Turnstiles (album) by Billy Joel

Turnstiles by Billy Joel (1976)
Overall rank: 2,292nd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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76/100 (from 149 votes)
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Award Top albums of 1976 (41st)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (445th)
Award Best albums of all time (2,292nd)
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1976 Billy Joel Turnstiles Columbia Records PC 33848 Stereo
Condition: Used
Time left: 3h 38m 18s
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Billy Joel Turnstiles Vinyl LP PC 33848 Columbia Stereo G+/ VG / POP ROCK /1976
Condition: Used
Time left: 4h 49m 20s
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Condition: Like New
Time left: 7h 36m 6s
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Turnstiles is ranked 5th best out of 23 albums by Billy Joel on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Billy Joel is The Stranger which is ranked number 275 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 7,143.

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From 02/13/2019 03:58

Top Tracks: "Summer, Highland Falls", "Prelude/Angry Young Man", "Miami 2017 (I've Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)"
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From 01/17/2018 14:18
Turnstiles is one of Billy's greatest albums, with several classic tracks, however, it also has without a doubt the worst song he ever wrote, the mindless, unimpressive sequence of sounds known as "All You Want to do is Dance". Get the album, skip that track.

Other than that though, this is a great album. The A-side is ok, the best track there being 'Summer Highland Falls', some may think of it as a pretentious song, but it's also a very good one. Side A also features the nice 'New York State of Mind' and the great 'Say Goodbye to Hollywood'. Along with the song that shall not be named, of course.

The B-side of this album, however, is absolutely fantastic. The weakest song on this side is the beautiful 'James' and the other 3 tracks are some of Joel's all time best. 'Angry Young Man' is a perfect pop track, 'I've Loved These Days' is a great nostalgia trip and 'Miami 2017' (Though not prophetic) is his best ever rock song.
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From 04/05/2016 17:19
Although turnstiles, is not one of Billy Joel's best albums, it's certainly very good, and features four of his most memorable songs. Prelude/angry young man, is fantastic, and Joel would open most of his concerts for the large majority of his career with it, quite why it doesn't open the album, only Joel knows. New York state of mind, is obviously great, and now recognised as a true standard. Say goodbye to Hollywood, is Joel's kiss off to L.A, and, Miami (2017), is stunning. Other good tracks are, summer,highland falls, and, I've loved these days. The other two are ok filler. It's a good album, although i do think the production is the main reason the record isn't better. But Joel's next release would be the one to elevate him to superstar status, with his classic album, the stranger.
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From 03/06/2016 15:21
A consistently great release which is further proof that he is not a singles only artist.
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From 09/07/2015 20:49
Nice album, very "atmospheric". Not much my genre, but still very catchy. Highlights: New York State of Mind and Angry Young Man.
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From 02/28/2015 03:53
Best Track: New York State of Mind
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From 02/23/2014 01:16
You can't really do wrong with any track here (except maybe All You Wanna Do Is Dance), making this one of Billy Joel's most consistent releases. In fact, this just might be his best album.

Prelude/Angry Young Man is the real stand-out here- it's progressive, along the lines of Scenes From An Italian Restaurant, with virtuosic piano playing and unique choices of melodies and rhythms.
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From 08/06/2011 05:59
CD-Rom Track?
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