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is the fourth studio album by Turnstiles American singer-songwriter Billy Joel, released on May 19, 1976.
Production [ edit ]
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Turnstiles in part as a celebration of his return to his native New York City. Three of the album's tracks reference New York: " Summer, Highland Falls", " New York State of Mind" and " Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)". It begins with "Say Goodbye to Hollywood" (inspired by The Ronettes song " Be My Baby") and also includes "I've Loved These Days", a tongue-in-cheek expression of regret at leaving behind Hollywood decadence.
The songs were first recorded at
Caribou Ranch (near Nederland, Colorado), with members of Elton John's band and produced by Chicago producer James William Guercio. Dissatisfied with the results, Joel took over as producer and returned to New York, where he re-recorded the album in its entirety, with his own touring band, which consisted of Long Island musicians Richie Cannata and the members of the band Topper: Liberty DeVitto, Russell Javors, Howie Emerson, and Doug Stegmeyer. Turnstiles marked the first time that Joel's band played on one of his studio albums.
The album cover photo was shot in the
Astor Place station on the IRT Lexington Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. According to Joel, each of the characters on the album cover was meant to represent a particular song (e.g., the girl in headphones for "All You Wanna Do is Dance," the wealthy couple for "I've Loved These Days"). [3 ]
Track listing [ edit ]
All songs written and composed by Billy Joel.
In the 1998 CD reissue of
Turnstiles, the original version of "New York State of Mind" with Richie Cannata on saxophone was replaced with the version featuring Phil Woods on that instrument, which appeared for the first time in the compilation album in 1985. Greatest Hits Volume 1 & 2
Personnel [ edit ]
Reception [ edit ]
Robert Christgau gave it a C+, saying Joel's craft improves, but "he becomes more obnoxious: the anti-idealism of ' Angry Young Man' isn't any more appealing in tandem with the pseudoironic [ ] sic sybaritism of 'I've Loved These Days.'" [2 ] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic wrote that "key to the record's success is variety, the way the album whips from the bouncy, McCartney-esque 'All You Wanna Do Is Dance' to the saloon song ' New York State of Mind'; the way the bitterly cynical "Angry Young Man" gives way to the beautiful 'I've Loved These Days' and the surrealistic apocalyptic fantasy ' Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway).' No matter how much stylistic ground Joel covers, he's kept on track by his backing group." [1 ]
Chart positions [ edit ]
Year-end charts [ edit ]
Australian Albums Chart
[4 ] 32
Certifications [ edit ]
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