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An Innocent Man Original recording remastered, Enhanced
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|1. Easy Money|
|2. An Innocent Man|
|3. The Longest Time|
|4. This Night|
|5. Tell Her About It|
|6. Uptown Girl|
|7. Careless Talk|
|8. Christie Lee|
|9. Leave A Tender Moment Alone|
|10. Keeping The Faith|
Fittingly for an album celebrating early- to mid-'60s pop and blue-eyed soul, An Innocent Man (1983) spun off six hit singles. Between the social concerns of The Nylon Curtain and this record's bopping tempos and blaring horns, Joel was at a peak of craftsmanship--the ultimate proof perhaps being the Chipmunks' rendition of "The Longest Time," which did absolutely nothing to diminish the song's winning charm. Much of America's enduring affection for Joel stems from this disc, and rightly so. --Rickey Wright
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This album, along with Synchronicity, Punch the Clock and Cargo helped define my senior year of high school, but this was the best. Mr. Joel delves into his musical heros and spins tunes that makes this sound like a concept album ode to 1962. Some songs, like Innocent Man, Leave A Tender Moment Alone, and Keeping the Faith still bring chills of memories of innocence lost and new things found.
Stop reading this review and buy this album right now.
Melodically, this is inspired, transporting us back to a simpler time, and each song is reminiscent of a doo-wop street choir sitting on the steps in Brooklyn (as depicted on the back cover). Don't look for double-entendres, or analogy here. As Billy sings on "Keepin' The Faith", "gonna listen to my 45s / Ain't it wonderful to be alive / when the rock n roll plays". If you can listen to this album, without tapping your toes along with it, you must be dead.
It's fun and carefree, and features delightful, superbly melodious doo-wop like "The Longest Time" and the title track, pop gems like "Uptown Girl", and horn-laden soul songs like "Christie Lee" and "Keeping The Faith".
There isn't a single truly weak song on this album, and while it may seem lightweight to some, it is actually a great piece of craftsmanship which Billy Joel has never been able to match.
Now I had been listening to a LOT of Billy Joel at this time in my life - he was my most recent musical discovery - and I purchased this record with much anticipation. On listening to it, I have to admit some disappointment, because it really paled in comparison to Billy Joel's previous four albums which were all really good. On further listens - and this remains my view - I decided that this wasn't exactly a bad album...in fact, there are several songs here that are very good. It's just that it's not my favorite of Billy Joel's and suffers in comparison with his other albums.
My favorite song from this album remains "The Longest Time" which is just a beautiful doo-wop harmony masterpiece - evocative, I suppose, of Billy Joel's musical youth. Other really good songs include the catchy hit "Tell Her About It", the nostalgic and pretty "Keeping The Faith", and the album opener (which doesn't, to this listener, keep in the '50s theme and is the song that rocks the most on this album) "Easy Money". "Uptown Girl" is another song that was a big hit - it's sort of lightweight, but it's catchy and the video was fun.
There are also some songs which I don't like too much...These include the title track which is smoothly sung, but doesn't grip this listener. I detest the song "This Time" which borrows the theme from one of Beethoven's sonatas ("Pathetique"?).Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I purchased this cd because I heard one of the songs on the radio and remembered it from years ago when my daughter had this same cd. Just as good as ever.Published 2 months ago by Denise Winterton
One of the best Billy Joel albums ever. He's joyful, and full of great tunes. Definitely a favourite.Published 2 months ago by ANDREA STORM
This recording was very engaging. The sound I think is absolutely flawless. Mobile Fidelity has given it a little more on the bottom end which I thought was missing on the original... Read morePublished on Nov. 16 2013 by The Seeker
one of the best all-round albums of all time ! Rockin 60's - 50's theme .Published on June 12 2010 by ace
Though a child of the 1980s, "An Innocent Man" always sounded to me like an album of no substance merely because it seemed to lack the power that I found back in the... Read morePublished on March 21 2004