THE BRIDGE - BILLY JOEL
TRACK LISTING: Running On Ice, This Is the Time, A Matter of Trust, Modern Woman, Baby Grand, Big Man On Mulberry Street, Temptation, Code of Silence, Getting Closer
IMPRESSIONS: This was a huge album in my life at the time and it never fails to remind me of countless road trips with my friend Paul. It features one of Billy's greatest ballads in "This Is the Time" and a couple of my favourite duets with "Code of Silence" and "Baby Grand". Then there's the distinctive tinkling-icicle piano intro on the Police-inspired opener "Running on Ice", the drum-bashing hit single "A Matter of Trust" (which is one of my mother's favourites), the big-band sound of the "MOONLIGHTING"-inspired song "Big Man on Mulberry Street" and the "RUTHLESS PEOPLE" soundtrack denizen "Modern Woman". This is a major "waning-days of Rustler" album and I never get tired of hearing it.
MY FAVOURITE TRACKS: Running On Ice, This Is the Time, A Matter of Trust, Modern Woman, Baby Grand, Big Man On Mulberry Street, Code of Silence
GUEST ARTISTS: Ray Charles (vocals on "Baby Grand"), Cyndi Lauper (vocals on "Code of Silence"), Steve Winwood (vocals and Hammond organ on "Getting Closer"), Ron Carter (acoustic bass on "Big Man On Mulberry Street"), Michael Brecker (baritone saxophone on "Big Man On Mulberry Street")
FACT SHEET: THE BRIDGE is Billy Joel's tenth album. "Running On Ice" was heavily influenced by the Police. "Big Man On Mulberry Street" was inspired by the television show "MOONLIGHTING". The album cover painting is by Brad Holland.