The Nylon Curtain
|The Nylon Curtain|
|Studio album by Billy Joel|
|Released||September 23, 1982|
|Recorded||Spring, 1982, A & R Recording and Media Sound Studios, New York City|
|Billy Joel chronology|
|Singles from The Nylon Curtain|
The Nylon Curtain peaked at number seven in the Billboard album charts, with two million sales in the United States. It was one of the first albums to be digitally recorded, mixed, and mastered.
The album is among Joel's most ambitious efforts, and Joel has openly acknowledged that it's one of his personal favorites, calling it "the recording I'm most proud of and the material I'm most proud of." When he recorded the album, he said in an interview that he wanted to "create a sonic masterpiece." So he spent more time in the studio, crafting the sound of the album, than he had on any previous album. He said that the process of making the album was "exhausting." Critics have interpreted the album to be, in part, an homage to the music of The Beatles and John Lennon.
Regarding the album's themes, Joel has stated "It was during the Reagan years, and the diminishing horizons in America at the time [meant that] all of a sudden you weren't going to be able to inherit [the kind of life] your old man had." This pessimism about the American dream, in Joel's view, permeates most of the songs on the album. Joel also said that the theme of the album was "an American dilemma, specifically of people born after World War II." He said that although he doesn't provide solutions to the dilemma, he "hope[d] the record speaks like someone in that age group, if only just to tie us all together as people, as an entity."
All songs written and composed by Billy Joel.
- Side one
- Side two
- "She's Right on Time" – 4:14
- "A Room of Our Own" – 4:04
- "Surprises" – 3:26
- "Scandinavian Skies" – 6:00
- "Where's the Orchestra?" – 3:17
- Billy Joel – vocals, acoustic & electric pianos, synthesizers, Hammond organ, melodica, Prophet-5 synthesizer, Synclavier II on "Pressure", acoustic guitar on "Allentown"
- Liberty DeVitto – drums, percussion
- Doug Stegmeyer – bass guitar
- David Brown – electric & acoustic guitars (lead)
- Russell Javors – electric & acoustic guitars (rhythm)
- Dominic Cortese – accordion on "Where's the Orchestra?"
- Eddie Daniels – saxophone and clarinet on "Where's the Orchestra?"
- Dave Grusin – string and horn arrangements
- Charles McCracken – cello on "Where's the Orchestra?"
- Rob Mounsey – synthesizer on "Scandinavian Skies"
- David Nadien – concertmaster on all except "Laura" and "Scandinavian Skies"
- "String Fever" – strings on "Laura" and "Scandinavian Skies"
- Bill Zampino – field snare on "Goodnight Saigon"
- Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound, NYC - mastering engineer
- James Boyer - Recording Engineer
- Brad Leigh - Recording Engineer
- Larry Franke - Recording Engineer
|1983||The Nylon Curtain||Album of the Year||Nominated|
Certifications and sales
|Canada (Music Canada)||Platinum||100,000^|
|Japan (Oricon Charts)||356,000|
|United States (RIAA)||2× Platinum||2,000,000^|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
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