Billy Joel: Glass Houses

Artikkelnr.: UDSACD 2091

Mobile Fidelity - Audiophile Recording - CD/SACD (Hybrid SACD) - Kan avspilles på vanlige CD spillere - Nummerert

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Billy Joel Glass Houses on Numbered Edition Hybrid SACD from Mobile Fidelity

Still Rock and Roll to Him: Joel Toughens Up and Increases the Animosity, Sarcasm, Confidence, and Rock on 1980 Set

Accessible and Angry: Phil Ramone’s Stalwart Production Bristles With Boldness, Raucousness, and Directness on Definitive Mobile Fidelity Reissue

Chart-Topper Certified Seven-Times Platinum: Includes “You May Be Right” “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me,” “Don’t Ask Me Why”

 

 

Elvis Costello long had a reputation for being the “angry young man.” With apologies to the former Declan McManus, he had nothing on Billy Joel’s Glass Houses. Fed up with inexcusable critical backlash and believing he’d still not been regarded as a serious artist, Joel ratcheted up the angst on the 1980 set that, oh, by the way, happened to sell another seven-million-plus copies and top the Billboard charts. Revenge is sweet.

An integral part of Mobile Fidelity’s Billy Joel catalog restoration series, Glass Houses is mastered from the original master tapes and made available on fully transparent hybrid SACD. Honing in on producer Phil Ramone’s radio-tailored albeit looser, straightforward production, this edition opens up the previously veiled soundstages, spotlights the clean yet raucous arrangements, and decongests the imaging so that every note comes to the fore. Thanks to DSD technology and meticulous remastering, Joel’s urgency and temperament have never sounded so vibrant. 

In addition to firing shots at detractors, Joel further solidifies his reputation as a pop maestro on the hit “Don’t Ask Me Why” and mellow classic “C’etait Toi (You Were the One),” each replete with sparkling structures and shimmering melodies. Throughout, he dials down the grand gestures, focusing more on an attitude and directness. At the time, Joel was conscious of the punk movement, and seems inspired to follow that genre’s preference for simplicity, frankness, and irritability. The album’s legendary artwork—the singer preparing to toss a brick through the windows of his house—is a metaphor for Joel shattering his image as a cocktail-lounge pop crooner. 

Such changes are evident in the now-signature “You May Be Right,” a hard-rocking and scathing rebuttal to a romantic partner on which Joel embraces the identity of a tough-skinned madman that won’t stop at anything. He inhabits the role with convincing theatrics, his voice mixing pushiness, smugness, self-evident humor, and cool that fits the resistive tone of the record’s songs. Glass Houses is Joel’s megaphone for stubborn independence, dogged assertiveness, and blustery confidence

It’s also an announcement of artistic intent, a statement that’s simultaneously catchy and barbed, well-crafted and rowdy. And it succeeds on all levels, bringing to commercial pop-rock a brashness and grit often absent from fare that sticks in your head for days. Joel would never be seen the same way again. 

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GLASS HOUSES
Artist Billy Joel
Tittel Glass Houses
Sjanger Pop / rock
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Format CD / SACD  (Hybrid SACD )
Antall plater
Lydkvalitet Audiofil
Plateselskap Mobile Fidelity
Utgivelsesdato 2012 / 1980 
Platenummer UDSACD 2091 
Spilletid  
Diverse Nummerert Hybrid SACD
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GLASS HOUSES
Nr          TITTEL       TID
01 You May Be Right 4:07
02 Sometimes A Fantasy 3:40
03 Don't Ask Me Why 2:57
04 It's Still Rock And Roll To Me 2:57
05 All For Leyna 4:10
06 I Don't Want To Be Alone 3:34
07 Sleeping With The Television On 3:03
08 C'était Toi (You Were The One) 3:45
09 Close To The Borderline 3:48
10  Through The Long Night 2:45