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Glass Houses [Enhanced, Original recording remastered]

Billy Joel Audio CD
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Billy Joel has always wanted to be a rocker. That he made his name on piano ballads and was relegated to soft rock radio even disturbs him, if recent interviews are to be believed. For 1980's Glass Houses, Joel opted to take on the new wave with his usual arsenal of classic rock poses. With his knack for melody in place, he connected immediately with a string of hits he never surpassed. "You May Be Right," "Sometimes a Fantasy," "It's Still Rock n' Roll to Me" and "Sleeping with the Television On" are as powerful and succinct as Joel gets. --Rob O'Connor

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5.0 out of 5 stars More bottom End Oct. 12 2013
By Seeker
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
This remaster of Glass Houses is very good. My original copy of this was good but lacked a little on the bottom end making the cymbals sound overpowering. Mobile fidelity solved this problem and the result is a siightly more rounded sound. Vinyl is nice and quiet. Good Job.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Risk Pays Off Dec 13 2009
Format:Audio CD
In the spring of 1980, Billy Joel was riding a wave of popularity. His 1977 breakthrough, "The Stranger", led to four hit songs and substantial critical praise. The 1978 follow-up, "52nd Street", produced another 3 hit singles, spent 8 weeks atop the Billboard album charts and won a Grammy for Album of the Year. Nobody would have expected him to make significant changes to his style at this point in his career - why mess with success? And with a public looking for more of the same, Billy instead threw a monkey wrench into everything with this stunning shift of direction.

From the opening sound effect of broken glass followed by a sudden barrage of guitars and a lyric and sound that plays tribute to punk, fans knew right away that this was not going to be the same old sound. "You May Be Right" remains one of the artist's most popular songs, frequently and famously covered regularly in 1990's concerts by Garth Brooks. The next song, "Sometimes A Fantasy", throws more caution to the wind, opting for a new-wave sound powered by a rockabilly vocal delivery and powerhouse synthesizers. A calypso sound punctuates "Don't Ask Me Why", which was close to some previous styles but still feels fresh here. Billy's first #1 single, "It's Still Rock & Roll To Me", throws itself fully into rockabilly and pays off handsomely. The first half of the album concludes with one of Joel's darkest tunes, "All For Leyna", exploring how much he would take from a woman who seemingly is eating him alive.

While the first half of the disc features all of the hits, several other songs stand out in the second half, notably the syncopated rhythms and hopeful lyrics of "I Don't Want To Be Alone" and the edgy rock of "Close To The Borderline".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Billy Joel--Glass Houses June 26 2004
By Mike M.
Format:Audio CD
This is my favorite Billy Joel Album! What a mix of styles; Rock-n-Roll, pop, new wave and mellow Joel. The best song to me is "Sleeping With The Television On," where Joel says..."unless you take some chances dear...you'll be sleeping with the television on." The album is chock full of hits too!
Buy it and enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Album - Expanded My Horizons Nov. 24 2003
Format:Audio CD
Back in the December of 1980, this album was given to me as a holiday gift. Strangely enough, it wasn't until a prolonged illness in Fall 1982 that I actually listened to the album (guess I got bored of Simon & Garfunkel, the Beatles, and the few selections of Bach and Vivaldi I was listening to back then...) - and realized that there was, in fact, other music out there - and in the case of this album, there was other really, really great music out there...In fact, within 12 months I was listening to the radio, digging through my dad's (and even my sister's) record collection for new and varied music.
But, as usual, I digress. "Glass Houses" is one of Billy Joel's two masterpiece albums. Even now, on listening to this album after having been almost complete jaded on Billy Joel's albums, there are really no songs here that I don't like. Almost every song on this album is a classic.
Highlights? As with any album which I deem to be a masterpiece (and there aren't a whole lot of those around), every song here is a highlight, just about. Favorites include the funny and cynical "You May Be Right", the concise and catchy hit "It's Still Rock 'N Roll To Me", and the urgent lyrics and rocking piano of "All For Leyna". Maybe my favorite song on the album is "I Don't Want To Be Alone" which I love for its nice story of an underdog's efforts in love and for its nice back-up harmonies. "Close To The Borderline" is the closest Billy Joel ever comes to hard rock - and while it's not exactly heavy metal or anything, it is melodic and satisfying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Piano Man's third megahit! Nov. 5 2003
Format:Audio CD
THE STRANGER was the first megahit,52ND STREET was the second,and this one,GLASS HOUSES is the Piano Man's third. Released in March 1980,this album brought ths first hit that same month,YOU MAY BE RIGHT. Other hits include SOMETIMES A FANTASY(not on GREATEST HITS VOLUME 1 AND VOLUME 2),the adult contemporary DON'T ASK ME WHY,and the ass-kicking IT'S STILL ROCK AND ROLL TO ME. The front cover shows Billy with his back towards the lens of the camera from which that photo was taken,with a rock in his hand,about to throw it through a pane of window glass. The back cover shows Billy behind the broken pane,dressed in different clothes. While promoting this album,Billy recorded SONGS IN THE ATTIC,his first live album,released in 1981.
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