Billy Joel: X2 Classic Albums 52nd Street 1978/An Innocent Man 1983 New-2CD $ 52.99


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52nd Street is the sixth studio album by American singer-songwriter Billy Joel, released on October 11, 1978. The follow-up to his breakthrough success album, The Stranger, Joel tried to give the album a fresh sound, hiring various jazz musicians to differentiate it from his previous albums. It was the first of four Joel albums to top the Billboard charts, and it earned him two Grammys. Three songs reached the Top 40 in the United States, contributing to the album’s success: “My Life” (number 3), “Big Shot” (number 14), and “Honesty” (number 24). It was similarly well received by critics, earning the 1980 Grammy for Album of the Year. This Grammy was presented to its producer, Phil Ramone. Upon Ramone’s death, 52nd Streets Album of the Year Grammy was passed on to Joel.


1. “Big Shot” – 4:03
2. “Honesty” – 3:52
3. “My Life” – 4:44
4. “Zanzibar” – 5:13
5. “Stiletto” – 4:42
6. “Rosalinda’s Eyes” – 4:41
7. “Half a Mile Away” – 4:08
8. “Until the Night” – 6:35
9. “52nd Street” – 2:27

An Innocent Man is the ninth studio album by American singer-songwriter Billy Joel, released on August 8, 1983. The concept album is a tribute to the American popular music of Joel’s adolescent years with Joel paying homage to a number of different and popular American musical styles from the late 1950s and early 1960s, most notably doo-wop and soul music. The album cover artwork was taken on the front steps of 142 Mercer Street,  just north of the intersection of Mercer and Prince Street in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City.


1. “Easy Money” (Homage to James Brown and Wilson Pickett[1]) 4:04
2. “An Innocent Man” (Homage to Ben E. King and The Drifters) 5:17
3. “The Longest Time” (Homage to doo-wop groups like Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers) 3:42
4. “This Night” (Homage to Little Anthony and the Imperials; chorus tune is Ludwig van Beethoven’s Pathetique sonata) 4:17
5. “Tell Her About It” (Homage to Motown groups like The Supremes and The Temptations) 3:52
6. “Uptown Girl” (Homage to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons[9]) 3:17
7. “Careless Talk” (Homage to Sam Cooke) 3:48
8. “Christie Lee” (Homage to Little Richard or Jerry Lee Lewis) 3:31
9. “Leave a Tender Moment Alone” (Homage to Smokey Robinson) 3:56
10. “Keeping the Faith” (Homage to Betty Wright’s “Clean Up Woman”. Lyrical homage to Pre-British Invasion Rock n Roll) 4:41
Video: Billy Joel – A Innocent Man 1983

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Weight 12 oz
Dimensions 7 × 7 × 1 in