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    Glass Houses

    Still Rock and Roll to Him: Joel Toughens Up and Increases the Animosity, Sarcasm, Confidence, and Rock on 1980 Set


    Accessible and Angry: Phil Ramone's Stalwart Production Bristles With Boldness, Raucousness, and Directness on Definitive Mobile Fidelity Reissue


    Chart-Topper Certified Seven-Times Platinum: Includes "You May Be Right" "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me," "Don't Ask Me Why"


    Elvis Costello long had a reputation for being the "angry young man." With apologies to the former Declan McManus, he had nothing on Billy Joel's Glass Houses. Fed up with inexcusable critical backlash and believing he'd still not been regarded as a serious artist, Joel ratcheted up the angst on the 1980 set that, oh, by the way, happened to sell another seven-million-plus copies and top the Billboard charts. Revenge is sweet.


    An integral part of Mobile Fidelity's Billy Joel catalog restoration series, Glass Houses is mastered from the original master tapes and pressed on 180g LP at RTI. Honing in on producer Phil Ramone's radio-tailored albeit looser, straightforward production, this edition opens up the previously veiled soundstages, spotlights the clean yet raucous arrangements, and decongests the imaging so that every note comes to the fore. Thanks to the extra-wide grooves and meticulous remastering, Joel's urgency and temperament have never sounded so vibrant.


    In addition to firing shots at detractors, Joel further solidifies his reputation as a pop maestro on the hit "Don't Ask Me Why" and mellow classic "C'etait Toi (You Were the One)," each replete with sparkling structures and shimmering melodies. Throughout, he dials down the grand gestures, focusing more on an attitude and directness. At the time, Joel was conscious of the punk movement, and seems inspired to follow that genre's preference for simplicity, frankness, and irritability. The album's legendary artwork-the singer preparing to toss a brick through the windows of his house-is a metaphor for Joel shattering his image as a cocktail-lounge pop crooner.


    Such changes are evident in the now-signature "You May Be Right," a hard-rocking and scathing rebuttal to a romantic partner on which Joel embraces the identity of a tough-skinned madman that won't stop at anything. He inhabits the role with convincing theatrics, his voice mixing pushiness, smugness, self-evident humor, and cool that fits the resistive tone of the record's songs. Glass Houses is Joel's megaphone for stubborn independence, dogged assertiveness, and blustery confidence.


    It's also an announcement of artistic intent, a statement that's simultaneously catchy and barbed, well-crafted and rowdy. And it succeeds on all levels, bringing to commercial pop-rock a brashness and grit often absent from fare that sticks in your head for days. Joel would never be seen the same way again.


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    1. You May Be Right
    2. Sometimes a Fantasy
    3. Don't Ask Me Why
    4. It's Still Rock and Roll to Me
    5. All for Lenya
    6. I Don't Want to Be Alone
    7. Sleeping With the Television On
    8. C'etait Toi (You Were the One)
    9. Close to the Borderline
    10. Through the Long Night
    Billy Joel
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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    Glass Houses (Awaiting Repress)


    The Piano Man's # 1 Top Charting Grammy Award Winning 1980 Classic


    First Time 180 Gram Audiophile Clear Vinyl & Gatefold Cover Presentation


    Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso - Manufactured At R.T.I.


    Friday Music is pleased to announce another installment to our exclusive Billy Joel 180 Gram Master Audiophile Series with the first time 180 Gram Clear Vinyl release of the Number One, Grammy Award winner and American Music Award winning Album of the Year 1980's Glass Houses.


    Mastered by Friday Music's Joe Reagoso and pressed on 180 Gram Clear Vinyl at RTI, this amazing album will forever reign as one of his most popular albums in his stunning career.


    Featuring his first #1 single It's Still Rock And Roll To Me, Glass Houses set the stage for a more hard rockin' venture than his previous works. From the classic rocker You May Be Right, the fan favorite Sometimes A Fantasy and other big hits like Don't Ask Me Why and All For Leyna, Billy Joel delivered a great sounding album and was rewarded with more superstardom which continues to this day.


    To further celebrate this classic Joel album, Glass Houses comes with the original graphics, gatefold album cover, featuring the lyrics and photos from the original inner sleeve art, as well as the five star mastering you have come to expect from Friday Music.


    The album is also packaged with a vinyl inner sleeve for the Lp and a outer poly sleeve to protect the album cover. Billy Joel will be on tour throughout 2016 and we are honored to have this legendary artist's finest works available on audiophile 180 Gram Friday Music vinyl for everyone to enjoy. Look for more great sounds to come from Billy Joel's classic Columbia Records catalog


    You May Be Right!

    1. You May Be Right
    2. Sometimes A Fantasy
    3. Don't Ask Me Why
    4. It's Still Rock And Roll To Me
    5. All For Leyna
    6. I Don't Want To Be Alone
    7. Sleeping With The Television On
    8. C'etait Toi (You Were The One)
    9. Close To The Borderline
    10. Through The Long Night
    Billy Joel
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
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    Glass Houses (Awaiting Repress)

    Friday Music presents the Billy Joel 180g Master Audiophile Series with their first installment, the #1, Grammy Award winner and American Music Award winning Album of the Year, 1980's Glass Houses. Mastered from the original Columbia Records analog tapes by Friday Music's Joe Reagoso and Kevin Gray at Acoustech, and pressed at RTI with Sony Music, this amazing album will forever reign as one of his most popular albums in his stunning career.


    Featuring his first #1 single It's Still Rock And Roll To Me, Glass Houses set the stage for a more hard rockin' venture than his previous works. From the classic rocker You May Be Right, the fan favorite Sometimes A Fantasy and other big hits like Don't Ask Me Why and All For Leyna, Billy Joel delivered an outstanding album that rewarded him with a superstardom he has maintained to this day.


    To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of this classic Joel album, Glass Houses comes with the original graphics, gatefold album cover, lyrics and inner sleeve, as well as the five star mastering you have come to expect from Friday Music and Acoustech. The album is also packaged with a vinyl inner sleeve for the lp and a outer poly sleeve.

    1. You May Be Right
    2. Sometimes A Fantasy
    3. Don't Ask Me Why
    4. It's Still Rock And Roll To Me
    5. All For Leyna
    6. I Don't Want To Be Alone
    7. Sleeping With The Television On
    8. C'etait Toi (You Were The One)
    9. Close To The Borderline
    10. Through The Long Night
    Billy Joel
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
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    The Nylon Curtain

    The Nylon Curtain on Numbered Limited Edition 180 Gram 45RPM 2LP from Mobile Fidelity


    Legendary Singer-Songwriter Channels John Lennon on Musically Ambitious and Socially Poignant Baby Boomer-Themed Set


    Mobile Fidelity Edition Broadens Expanse of Orchestral Arrangements, Sweep of Melodic Breadth, and Microdynamic Reach


    Multi-Platinum 1982 Song Cycle Includes "Allentown," "Laura," "Pressure," "Goodnight Saigon"


    Having triumphantly asserted himself as a take-no-mess singer-songwriter on 1980's hard-rocking Glass Houses, Billy Joel continues to push his creative impulses on The Nylon Curtain, a fascinating song cycle that pays tribute to John Lennon and stands as the most ambitious project of his career. Enriched by sweeping orchestral arrangements and socially conscious lyrics, the 1982 set addresses unemployment, war, and realities of the Reagan era with exacting precision. Insightful and clever, the album's Baby Boomer-themed narratives continue to resonate.


    A requisite piece of Mobile Fidelity's Billy Joel catalog restoration series, The Nylon Curtain is mastered from the original master tapes and pressed on 180 gram LP at RTI. The myriad nuances amidst Phil Ramone's crisp production assume greater tonality, texture, and detail. What was a very good-sounding album is now an audiophile-caliber favorite, with transparency, clarity, and microdynamics enhancing the poignant connection between Joel's expressiveness and the listener's emotions. The Nylon Curtain is now an even more personal experience, a brilliant distillation of sadness, loss, hope, and anger.


    Harnessing concerns, obsessions, reflections, and feelings that consumed a majority of the Baby Boomer generation near the beginning of the Reagan Era, Joel delves into job loss ("Allentown"), wartime fallout ("Goodbye Saigon"), and, of course, romantic longing ("She's Right on Time"). Rather than take a long-view perspective, Joel gets up and close to the issues, infusing the fare with a mix of sadness, frustration, cautious optimism, and moodiness that he wears on his sleeve. Joel's melodies, too, ricochet with unmistakably personal sentiment, as he constructs arrangements in tribute to Lennon, whose ghost arises on pieces like "Scandinavian Skies" and "Laura."


    Pop culture author Chuck Klosterman addresses the Beatles link and The Nylon Curtain's timeless appeal in Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, writing: "'Laura' and 'Where's the Orchestra' really are as good as what's on The White Album. This is because the first song says things so directly that its words shouldn't make sense to anyone else (and yet they do), while the latter is so metaphorically vague that anybody should be able to understand what he's implying."


    But relate and understand audiences do: The Nylon Curtain remains a pop marvel, introspective juggernaut, and finally, courtesy of Mobile Fidelity, a sonic landmark. Joel's anguish, regrets, sorrow, and worries transcend both tastes and time. Somewhat underappreciated upon its original release, the 55-minute effort is now regarded as a conceptual masterpiece.


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    1. Allentown
    2. Laura
    3. Pressure
    4. Goodnight Saigon
    5. She's Right on Time
    6. A Room of Our Own
    7. Surprises
    8. Scandinavian Skies
    9. Where's the Orchestra
    Billy Joel
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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    The Bridge


    The Billy Joel/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Continues


    His 1986 Multi Platinum Smash Limited Edition 180 Gram Blue Vinyl


    Mastered By Joe Reagoso At Friday Music & Manufactured At R.T.I.


    Featuring Ray Charles & Cyndi Lauper


    Billy Joel's smash LP The Bridge will always be revered as one of the finest classic albums from this superstar singer/songwriter. Released in 1986, Billy had already racked up a ton of multi-platinum successes with The Nylon Curtain, An Innocent Man, Glass Houses as he took to the road vigorously to help promote the amazing album to his huge record buying audience.


    The Bridge shows this New Yorker's skills in the studio, his stellar vocals, songwriting and amazing piano artistry. Forty years later these tunes still resonate with his fans as Billy Joel is currently embarking on a very successful 2016 worldwide concert tour, and Friday Music is proud to be a part of the celebration with his 1986 masterpiece The Bridge.


    As another installment in our exclusive Billy Joel/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series, this first time impeccably mastered audiophile translucent blue vinyl Lp is now pressed at R.T.I., featuring some of his greatest songs like the brilliant opener Running On Ice, his smash hit singles This Is The Time, A Matter Of Trust and Modern Woman.


    The masterwork contains even more of his most loved classics like the stunning Baby Grand featuring the late great Ray Charles.


    For a very limited time, we are also enhancing your listening enjoyment with a first time gatefold cover artwork presentation, which features the original LP sized cover art not seen in years, as well as lyrics to all of these great Billy Joel songs, making this a keepsake for years to come.


    Impeccably mastered by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and Capitol Mastering, Billy Joel's The Bridge will be one of the more anticipated classic rock releases in the audiophile vinyl domain this year.


    Billy Joel .The Bridge .Celebrate 4 Decades of the voice, the songs, the musicianship and the memories .1st Time Audiophile Translucent BLUE Vinyl .An exclusive .Only from your friends at Friday Music.


    This Is The Time ..

    1. Running On Ice
    2. This Is The Time
    3. A Matter Of Trust
    4. Modern Woman
    5. Baby Grand w/ Ray Charles
    6. Big Man On Mulberry Street
    7. Temptation
    8. Code Of Silence
    9. Getting Closer
    Billy Joel
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
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