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Turnstiles [Enhanced, Original recording remastered]

Billy Joel Audio CD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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1.0 out of 5 stars poor quality control June 19 2014
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
I was very sad to listen to this pressing, maybe it was just a bad one as the high price of Mobile Fidelity should result in great value. It was very noisy and sonically sounded restricted with major ticks and tacks in the pressing. I pulled out my old pressing I bought back in the day for $6.99 a department store and it sounded better. Don`t get the wrong impression I have beautiful pressings from MOBFI but I find them not to be consistent. Hopefully with time they will improve on there quality control.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad May 22 2013
By Seeker
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
This recording is a little irratic to me sometimes sounding Dark sometimes the cymbals jump out other times not. The drums seem to be a little too far back in the mix making it sound a little less dynamic. I suspect this was in the original recording. Overall pleasing but has its faults.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood State Of Mind Jan. 27 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This LP/CD wasn't a huge hit in its day. But with the success of "The Stranger", a couple of years later, it fared much better. A few Joel classics are on this one notably the original recording of "New York State Of Mind" which everybody seems to know today. "Say Goodbye To Hollywood" and the single "James" are also noteworthy. I'm not sure "Turnstiles" belongs up there with "The Nylon Curtain", "Storm Front" or even "Piano Man", but it's a solid record and deserves a better fate than it's had. You can't go far wrong if you like Billy Joel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece Jan. 29 2009
By John Doe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is his best album, beating out the Stranger slightly. It's musically and lyrically brilliant. Probably in the top 20 rock albums and even higher in terms of songwriting, in the Quadraphenia, Night at the Opera level.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a piano man's indentity May 4 2008
By Peter Andronas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
'Turnstiles' was a natural evolution of the Billy Joel persona. This is music that sounds as good in the studio as it would 'live' with only a piano and because the music is so strong a quartet or even a small orchestra is just background mood. There are few artists who make sophisticated music sound so simple. The poetry flows from his singing voice like waterfalls and the piano blends harmonies that are bluesy, jazzy and rock 'n roll. Joel never sounds rehearsed and especially in this album, where the multi-layered harmonies blend beautifully with the diverse rhythms of each song.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Billy's Best Albums June 30 2008
By New York State Of Mind - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"Turnstiles" is an important album in the career of Billy Joel. After the success of "Piano Man", Joel took a step back with "Streetlife Serenade". Joel had to choose his next path carefully. The album opener, "Say Goodbye to Hollywood, is followed by "Summer, Highland Falls", a great tune that unfortunately has never gotten much credit, except maybe with the diehards. After the rather forgettable "All You Wanna Do Is Dance", the classic "New York State of Mind" gets the record back on track. "James", a song Joel wrote about a childhood buddy, and "Prelude/Angry Young Man (which has opened virtually every show on Joel's 2 year-plus tour) are gems. "I've Loved These days" is up next, followed by the album closer, "Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway), a science-fiction story describing the destruction of New York City. Overall, a fantastic album. Following the disappointing "Streetlife" and preceding the absolute classic "The Stranger", "Turnstiles" should not be overlooked.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly Billy Joel's best album, the blueprint for everything good about Joel is right here Sept. 16 2010
By David Pearlman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Though "The Stranger" gets most of the nods for best
Billy Joel album, it's this album--which flew considerably
under the radar when it was released a year earlier--that
presents Joel's most consistent set of tunes. There isn't
a weak track on here, and some (I've Loved These Days,
New York State of Mind, Summer Highland Falls)
have become standards. He covers a lot of stylistic ground
here, including Phil Spector, saloon jazz, and direct
balladry, and succeeds every time. The commercial triumph of
"The Stranger" took the world by surprise, but that's only
because they missed this album the first time. Everything
that would make Joel huge in a couple of years is right here.

A must.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seven Great Songs That Have Aged Well Dec 9 2009
By Fuquafalcon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I grew up hearing Billy Joel on the radio and had some of his 80s albums. I had never heard this whole album until I picked it up recently, and there are a couple of things that pleasantly surprised me.

First, the remastering is fantastic. You can hear every nuance of the drumming, the bass is clear and strong, and you can hear all the percussive action in the piano.

Second, this is a really earnest, wise, heartfelt album that isn't the slightest bit sappy. Some of Billy Joel's stuff is formulaic to my ears, and I'm not a big fan of The Stranger in particular. I don't see how you can listen to this album and not feel like he has expressed some truths about growing up and getting along in this world that come out of his own personal experience. And the emotions in the music and lyrics combine seamlessly--you feel like the lyrics couldn't possibly have been set to any other arrangement. Not many songwriters or musicians can make that kind of connection, and he hasn't done it consistently, but on this album it is really strong. (This is leaving out "All You Wanna Do Is Dance," which is a throwaway, the one song I always skip on this album.)

If you are looking to get beyond greatest hits, this is an excellent place to start.
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