Storm Front (album)
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Storm Front Album
Storm Front
BillyJoel StormFront.jpg
Studio album by
Released17 October 1989
Recorded1988-1989
StudioThe Hit Factory Times Square Studio, New York City, New York
Right Track Recording, New York City, New York
The Warehouse Studio, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
The Power Station, New York City, New York
Genre
Length44:34
LabelColumbia
ProducerBilly Joel, Mick Jones
Billy Joel chronology
?
(1987)
Storm Front
(1989)
River of Dreams
(1993)
Singles from Storm Front
  1. "We Didn't Start the Fire"
    Released: 1989
  2. "Leningrad"
    Released: 1989
  3. "I Go to Extremes"
    Released: 1989
  4. "The Downeaster 'Alexa'"
    Released: April 1990
  5. "That's Not Her Style"
    Released: July 1990
  6. "And So It Goes"
    Released: October 1990
  7. "Shameless"
    Released: 1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]
Deseret News(Positive)[2]
The Los Angeles Times3/5 stars[3]
The New York Times(Positive)[4]
People(Not favorable)[5]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[6]
The Village VoiceB[7]

Storm Front is the eleventh studio album by American singer-songwriter Billy Joel, released on October 17, 1989. It features one of Joel's three US No. 1 hits, "We Didn't Start the Fire", a fast-paced song that cataloged a list of historical events, trends, and cultural icons from after World War II (when Joel was born) until 1989, and "Leningrad", a story-song about a friendship between an American and a Russian during the final years of the Cold War.

"I Go to Extremes", a song describing the ups and downs of his emotional life, placed at No. 6. Other songs that placed in the top 100 were "And So It Goes" (No. 37), "The Downeaster 'Alexa'" (No. 57), and "That's Not Her Style" (No. 77). The album's cover depicts the maritime storm warning flag indicating wind forces 10-12, the highest intensity on the Beaufort scale.

Cover versions

Track listing

All songs written by Billy Joel.

Side one

  1. "That's Not Her Style" - 5:10
  2. "We Didn't Start the Fire" - 4:50
  3. "The Downeaster 'Alexa'" - 3:44
  4. "I Go to Extremes" - 4:23
  5. "Shameless" - 4:26

Side two

  1. "Storm Front" - 5:17
  2. "Leningrad" - 4:06
  3. "State of Grace" - 4:30
  4. "When in Rome" - 4:44
  5. "And So It Goes" - 3:38

Personnel

Storm Front marked a radical change in Joel's backing band. Since his last studio album (The Bridge), both Russell Javors and Doug Stegmeyer, long-time members of Joel's band, were discharged from their respective duties as rhythm guitarist and bass guitarist. Javors was replaced with Joey Hunting for the record and by Tommy Byrnes on tour while Stegmeyer was replaced by Schuyler Deale. Band regulars Liberty DeVitto, David Brown and Mark Rivera were retained. Joel also hired the percussionist and multi-instrumentalist Crystal Taliefero beginning with this album.

  • Billy Joel - vocals, acoustic piano (1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10), clavinet (2, 3, 6), accordion (3), percussion (3), Hammond organ (4, 6, 9), harpsichord (5), organ (8), synthesizers (10)
  • Jeff Jacobs - synthesizers (1-9), backing vocals (1), horn arrangements (6)
  • David Brown - lead guitar (1-9), Midi guitar solo on "Storm Front"
  • Joey Hunting - rhythm guitar (2)
  • Schuyler Deale - bass guitar (1-9)
  • Liberty DeVitto - drums (1-9), percussion (2)
  • Crystal Taliefero - backing vocals (1, 2, 5, 6, 9), percussion (2)

Additional musicians

  • Don Brooks - harmonica (1)
  • John Mahoney - keyboards (2), keyboard programming (7)
  • Kevin Jones - keyboard programming (2)
  • Sammy Merendino - electronic percussion (2)
  • Doug Kleeger - sounds effects and arrangements (2)
  • Dominic Cortese - accordion (7)
  • Itzhak Perlman - violin (3)
  • Lenny Pickett - saxophone (6, 9)
  • Andrew Love - horns (6)
  • Wayne Jackson - horns (6)
  • Arif Mardin - orchestral arrangement (7)
  • Bill Zampino - choral arrangement (7)
  • Mick Jones - backing vocals (1, 4, 8), guitar (6), guitar solo (8)
  • Patricia Darcy Jones - backing vocals (1, 5, 6, 9)
  • Richard Marx - backing vocals (1, 6)
  • Frank Floyd - backing vocals (1, 5, 6)
  • Brian Ruggles - backing vocals (1)
  • Ian Lloyd - backing vocals (4, 8)
  • Joe Lynn Turner - backing vocals (4, 8)
  • Chuck Arnold - backing vocals and choral leader (7)
  • Hicksville High School Chorus - backing vocals (7)
  • Curtis King - backing vocals (9)
  • Brenda White King - backing vocals (9)

Production

  • Producers - Billy Joel and Mick Jones
  • Mixing - Tom Lord-Alge (tracks 1-3); Jay Healy (tracks 3-10).
  • Engineer - Jay Healy
  • Assistant Engineers - Dana Becker, Tim Crich, David Dorn, Suzanne Hollander, Joe Pirrera and Gary Solomon.
  • Mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound (New York, NY).
  • Art Direction - Chris Austopchuk
  • Back Photo - Timothy White
  • Front Photo - Frank Ockenfels

Accolades

Grammy Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1990 "We Didn't Start the Fire" Song of the Year[8] Nominated
Record of the Year[8] Nominated
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male[8] Nominated
1991 Storm Front Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male[9] Nominated
Storm Front (produced by Billy Joel and Mick Jones) Producer of the Year (Non-Classical)[10] Nominated

Charts and certifications

Certifications and sales

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[31] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[32] Gold 25,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[33] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Germany (BVMI)[34] Platinum 500,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[37] Platinum 110,000[35][36]
Netherlands (NVPI)[39] Gold 50,000[38]
New Zealand (RMNZ)[40] Gold 7,500^
United Kingdom (BPI)[41] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[42] 4× Platinum 4,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

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  38. ^ "de branchevereniging van de entertainmentindustrie". Archived from NVPI the original Check |url= value (help) on 2011-10-08. Retrieved .Note: User needs to enter "Billy Joel" in the "Artiest" field and click below "zoek" button.
  39. ^ "Dutch album certifications - Billy Joel - Storm Front" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers.Enter Storm Front in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  40. ^ "New Zealand album certifications - Billy Joel - Storm Front". Recorded Music NZ.
  41. ^ "British album certifications - Billy Joel - Storm Front". British Phonographic Industry.Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Storm Front in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  42. ^ "American album certifications - Billy Joel - Storm Front". Recording Industry Association of America.If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.

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