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The Nylon Curtain [Enhanced, Original recording remastered, Import]

Billy Joel Audio CD

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Released in '82; includes Allentown; Pressure , and more hits.

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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  18 reviews
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Billy Joel's best album Dec 24 2008
By jblyn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
While I like Billy Joel a lot, I've found that a number of his albums AS albums are hit-or-miss. Many of them have a number of great songs accompanied by a lot of not-so-great songs, or the quality of the production wasn't always up to snuff (especially on his earliest albums). None of those problems apply to THE NYLON CURTAIN. From start to finish, Billy Joel has made an album where every song is top-notch and flows as a perfect whole. He tackles subject matter that was more about where a lot of us were at that time (I'm now a fiftysomething but was a late-twentysomething back in 1982 when this was released) and does so alternating wit, anger and sadness without once sounding like he's straining when shifting gears. The production is fantastic, too---everything is crisp and clear, every nuance adds to each song, and the whole Billy Joel Band is in great form, especially Liberty DeVitto, one of rock's best drummers ever. THE NYLON CURTAIN is not only one of Billy Joel's best albums, it's a timeless example in this iPod age of what a good ALBUM could be and is, and why a good one such as this endures after so many years.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A musicians review of this album July 1 2008
By Andy Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Nylon Curtain is a very dark album full of diverse gems completely influenced by The Beatles. A quasi-concept album about growing up in the baby boomer generation, "Curtain" contains some of Billy Joels best compositions to date.

As an album, each song flows very brilliantly together, though they each have their own identity and are diverse in their own right. Musically it is (in my opinion) Billy Joels finest hour with brilliant performances and excellent arrangements to his songs. Vocally we find Billy Joel still infusing his trademark whitty new-york style but with a very dark and moody spin.. tying it all together is the brilliant performances by his under-appreciated band and excellent production by the great Phil Ramone who deserves a lot of praise here for making sure this album was recorded so well that it has definitely stood the test of time sounding as fresh as it did back then unlike some of Billy's albums.

Though it's hard to pin-point my own personal favorite of billy's albums, I do have to say as an experienced musician and producer that it's definitely 'technically' His greatest achievement on record. Definitely buy this album if you have not and experience it for yourself!

All The Best,
Andy Anderson
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Billy Joel's overlooked 1980s gem is still his best 80s album years on Feb. 26 2009
By Terrence J. Reardon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Piano man/singer/songwriter Billy Joel's eighth studio album (ninth overall) entitled The Nylon Curtain was released in September of 1982.
It was two and a half years since Billy released his chart topping blockbuster Glass Houses and fans wanted new music. 1981's Songs From the Attic was a good holdover but was a live album recorded from the Glass Houses tour which gave many of his pre-1977 material the recognition they long deserved. Also, Joel went through life changes in the two years (the shocking death of his musical hero Beatle John Lennon, a recession that gripped America, a motorcycle crash and divorce from wife number one) that made Billy and his band (drummer Liberty DeVitto, guitarists David Brown and Russell Javors and bass player Doug Stegmeyer) plus producer Phil Ramone to do an about face from the New Wave sounding Glass Houses which gave him his masterpiece (as I found out a few years back).
We begin with the working class, almost Bruce Springsteen sounding Top 15 hit single "Allentown". This tale of factory workers being laid off is still relevant even today. Next is the Beatles sounding piece "Laura". This track about a controlling female in a one sided affair with a man she has complete control of with music reminding me of 1967/68 era Beatles in a good way is superb. Next was the album's first Top 20 hit single "Pressure". The keyboard work here is superb and lyrically a harsh lesson in reality, in which Billy tells us that we'll hit the breaking point and deal with pressures of life. We close side one with the epic "Goodnight Saigon" which was a homage to the men who gave their lives in Vietnam and then were then spat upon when they returned home (very similar to the troops coming home from Iraq being treated the same way nowadays). Though not a single, a great song with beautiful music and great lyrics.
Side Two kicked off with the mid-tempo rocking "She's Right On Time" which is as close to a Christmas song that Billy ever wrote. It isn't exactly "Winter Wonderland" but the Christmas feel is present in both lyrics and its famed video (an early MTV staple). The music here is phenomenal. Next is the ditty "A Room Of Our Own" which reminds me musically of The Beatles' 1965 track "Another Girl" from the Help! album with lyrics that speak of the old opposites attract cliche, great tune. "Surprises" is next and a great song but overlooked as opposed to rest of album. Next is the psychedelic sounding "Scandinavian Skies". The late Lennon's influence is spot on and reminds listeners of Lennon's work on Magical Mystery Tour. Awesome track. We close things with the short but sweet "Where's The Orchestra" with superb orchestrations and Billy's piano and voice.
The Nylon Curtain reached #7 on the Billboard album chart and sold two million copies in the US alone to date. Sales aside, Billy created a masterpiece that's stood up very well as opposed to some of his later work.
Highly recommended!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sheer confidence and creativity May 3 2008
By Peter Andronas - Published on Amazon.com
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'Nylon Curtain' comes across as a confident and creative piece of work, even now so many years later it resonates as it did in its' initial release.

Joel's piano playing and the harmonic arrangements are fluid and bold. This was not a typical fusion of his past work until then; as we had become familiar, nor was it merely an obvious throwback to old rock 'n roll as in 'Innocent Man' or the stylisitc, quirkiness and humour of 'Glass Houses', this album is yet another reflection of the soul of Billy Joel. He has always been both lyrically and melodically a confident artist and in this album all of his different influences and elements come together and it is strongly focused and thematic.

We can hear the past, present and future of Billy Joel on this album and we can hear the strong influence of his rock idols, including 'The Beatles'.

On 'Nylon Curtain, Joel is a master of his craft and an entertainer who gives it all his got!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greastest Billy Joel albums. March 29 2010
By B. G. Ball - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I put this album in the dust for a while... I regret doing that, I just didn't relieze how brillant this album was till just two weeks ago. This album can be compared to his previous works easily, 52 street and The Stranger, but I'm not going to say whick is better. Billy Joel's album is a great work of music, I would like to call this a classic, it's a forget classic. It's just like his early works, it's underrate and should have received more light and less of the darkness.

The album's "Where is the Orchestria" is what got me to indulged into this album more. The others such as "Pressure" and "Allentown" are great works as well. I sympathize with "Allentown" because I don't like change myself. I never did, and probably never will. I dislike the change in popularity of music, now a days, you click a mouse to get the music you want. Music shouldn't be treated that why. Some people hate change, and "Allentown" demonstrates the very well.

To recap, what I said, this is a masterpiece.

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