Billy Joel – The Nylon Curtain (Numbered 180G 45RPM Vinyl 2LP)
Billy Joel The Nylon Curtain on Numbered Edition 180g 45RPM 2LP from Mobile Fidelity
Legendary Singer-Songwriter Channels John Lennon on Musically Ambitious and Socially Poignant Baby Boomer-Themed Set
Mobile Fidelity Edition Broadens Expanse of Orchestral Arrangements, Sweep of Melodic Breadth, and Microdynamic Reach
Multi-Platinum 1982 Song Cycle Includes “Allentown,” “Laura,” “Pressure,” “Goodnight Saigon”
Having triumphantly asserted himself as a take-no-mess singer-songwriter on 1980’s hard-rocking Glass Houses, Billy Joel continues to push his creative impulses on The Nylon Curtain, a fascinating song cycle that pays tribute to John Lennon and stands as the most ambitious project of his career. Enriched by sweeping orchestral arrangements and socially conscious lyrics, the 1982 set addresses unemployment, war, and realities of the Reagan era with exacting precision. Insightful and clever, the album’s Baby Boomer-themed narratives continue to resonate.
A requisite piece of Mobile Fidelity’s Billy Joel catalog restoration series, The Nylon Curtain is mastered from the original master tapes and pressed on 180g LP at RTI. The myriad nuances amidst Phil Ramone’s crisp production assume greater tonality, texture, and detail. What was a very good-sounding album is now an audiophile-caliber favorite, with transparency, clarity, and microdynamics enhancing the poignant connection between Joel’s expressiveness and the listener’s emotions. The Nylon Curtain is now an even more personal experience, a brilliant distillation of sadness, loss, hope, and anger.
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