EP 082 – Album Retrospective: Turnstiles

Turnstiles is almost an overlooked gem in Billy Joel’s catalog. Released in 1976, the album featured many of the musicians that would go on to define his sound over the next decade of records And, many of the songs became concert classics and fan favorites in the years to come. 

At the time, however, it was a commercial flop that was eclipsed by the release of The Stranger in 1977. It wasn’t until nearly half the songs were recast on the live Songs in the Attic album in 1981 that many of these tracks gained more recognition with mainstream audiences. 

A listen to Turnstiles now reveals some of BIlly’s most intimate lyrics, memorable melodies, a kaleidoscope of styles, and the energy of a bunch of Long Island musicians hungry for success.

It’s for these reasons that the album itself has become a fan favorite. It’s here that BIlly first fused his knack for melody and singer-songwriter approach with the grit of an East Coast rock band. 

His future collaborations with producer Phil Ramone may have helped that mixture find its full potential on subsequent releases. But, there’s still a good amount of charm, spirit, and great songs on this record. 

Join us as we dig deep into BIlly Joel’s Turnstiles.


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