Winner of two Grammys, including Album of the Year® 52ndStreet is the 10X platinum selling phenomenom now on 180-gram LP from Impex Records. Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Mastering from the original analog master tapes, with tightened bass and crystaline highs. This radio juggernaut contains the hits “Big Shot”, “Honesty” and “My Life”, plus fan favorite “Stiletto.”
Billy Joel’s 52nd Street was huge—a certified platinum monster that’s logged over ten million sales since its 1978 release. While The Stranger, which debuted a year earlier, cemented Joel’s status as a global star, 52nd Street became the balladeer’s first Billboard Number One album, spawning hits like “Big Shot,” “My Life,” and “Honesty,” and ultimately taking “Album of the Year” honors at the Grammys. Not bad for the Bronx-born Joel who was playing in piano bars even before he dropped out of high school.
Loosely conceived as a collection of New York episodes and packed with Latin and jazz influences, Joel’s songsmithing and machine gun keyboards have never been tighter—a foreshadowing of the harder-edged social commentary of his 80s albums Glass Houses and The Nylon Curtain.
The Impex 180-gram remastering by [George Marino] (with pressing courtesy of RTI) is superb. It replaces the spongy timing and dull top of the original Columbia LP with expansive space and sharp details. Its vivid and brightened treble is welcome compared to the warm but smothered original. Listen for Joel’s doubled harmonies, the pennywhistle in “Rosalinda’s Eyes,” and the burning horn section in “Half a Mile Away,” and you’ll hear what a difference a great remastering makes.