Billy Joel - Turnstiles

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

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Album Overview

Turnstiles is the fourth studio album by American singer-songwriter Billy Joel, released on May 19, 1976.


1Say Goodbye To Hollywood4:36
2Summer, Highland Falls3:17
3All You Wanna Do Is Dance3:39
4New York State Of Mind6:00
6Prelude / Angry Young Man5:13
7I've Loved These Days4:33
8Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway)5:28


Joel recorded Turnstiles in part as a celebration of his return to his native New York City. Three of the album's tracks reference New York: "Summer, Highland Falls", "New York State of Mind" and "Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)". It begins with "Say Goodbye to Hollywood" (inspired by The Ronettes song "Be My Baby") and also includes "I've Loved These Days", a tongue-in-cheek expression of regret at leaving behind Hollywood decadence.

The songs were first recorded at Caribou Ranch (near Nederland, Colorado), with members of Elton John's band (Nigel Olsson on drums and Dee Murray on bass) and produced by Chicago producer James William Guercio. Dissatisfied with the results, Joel took over as producer and returned to New York, where he re-recorded the album in its entirety, with his own touring band, which consisted of Long Island musicians Richie Cannata and the members of the band Topper: Liberty DeVitto, Russell Javors, Howie Emerson, and Doug Stegmeyer. Turnstiles marked the first time that Joel's band played on one of his studio albums.

The album cover photo was shot in the Astor Place station on the IRT Lexington Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. According to Joel, each of the characters on the album cover was meant to represent a particular song (e.g., the girl in headphones for "All You Wanna Do is Dance," the wealthy couple for "I've Loved These Days").

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Billy Joel.

In the 1998 CD reissue of Turnstiles, the original version of "New York State of Mind" with Richie Cannata on saxophone was replaced with the version featuring Phil Woods on that instrument, which appeared for the first time in the Greatest Hits Volume 1 & 2 compilation album in 1985.


Billy Joel – keyboards, piano, vocals
Ken Ascher – orchestral arrangements
Richie Cannata – saxophone
Liberty DeVitto – drums
Howie Emerson – electric and acoustic guitars
Russell Javors – electric and acoustic guitars
Mingo Lewis – percussion
Brian Ruggles – basic track consultant
James Smith – acoustic guitar
Doug Stegmeyer – bass guitar


Acoustic Guitar: James Smith
Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar: Howard Emerson
Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar: Russell Javors
Arranged By [Orchestra]: Ken Ascher
Coordinator [Production]: Jo Buckley
Design [Cover]: John Berg
Drums: Doug Stegmeyer
Drums: Liberty DeVitto
Engineer: Don Puluse
Engineer [Tape]: Lou Waxman
Engineer, Supervised By [Production]: John Bradley
Mixed By: Bruce Botnick
Other [Basic Track Consultant]: Brian Ruggles
Percussion: Mingo Lewis
Photography By [Cover]: Jerry Abramowitz
Producer, Vocals, Keyboards, Written-By: Billy Joel
Saxophone: Richie Cannata


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