by Billy Joel

CD(Remastered / Enhanced)

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There's a reason Turnstiles begins with the Spector-esque epic "Say Goodbye to Hollywood." Shortly after Streetlife Serenade, Joel ditched California -- and, by implication, sensitive Californian soft rock from sensitive singer/songwriters -- for his hometown of New York. "Say Goodbye to Hollywood" was a celebration of his move, a repudiation of his past, a fanfare for a new beginning, which is exactly what Turnstiles was. He still was a singer/songwriter -- indeed, "Summer, Highland Falls" was his best ballad to date, possibly his best ever -- but he decided to run with his musical talents, turning the record into a whirlwind tour of pop styles, from Sinatra to Springsteen. There's little question that the cinematic sprawl of Born to Run had an effect on Turnstiles, since it has a similar widescreen feel, even if it clocks in at only eight songs. The key to the record's success is variety, the way the album whips from the bouncy, McCartney-esque "All You Wanna Do Is Dance" to the saloon song "New York State of Mind"; the way the bitterly cynical "Angry Young Man" gives way to the beautiful "I've Loved These Days" and the surrealistic apocalyptic fantasy "Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)." No matter how much stylistic ground Joel covers, he's kept on track by his backing group. He fought to have his touring band support him on Turnstiles, going to the lengths of firing his original producer, and it was clearly the right move, since they lend the album a cohesive feel. Turnstiles may not have been a hit, but it remains one of his most accomplished and satisfying records, clearly paving the way to his twin peaks of the late '70s, The Stranger and 52nd Street.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/01/2008
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886972328225
catalogNumber: 723282
Rank: 6485

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billy Joel   Primary Artist,Harmonica,Keyboards,Vocals
Richie Cannata   Keyboards,Saxophone,Wind
Liberty DeVitto   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Drums
Howie Emerson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Russell Javors   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Mingo Lewis   Percussion
James Herb Smith   Acoustic Guitar
Doug Stegmeyer   Bass,Bass Guitar
James "Hal" Smith   Acoustic Guitar

Technical Credits

Billy Joel   Composer,Producer
Richard White   Graphic Design
Kenny Ascher   Arranger,Orchestration,Orchestral Arrangements
John Bradley   Engineer
Don Puluse   Engineer
Lou Waxman   Engineer
John Berg   Cover Design
John Naatjes   Tape Research
Jerry Abramowitz   Cover Photo

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Turnstiles 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is Billy Joel at his best. Only 8 songs, but they are all incredible. Lesser-known standouts include, well, the entire second half of the album, especially ''Prelude/Angry Young Man,'' and ''Miami 2017.'' ''Summer, Highland Falls'' is one of the most emotionally stirring ballad's I have ever heard. Of course, there are the classics ''Say Goodbye To Hollywood'' and ''New York State of Mind.'' Aside from the aforemention second-side standouts, you won't find many hard-rocking songs on this album. But you will find a more soothing mix of songs you'll want to listen to again and again. Get this album.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago