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Every major artist has at least one record that is the consummate definition of their style. Billy Joel has several. 52ND STREET, however, may be at the top of the heap. Following the ridiculously successful THE STRANGER, Joel didn't rest on his laurels. Instead he kept his songwriting skills moving forward into even deeper areas of exploration. His uniquely personal tales of emotional defiance and blue collar struggles take different, and sometimes darker forms this time to reveal an even richer creative side to the tough kid from Levittown.

This collection finds the piano man in a very solitary mood as he struggles with the influence of those around him in the raucous "Big Shot" and the beautiful ballad "Honesty." One of Joel's many signature songs, "My Life," is among the best anthems of self reliance ever written. The very creative "Zanzibar" and "Rosalinda's Eyes" explore jazz and Latin influences, respectively. Finally, the lesser known gem "Until The Night" is a grandiose tale of longing that is the emotional apex of the entire album. The end result is a stellar work that effectively puts the cap on the '70s phase of Joel's career.

Music On Vinyl MOVLP734 // Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, 180 Gram 2013 // Ballad, Classic Rock, Jazz-Rock, Pop Rock

Track Listing:

1. Big Shot
2. Honesty
3. My Life
4. Zanzibar

1. Stiletto
2. Rosalinda's Eyes
3. Half A Mile Away
4. Until The Night
5. 52nd Street

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