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Turnstiles Enhanced, Original recording remastered
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Billy Joel Turnstiles on Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid SACD from Mobile Fidelity. Joel Expands Musical Horizons on 1976 Gem Defined by Hit Songs Like "New York State of Mind," "Say Goodbye to Hollywood," "Angry Young Man". Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Brill Building Sound Courses Through With Amazing Transparency. Experience the Orchestral Sweep, Ravishing Poignancy Like Never Before. Also Available on 180g LP from Mobile Fidelity. By 1976, Billy Joel had proven his merit as an auteur of California-based singer-songwriter pop-rock. On Turnstiles, the legend focuses his attention on more ambitious matters: Making an album whose scope and range dwarf that of his previous work, and shot his star into the stratosphere. Encompassing everything from urgent rock to soft pop and saloon fare, Turnstiles is a classic of major proportions. Mobile Fidelity has gone back to the original master tapes to present Joel's encompassing music the way it was always intended to be experienced: Intimate, detailed, expressive, warm. The record's widescreen sonics are at last properly cinematic, flush with colors, textures, and atmosphere.
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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.
Summer, Highland Falls could possible be Joel's best song. It has a lyrical beauty and a musical subtlety that is unique in the singer/songwriters canon it's almost like an art song from the late1900 century by the composer Gabriel Fuare.
There are a couple of songs that may not be classics like James and All You want to is Dance but even those are worthwhile and don't suffer from being over played.
Another wonderful thing about Turnstiles is the reoccurring lyrical theme of leaving a place like LA and returning to home to New York especially on Side A with Say Goodbye to Hollywood and New York State of Mind but the over all record seems to be one of reflection and moving on. Combine that with some the best melodies of his career and Turnstiles is the hidden gem of Billy Joel's albums.