Glass Houses (album)

Glass Houses is the seventh studio album by American singer-songwriter Billy Joel, released on March 12, 1980.[4] It features Joel's first song to peak at No.1 on Billboard's Pop Singles chart, "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me". The album itself topped the Pop Albums chart for six weeks and was ranked No.4 on Billboard's 1980 year-end album chart.[5] The album is the 41st best selling album of the 1980s, with sales of 7.1 million copies in the U.S. alone. In 1981, Joel won a Grammy Award for "Best Male Rock Vocal Performance" for his work on Glass Houses.[6] According to music critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine, the album featured "a harder-edged sound" compared to Joel's other work, in response to the punk and new wave movements.[7] This was also the final studio album to feature the original incarnation (Joel, Richie Cannata, Doug Stegmeyer, Russell Javors and Liberty DeVitto) of the Billy Joel Band, augmented by new lead guitarist David Brown. Multi-instrumentalist Cannata left the band just before the sessions began for Joel's next studio album, 1982's The Nylon Curtain.

Glass Houses
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 12, 1980
Recorded1979 at A&R Recording, New York City
Genre
Length35:06
LabelFamily Productions/Columbia
ProducerPhil Ramone
Billy Joel chronology
52nd Street
(1978)
Glass Houses
(1980)
Songs in the Attic
(1981)
Back cover (some versions)
On the LP and some CD releases, Joel is shown looking through a hole after throwing a rock in the glass house. This is also seen on the front cover of some of the single releases from this album.
Singles from Glass Houses
  1. "All for Leyna"
    Released: January 1980
  2. "You May Be Right"
    Released: March 1980
  3. "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me"
    Released: May 1980
  4. "Don't Ask Me Why"
    Released: July 1980
  5. "Sometimes a Fantasy"
    Released: 1980

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