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Billy Joel
Streetlife Serenade

  (Item #: joel_stree_1807_1904) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • This outstanding copy of Joel's third studio album earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides - exceptionally queit vinyl too
  • The sound is open and transparent and the piano is clear and correct, showcasing Joel's immeasurable talent on the keys
  • Features some of Billy's big hits, including The Entertainer as well as Los Angelenos
  • This is one of the toughest classic Billy Joel albums to find with good sound and quiet vinyl, but this one is doing it all
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Billy Joel - 52nd Street

Listening in Depth

  (Item #: joel_52nds_listen) 



Presenting another entry in our extensive Listening in Depth series.

We heard some amazing sound coming from the grooves of 52nd Street, but let's give credit where credit is due -- the recording and mastering engineers involved with this album. Jim Boyer and Ted Jensen can both take great pride in the SUPERB work they have done here.

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Billy Joel - 52nd Street

Our Shootout Winner from 2014

  (Item #: joel_52nds_2014) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

Both of these copies have one killer A+++ side and one that just didn't impress us, so we've paired them up to give you the best sound we possibly can for the entire album! This is in our opinion the Best Sounding Billy Joel Album, and when you hear this pressing you'll understand exactly why. Super open and transparent with real detail and texture, they just don't get any better than this.

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Billy Joel - 52nd Street

Impex (Cisco) Debunked

  (Item #: joel_52nds_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: Side One: F / Side Two: C+

The new Impex (Cisco) 180 gram remastering of 52nd Street was cut by Kevin Gray, under the direction of Robert Pincus (aka Mr Record), at the now defunct AcousTech Mastering in Camarillo. We noted in a recent review for a much superior (how could it not be?) Hot Stamper pressing:

Side one is a joke (zero ambience, resolution, energy, etc.) but side two is actually quite good. Side two fixes the biggest problem with the album: hard, honky vocals.
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Billy Joel - An Innocent Man

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: joel_aninn_2013) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

TWO AMAZING A+++ SIDES for this surprisingly well-recorded album! This was a monster in its day, generating a Number One hit and seven total single releases out of the ten songs that comprise it. Seven out of ten, not a bad track record. We couldn't find a weak song on the album either, which is surely one of the reasons it sold seven million copies in the states alone.

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Billy Joel - Glass Houses

Our Shootout Winner from 2014

  (Item #: joel_glass_2014) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

A truly stunning copy of one of Billy Joel's best-loved albums! We recently finished a massive shootout for Billy Joel's hard-rockin 1980 release and most copies were pretty dreadful. Thankfully for us (and the Billy Joel fans out there) we managed to find a few copies that really work! This one absolutely nails it -- they just don't get much better than this, folks.

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Billy Joel - Piano Man

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: joel_piano_2011) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

This is the first Super Hot Stamper copy of Billy Joel's classic Piano Man to ever hit the site! We've been trying to find great copies of this one for ages, but it is TOUGH. This copy gets you much better sound than most of them out there -- it's cleaner, clearer and more open with the kind of vocal presence needed to make the title track come to life. So many copies we played were thin, dry and grainy -- sonic issues that really gets in the way of enjoying this music.

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Billy Joel - Songs in the Attic

CBS Half-Speed Debunked

  (Item #: joel_songs_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame pressing and another Half Speed debunked.

Records with too much bass and especially too much top end can't be played loud. The louder you play them the worse they get. Try playing the average MoFi at a loud volume. All that extra 10k starts to make your brain hurt. The CBS half-speed of this album is like that. It's frustrating -- the music makes you want to turn it up but the sound says forget it. Not the good pressings. They sounds BETTER when you play them loud.

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Billy Joel - Songs in the Attic

Listening in Depth

  (Item #: joel_songs_depth) 



Presenting another entry in our extensive Listening in Depth series.

You know how you can tell when you have a Hot Stamper? It's the side you play through to the end. When the sound is right you want to hear more. Since the opening track of this record is one of the keys to knowing whether it's mastered and pressed properly, once you get past the sibilance hurdle on track one, the next step is to find out how the challenges presented by the rest of the tracks are handled on any given LP. Some advice follows.

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Billy Joel - Songs in the Attic

Our Shootout Winner from 2007

  (Item #: joel_songs_2007) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

DEMO DISC LIVE ROCK CONCERT SOUND, Baby! This one has it ALL. The sound has so many wonderful ANALOG qualities when you get a good copy -- the hash and hardness of the typical pressing just disappears, leaving surprisingly transparent and sweet sound on virtually every track. The WHOMP FACTOR here is off the scale. There are few studio recordings that have these kinds of dynamics. We forget how compressed most of them are. It takes a record like this to show you how much LIFE there is in LIVE MUSIC.

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Billy Joel - Streetlife Serenade

Our Shootout Winner from 2015

  (Item #: joel_stree_2015) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

Two big and solid Triple Plus sides, the best we've heard in years. Los Angelenos and The Entertainer both sound wonderful on this copy. Most copies won't come close in terms of energy, transparency, punch or presence.

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Billy Joel - The Stranger

Our Shootout Winner from 2008

  (Item #: joel_stran_2008) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

THE BEST SOUNDING COPY OF THE STRANGER THAT WE’VE EVER HEARD! We just finished a major shootout for this album, and no copy came close to this bad boy. Side one has incredibly lively, MASTER TAPE quality sound, and side two isn’t far behind.

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Billy Joel - Turnstiles

What to Listen For

  (Item #: joel_turns_wtlf) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises with advice on What to Listen For (WTLF) as you critically evaluate your copy of the album.

On side two Prelude/Angry Young Man were key test tracks. The biggest, richest copies with the most space consistently brought out the best in the songs and individual performances of the players.

Summer, Highland Falls is a great test -- listen for breathy vocals, a full piano, a clear snare drum once it comes in and, most importantly, an energetic performance. You will need all four to score well in one of our shootouts.

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Billy Joel

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