Billy Joel - 52nd Street
Billy Joel - 52nd Street
Billy Joel - 52nd Street
Billy Joel - 52nd Street
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Billy Joel - 52nd Street
Billy Joel - 52nd Street
Billy Joel - 52nd Street
Billy Joel - 52nd Street

Billy Joel - 52nd Street

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Billy Joel – acoustic piano, Yamaha CP-70 electric grand piano, Fender Rhodes, synthesizers, vocals

Richie Cannata – organ, saxophones, clarinet

Steve Khan – electric guitar, acoustic guitar, backing vocals

David Spinozza – acoustic guitar (A2)

David Brown – electric guitar (A3)

Russell Javors – acoustic guitar (A3)

Hugh McCracken – nylon string guitar (B2, B4)

Eric Gale – electric guitar (B3)

Doug Stegmeyer – bass, backing vocals

Liberty DeVitto – drums

Mike Mainieri – vibraphone and marimba (A4, B2)

Ralph MacDonald – percussion (B2-3)

David Freidman – orchestral chimes and percussion (B4)

Freddie Hubbard – flugelhorn and trumpet (A4)

George Marge – sopranino recorder (B2)

Robert Freedman – horn and string orchestration (A2, B4)

Dave Grusin – horn orchestration (B3)

David Nadien – concertmaster (A2, B3-4)

Peter Cetera – backing vocals (A3)

Donnie Dacus – backing vocals (A3)

Frank Floyd – backing vocals (B3)

Babi Floyd – backing vocals (B3)

Milt Grayson – backing vocals (B3)

Zack Sanders – backing vocals (B3)

Ray Simpson – backing vocals (B3)


1 LP, standard sleeve

Limited to 2,500 numbered copies

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33RPM

Size : 12”



Record Press : RTI

Label : Impex Records

Original Label : Columbia

Recorded July–August 1978 at A&R Recording, 799 7th Avenue, New York City

Engineered by Jim Boyer

Produced by Phil Ramone

Remastered by Kevin Gray

Originally released in 1978

Reissued in 2011



Side A :

  1. Big Shot
  2. Honesty
  3. My Life
  4. Zanzibar


Side B :

  1. Stiletto
  2. Rosalinda’s Eyes
  3. Half A Mile Away
  4. Until the Night
  5. 52nd Street



Grammy Album of the Year


Reviews :

"Once The Stranger became a hit, Billy Joel quickly re-entered the studio with producer Phil Ramone to record the follow-up, 52nd Street. Instead of breaking from the sound of The Stranger, Joel chose to expand it, making it more sophisticated and somewhat jazzy. Often, his moves sounded as if they were responses to Steely Dan -- indeed, his phrasing and melody for "Zanzibar" is a direct homage to Donald Fagen circa The Royal Scam, and it also boasts a solo from jazz great Freddie Hubbard à la Steely Dan -- but since Joel is a working-class populist, not an elitist college boy, he never shies away from big gestures and melodies. Consequently, 52nd Street unintentionally embellishes the Broadway overtones of its predecessor, not only on a centerpiece like "Stiletto," but when he's rocking out on "Big Shot." That isn't necessarily bad, since Joel's strong suit turns out to be showmanship -- he dazzles with his melodic skills and his enthusiastic performances. He also knows how to make a record. Song for song, 52nd Street might not be as strong as The Stranger, but there are no weak songs -- indeed, "Honesty," "My Life," "Until the Night," and the three mentioned above are among his best -- and they all flow together smoothly, thanks to Ramone's seamless production and Joel's melodic craftsmanship. It's remarkable to think that in a matter of three records, Joel had hit upon a workable, marketable formula -- one that not only made him one of the biggest-selling artists of his era, but one of the most enjoyable mainstream hitmakers. 52nd Street is a testament to that achievement." AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine


Ratings :

AllMusic : 4 / 5 , Discogs : 3,98 / 5

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