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Riding high on the blockbuster An Innocent Man and with a new jet-setting bride at his side, Billy Joel took full advantage of the high life, as is clear from The Bridge, an album that unwittingly celebrates the excesses of the Reagan years. While he hasn't quite settled into middle age, Joel is ready to take advantage of his wealth and status, recruiting a hero Ray Charles and a new wave kid Cyndi Lauper for duets, turning to Sting for inspiration "Running on Ice", fronting a big band "Big Man on Mulberry Street", writing a song for a movie "Modern Woman", and picking up the guitar "A Matter of Trust", just for the hell of it. You could say that it's eclectic, ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Riding high on the blockbuster An Innocent Man and with a new jet-setting bride at his side, Billy Joel took full advantage of the high life, as is clear from The Bridge, an album that unwittingly celebrates the excesses of the Reagan years. While he hasn't quite settled into middle age, Joel is ready to take advantage of his wealth and status, recruiting a hero Ray Charles and a new wave kid Cyndi Lauper for duets, turning to Sting for inspiration "Running on Ice", fronting a big band "Big Man on Mulberry Street", writing a song for a movie "Modern Woman", and picking up the guitar "A Matter of Trust", just for the hell of it. You could say that it's eclectic, but it's scattershot, because it's just Joel showing off his musical skills. He's done this before, to great effect on Turnstiles, but this is all about hubris and, as such, it sounds exactly like its time. From its processed, distorted guitars to its hollow synthesizers, The Bridge sounds dated and it's his most uneven since Streetlife Serenade. Even on the hits, he sounds as if he's stretching -- "This Is the Time" is labored compared to "Just the Way You Are" not to mention considerably more vulgar; "A Matter of Trust" never hits upon a solid riff like "Sometimes a Fantasy"; "Modern Woman" is catchy but fluffy; "Baby Grand" is weighed down by Joel's vocal affectations. In context of the album, they're fairly enjoyable, but they hint at the dry spell that was just around the corner. Nevertheless, Joel still has enough panache and is riding on so much exuberance that The Bridge remains an entertaining listen, especially if it's viewed as a Reagan-era artifact. It just doesn't compare to what came before.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074644040227
  • Catalog Number: 40402

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Running on Ice (3:15)
  2. 2 This Is the Time (4:59)
  3. 3 A Matter of Trust (4:09)
  4. 4 Modern Woman (3:48)
  5. 5 Baby Grand - Billy Joel & Ray Charles (4:02)
  6. 6 Big Man on Mulberry Street (5:26)
  7. 7 Temptation (4:12)
  8. 8 Code of Silence - Billy Joel & Cyndi Lauper (5:15)
  9. 9 Getting Closer (5:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billy Joel Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Harmonica, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, fender rhodes
Ray Charles Piano, Vocals
Cyndi Lauper Vocals
Steve Winwood Organ, Keyboards, Hammond Organ
Michael Brecker Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Ron Carter Bass, Acoustic Bass
Ronnie Cuber Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Rob Mounsey Synthesizer
Marvin Stamm Trumpet
Dave Bargeron Trombone
Jeff Bova Synthesizer
Jimmy Bralower Percussion
Dave Brooks Harmonica
Don Brooks Harmonica
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
Eddie Daniels Alto Saxophone, Wind
Liberty DeVitto Percussion, Drums
Pete Hewlett Vocals, Background Vocals
Neil Jason Bass
Russell Javors Guitar
John McCurry Guitar
Dean Parks Guitar
Mark Rivera Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Alan Rubin Trumpet
Doug Stegmeyer Bass
Neil Stubenhaus Bass
Peter Hewlitt Background Vocals
Dave Brown Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, 12-string Guitar
Technical Credits
Billy Joel Producer
Rob Mounsey Orchestration
Patrick Williams Arranger
Jim Boyer Engineer
Phil Ramone Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Bridge in My Opinion

    This CD is great but some of the songs could be a little faster. I'm a great fan of Billy Joel and I've been playing some of his music for fun and home entertainment. One of the great things about this CD is that it shows what he was thinking in that erea (I think that's how you spell it)and what was some of good selling albums.

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