The Friday Music label, already responsible for a good number of vinyl and compact disc reissues, are about to start what is being called the Billy Joel 180 Gram Master Audiophile Series. The first release will be an all new pressing of the classic 1980 album Glass Houses.
While Joel was popular in the late 70’s, it was the Glass Houses album that has stood the test of time and made him the artist he was in the 80’s. He became a superstar with that album, which featured hits like “Don’t Ask Me Why”, “You May Be Right”, “It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me’, and “Sometimes A Fantasy”,which has never left the radio waves. For Columbia/CBS Records, Glass Houses was the start of an incredible decade for the label, who would go on to release REO Speedwagon‘s Hi Infidelity later in 1980, Journey‘s Escape in 1981, and of course Michael Jackson‘s Thriller. Joel’s Glass Houses was very much his Thriller.
Glass Houses sold millions and can still be found at countless thrift stores, yard, and garage sales. This new pressing on Friday Music is newly remastered from the original analog master tapes by Joe Reagoso and Kevin Gray, so even if you’ve had multiple copies of the album throughout the years, it never sounded like this, and on audiophile quality vinyl to boot.
This new pressing of Glass Houses will be released on March 16th, in time to celebrate the album’s 30th anniversary. What would have been a great bonus is if Friday Music had pressed up a special one-sided 12″ record with the 45 mix of “Sometime’s A Fantasy”, which unlike the album version has a proper ending. It is the way millions of fans heard the song in 1980, but has never been released in any other form than on the 7″ 45. No luck there, but maybe next time.
You can pre-order your copy through Amazon.