Billy Joel - The Bridge
The Bridge is Billy Joel's 10th studio album released by Columbia Records in 1986 (see 1986 in music) and it was produced by Phil Ramone. This album had several successful singles, including "A Matter of Trust" (peaking at #10), "Modern Woman" (from the Ruthless People soundtrack, peaking at #10), and "This Is the Time" (peaking at #18).
Joel began work on the album in 1985 and it would become The Bridge in early 1986. Ray Charles, one of Joel's heroes, sang a duet with Joel on the song "Baby Grand" and Steve Winwood played Hammond organ on the song "Getting Closer." The final song recorded for the album was "Code Of Silence." Cyndi Lauper appears on that song, contributing backing vocals. She is also credited as co-lyricist for the song.
Though it broke into the Top Ten, The Bridge was not a success in relation to some of Joel's other albums, but it yielded the hit "A Matter Of Trust." In a departure from his "piano man" persona, Joel is shown in its video as playing a Les Paul-autographed Gibson guitar. The ballad "This Is the Time" also charted, and has been a favorite on the prom circuit ever since. "Modern Woman" was also released as a single and was quite successful, but Joel has since said in interviews he does not care for the song, and subsequently it has been left off most of his compilation sets (the exception appears to be My Lives and The Ultimate Collection).
The Bridge was Billy's last album to carry the "Family Productions" logo.
- A1) Running On Ice
- A2) This Is The Time
- A3) A Matter Of Trust
- A4) Modern Woman
- A5) Baby Grand
- B1) Big Man On Mulberry Street
- B2) Temptation
- B3) Code Of Silence
- B4) Getting Closer
Track listing above is from 1986-Jan-01 | US | Columbia - OC 40402 LP
- 1986-Jan-01 | US | Columbia - OC 40402 LP
- 1986-Jan-01 | India | CBS - CBS 10297 LP
- 1986-Jan-01 | Canada | Columbia - COC 40402 LP
- 1986-Jan-01 | Canada | Columbia - OC 40402 LP
- 1986-Jan-01 | Europe | CBS - 465561 1 LP
- 1986-Jan-01 | Greece | CBS - 86323 LP
- 1986-Jan-01 | Japan | CBS/Sony - 28AP-3220 LP
- 1986-Jan-01 | Yugoslavia | CBS - CBS 86323 LP
- 1986-Jan-01 | Netherlands | CBS - 86323 LP
- 1986-Jan-01 | UK | CBS - 86323 LP
- Canada | CYA 1195 - 45 RPM
- 1986-Jan-01 | Portugal | CBS - 86323 LP
- 1986-Jan-01 | Australia | CBS - SBP 8178 LP
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