Billy Joel – An Innocent Man (1983/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 40:41 minutes | 920 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Columbia Records
– Reached #4 on the Billboard 200.
– “Uptown Girl” reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
– “Tell Her About It” reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
– “An Innocent Man” reached #1 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary Charts.
An Innocent Man is Billy Joel’s multi-GRAMMY® nominated masterpiece. This instant classic finds Joel paying homage to the songs and styles that inspired him. An Innocent Man includes the Top Ten hits: “Tell Her About It,” “Uptown Girl” and the title-track. It would spend 111 weeks on the Billboard Pop charts, becoming Joel’s longest charting studio album behind The Stranger. It earned GRAMMY® nominations for Album of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. Absolutely vital.
Recording The Nylon Curtain exhausted Billy Joel, and even though it had a pair of major hits, it didn’t rival its predecessors in terms of sales. Since he labored so hard at the record, he decided it was time for a break — it was time to record an album just for fun. And that’s how his homage to pre-Beatles pop, An Innocent Man, was conceived: it was designed as a breezy romp through the music of his childhood. Joel’s grasp on history isn’t remarkably astute — the opener “Easy Money” is a slice of Stax/Volt pop-soul, via the Blues Brothers (quite possibly the inspiration for the album), and the label didn’t break the pop charts until well after the British Invasion — but he’s in top form as a craftsman throughout the record. Only once does he stumble on his own ambition (“This Night,” which appropriates its chorus from Beethoven). For the rest of the record, he’s effortlessly spinning out infectious, memorable melodies in a variety of styles, from the Four Seasons send-up “Uptown Girl” and the soulful “Tell Her About It” to a pair of doo wop tributes, “The Longest Time” and “Careless Talk.” Joel has rarely sounded so carefree either in performance or writing, possibly due to “Christie Lee” Brinkley, a supermodel who became his new love prior to An Innocent Man. He can’t stop writing about her throughout the album — only three songs, including the haunted title track, aren’t about her in some form or fashion. That giddiness is infectious, helping make An Innocent Man an innocent delight that unwittingly closes Joel’s classic period. –Stephen Thomas Erlewine
01. Billy Joel – Easy Money (04:05)
02. Billy Joel – An Innocent Man (05:21)
03. Billy Joel – The Longest Time (03:43)
04. Billy Joel – This Night (04:19)
05. Billy Joel – Tell Her About It (03:51)
06. Billy Joel – Uptown Girl (03:18)
07. Billy Joel – Careless Talk (03:50)
08. Billy Joel – Christie Lee (03:33)
09. Billy Joel – Leave A Tender Moment Alone (03:58)
10. Billy Joel – Keeping The Faith (04:40)
Billy Joel – Baldwin acoustic piano (SF-10), Fender Rhodes, Hammond B3 organ, lead & background vocals
Liberty DeVitto – drums
Doug Stegmeyer – bass guitar
David Brown – lead electric & acoustic guitars
Russell Javors – rhythm electric & acoustic gutars
Mark Rivera – alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, percussion
Ralph MacDonald – percussion on “Leave a Tender Moment Alone” and “Careless Talk”
Leon Pendarvis – Hammond B3 organ on “Easy Money”
Richard Tee – acoustic piano on “Tell Her About It”
Eric Gale – electric guitar on “Easy Money”
“String Fever” – strings
Ronnie Cuber – baritone saxophone on “Easy Money”, “Careless Talk”, “Tell Her About It” and “Keeping the Faith”
Jon Faddis – trumpet on “Easy Money”
David Sanborn – alto saxophone on “Easy Money”
Joe Shepley – trumpet on “Easy Money”, “Careless Talk”, “Tell Her About It” and “Keeping the Faith”
Michael Brecker – tenor saxophone on “Careless Talk”, “Tell Her About It” and “Keeping the Faith”
John Gatchell – trumpet on “Careless Talk”, “Tell Her About It” and “Keeping the Faith”
Tom Bahler, Frank Floyd, Lani Groves, Ullanda McCullough, Ron Taylor, Terry Textor, Eric Troyer, Mike Alexander – background vocals
“Toots” Thielemans – harmonica on “Leave a Tender Moment Alone”
Mark Rivera – alto saxophone on “Keeping the Faith”, “This Night” and “Christie Lee”