The Bridge (Billy Joel album)

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The Bridge
The bridge billy joel.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 9, 1986
RecordedThe Power Station, Chelsea Sound (North), RCA Studios, New York City and Evergreen Studios, Burbank, California 1985-1986
Genre
Length40:06
LabelFamily Productions/Columbia
ProducerPhil Ramone
Billy Joel chronology
Greatest Hits, Vols. 1 & 2
(1985)
The Bridge
(1986)
КОНЦЕРТ
(1987)
Singles from The Bridge
  1. "Modern Woman[1]"
    Released: May 1986
  2. "A Matter of Trust[2]"
    Released: July 1986
  3. "This Is the Time[3]"
    Released: November 1986
  4. "Baby Grand[4]"
    Released: March 1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[5]
Chicago Tribune(Mixed)[6]
Christgau's Record GuideB[7]
Los Angeles Times(Not favorable)[8]
Rolling Stone(Not rated)[9]

The Bridge is the tenth studio album by American singer-songwriter Billy Joel, released on July 9, 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 Ruthless People soundtrack, peaking at No. 10), and "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."

Critical reception[edit]

Reviewing in Christgau's Record Guide: The '80s (1990), Robert Christgau said: "Maybe [Joel's] youthful lyricism, meaning his knack for the tearjerker, is abandoning him. … Here he's best when he's brassy and literal: failed wise guy in 'Big Man on Mulberry Street,' Ray Charles's coequal on 'Baby Grand.' And even at his most rockin' he's seventy-five years retro whether he likes it or not—whenever he doesn't hit it just right you want to quarantine him for life in Atlantic City."[7]

Track listing[edit]

All songs composed by Billy Joel, except "Code of Silence" written by Joel and Cyndi Lauper.

Side one

  1. "Running on Ice" – 3:15
  2. "This Is the Time" – 4:59
  3. "A Matter of Trust" – 4:09
  4. "Modern Woman" – 3:48
  5. "Baby Grand" (duet with Ray Charles) – 4:02

Side two

  1. "Big Man on Mulberry Street" – 5:26
  2. "Temptation" – 4:12
  3. "Code of Silence" (backing vocals by Cyndi Lauper) – 5:15
  4. "Getting Closer" – 5:00

Personnel[edit]

  • Billy Joel – lead and backing vocals, acoustic piano (1, 2, 3, 5-9), synthesizers (1-4, 6-8), electric guitar (3), Fender Rhodes (9)
  • David Brown – guitar (1-4, 6, 8, 9), 12-string acoustic guitar (8)
  • Russell Javors – guitar (1-4, 6, 8, 9)
  • Liberty DeVitto – drums (1-4, 6-9), percussion (9)
  • Doug Stegmeyer – bass guitar (1-4, 6, 7, 8)
  • Mark Rivera – tenor saxophone (4), alto saxophone (7)

Additional personnel

Production[edit]

  • Producer – Phil Ramone
  • Production Coordinator – Joseph D'Ambrosio
  • Engineer – Jim Boyer
  • Associate Engineers – Steve Boyer, David Dickson, Bradshaw Leigh and Fred Tenny.
  • Technical Support – Ricki Begin, Peter Bergren, Mark Betts, Steve Buller, Cary Butler, Gary Ciuzio, Ed Evans, Bruce Howell, Joe Lopes, Frank Rodriguez, Billy Rothschild, Joe Salvatto, Audrey Tanaka and Phil Vachon.
  • Support System – Barry Bongiovi, Jim Flynn and The Power Station staff.
  • Digitally recorded at The Power Station, Chelsea Sound and RCA Recording Studios (New York, NY); Evergreen Studios (Burbank, CA).
  • Mixed at The Power Station (New York, NY).
  • Mastering by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound (New York, NY).
  • Acoustic Piano supplied by Yamaha.
  • Design – Mark Larson
  • Cover Painting – Brad Holland
  • Photography – Patrick Demarchelier
  • Sleeve Photos – Larry Busacca, Phil Ramone and Charles Reilly.

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[30] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[31] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Japan (Oricon Charts) 250,000[18]
New Zealand (RMNZ)[32] Gold 7,500^
United Kingdom (BPI)[33] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[34] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

Singles[edit]

Year Single Country Chart Position
1986 "Modern Woman" United States Billboard AC 7
Billboard Hot 100 10
Billboard Mainstream Rock 34
"A Matter of Trust" Australia Kent Music Report 3
United States Billboard Hot 100 10
Billboard Mainstream Rock 14
Billboard AC 17
United Kingdom UK Singles Chart 52
1987 "This is the Time" United States Billboard AC 1
Billboard Hot 100 18
Billboard Mainstream Rock 32
"Baby Grand" Billboard AC 3
Billboard Hot 100 75

References[edit]

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