Storm Front (album)

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Storm Front
BillyJoel StormFront.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 17, 1989
Recorded1988–1989
StudioThe Hit Factory Times Square Studio, New York City
Right Track Recording, New York City
The Warehouse Studio, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
The Power Station, New York City
Genre
Length44:34
LabelColumbia
ProducerBilly Joel, Mick Jones
Billy Joel chronology
Концерт
(1987)
Storm Front
(1989)
River of Dreams
(1993)
Singles from Storm Front
  1. "We Didn't Start the Fire"
    Released: September 27, 1989
  2. "Leningrad"
    Released: 1989
  3. "I Go to Extremes"
    Released: 1989
  4. "The Downeaster 'Alexa'"
    Released: April 1990
  5. "That's Not Her Style"
    Released: July 1990
  6. "And So It Goes"
    Released: October 1990
  7. "Shameless"
    Released: 1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]
Deseret News(Positive)[2]
The Los Angeles Times3/5 stars[3]
The New York Times(Positive)[4]
People(Not favorable)[5]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[6]
The Village VoiceB[7]

Storm Front is the eleventh studio album by American singer-songwriter Billy Joel, released on October 17, 1989. It was Joel's third album to reach No. 1 in the U.S. and features "We Didn't Start the Fire", a fast-paced song that cataloged a list of historical events, trends, and cultural icons from 1949 (when Joel was born) until 1989, which was Joel's third Billboard No. 1 hit.

"I Go to Extremes", a song describing the ups and downs of his emotional life, placed at No. 6. Other songs that placed in the top 100 were "And So It Goes" (No. 37), "The Downeaster 'Alexa'" (No. 57), and "That's Not Her Style" (No. 77). The album was also nominated for five Grammy Awards.[8] The album's cover depicts the maritime storm warning flag indicating wind forces 10–12, the highest intensity on the Beaufort scale.

Notable cover versions[edit]

  • In 1991, Garth Brooks recorded "Shameless" on his album Ropin' the Wind. Brooks' cover version was also released as a single and reached the top of the US country charts, and also entered the UK Singles Chart.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Billy Joel.

Side one

  1. "That's Not Her Style" – 5:10
  2. "We Didn't Start the Fire" – 4:50
  3. "The Downeaster 'Alexa'" – 3:44
  4. "I Go to Extremes" – 4:23
  5. "Shameless" – 4:26

Side two

  1. "Storm Front" – 5:17
  2. "Leningrad" – 4:06
  3. "State of Grace" – 4:30
  4. "When in Rome" – 4:44
  5. "And So It Goes" – 3:38

Personnel[edit]

Storm Front marked a radical change in Joel's backing band. Since his last studio album (The Bridge), both Russell Javors and Doug Stegmeyer, long-time members of Joel's band, were discharged from their respective duties as rhythm guitarist and bass guitarist. Javors was replaced with Joey Hunting for the record and by Tommy Byrnes on tour while Stegmeyer was replaced by Schuyler Deale. Band regulars Liberty DeVitto, David Brown and Mark Rivera were retained. Joel also hired the percussionist and multi-instrumentalist Crystal Taliefero beginning with this album.

  • Billy Joel – vocals, acoustic piano (1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10), clavinet (2, 3, 6), accordion (3), percussion (3), Hammond organ (4, 6, 9), harpsichord (5), organ (8), synthesizers (10)
  • Jeff Jacobs – synthesizers (1–9), backing vocals (1), horn arrangements (6)
  • David Brown – lead guitar (1–9), MIDI guitar solo (6)
  • Joey Hunting – rhythm guitar (2)
  • Schuyler Deale – bass guitar (1–9)
  • Liberty DeVitto – drums (1–9), percussion (2)
  • Crystal Taliefero – backing vocals (1, 2, 5, 6, 9), percussion (2)

Additional musicians

  • Don Brooks – harmonica (1)
  • Kevin Jones – keyboard programming (2)
  • John Mahoney – keyboards (2), keyboard programming (7)
  • Doug Kleeger – sounds effects (2), arrangements (2)
  • Sammy Merendino – electronic percussion (2)
  • Dominic Cortese – accordion (3, 7)
  • Itzhak Perlman – violin (3)
  • Lenny Pickett – saxophone (6, 9)
  • The Memphis Horns (6):
  • Arif Mardin – orchestral arrangement (7)
  • Frank Floyd – backing vocals (1, 5, 6)
  • Mick Jones – backing vocals (1, 4, 8), guitar (6), guitar solo (8)
  • Patricia Darcy Jones – backing vocals (1, 5, 6, 9)
  • Richard Marx – backing vocals (1, 6)
  • Brian Ruggles – backing vocals (1)
  • Ian Lloyd – backing vocals (4, 8)
  • Joe Lynn Turner – backing vocals (4, 8)
  • Chuck Arnold – backing vocals (7), choral leader (7)
  • Hicksville High School Chorus – backing vocals (7)
  • Bill Zampino – choral arrangement (7)
  • Brenda White King – backing vocals (9)
  • Curtis King – backing vocals (9)

Production

  • Produced by Billy Joel and Mick Jones
  • Mixed by Tom Lord-Alge (tracks 1–3) and Jay Healy (tracks 3–10).
  • Engineered by Jay Healy
  • Assistant engineers – Dana Becker, Tim Crich, David Dorn, Suzanne Hollander, Joe Pirrera and Gary Solomon.
  • Mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound (New York, NY).
  • Art direction – Chris Austopchuk
  • Back photo – Timothy White
  • Front photo – Frank Ockenfels

Accolades[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1990 "We Didn't Start the Fire" Song of the Year[8] Nominated
Record of the Year[8] Nominated
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male[8] Nominated
1991 Storm Front Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male[9] Nominated
Storm Front (produced by Billy Joel and Mick Jones) Producer of the Year (Non-Classical)[10] Nominated

Charts and certifications[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[31] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[32] Gold 25,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[33] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Germany (BVMI)[34] Platinum 500,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[37] Platinum 110,000[35][36]
Netherlands (NVPI)[39] Gold 50,000[38]
New Zealand (RMNZ)[40] Gold 7,500^
United Kingdom (BPI)[41] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[42] 4× Platinum 4,000,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

References[edit]

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