Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Record #0201: Uptown Girl / Careless Talk – BILLY JOEL

Columbia 38-04149 (original) USA, Sep. 29, 1983
Words & Music by:  Billy Joel
Musicians:  Billy Joel (lead vocals and keyboards), David Brown (lead guitar), Russell Javors (rhythm guitar), Doug Stegmeyer (bass) Liberty DeVitto (drums), Mark Rivera (tenor sax), Ralph MacDonald (percussion on side B), Ronnie Cuber (baritone sax on side B), Michael Brecker (tenor sax on side B), Joe Shepley (trumpet on side B), John Gatchell (trumpet on side B), Billy Joel and nine others on backing vocals.
Recording sessions:  Produced by Phil Ramone in New York, NY, spring 1983
Highest chart positions: US #3, UK #1, Ireland #1, Australia #1, New Zealand #1, Norway #3

Uptown Girl” is a great homage to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons and “Careless Talk” is one to Sam Cooke correspondingly. Both tracks are from album “An Innocent Man” (US #4, UK #2), which was placed in late 50’s and early 60’s genres.

I have the picture sleeve for this … somewhere. I’ll add the photo of it to this post later.

List price:  Very Good+ $1.50, Near Mint $3; picture sleeve VG+ $4, NM $8

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