Billy Joel An Innocent Man on Numbered Edition Hybrid SACD
Infectious Doo-Wop, Carefree Soul, Harmonious Pop a Testament to Music of Joelâ€™s Childhood
After making The Nylon Curtain, Billy Joel felt the need to exhale and get back to the carefree music of his childhood. He also met supermodel Christie Brinkley, who brought serious degrees of levity and romance to his world. In love, relaxed, and out to have fun, the singer crafted An Innocent Man
, arguably the most easygoing and pleasing album of his career. Featuring four Top 40 pop singles and the same number of Top 5 Adult Contemporary hits to grace the Billboard charts, the record remains a commercial staple.
An essential title in our Billy Joel catalog restoration series, An Innocent Man
is mastered from the original master tapes and made available on fully transparent hybrid SACD. The resulting presentation effortlessly outshines that heard on all previous editions of this 1983 set. Particularly, the effervescent harmonies now possess an airiness and extension that lends to realistic tonal decay. Instruments are balanced and placed on a wider, deeper soundstage, contributing improved to improved imaging and spaciousness. Joelâ€™s voice, too, comes across with tremendous clarity, presence, and body. These songs have never sounded so contagious.
Per usual, Joel proves a melodic jukebox. The vocalistâ€™s grasp on structure, hooks, and delivery help make this batch of songs among his most beloved, easy to hum, and impossible to ignore. Much of the appeal resides in Joelâ€™s understanding of the early rock and roll, doo-wop, and soul that he grew up hearing in New York, and the manners in which the popular songwriters favored simplicity over complexity, good-natured vibes over seriousness, and romantic charm over introspective sadness.
Whether floating on a cloud on the giddy â€œUptown Girlâ€ (check out his falsetto), doubling as both the lead and background vocalist on the reminiscent-themed â€œThe Longest Time,â€ or tapping gospel undercurrents on the tribute â€œKeeping the Faith,â€ Joel revels in 50s and 60s pop constructs, turning out amiable refrains and unforgettable moods. Love perfumes the air, and Joel canâ€™t get enough, and it's a feeling he passes on to his listeners.
As the calm before stormier periods in his life, and a timeless connection to Americaâ€™s finest pop music traditions, An Innocent Man
is indeed innocentâ€”a guiltless pleasure that keeps on giving.Billy Joel An Innocent Man Track Listing:
1. Easy Money
2. An Innocent Man
3. The Longest Time
4. This Night
5. Tell Her About It
6. Uptown Girl
7. Careless Talk
8. Christie Lee
9. Leave a Tender Moment Alone
10. Keeping the Faith