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Billy Joel 52nd Street 2LP 45rpm 180g Vinyl Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab USA Numbered Limited Edition USA

Billy Joel 52nd Street 2LP 45rpm 180g Vinyl Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab USA Numbered Limited Edition USA Maximize
Artist: Billy Joel
Title: 52nd Street
Catalog Number: MFSL 2-384
Label: Columbia
Reissued by: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
Barcode: 821797238410
Original release year: 1978
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: 807gr
Pressing country: USA
For Market Release in: USA
Added to catalog on: April 24, 2014
Collection: MFSL Original Master Recording
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Unit Price: 58,04 €

Reference: MF452384GF

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Audiophile reissue from MFSL half-speed mastered from the Original Master Tapes by Krieg Wunderlich and Rob LoVerde on the GAIN 2 Ultra Analog System. Specially plated and pressed on High Definition Vinyl at RTI, housed in deluxe heavyweight gatefold cover with special anti static inner sleeves. Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time rated at 354, this is classic chart topping perfection!

 

 

Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time Rated 354/500

Grammy Awards - Album Of The Year

 

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

 

 

Some artists embrace their success by repeating the steps that originally granted them fame. Billy Joel did the opposite, refusing to be contained by prescribed approaches or constrained by a given label. The follow-up to the breakthrough The Stranger, 52nd Street further expands on its predecessor's bold production techniques and inventive arrangements, incorporating more sophisticated textures as well as reflecting a jazz edge gleaned from New York City’s thriving club scene.

A key component of Mobile Fidelity’s Billy Joel catalog restoration series, 52nd Street is mastered from the original master tapes and pressed on 45RPM 180g LP at RTI. The wider and deeper grooves - as well as the meticulous mastering process - yield resplendent dynamics, broad soundstages, three-dimensional perspectives, and tonal balances absent from prior editions. Indeed, Joel wouldn’t sound more realistic if were playing ten rows away from you onstage. This is how you want to experience the 1978 LP that captured the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

Teaming again with producer Phil Ramone, Joel capitalizes on his momentum, churning out another direct-sounding affair replete with captivating melodic devices, showmanship accents, and penetrating lyrics. The singer’s concision and focus is evident via the tune’s lengths, with only “Until the Night” breaking the six-minute mark. Hit singles “Big Shot” and “My Life” rattle forth with an urgency and intensity that Joel had not previously demonstrated, the combination of passionate deliveries, snide overtones, and insistent grooves setting the table for what follows.

Broadening his palette, and drawing from New York’s thriving jazz club scene and the city’s late-70s grit, Joel splashes Latin and jazz colors on several pieces—even employing veterans such as Dave Grusin and Freddie Hubbard to contribute along with a cast that includes a team of background vocalists and horn players. Everything is tastefully appointed, and yet the vocalist’s trademark Broadway gaze and knack for the grand gesture coincide with the straight-ahead swagger.

52nd Street is one of the main reasons why Joel has always been championed for consistency. Everything here, from the production to the stand-up songs, helped redefine mainstream pop-rock. More than three decades later, it’s finally available in fidelity that rivals that of those Columbia Records’ master tapes produced right on 52nd Street. Mobile Fidelity takes you there and Joel sweeps you away.

 

 

Track Listing:

1. Big Shot
2. Honesty
3. My Life
4. Zanzibar
5. Stiletto
6. Roaslinda’s Eyes
7. Half a Mile Away
8. Until the Night
9. 52nd Street

 

Click here to listen to samples on YouTube.com 

 

 

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