Glass Houses Original recording remastered, Enhanced
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|7. Sleeping With The Television On|
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|9. Close To The Borderline|
|10. Through The Long Night|
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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".Read more ›
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.Read more ›
As it turns out, this "change" ended up being a good move as the new decade started. The recording features a few now classic songs from the "piano man" The music has a lot of energy that is maintained throughout. "You May Be Right", "It's Still Rock 'N Roll To Me", "Don't Ask Me Why", "Sometimes A Fantasy" and "Close To The Borderline", all showcase the fact that inside this man lies the heart of a would be rocker. Of course, Joel would continue to write in both styles, but by and large never lose his way. His music stays very consistant.
The CD has 10 tracks, a running time of 35:07, and is highly recommended
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This item arrived early and in perfect condition. The CD was exactly what I ordered and I enjoyed having it to listen to as I have been a fan of Billy Joel's for years. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Susan
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. Read morePublished on Oct. 12 2013 by The Seeker
This is my favorite Billy Joel Album! What a mix of styles; Rock-n-Roll, pop, new wave and mellow Joel. Read morePublished on June 26 2004 by Mike M.
THE STRANGER was the first megahit,52ND STREET was the second,and this one,GLASS HOUSES is the Piano Man's third. Read morePublished on Nov. 5 2003 by andy8047
Billy Joel took a bit of style change with this album and it worked in spades. Still Rock N' Roll to Me, Sometimes a Fantasy, You May Be Right and the list goes on and on. Read morePublished on Dec 1 1999 by Lee Addison
Alot of people think this is an "in your face" Billy Joel album. Not so. Listen to the song "Don't Ask Me Why," which is worth the money you pay for the entire... Read morePublished on June 8 1999 by ZenZen79@aol.com