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Turnstiles Enhanced, Original recording remastered

2.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Jan. 17 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0012GMUWW
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,220 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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When I worked at the Radio Station ( yes I know that kind of dates me ) I loved this LP because It was different from Piano Man and he had yet to become so wrapped up into the formula that so many artists like Billy Joel do. They find a formula that works for selling an LP / CD and they simply stick with that ( artists such as P. McCartney, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and many others ) . At this point however BJ simply had not had time to develop any such styling. Some of the more outstanding tracks on this Disc are ...Say Goodbye to Hollywood, New York state of Mind, Prelude/ Angry Young Man, Miami 2017. From the age of the disc you can tell that all of these songs are different yet all are in their own way superior to the garbage heard on A.M today by this I am speaking of HIP HOP and other such meaningful (?) music as RAP. It gives me the shivers simply to write their descriptors ...Spigomars
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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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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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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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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9eef6f0c) out of 5 stars 65 reviews
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ea4cbb8) out of 5 stars a piano man's indentity May 4 2008
By Petros - Published on Amazon.com
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'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.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ea4ce04) 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.
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ea50060) 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.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ea502dc) out of 5 stars Seven Great Songs That Have Aged Well Dec 9 2009
By Fuquafalcon - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ea50174) out of 5 stars My favorite Billy Joel Album April 5 2014
By Thomas A. Palminteri - Published on Amazon.com
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I guess one could argue that Piano Man, The Stranger and 52nd Street had more hits and were more accessible but for me this album strikes all the right chords. From its Phill Spector-like opening ( Say Goodbye to Hollywood ) to it's apocalyptic but funny and ultimatly poingent closing ( Miami 2017 ) Tunrstiles barely misses a beat.
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.



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