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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/18/2005
  • Label: Sony Japan
  • EAN: 4562109408966
  • Catalog Number: 464

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Big Shot (4:03)
  2. 2 Honesty (3:53)
  3. 3 My Life (4:44)
  4. 4 Zanzibar (5:13)
  5. 5 Stiletto (4:42)
  6. 6 Rosalinda's Eyes (4:41)
  7. 7 Half a Mile Away (4:08)
  8. 8 Until the Night (6:35)
  9. 9 52nd Street (5:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billy Joel Primary Artist, Harmonica, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Steve Khan Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
David Friedman Percussion, Chimes, Orchestral Chimes
Ralph MacDonald Percussion
Ray Simpson Vocals, Background Vocals
David Nadien Concert Master
Richie Cannata Organ, Clarinet, Keyboards, Saxophone, Wind
Peter Cetera Vocals, Background Vocals
Donnie Dacus Vocals, Background Vocals
Liberty DeVitto Percussion, Drums
Babi Floyd Vocals, Background Vocals
Robert Freedman Horn
Eric Gale Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Milt Grayson Vocals, Background Vocals
Freddie Hubbard Trumpet
Russell Javors Guitar
Mike Mainieri Percussion, Marimbas, Vibes
George Marge Recorder, Sopranino, Soprano Recorder, Sopranino Recorder
Hugh McCracken Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Guitar (Nylon String)
Zachary Sanders Vocals, Background Vocals
David Spinozza Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Doug Stegmeyer Bass, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals
Dave Brown Guitar
Frank Floyd Vocals, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Billy Joel Composer, Producer
Jim Boyer Engineer, Remixing
Dave Grusin Contributor, Orchestration, Horn Arrangements
Don DeVito Reissue Producer
Robert Freedman Orchestration, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Ted Jensen Mastering, Remastering
Phil Ramone Producer, Remixing
John Berg Cover Design
Stephen Saper Engineer
John Naatjes Tape Research
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Billy Joel has found his sound

    With this wonderful album, Billy Joel finds that element which is so essential to any artist: that distinct *sound*. 52nd Street gives the feel of a New York City nightclub- cool, yet energetic, and always leaving us wanting more.

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    Posted November 23, 2010

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