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  • Audio CD (20 Oct. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony/Columbia
  • ASIN: B00000DDMH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Listen  8. C'etait toi (You Were the One) (Album Version) 3:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Billy Joel ~ Glass Houses

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Sept. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Although panned by the rock critics, you could argue that this was Billy's best album. As it has an equal balance of pop and rock. This was also the dividing point, when Billy's piano started to take the back seat in his studio recordings. Major critisisms were that Bill was imitating the new wave sound, and indeed certain textures on this recording remind me of Blondie's 'Parallel Lines'. But I think it's fairer to say he added the sound of the times as flavouring to a recording that more than holds its own. 'All for Leyna' is one of piano rock's proudest moments.
The album closes with 'Through the long night', one of the most powerful songs you will ever hear.
Imported US version contains CD-extra video clips, which the UK remastered version failed to contain.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dan Smith on 3 Jun. 2012
Format: Audio CD
Lazy, louche, with his hand in his hair, Billy Joel sings happy songs about trucking on with your life.

Sleeeping With The Television on is a great track, along with All For Lenya which has passion pouring out of every note.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Raymond Collison on 7 Nov. 2013
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the sound quality of this SACD is exceptional and brings back memories of when i originally had it on vinyl in the 70's. Delivery was prompt and well worth the price considering the sound .
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Billy Rocks My World! 20 May 2001
By "tracylady" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Sure, I am but a mere one year older than this album, and while people in my generation groove to the likes of all the Christinas, Britneys, NSyncs and Backstreets, I take a trip back 20 years to when singers actually wrote their songs and sang about what mattered most -- not what about would make a great video. Billy is a Rock and Roll genius, and of his 15 albums, this is the ONE I could not live without!
It has just enough of his hits on it ("You May Be Right," "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me," and "Don't Ask Me Why") for those who aren't fanatics. But, the core of the album (as with most of Billy's work) is the unreleased songs: "Sometimes a Fantasy," "All for Leyna," and "Sleeping with the Television On," plus the others. These are the songs that you fall in love with and listen to on repeat (or, at least I do.) They are "Glass Houses," and each is its own masterpiece written by the single best singer/songwriter of 3 consecutive decades.
Go ahead... Listen and fall in love. Nostalgia it isn't. Great music it is. The 80s feel to the music only adds to its meaning and makes you appreciate that an album 21 years old can become your favorite for the next 21 years.
33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
First album 20 Mar. 2006
By John Stone - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This was my first album ever. I was in third grade. It was this, and Disco Duck, so, you can guess which one stood the test of time. The other album, Glass Houses, was great too! I was too young to understand why being a straight A student meant you thought too much, but, I knew that if you got bad grades, you were cool, and some day, I might have a white boy's afro, wear a leather member's only jacket, and throw a rock through my rich girlfriend's glass house. What do you want from me...I was eight years old when I first heard this album. Thanks to this album I conned my Grandparents into buying me a sax, and then a key board, and then a leather jacket, and, eventually, drums. So, thanks to Billy Joel's Glass Houses, my life would never, ever follow a linear path on the road most travelled. One thing that does stand out, other than the fact that this album still blows away every album I have bought since...the whole star spangled banner playing with the bars and tone sound leading into the song. No one these days will understand what that sound means, which makes it even better. When ever I listen to this album, it always reminds me of a simpler time when every house had one phone, no answering machine, no internet, and a TV with 3 channels on a dial that played the national anthem or star spangled banner as we all fell asleep in the living room....you know...when families all actually hung out with each other. Thank you Billy.
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Everybody's Talkin' 'bout the New Sound... 11 Jun. 2003
By M. Casarino - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Billy's 1980 opus was such a huge hit that it's easy to forget how enduring his songs really are. "Glass Houses" was Billy's "rock" album, and while some weak production (an ongoing problem for Billy) cuts the edge, he focused on a simplicity in the songwriting that really served his voice well. "You May Be Right" is a calculated, if irresistable, first single, but the real standouts are the dark "All for Leyna" (in which he sort of warms up for "Laura" on "Nylon Curtain"), the wonderful "Sleeping With the Television On," and the delicate, gorgeously-structured "Through the Long Night."
Even the misfires are thoroughly entertaining. "Close to the Borderline" lacks the punch to fulfill its post-punk ambitions, and the lyrics are awfully dated, but it's still a delightful anguished-yuppie number, and a nice preview of the more powerful, if equally unsubtle, "Pressure." "C'Etait Toi" meanders a bit, and Billy gets bogged down in bad French, but it's a pop charmer.
Then there are the hits..."Sometimes a Fantasy," "Don't Ask Me Why," the almost novelty-hit "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me." They were all hits for a damn good reason...they have great hooks, Billy sings 'em like he means 'em, and they get better with every listen. Billy would hit his Beatlesque stride with "Nylon Curtain" and find a stronger rock sound with "Storm Front," but it's great to hear him playing with both format on "Glass Houses."
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Spend the money on the speakers (not the sneakers) 13 July 2000
By Shannon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I would consider this album to be some of Billy Joel's best work. I believe this was when Billy started focusing on harder and truer rock after the "folky" period (Cold Spring Harbor) and also the more "jazzy", lighter period- he had just released the very jazz-oriented 52nd Street the year before which won him a Best Album of the Year Grammy.
With Glass Houses he breaks into new territory- literally, it's the first thing you hear. The #1 "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me", "Sometimes a Fantasy" and "Close to the Borderline" display his more frequent use of electric guitars and heavier drums- great songs to play loud when you're stuck in traffic. Pay particular attention to the lyrics on "Rock and Roll"- I think those were the overwhelming reason why this song was #1. (Note also his use of "West Side!" on "Borderline".) "All For Leyna", a pathetically poignant song, (everyone has had a Leyna) employs a lot of extremely '80's synthesizer sounds- new wave, perhaps. "You May Be Right"- a favorite of mine and one of the biggest hits (next to "Rock and Roll") has fabulous lyrics, a catchy tune and this strangely familiar opening riff like something off of the Beatles' "Day Tripper". Like Mr. Joel says, "You might enjoy some madness for awhile"...
The mid-tempo songs and ballads don't fall short either. "Don't Ask Me Why"- I can guarantee that you will recognize the song the moment you hear it (but, uh, don't ask me why). It wasn't that big of a hit for its time (so I've heard) but the melody is absolutely contagious. "I Don't Want to Be Alone" and "Through the Long Night"- good stuff, great lyrics and both sound *completely* different from each other with syncopated beats versus a Paul McCartney flavor respectively- a very welcome change from some of today's monotonous slow songs. "C'était Toi"- you be your own judge on that one. It's my least favorite here but it is an interesting song, complete with French lyrics, and definitely has musical merit to it.
However, I think the most underrated Billy Joel song of all time has to "Sleeping with the Television On". This song is so well-written with perfect metaphors, biting lyrics and snappy sounds- even the intro sound clip. It is incredible- it has it all. I am frantically trying to track down the video for this song. It is my favorite on the album- but the decision was not easy. Decide for yourself and get some good mileage from your speakers- buy this album.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Computer users beware! 11 April 2012
By Ellen Rutherford - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This cd comes with something called 'cd extra' - a multimedia partition. I'm running on a mac 10.6.8, and had to reinsert the disc 4 times before it stopped ejecting spontaneously. i tried to open the cd extra, but it wouldn't open. (the cd comes with the following disclaimer: "Certain computers may not be able to access the multimedia portion of the CD. Neither the manufacturer nor the distributer makes any representation or warranty, or assumes any responsibility for the multimedia portion of the CD." there's supposed to be a readme.txt troubleshooting guide, but i guess you can't access it if you're actually having trouble with the disk!) after i finally copied the music to my itunes, i tried to eject both the cd and the cd extra, but the latter would not eject (the actual cd ejected, but the disc icon remained on my desktop). i tried ejecting the disc several times, and all it did was lock up my computer - caused mail and excel to stop responding. eventually, i had to completely reboot the computer.

my recommendation would be to save any critical data and close all applications before loading this cd to your computer! i have no idea what will happen when i try to put the cd in a regular cd player...

that said, it was worth the trouble to hear this fantastic music!
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