Billy Joel - The Nylon Curtain

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Posted on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 3:46pm
by John MacMillan

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Album Overview

The Nylon Curtain is the eighth studio album by American singer-songwriter Billy Joel, released on September 23, 1982 and produced by Phil Ramone. The Nylon Curtain peaked at number seven in the Billboard album charts, with two million sales in the United States. It was one of the first albums to be digitally recorded, mixed, and mastered.



Strings: String Fever

4Goodnight Saigon6:58

Drums [Field Snare]: Bill Zampino

5She's Right On Time4:11
6A Room Of Our Own4:00
8Scandinavian Skies5:59

Strings: String Fever
Synthesizer: Rob Mounsey

9Where's The Orchestra ?3:16

Accordion: Dominic Cortese
Cello: Charles McCracken
Saxophone, Clarinet: Eddie Daniels


The album is among Joel's most ambitious albums, and Joel has openly acknowledged that it's one of his personal favorites, calling it "the recording I'm most proud of and the material I'm most proud of." When he recorded the album, he said in an interview that he wanted to "create a sonic masterpiece." So he spent more time in the studio, crafting the sound of the album, than he had on any previous album. He said that the process of making the album was "exhausting." Critics have interpreted the album to be, in part, an homage to the music of The Beatles and John Lennon.

Regarding the album's themes, Joel has stated "It was during the Reagan years, and the diminishing horizons in America at the time [meant that] all of a sudden you weren't going to be able to inherit [the kind of life] your old man had." This pessimism about the American dream, in Joel's view, permeates most of the songs on the album.

The song "Allentown", which brought attention to the plight of America's declining steel industry, spent an unprecedented six weeks at No. 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1983.

Pop-culture journalist Chuck Klosterman praised songs from the album, specifically "Laura" and "Where's the Orchestra?," in his book Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs.


Band personnel
Billy Joel – vocals, acoustic & electric pianos, synthesizers, Hammond organ, melodica, Prophet-5synthesizer, Synclavier II on "Pressure"
Liberty DeVitto – drums, percussion
Doug Stegmeyer – bass guitar
David Brown – electric & acoustic guitars (lead)
Russell Javors – electric & acoustic guitars (rhythm)

Additional personnel
Dominic Cortese – accordion on "Where's the Orchestra?"
Eddie Daniels – saxophone and clarinet on "Where's the Orchestra?"
Dave Grusin – string and horn arrangements
Charles McCracken – cello on "Where's the Orchestra?"
Rob Mounsey – synthesizer on "Scandinavian Skies"
David Nadien – concertmaster on all except "Laura" and "Scandinavian Skies"
"String Fever" – strings on "Laura" and "Scandinavian Skies"
Bill Zampino – field snare on "Goodnight Saigon"
Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound, NYC - mastering engineer


Arranged By [Horns & Strings]: Dave Grusin
Artwork [Album Art Coordination]: Paula Scher
Concertmaster: David Nadien
Design [Front Cover Design]: Christopher Austopchuk
Design [Inner Sleeve Design]: John Berg
Drums, Percussion: Liberty DeVitto
Engineer [Assistant]: Andy Hoffman
Engineer [Assistant]: Larry Franke
Engineer [Assistant]: Michael Christopher
Engineer [Associate]: Bradshaw Leigh
Engineer, Remix: Jim Boyer
Lyrics By, Music By: Billy Joel
Management [Production Manager]: Kenneth Topolsky
Mastered By: Ted Jensen
Photography By [Back Cover]: Benno Friedman
Producer: Phil Ramone
Producer [Assistant]: Laura Loncteaux


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