is the tenth studio album by The Bridge American singer-songwriter Billy Joel, released on July 28, 1986. It was the last studio album produced by Phil Ramone as well as the last to feature Joel's long-time bassist Doug Stegmeyer and rhythm guitarist Russell Javors. The album yielded several successful singles, including " A Matter of Trust" (peaking at No. 10), " Modern Woman" (which also appeared on the soundtrack, peaking at No. 10), and " Ruthless People This Is the Time" (peaking at No. 18).
Joel began work on the album — on which two of his major influences (
Ray Charles and Steve Winwood) made guest appearances — in 1985. Charles sang a duet with Joel on the song " Baby Grand", and Winwood played Hammond organ on the song "Getting Closer". Other notable musicians who made guest appearances on the album include jazz musicians Ron Carter and Michael Brecker, who both played on the jazzy track " Big Man on Mulberry Street."
The album also had some
New wave influences. For instance, the first song, "Running on Ice," is heavily influenced by the music of The Police, and "Modern Woman" borrows heavily from the styles of Huey Lewis and the News. The final song recorded for the album, "Code of Silence," featured Cyndi Lauper who contributed backing vocals and received co-writing credit for the lyrics; Joel would return the favor by contributing backing vocals on Lauper's song "Maybe He'll Know" for her 1986 album . True Colors
The Bridge was Joel's last album to carry the "Family Productions" logo which had appeared on all of Joel's albums up to that time as part of a deal that Columbia Records made to get Joel out of his first recording contract with Artie Ripp's Family Productions. In the closing song of the album — "Getting Closer" — Joel makes several of what are clearly attacks and observations on the iron-clad contract with Ripp, with references to "my stolen youth", "all the conmen and their acrobats who stomped me in the ground," and "I must live up to contracts."
Track listing [ edit ]
All songs composed by
Billy Joel, except "Code of Silence" written by Joel and Cyndi Lauper.
"Running on Ice" – 3:15
This Is the Time" – 4:59 "
A Matter of Trust" – 4:09 "
Modern Woman" – 3:48 "
Baby Grand" (duet with Ray Charles) – 4:02
Big Man on Mulberry Street" – 5:26 "Temptation" – 4:12
"Code of Silence" (backing vocals by Cyndi Lauper) – 5:15
"Getting Closer" – 5:00
Personnel [ edit ]
Additional personnel [ edit ]
Production [ edit ]
Produced by Phil Ramone
Engineer: Jim Boyer
Associate engineers: Steve Boyer, Fred Tenny, David Dickson and Bradshaw Leigh.
Technical support: Joe Salvatto, Gary Ciuzio, Joe Lopes, Frank Rodriguez, Peter Bergren, Bruce Howell, Cary Butler, Ed Evans, Mark Betts, Steve Buller, Ricki Begin, Audrey Tanaka, Billy Rothschild and Phil Vachon.
Production coordinator: Joseph D'Ambrosio
Support system: Jim Flynn, Barry Bongiovi and The Power Station staff.
Digitally recorded at The Power Station, Chelsea Sound (North), RCA Studios, New York, NY and Evergreen Studios, Burbank, CA.
Mixed at The Power Station, New York, NY.
Direct metal mastering at Sterling Sound, New York, NY by
Ted Jensen. Acoustic Piano: supplied by Yamaha
Design: Mark Larson
Brad Holland Photography:
Patrick Demarchelier Sleeve photos: Larry Busacca, Phil Ramone and Charles Reilly
Weekly charts [ edit ]
Year-end charts [ edit ]
Certifications [ edit ]
Singles [ edit ]
Billboard AC 7
Billboard Hot 100 10
Billboard Mainstream Rock 34
"A Matter of Trust"
Kent Music Report
Billboard Hot 100 10
Billboard Mainstream Rock
UK Singles Chart
"This is the Time"
Billboard AC 1
Billboard Hot 100 18
Billboard Mainstream Rock 32
Billboard AC 3
Billboard Hot 100 75
References [ edit ]
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^ "Canadian album certifications – Billy Joel – The Bridge". Music Canada . Retrieved . 25 July 2012
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^ "British album certifications – Billy Joel – The Bridge". British Phonographic Industry . Retrieved . 25 July 2012 Enter The Bridge in the field Keywords . Select Title in the field Search by . Select album in the field By Format . Select Silver in the field By Award . Click Search
^ "American album certifications – Billy Joel – The Bridge". Recording Industry Association of America . Retrieved . 25 July 2012 If necessary, click Advanced , then click Format , then select Album , then click SEARCH