The Nylon Curtain

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Billy Joel hit back as hard as he could with Glass Houses, his bid to prove that he could rock as hard as any of those new wave punks. He might not have proven himself a punk -- for all of his claims of being a hard rocker, his work inevitably is pop because of his fondness for melody -- but he proved to himself that he could still rock, even if the critics didn't give him any credit for it. It was now time to mature, to move pop
ock into the middle age and, in the process, earn critical respect. In short, The Nylon Curtain is where Billy Joel went serious, consciously crafting a song cycle about Baby Boomers in the Reagan era....
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Billy Joel hit back as hard as he could with Glass Houses, his bid to prove that he could rock as hard as any of those new wave punks. He might not have proven himself a punk -- for all of his claims of being a hard rocker, his work inevitably is pop because of his fondness for melody -- but he proved to himself that he could still rock, even if the critics didn't give him any credit for it. It was now time to mature, to move pop
ock into the middle age and, in the process, earn critical respect. In short, The Nylon Curtain is where Billy Joel went serious, consciously crafting a song cycle about Baby Boomers in the Reagan era. Since this was an album about Baby Boomers, he chose to base his music almost entirely on the Beatles, the pivotal rock band for his generation. Joel is naturally inclined to write big melodies like McCartney, but he idolizes Lennon, which makes The Nylon Curtain a fascinating cross between ear candy and social commentary. His desire to record a grand concept album is admirable, but his ever-present lyrical shortcomings mean that the songs paint a picture without arriving at any insights. He occasionally gets lost in his own ambition, as on the waterlogged second side, but the first half of the song suite -- "Allentown," "Laura," "Pressure," "Goodnight Saigon," "She's Right on Time" -- is layered, successful, mature pop that brings Joel tantalizingly close to his ultimate goal of sophisticated pop
ock for mature audiences.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972359823
  • Catalog Number: 723598
  • Sales rank: 10,614

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Allentown (3:51)
  2. 2 Laura (5:06)
  3. 3 Pressure (4:41)
  4. 4 Goodnight Saigon (7:03)
  5. 5 She's Right On Time (4:14)
  6. 6 A Room Of Our Own (4:04)
  7. 7 Surprises (3:26)
  8. 8 Scandinavian Skies (6:00)
  9. 9 Where's The Orchestra? (3:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billy Joel Primary Artist, Organ, Synthesizer, Harmonica, Piano, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Vocals, Melodica, Primary Artist
Rob Mounsey Synthesizer
David Nadien Concert Master
Dominic Cortese Accordion
Dave Grusin Strings, Horn
Eddie Daniels Clarinet, Saxophone, Wind
Liberty DeVitto Percussion, Drums, Electric Piano
Russell Javors Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Charles McCracken Cello
Doug Stegmeyer Bass
Bill Zampino Percussion, Drums, Snare Drums
Dave Brown Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Billy Joel Composer, Producer
Jim Boyer Engineer, Remixing
Dave Grusin Contributor, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Ted Jensen Mastering, Remastering
Phil Ramone Producer
John Berg Cover Design
Christopher Austopchuk Cover Design
Bradshaw Leigh Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The 'Levittown Sgt. Pepper's'!

    'The Nylon Curtain' has been called referred to as 'the Levittown Sgt. Pepper's' in at least one review I read back when it was a new album. There's some truth to this - it is Billy Joel's most overtly Beatles-influenced album. "A Room Of Our Own" has changes that remind me of "Another Girl" (from the 'Help!' album), and "Laura" sounds positively Lennonesque (almost like a lost 'Plastic Ono Band' track done by the Beatles, f-word and all). It's Billy Joel's most challenging and rewarding album (and if such a thing can be said about him, psychedelic - thus the 'Sgt. Pepper's' comment). Although it was considered not very commercial at the time, it still had two big radio hits, "Allentown", and "Pressure", both of which had more compelling messages then most of what was on the radio in 1982. 'The Nylon Curtain' is listened to best as a complete song cycle, and with headphones (tracks such as "Scandinavian Skies" and "Goodnight Saigon" call for it).

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