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  • Audio CD (1 Jun. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B000024BW8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,007 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. You May Be Right
  2. Sometimes A Fantasy
  3. Don't Ask Me Why
  4. It's Still Rock And Roll To Me
  5. All For Leyna
  6. I Don't Want To Be Alone
  7. Sleeping With The Televison On
  8. C'etait Toi (You Were The One)
  9. Close To The Borderline
  10. Through The Long Night

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1. You May Be Right
2. Sometimes A Fantasy
3. Don't Ask Me Why
4. It's Still Rock And Roll To Me
5. All For Leyna
6. I Don't Want To Be Alone
7. Sleeping With The Televison On
8. C'etait Toi (You Were The One)
9. Close To The Borderline
10. Through The Long Night

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This album was Billy's first of the 1980s and is an extremely eclectic collection of songs. It is the work of a man at the peak of his powers. It opens with the sound of breaking glass before launching into "You may be right", the most 'rocking' song he ever wrote. The album is a carefully balanced blend of upbeat rockers like the aforementioned track and the hit single "It's still rock and roll to me", and the usual sumptuous slow numbers like "Through the long night" and the wonderful McCartney-esque "C'etait toi" (which is sung half English, half French like The Beatles' "Michelle"). Other tracks on the album such as "I don't want to be alone" and "Sleeping with the television on" may not be appear to be immediately catchy, but will soon lodge themselves in your memory. A particular favourite of mine is the wonderfully light "Don't ask me why" - guaranteed to cheer you up and have you prancing around the house! All in all, a very satisfying collection of songs.
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Another masterpiece from Joel's golden period, 'Glasshouses' is a relatively uncomplicated mainstream rock album with some inviting melodies and thoughtful lyrics. The first five tracks are so brilliant that what follows struggles to maintain quite the same standard. nevertheless nothing really disappoints. Standout tracks are 'You May Be Right', 'It's Still Rock and Roll To Me' and the exceptional 'All For Leyna'.
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This is his finest and best studio album. ALL tracks are so good that they could have been singles!!
"Don't ask me why is my favourite track, but hey they could ALL be my favourite track!! there are only 10 tracks on this fine CD from this 1980 Album. Billy Joel is a fine Singer Songwriter and is a fine writer of songs that tell stories ( a bit like Harry Chapin in the 70's) and they are worth listening to for the words not just great catch tunes. This Album is good when you are on long car journey as it is a Album worth listening to ALL the way through at the same time as a continuous story.
The Title " Glass Houses" just means "People who live in Glass Houses should not throw stones. THAT is what the theme is here if you listen to the lyrics.he only had ONE British no 1 in 83 but should have had more.
The biggest hit from this is " Its still rock and roll to me" you will love this Album...Trust me........I would give it 10 Stars IF I could have! he's just been given a prestige award....and well deserved too.
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I would be lying if I tried to say that I am a Billy Joel "fan". But, as the years have gone by, I have come to appreciate his music more. I actually bought "An Innocent Man" on vinyl when it came out and have subsequently aquired that on a CD. To be honest, one of the reasons I purchased this was because a number of people had told me about some of the tracks on it. Don't Ask Me Why, was a song that I have always liked, and I have not found it on any compilations of his music. That and, All For Leyna is another great track. And of course, It's Still Rock and Roll ro Me is on here as well.

What has slightly irritated me, and hence only 4 stars, is that although you can purchase, and download this album in MP3 format from Amazon, Autorip was not available on this purchase. It is available on a version of this album that must be an import as it is priced at £23. Bizzare or what.

Apart from that little niggling gripe, if you like Billy Joel's musical style, I do not think you would be disappointed with thsi album. If I was pushed however An Innocent man was slightly better. But that is just my personal view. Enjoy !!!
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By DiBosco VINE VOICE on 4 Mar. 2008
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Looking back on it now, this is probably the last in a line of classic Billy Joel albums. Innocent Man which followed this two albums later sold way better but just doesn't have the quality of songs that this does. It's one of those rare albums that doesn't have a dud and bristles from start to finish with brilliant pop and rock songs. Joel's voice is in typically superb form and listening back now after all these years you realise just how precious his talent was - both in terms of quality of voice and songs.

It's a little less piano orientated than some of his other albums and quite rocky in parts (again not to be confused with the '50s rock 'n' roll of An Innocent Man) but also has slightly softer songs like C'Était toi.

As often early on in his career when he was a little less of navel gazer there are smattering of good lyrics, the sentiments of being utterly obsessed with an ex in All for Leyna will be familiar to many - but for me, the most memorable moment of the album is the bit most people will know where Richie Connata breaks into the sax solo in It's Still Rock and Roll to me and Joel shouts "All right Rico..." Great stuff. Fun music, superb songs that still sound great. Makes you long for new talent this good.
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Known as Billy Joel's rock album , this is one of his best.

Opening with the smash hit You May Be Right , and continuing with such great songs as the funky Sometimes A Fantasy , the upbeat It's Still Rock And Roll To Me , All For Leyna , the laidback Sleeping With The Television On and the melodic C'etait Toi (You Were The One) and Through The Long Night.

This album combines glam rock with with Joel's flowing melody.

A definite initiation of Billy Joel's 80's music.
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