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Billy Joel – Turnstiles (1976) [MFSL 2010] PS3 ISO + DSF DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC

Billy Joel – Turnstiles (1976) [MFSL 2010]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 46:46 minutes | Scans included | 1,48 GB
or DSD64 2.0 (from SACD-ISO to Tracks.dsf) > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Full Scans included | 1,46 GB
or FLAC (carefully converted & encoded to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Full Scans included | 806 MB
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2063

Turnstiles is Billy Joel’s fourth studio album, originally released in May of 1976. The platinum album was written for Joel’s return to New York City after residing in California. Originally recorded under producer James William Guercio with individuals playing from Elton John’s band, the record did not satisfy Joel and he took it upon himself to produce his own alternative version. He rerecorded the album in New York with his own touring band, marking the first time they appeared in one of his albums. Turnstiles features hits “New York State of Mind”, “Say Goodbye to Hollywood”, and “James”.

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Billy Joel – Greatest Hits: Volume I & Volume II (1985) [MFSL 2017] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Billy Joel – Greatest: Hits Volume I & Volume II (1985) [MFSL 2017]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 117:28 minutes | Scans included | 4,76 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 2,32 GB
2x SACD / Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2-2121 | Genre: Rock

Although it’s missing a few important (not to mention big) hits, Greatest Hits, Vols. 1 & 2 is an excellent retrospective of the first half of Billy Joel’s career. Beginning with “Piano Man,” the first disc runs through a number of early songs before arriving at the hit-making days of the late ’70s; some of these songs, including “Captain Jack” and “New York State of Mind,” weren’t strictly hits, but were popular numbers within his stage show and became radio hits. Once the songs from The Stranger arrive halfway through the first disc, there’s no stopping the hits (although “Scenes From an Italian Restaurant,” an album track from The Stranger, manages its way onto the collection). In fact, over the next disc and a half, there’s so many hits, it’s inevitable that some are left off – to be specific, “Honesty,” “Sometimes a Fantasy,” “An Innocent Man,” “Leave a Tender Moment,” and “Keeping the Faith” aren’t included. But all the other hits – including “Just the Way You Are,” “Only the Good Die Young,” “My Life,” “You May Be Right,” “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me,” “Don’t Ask Me Why,” “Allentown,” “Tell Her About It” and “Uptown Girl,” among many others – are present and accounted for, as are two new songs (“You’re Only Human (Second Wind),” “The Night Is Still Young”) that became hits as well. In short, Greatest Hits, Vols. 1 & 2 does its job perfectly, encapsulating exactly why Billy Joel was one of the most popular singer/songwriters of the late ’70s and early ’80s.

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Billy Joel – Piano Man: The Very Best of Billy Joel (2004/2006) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Billy Joel – Piano Man: The Very Best of Billy Joel (2004/2006)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:19:52 minutes | 1,68 GB | Genre: Rock, Pop Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download  | Front Cover | © Columbia

Having sold more than 100 million records over the past quarter of a century, Billy Joel ranks as one of most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in the world. In the US he has had 33 Top 40 hits and 23 Grammy nominations since signing his first solo recording contract in 1972. In the UK he has had 14 top 40 hits including the number one hit “Uptown Girl” as well as the original version of “She’s Always a Woman”. In addition to his multiple awards, including Grammys and American Music Awards, his contribution to the industry saw him inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999, and in 2005 he was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Piano Man brings all of Billy Joel’s best loved hits together on one disc.

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Billy Joel – A Matter of Trust – The Bridge to Russia: The Music (Live) (2014/2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Billy Joel – A Matter of Trust – The Bridge to Russia: The Music (Live) (2014/2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 02:06:22 minutes | 2,41 GB | Genre: Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Columbia – Legacy

In July-August 1987, after 100 shows around the world on The Bridge Tour, Billy Joel accepted the Kremlin’s invitation to the U.S.S.R. for six fully-staged rock shows in Moscow and Leningrad, fulfilling a long-time desire to perform in Russia. During their stay, Billy and his family, along with musicians, staff, and a huge press entourage spent their days interacting with the Russian people, forging true bonds of friendship wherever they went.

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Billy Joel – Storm Front (1989/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Billy Joel – Storm Front (1989/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 45:00 minutes | 1,03 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Columbia Records
Recorded: 1988-1989 at The Hit Factory Times Square Studio, The Power Studio, and Right Track Recording in New York, NY; and The Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, Canada.

Storm Front is the product of a collaboration between singer-songwriter Billy Joel and producer Mick Jones. The first single “We Didn’t Start The Fire” reached number one on Billboard charts in 1989 after its release. The album itself received numerous Grammy nominations including: Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male and Producer of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year for “We Didn’t Start The Fire”, and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

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Billy Joel – She’s Got A Way: Love Songs (2010/2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Billy Joel – She’s Got A Way: Love Songs (2010/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 01:19:20 minutes | 1,67 GB | Genre: Pop Rock, Soft Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Columbia Records
Recorded: 1973-1993

Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings announce the release of She’s Got A Way: Love Songs, a new collection of 18 essential love songs drawn from three decades of recordings by music legend and composer/singer songwriter, Billy Joel.

She’s Got A Way: Love Songs is a perfect distillation of the artist’s expressions of love and romance over the course of his life and career.  The album brings together some of Billy’s finest and most heartfelt performances, iconic hits playing alongside under-appreciated deep catalog selections.

She’s Got A Way: Love Songs are the love songs, ballads and sentimental favorites comprising a dream Billy Joel playlist for old and new romantics alike, bringing new context to classics like “Just the Way You Are,” “Honesty” and “She’s Always a Woman” while rediscovering forgotten masterpieces like “Travelin’ Prayer” (the b-side of the “Piano Man” single), Billy’s version of “Shameless” (a #1 country smash for Garth Brooks), and the haunting instrumental “Nocturne” (from 1971’sCold Spring Harbor).

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Richard Joo – Billy Joel’s Fantasies & Delusions (2001) {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Richard Joo – Billy Joel’s Fantasies & Delusions: Music For Solo Piano (2001)
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 76:17 minutes | Scans included | 3,06 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,18 GB

Fantasies & Delusions: Music For Solo Piano is Billy Joel’s first collection of classical compositions as performed by pianist Richard Joo…

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Billy Joel – 52nd Street (1978) [Remastered Reissue 1998 (2001)] {2.0 & 5.1} PS3 ISO + FLAC

Billy Joel – 52nd Street (1978) [Reissue 1998 (2001)] {2.0 & 5.1}
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 40:10 minutes | Scans included | 3,03 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 40:32 mins | Scans included | 771 MB
Featuring 1998’s remastering & 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround sound

Following up his 1977 breakthrough smash The Stranger was no easy task for Billy Joel; 52nd Street shows he wasn’t quite up to the challenge, though it sold similarly well and kept the momentum for his fast- track career until the more impressive Glass Houses appeared in 1980.

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Billy Joel – An Innocent Man (1983) [Remastered Reissue 1998 (2001)] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Billy Joel – An Innocent Man (1983) [Reissue 1998 (2001)]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 40:13 minutes | Scans included | 1,26 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 843 MB

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.

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Billy Joel – An Innocent Man (1983) [MFSL 2013] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Billy Joel – An Innocent Man (1983) [MFSL 2013]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 40:40 minutes | Scans included | 1,26 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 825 MB
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2094

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.

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