Billy Joel, The Nylon Curtain, Columbia CQ-38200, 1982
This little unassuming, mid career Billy Joel record s actually quite significant, but not in the same way as most legendary albums are significant. Looking for the latest “new” sound, Joel “heard” about the new wonders of total digital recording. No more tapes to edit, it could all be done and edited with computers. The new sound was very clean, at least to 1982 ears.
It was also one of the first albums that was released on Compact Disc. Oddly, it was also one of the last albums to be released on 8-Track tape! As if Cassette and Vinyl we’re enough.
The stats don’t end there! The album’s second single, Allentown, is hands down the biggest #17 hit of all time. It spent a magical six weeks and the almost lofty perch. I don’t have statistics on the record the spent the second-most number of weeks at #17, but my guess is it would be no more than three.
Cost: $1, $888 Remaining