Billy Joel - Glass Houses

 (Numbered Limited Edition)


Mobile Fidelity



Product No.:
AMOB 1385
UPC: 821797238519

45 RPM Vinyl Record

No. of Discs: 2
Note: 180 Gram

45 RPM  

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Billy Joel Glass Houses on numbered limited edition 180-gram 45 RPM double LP

Still rock 'n' roll to him: Joel toughens up and increases the animosity, sarcasm, confidence, and rock on 1980 set

Elvis Costello long had a reputation for being the "angry young man." With apologies to the former Declan McManus, he had nothing on Billy Joel's Glass Houses. Fed up with inexcusable critical backlash and believing he'd still not been regarded as a serious artist, Joel ratcheted up the angst on the 1980 set that, oh, by the way, happened to sell another seven-million-plus copies and top the Billboard charts. Revenge is sweet.

An integral part of Mobile Fidelity's Billy Joel catalog restoration series, Glass Houses is mastered from the original master tapes and pressed on 180-gram LP at RTI. Honing in on producer Phil Ramone's radio-tailored albeit looser, straightforward production, this edition opens up the previously veiled soundstages, spotlights the clean yet raucous arrangements, and decongests the imaging so that every note comes to the fore. Thanks to the extra-wide grooves and meticulous remastering, Joel's urgency and temperament have never sounded so vibrant.

In addition to firing shots at detractors, Joel further solidifies his reputation as a pop maestro on the hit "Don't Ask Me Why" and mellow classic "C'etait Toi (You Were the One)," each replete with sparkling structures and shimmering melodies. Throughout, he dials down the grand gestures, focusing more on an attitude and directness. At the time, Joel was conscious of the punk movement, and seems inspired to follow that genre's preference for simplicity, frankness, and irritability. The album's legendary artwork — the singer preparing to toss a brick through the windows of his house — is a metaphor for Joel shattering his image as a cocktail-lounge pop crooner.

Such changes are evident in the now-signature "You May Be Right," a hard-rocking and scathing rebuttal to a romantic partner on which Joel embraces the identity of a tough-skinned madman that won't stop at anything. He inhabits the role with convincing theatrics, his voice mixing pushiness, smugness, self-evident humor, and cool that fits the resistive tone of the record's songs. Glass Houses is Joel's megaphone for stubborn independence, dogged assertiveness, and blustery confidence.

It's also an announcement of artistic intent, a statement that's simultaneously catchy and barbed, well-crafted and rowdy. And it succeeds on all levels, bringing to commercial pop-rock a brashness and grit often absent from fare that sticks in your head for days. Joel would never be seen the same way again.



1. You May Be Right
2. Sometimes a Fantasy
3. Don’t Ask Me Why
4. It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me
5. All for Lenya
6. I Don’t Want to Be Alone
7. Sleeping With the Television On
8. C’etait Toi (You Were the One)
9. Close to the Borderline
10. Through the Long Night

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 2 person(s) rated this product.

Really Well Done

posted on 08/21/2013
5 Stars
Reviewer: John P M.
After being terribly disappointed by Mobile Fidelity's 52nd Street, I had to decide if it was worth the risk of opening (It boasts the same mastering engineers). Im glad I decided to give it a listen, its a little bass shy, but its accurate to the original(I have three other copies), with one exception, the noise floor on this vinyl is nonexistent. The music comes through with utter clarity, and you can hear more of what was originally intended. Phew!!! A Home Run!!!


posted on 08/19/2013
5 Stars
Reviewer: Emmanuel
For as long as I can remember, in every article I've ever read about Mofi the topic of equalization often comes up. And through it all I've gotten the impression that these Mofi engineers have a disdain for the practice of equalizing records. Why you ask? Cuz equalization equals compression. For this reason, the guys at Mofi go out of their way to avoid it. Finally it dawned on me as I was listening to Mofi's version of this record that they are 100% right. This record sounds much clearer with the Mofi approach. There's details pouring out of my speakers and the music seems relaxed, unhurried like in the original. Finally everything is the right place with this record thanks to mofi.

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