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The Bridge


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  • Also available in a 3-pack with STORM FRONT and THE NYLON CURTAIN.
  • This edition of THE BRIDGE is an Enhanced CD containing both a full audio program as well as video clips for the songs "A Matter Of Trust" and "Baby Grand."
  • Personnel: Billy Joel (vocals, harmonica, keyboards); Russell Javors, John McCurry, Dean Parks, David Brown (guitar); Donnie Brooks, Dave Brooks (harmonica); Mark Rivera (alto & tenor saxophones); Eddie Daniels (alto saxophone); Michael Brecker (tenor saxophone); Ronnie Cuber (baritone saxophone); Marvin Stamm, Alan Rubin (trumpet); Dave Bargeron (trombone); Steve Winwood (organ, keyboards); Neil Jason, Doug Stegmeyer, Neil Stubenhaus, Ron Carter (bass); Liberty DeVito (drums, percussion); Vince Calaiuta (drums); Jimmy Bralower (percussion); Ray Charles, Cyndi Lauper, Pete Hewlitt (background vocals).
  • Digitally remastered by Ted Jensen (Sterling Sound, New York, New York).
  • Recording information: Cheslea Sound; Evergreen Studios, Burbank, CA; RCA Studios, New York, NY; The Power Station.
  • Photographers: Phil Ramone; Patrick Demarchelier; Charles Reilly; Sam Emerson; Larry Busacca.
  • Billy Joel is a man of varied career stages--the piano man, the angry young man, the finger-poppin' Tin Pan Alley songwriter, the serious composer. But one thing has remained true throughout his nearly-thirty year career: he can always pen a perfect pop song. And with THE BRIDGE acting as a "bridge" between Joel's Tin Pan Alley style and his more contemporary sound, one of this 1986 album's main charms is the pop craft that brought us such gems as "A Matter Of Trust," "This Is The Time," "Modern Woman" and "Baby Grand," a delectable duet with Ray Charles. Unmistakably mature and containing some of his best songs to date, THE BRIDGE brings together a batch of songs that truly mark Joel's growth as a songwriter and forges a solid footing for the several releases that followed.
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