is the fourth studio album by Turnstiles American singer-songwriter Billy Joel, released on May 19, 1976.
Production [ edit ]
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 ( Nigel Olsson on drums and Dee Murray on bass) 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"). 
Critical reception [ edit ]
Robert Christgau of wrote that Joel's craft improves, but "he becomes more obnoxious: the anti-idealism of ' The Village Voice Angry Young Man' isn't any more appealing in tandem with the pseudoironic [ ] sic sybaritism of 'I've Loved These Days.'" In a retrospective review,  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." 
Track listing [ edit ]
All tracks written by Billy Joel.
Many tracks have alternate mixes exclusive to the Quadrophonic LP release including "New York State of Mind", "Prelude/Angry Young Man", "I've Loved These Days" & "Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)".
On 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 had been released for the first time on the compilation album in 1985. Greatest Hits Volume 1 & 2 
Personnel [ edit ]
Adapted from the AllMusic credits.
Billy Joel – piano, electric piano, moog synthesizer, clavinet, organs, harmonica, vocals Jerry Abramowitz – cover photography
Ken Ascher – orchestral arrangements John Berg – cover design
Bruce Botnick – mixing
John Bradley – engineer, project supervisor
Jo Buckley – production coordination
Richie Cannata – saxophones, clarinet
Liberty DeVitto – drums Howie Emerson – electric and acoustic guitars
Russell Javors – electric and acoustic guitars Mingo Lewis – percussion
Don Puluse – engineer
Brian Ruggles – basic track consultant
James Smith – acoustic guitar
Doug Stegmeyer – bass guitar Lou Waxman – tape engineer
Phil Woods - saxophone in "New York State of Mind" (on 1998 CD reissue and subsequent issues) 
Weekly charts [ edit ]
Year-end charts [ edit ]
Australian Albums Chart
Certifications [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
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^ Billy Joel on Turnstiles - from THE COMPLETE ALBUMS COLLECTION. YouTube. October 18, 2011 . Retrieved . 2014-09-29
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^ Browne, David (May 22, 2007). "Billy Joel: . Turnstiles" . Archived from Blender the original on January 31, 2010 . Retrieved . October 19, 2015
^ a b Christgau, Robert (1981). "Billy Joel: . Turnstiles" Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the '70s. Ticknor and Fields. ISBN 0-89919-026-X . Retrieved . August 25, 2011
^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). . The New Rolling Stone Album Guide Simon & Schuster. pp. 434–35. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
^ a b http://billyjoel52ndstreetserenade.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/the-great-showdown.html
^ "Turnstiles - Billy Joel | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic.
^ a b Kent, David (1993). . Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
^ "allmusic ((( Turnstiles> Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". allmusic.com . Retrieved . 2011-10-03
^ ビリー・ジョエル-リリース-ORICON STYLE-ミュージック "Highest position and charting weeks of . Turnstiles by Billy Joel" oricon.co.jp (in Japanese). Oricon Style . Retrieved . 2011-10-31
^ "American album certifications – Billy Joel – Turnstiles". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced , then click Format , then select Album , then click SEARCH