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Turnstiles Enhanced Version
Reissued, Enhanced, Remastered
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Audio CD, Enhanced, Original recording reissued, October 20, 1998
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Turnstiles Billy Joel Label: Sony Release Date: 10/20/1998 1 Say Goodbye to Hollywood - 4:36 2 Summer, Highland Falls - 3:19 3 All You Wanna Do Is Dance - 3:45 4 New York State of Mind - 6:05 5 James - 3:56 6 Prelude/Angry Young Man - 5:16 7 I've Loved These Days - 4:36 8 Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go out on Broadway) - 7:47 9 [CD-Rom Track]
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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The only big complaint I have with the album is the production. Billy himself produced the album and he has said that that wasn't such a good idea. Production wise the album sounds kind of thin. If only Phil Ramone had gotten to him an album earlier. Listen to some of these songs on his 1981 live release Songs In The Attic and you'll see the difference in regards to production.Ex. Notice the bigger "wall of sound" Billy builds on "Say Goodbye To Hollywood" on SITA than on Turnstiles.
His core road band joins him here in the studio (Devitto, Stegmeyer, and Javors) for the first time and you can tell the difference between their playing and the vanilla studio musicians on the previous three albums...even with the weak production. And Billy's singing had finally matured into the one that you hear on his best albums The Stranger through The Nylon Curtain. There's a toughness to it that was annoyingly missing on his first album Cold Spring Harbor.....and not quite there yet on the next two Piano Man and Streetlife.
All in all a great album......if not for the weak production I would have given it 5 stars.
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"Prelude/Angry Young Man".
If THAT tune won't get you tapping your fingers & toes, you may not have a pulse!!