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Innocent Man
     

An Innocent Man

by Billy Joel
 

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Recording The Nylon Curtain exhausted Billy Joel, and even though it had a pair of major hits, it didn't rival its predecessors in terms of sales. Since he labored so hard at the record, he decided it was time for a break -- it was time to record an album just for fun. And that's how his homage to pre-

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Recording The Nylon Curtain exhausted Billy Joel, and even though it had a pair of major hits, it didn't rival its predecessors in terms of sales. Since he labored so hard at the record, he decided it was time for a break -- it was time to record an album just for fun. And that's how his homage to pre-Beatles pop, An Innocent Man, was conceived: it was designed as a breezy romp through the music of his childhood. Joel's grasp on history isn't remarkably astute -- the opener "Easy Money" is a slice of Stax/Volt pop-soul, via the Blues Brothers (quite possibly the inspiration for the album), and the label didn't break the pop charts until well after the British Invasion -- but he's in top form as a craftsman throughout the record. Only once does he stumble on his own ambition ("This Night," which appropriates its chorus from Beethoven). For the rest of the record, he's effortlessly spinning out infectious, memorable melodies in a variety of styles, from the Four Seasons send-up "Uptown Girl" and the soulful "Tell Her About It" to a pair of doo wop tributes, "The Longest Time" and "Careless Talk." Joel has rarely sounded so carefree either in performance or writing, possibly due to "Christie Lee" Brinkley, a supermodel who became his new love prior to An Innocent Man. He can't stop writing about her throughout the album -- only three songs, including the haunted title track, aren't about her in some form or fashion. That giddiness is infectious, helping make An Innocent Man an innocent delight that unwittingly closes Joel's classic period.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/02/2013
Label:
Mobile Fidelity
UPC:
0821797209465
catalogNumber:
2094
Rank:
28066

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Performance Credits

Billy Joel   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,fender rhodes,Hammond B3
Michael Brecker   Tenor Saxophone
Ronnie Cuber   Baritone Saxophone
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion
Tom Bahler   Background Vocals
Liberty DeVitto   Drums
Rory Dodd   Background Vocals
Eric Gale   Electric Guitar
John Gatchell   Trumpet
Lani Groves   Background Vocals
Russell Javors   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Ullanda McCullough   Background Vocals
Leon Pendarvis   Hammond B3
Mark Rivera   Percussion,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Background Vocals
Doug Stegmeyer   Bass
Richard Tee   Piano
Terry Textor   Background Vocals
Toots Thielemans   Harmonica,Soloist
Eric Troyer   Background Vocals
Mike Alexander   Background Vocals
Mark Rivers   Alto Saxophone,Soloist
Joe Shepley   Trumpet,Horn
Frank Floyd   Background Vocals
David Brown   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jon Fadis   Trumpet
Ron Taylor   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Ludwig van Beethoven   Composer
Billy Joel   Composer,Lyricist
David Matthews   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Tom Bahler   Vocal Arrangements
Jim Boyer   Engineer
Phil Ramone   Producer
Christopher Austopchuk   Cover Design
Mark Larson   Cover Design
Bradshaw Leigh   Engineer

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