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Turnstiles

19 Oct 1998 | Format: MP3

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4:36
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3:19
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6:02
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3:56
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  • Original Release Date: 19 Oct 1998
  • Release Date: 19 Oct 1998
  • Label: Columbia
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  • Total Length: 36:44
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  • ASIN: B00DV85S5K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,794 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By KIRK on 2 Nov 2003
Format: Audio CD
Billy Joel maybe best known for his piano rock of 'My Life' to the 'do wop' of 'Uptown Girl' but underneath the commercial lining is one of the finest songwriters of the twentieth century and it is brought to you by Turnstiles.
Joels fourth album, Turnstiles was not a big success but nevertheless and ,most importantly the material is beautiful. Despite there only being eight songs, the album comfortably fits into the singer/songwriter idiom of the time.
It starts with 'Say Goodbye To Hollywood' an enjoyable pop tune with the ingrediants of the sax and up tempo drum kit and piano. 'Summer Hyland, falls' is the dark horse of the album, with it's lovely flowing piano melody, Joel establishes himself as a poet with lryics like "and as we stand upon the ledges of our lives with our respective similiarities, it's either sadness or euphoria".
New York State of Mind is another higlight, stark, bluesy and in shocking realism with New York, Joel again writes another beautiful piano piece but again justifies it with more poetry - "it comes down to reality, and it's fine with me because I've let it slide" - the modesty and innocence grabs the listener to play it over and over. It also features a brilliant sax solo, which plays a big part in Joel's career. 'Prelude'Angry Young Man' shows off the more allegro skills of the pianist and also a political side. I've Loved These Days' is a wonderful piano piece (if you are a pianist, this is beautiful playing as well as listening) And Mimai 2017 ends the album woth a credible rocker.
My only critisisms are 'All You Wanna Do Is Dance', it is quite inferior and quite a dated reggea attempt (to ones own opinion anyway). The actual production is a bit 'acousticky' and Miami 2017 in all it's glory doesn't sound as good as it does live.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Nov 2001
Format: Audio CD
This album showcases some of Billy Joel's finest tunes. From the beautiful "Summer Higland Falls" to the heavy rocking "Miami 2017" and not forgetting the timelessly cool "New York State of mind". The more I listen to this album the more I respect the songwriting and the thought put in to it. For me this is a definitive album of Billy's 70's period. If you're a Billy Joel fan and you haven't already bought this album then do so! I promise you will not be disapointed!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. K. on 11 Jan 2014
Format: Audio CD
Just thought I'd mention that there are different versions of the track 'New York State of Mind' depending on which CD release you purchase.
The CD version of 'New York State of Mind' included in the compilation of 1985 (Greatest Hits 1&2) and subsequent ones (The Ultimate Collection) had a different sax track from the original.
The newer version (1985 onwards) features Phil Woods on saxophone.
The original version (1976), released on vinyl, had Richie Cannata on sax.
The 1998 CD re-release of the album Turnstiles was "updated" to include the newer version, with Phil Woods.
I have an older CD release with the original sax track (can't see a date on it, CBS81195 barcode 5099708119522).
The original saxophone parts by Cannata were more understated and jazzy.
The Woods version is more grandiose, sweeping, louder. Depending on your personal preferences or your mood. The song is magnificent either way.
This album is great BTW and there are several tracks I really like that are not on any compilation because they were not singles (e.g. 'James' and 'I've loved these days').
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andrew W Jones on 17 Feb 2001
Format: Audio CD
Ask most Billy Joel fans to name their favourite album and they will probably reply "The Stranger" or "The Nylon Curtain", both big-selling albums full of hit singles. But this 1975 album (Billy's fourth release) is in my opinion one of his finest. It features "Angry Young Man" which starts with one of the most memorable and accomplished intros ever recorded by a pop/rock musician, indeed it is more like a classical piece (which is no surprise since Joel is a classically trained pianist). Also included on this album is the timeless concert favourite "New York State of mind" which is a beautiful, world weary ode to the eponymous city, featuring a wonderful saxophone solo that you can imagine is being played in a dark, smoky bar in downtown New York. The rest of the album is not mere filler however, "Summer Highland Falls" and "I've loved these days" are excellent piano based songs showcasing Billy's genius for writing beautiful melodies with intelligent lyrics. There is an air of disillusionment in all the songs, a feeling that Billy has seen and tasted the glamour of being a star and found it to be quite empty and artificial. In "New York State of mind" he shuns the planes to Miami Beach and Hollywood for a Greyhound Bus to the "reality" of the Hudson River. I would recommend this album to anyone who likes music by a traditional singer/songwriter. Billy Joel was one of the best of this genre, and this is one of his finest albums.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jon B on 18 Sep 2003
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I've had this album for over 25yrs first as vinyl and then CD, and it remains my favourite of Billy's albums. Only one weak track on here (All you wanna do is dance), which sounds horribly dated (I suspect it did back then too!). But the rest here is flawless and moving. Summer, Highland Falls remains the most beautiful piece Billy has ever written. James is just elegant.
This album still moves me with it's eloquance and grace. If you like good singer/songwriters, I highly recommend this album. You cannot be disappointed.
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