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Billy Joel - 52nd Street Grammy Winner! RIAA Certified Multi-Platinum! Click here to see this CD at!

By Peter Blackstock

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. 52nd Street isn't without its moments: "My Life" remains one of Joel's most memorable hit singles, "Half a Mile Away" is a wonderful slice of infectiously upbeat pop, and "Rosalinda's Eyes" sways to an alluringly airy Latin feel. But macho poseur numbers such as "Big Shot" and "Stiletto" are embarrassingly overwrought, while the arty "Zanzibar" ultimately comes across more as pretentious than adventurous. The closing title track fails to convince anyone Joel is a cool blues hound.

1. Big Shot6. Rosalinda's Eyes
2. Honesty7. Half a Mile Away
3. My Life8. Until the Night
4. Zanzibar9. 52nd Street
5. Stiletto


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"If you are considering buying this album, disregard the review; this is one stellar album. Sure, there aren't as many hit singles, but Billy was aiming to not repeat "The Stranger." This fine piece of perfection shows off Billy's talent. Why are you still reading this? Go out and get this record!"

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Artist: Billy Joel

Released: October 29, 1978

Availability: CD, Vinyl

Awards:  Grammy(s) Platinum (7)

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