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For those who only knew Billy Joel from his impeccably crafted, multiple Grammy-winning '70s triumphs The Stranger and 52nd Street, this 1980 collection might have sounded like a sassy throwaway on first listen. In fact, its spirit is closer in tone to contemporary rock (indeed it won him the Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance) and Joel's rollicking early club days. If the stone-throwing, black leather jacket clad singer on the cover wasn't clue enough, Joel's opening blast of New Wave-bred energy, "You May Be Right," assured fans that the weightier concerns of his recent commercial triumphs would be taking a back seat on this breezy ride. The infectious "It's Still Rock and Roll To Me" presages the roots-rock retrenchment of 1983's An Innocent Man, while upbeat numbers like "Sleeping With the Television On," "Leyna" and the downright attitudinal "Close to the Borderline" show that Joel wasn't about to be confined by the soft rock stereotyping that had come in the wake of his success.

Customer Reviews

Brings me back!

I caught myself singing "You May Be Right" in the shower this morning and then each tune after that! This album brings me back to summer vacation in high school. I played the LP so much back then, I'd memorized the scratches! There isn't one song on this album I don't like. Thankfully, I am looking forward to adding this to my iPod collection of oldies but goodies (since my record player has retired).


This s one of Billy Joel's finest albums. Unlike most albums, this album doesn't have a single bad song on it. In fact, it doesn't even have a single average song on it. All the songs on Glass Houses are incredible, glad Billy's on iTunes!


This is Billy Joel at his best. Buy this album and you will be one happy camper.


Born: May 9, 1949 in New York, NY [The Bronx]

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Although Billy Joel never was a critic's favorite, the pianist emerged as one of the most popular singer/songwriters of the latter half of the '70s. Joel's music consistently demonstrates an affection for Beatlesque hooks and a flair for Tin Pan Alley and Broadway melodies. His fusion of two distinct eras made him a superstar in the late '70s and '80s, as he racked an impressive string of multi-platinum albums and hit singles. Born in the Bronx, Joel was raised in the Long Island suburb of Hicksville,...
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