River Of Dreams
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I was enthralled with this album when it first came out. I was impressed with how hard rocking tracks like Shades of Grey were, or the cutting-edge sound of Blonde Over Blue.
I watched a PBS special on the making of this album (which I have on VHS, but I don't see it listed on Amazon) which covered some interesting aspects of the album. First of all, this is a different drummer, and a different producer, than Billy usually worked with. This explains a lot. While Liberty's drums were spectacular, the drumming here is a little different. It feels solid, and there are some good grooves, but it doesn't sound as collaborative as his earlier albums did. The tracks are wound tightly, and there isn't as much room for moments that feel less planned, and more natural.
The second big difference is the mixing. If you listen to the alternate version of River of Dreams from the My Lives box set, you get a much more natural sounding performance. Joel is having a good time. That rhythm guitar is louder, and it glues everything together.
That's not to say that the album as it is, is bad.
As an adult, I still enjoy this album, but not in the same way that I used to.
I still don't like No Man's Land, but I think I get the idea. Sometimes, Billy likes to play a rock song on guitar. He did this with A Matter of Trust, and I respect that. I love that he's willing to do this sort of thing. But something about the track isn't right, and it never felt like the right album opener.
I still like The Great Wall of China, with the wonderful harmonies to kick it off.Read more ›
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This is a terrific CD by Billy Joel. Some amazing beats, music, and melodies. I highly recommend it!!!Published 13 months ago by CD music collector
Bought for 1 song. The rest of the album seems like the worst of an era.Published 14 months ago by jim B
Loved it. But it broke into 3 pieces . Found it after daughter used my vehicle in my console. I acctually found One I already had but didn't know it. Thank you.Published 19 months ago by F. David Searer Jr.
While there are excellent songs on this album there are a number songs that have bland feel to them. This album is not up to Billy Joeys high standardPublished on November 1, 2013 by Jack A. Roesberry