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Billy Joel Glass Houses 2LP 45rpm 180 Gram Vinyl Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab Limited Edition MFSL USA

Billy Joel Glass Houses 2LP 45rpm 180 Gram Vinyl Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab Limited Edition MFSL USA Maximize
Artist: Billy Joel
Title: Glass Houses
Catalog Number: MFSL 2-385
Label: Columbia
Reissued by: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
Barcode: 821797238519
Original release year: 1980
Reissue year: 2013
Number of discs: 2
Revolutions per minute: 45 rpm
Disc size: 12"
Vinyl Weight Grade: 180gr
Limited Edition: Yes
Numbered Edition: Yes
Total Item Weight: 781gr
Pressing country: USA
For Market Release in: USA
Added to catalog on: September 18, 2018
Collection: MFSL Original Master Recording
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Elvis Costello 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... revenge is sweet!

 

 

  • Limited Edition
  • Numbered Edition
  • 2LP 45rpm 180 Gram High Definition Vinyl
  • Pressed at RTI in the USA
  • Half-Speed mastering on MFSL Gain 2 Ultra Analog System
  • Mastered at Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
  • Cut from the Original Master Tapes
  • Mastered by Krieg Wunderlich & Rob LoVerde
  • Special Static Free & Dust Free Inner Sleeves
  • Deluxe Gatefold Cover

 

 

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 pressed on 180g LP at RTI. 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 the extra-wide grooves 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.

 

 

Track Listing:


01. You May Be Right
02. Sometimes A Fantasy
03. Don't Ask Me Why
04. It's Still Rock and Roll To Me
05. All For Leyna
06. I Don't Want To Be Alone
07. Sleeping With the Television On
08. C'etait Toi (You Were the One)
09. Close to the Borderline
10. Through the Long Night

 

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