyrically brilliant. Probably in the top 20 rock albums and even higher in terms of songwriting, in... Read more
Published on January 29, 2009 by John Doe
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite...
This isn't the first time I've bought this. I was shocked to see that it wasn't in my current collection. The next best thing to a trip to the East Coast...
Published on November 29, 2008 by Rinky Dink
5.0 out of 5 stars the album will even take place in the hearts of angry young men
Luis Mejia (son)- Although past Joel's works are great, this is the first one that it could be said with all security that it's a masterpiece. Read more
Published on June 17, 2007 by Humberto Mejia
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome melodies
I forgot how much I love this record until I picked up a copy of "Songs in the Attic" the other day and heard those incredible intro measures on "Summer Highland Falls. Read more
Published on March 15, 2007 by JNM
1.0 out of 5 stars At the Core of a singer-songwriter
This album finds Billy Joel at the dawn of the superstardom to come. There are a number of songs that could very well have been hits had this album been released after he had been... Read more
Published on December 22, 2006 by Greg
5.0 out of 5 stars A CLASSIC
I really LOVE one song on this album-it's

"Prelude/Angry Young Man".

If THAT tune won't get you tapping your fingers & toes, you may not have a pulse!!
Published on December 21, 2006 by William E. Sanders
4.0 out of 5 stars Timing Is Everything
Largely ignored when it came out, this is far superior than, for example, Glass Houses. The fact that Joel has continued to play most of these songs in his live shows, including,... Read more
Published on November 6, 2006 by Robert Rossi
5.0 out of 5 stars Crammed full of classics
Fortunately, I have the original CD version of this (From 1986) which was more closer to the original sound of the LP - as opposed to the recent remastered CD version. Read more
Published on August 4, 2006 by William
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