Joel, Billy
Glass Houses
Rare & Collectible Vinyl Records

Joel, Billy

Glass Houses
1980 US Original, Santa Maria Press (With Matrix Variants), With Custom Printed Inner Sleeve Containing Photo, Liner Notes & Lyrics. Original Textured Cover Is In Immaculate Condition. Glossy Vinyl, Some Very Light Sleeve Scuff. "The Back-To-Back Success Of The Stranger And 52nd Street May Have Brought Billy Joel Fame And Fortune, Even A Certain Amount Of Self-Satisfaction, But It Didn't Bring Him Critical Respect, And It Didn't Dull His Anger. If Anything, Being Classified As A Mainstream Rocker -- A Soft Rocker -- Infuriated Him, Especially Since A Generation Of Punks And New Wave Kids Were Getting The Praise That Eluded Him. He Didn't Take This Lying Down -- He Recorded Glass Houses. Comparatively A Harder-Rocking Album Than Either Of Its Predecessors, With A Distinctly Bitter Edge, Glass Houses Still Displays The Hallmarks Of Billy Joel The Pop Craftsman And Phil Ramone The World-class Hitmaker. Even Its Hardest Songs -- The Terrifically Paranoid "Sometimes A Fantasy," "Sleepin' With The Television On," "Close To The Borderline," The Hit "You May Be Right" -- Have Bold, Direct Melodies And Clean Arrangements, Ideal For Radio Play. Instead Of Turning Out To Be A Fiery Rebuttal To His Detractors, The Album Is A Remarkable Catalog Of Contemporary Pop Styles, From Mccartney-Esque Whimsy ("Don't Ask Me Why") And Arena Rock ("All For Leyna") To Soft Rock ("C'Etait Toi [You Were The One]") And Stylish New Wave Pop ("It's Still Rock And Roll To Me," Which Ironically Is Closer To New Wave Pop Than Rock). That's Not A Detriment; That's The Album's Strength. The Stranger And 52nd Street Were Fine Albums In Their Own Right, But It's Nice To Hear Joel Scale Back His Showman Tendencies And Deliver A Solid Pop/Rock Record. It May Not Be Punk -- Then Again, It May Be His Concept Of Punk -- But Glass Houses Is The Closest Joel Ever Got To A Pure Rock Album." AMG Review By Stephen Thomas Erlewine.

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  • Artist: Joel, Billy
  • Genre: Rock
  • Type: Used - LP
  • Label: Columbia
  • Catalog ID: FC 36384
  • Condition:
    Very Good Plus (VG+)
    Near Mint (NM or M-)
  • Country ID: US
  • SKU: 170189

Track List

A1 You May Be Right 4:07
A2 Sometimes A Fantasy 3:39
A3 Don't Ask Me Why 2:56
A4 It's Still Rock And Roll To Me 2:55
A5 All For Leyna 4:10
B1 I Don't Want To Be Alone 3:34
B2 Sleeping With The Television On 2:59
B3 C'Etait Toi (You Were The One) 3:45
B4 Close To The Borderline 3:45
B5 Through The Long Night 2:45

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