Some artists embrace their success by repeating the steps that originally granted them fame. Billy Joel did the opposite, refusing to be contained by prescribed approaches or constrained by a given label. The follow-up to the breakthrough The Stranger, 52nd Street further expands on its predecessor’s bold production techniques and inventive arrangements, incorporating more sophisticated textures as well as reflecting a jazz edge gleaned from New York City’s thriving club scene.

Mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity’s hybrid SACD plays with resplendent dynamics, broad soundstages, three-dimensional perspectives, and tonal balances absent from prior editions.This is how you want to experience the 1978 LP that captured the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

 

Tracklist

Big Shot

Honesty

My Life

Zanzibar

Stiletto

Roaslinda’s Eyes

Half a Mile Away

Until the Night

52nd Street