1986 Billy Joel – The Bridge

The Bridge is the tenth studio album by American singer-songwriter Billy Joel, released on July 28, 1986. It was the last studio album produced by Phil Ramone as well as the last to feature Joel’s long-time bassist Doug Stegmeyer and rhythm guitarist Russell Javors. The album yielded several successful singles, including “A Matter of Trust” (peaking at No. 10), “Modern Woman” (which also appeared on the Ruthless People soundtrack, peaking at No. 10), and “This Is the Time” (peaking at No. 18).

Joel began work on the album — on which two of his major influences (Ray Charles and Steve Winwood) made guest appearances — in 1985. Charles sang a duet with Joel on the song “Baby Grand”, and Winwood played Hammond organ on the song “Getting Closer”. Other notable musicians who made guest appearances on the album include jazz musicians Ron Carter and Michael Brecker, who both played on the jazzy track “Big Man on Mulberry Street.”

The album also had some New wave influences. For instance, the first song, “Running on Ice,” is heavily influenced by the music of The Police, and “Modern Woman” borrows heavily from the styles of Huey Lewis and the News. The final song recorded for the album, “Code of Silence,” featured Cyndi Lauper who contributed backing vocals and received co-writing credit for the lyrics; Joel would return the favor by contributing backing vocals on Lauper’s song “Maybe He’ll Know” for her 1986 album True Colors.

The Bridge was Joel’s last album to carry the “Family Productions” logo which had appeared on all of Joel’s albums up to that time as part of a deal that Columbia Records made to get Joel out of his first recording contract with Artie Ripp’s Family Productions. In the closing song of the album — “Getting Closer” — Joel makes several of what are clearly attacks and observations on the iron-clad contract with Ripp, with references to “my stolen youth”, “all the conmen and their acrobats who stomped me in the ground,” and “I must live up to contracts.”

Tracks

1  Running On Ice (Billy Joel) 3:15
2  This Is The Time (Billy Joel) 4:56
3  A Matter Of Trust (Billy Joel) 4:08
4  Modern Woman (Billy Joel) 3:47
Baby Grand(Billy Joel) 4:02
6  Big Man On Mulberry Street (Billy Joel) 5:24
7  Temptation (Billy Joel) 4:11
8  Code Of Silence (Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper) 5:13
9  Getting Closer (Billy Joel) 5:00

Media

Musicians

1 Running On Ice

BassDoug Stegmeyer
DrumsLiberty deVitto
GuitarDavid Brown
GuitarRussell Javors
PianoBilly Joel
SynthesizerBilly Joel
SynthesizerRob Mounsey
Background VocalsPeter Hewlett
VocalsBilly Joel


2 This Is The Time

BassDoug Stegmeyer
DrumsLiberty deVitto
GuitarDavid Brown
GuitarRussell Javors
PianoBilly Joel
SynthesizerBilly Joel
VocalsBilly Joel


3 A Matter Of Trust

BassDoug Stegmeyer
DrumsLiberty deVitto
GuitarDavid Brown
GuitarRussell Javors
PianoBilly Joel
SynthesizerBilly Joel
SynthesizerJeff Bova
VocalsBilly Joel


4 Modern Woman

BassDoug Stegmeyer
DrumsLiberty deVitto
GuitarDavid Brown
GuitarRussell Javors
PianoBilly Joel
SynthesizerBilly Joel
SaxMark Rivera
PercussionJimmy Bralower
VocalsBilly Joel


5 Baby Grand

BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsVinnie Colaiuta
GuitarDean Parks
PianoRay Charles
VocalsRay Charles
VocalsBilly Joel


6 Big Man On Mulberry Street

BassDoug Stegmeyer
BassRon Carter
DrumsLiberty deVitto
GuitarDavid Brown
GuitarRussell Javors
PianoBilly Joel
SynthesizerBilly Joel
SaxEddie Daniels
SaxMichael Brecker
TromboneDave Bargeron
TrumpetAlan Rubin
TrumpetMarvin Stamm
VocalsBilly Joel


7 Temptation

BassDoug Stegmeyer
DrumsLiberty deVitto
GuitarDavid Brown
GuitarRussell Javors
PianoBilly Joel
SynthesizerBilly Joel
SaxMark Rivera
VocalsBilly Joel


8 Code Of Silence

BassDoug Stegmeyer
DrumsLiberty deVitto
GuitarDavid Brown
12 String GuitarDavid Brown
PianoBilly Joel
SynthesizerBilly Joel
SynthesizerJeff Bova
HarmonicaDon Brooks
VocalsBilly Joel
VocalsCyndi Lauper


9 Getting Closer

BassNeil Jason
DrumsLiberty deVitto
GuitarDavid Brown
GuitarRussell Javors
GuitarJohn McCurry
OrganSteve Winwood
PianoBilly Joel
SynthesizerBilly Joel
PercussionLiberty deVitto
VocalsBilly Joel

Liner Notes

Producer – Phil Ramone
Coordinator (Production) – Joseph D’Ambrosio
Engineer – Jim Boyer
Engineer (Associate) – Bradshaw Leigh, David Dickson, Fred Tenny, Steve Boyer
Mastered By (Direct Metal) – Ted Jensen
Orchestrated By – Rob Mounsey (Tracks 2, 4, 6)
Orchestrated By – Jeff Bova, Philippe Saisse (Track 7)

Design – Mark Larson
Painting (Cover) – Brad Holland
Photography By – Patrick Demarchelier
Photography By (Sleeve) – Charles Reilly, Larry Busacca, Phil Ramone

Manufactured By – CBS/Sony Inc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – CBS Inc.
Copyright (c) – CBS Inc.
Recorded At – Power Station
Recorded At – Chelsea Sound
Recorded At – RCA Recording Studios
Recorded At – Evergreen Studios
Mixed At – Power Station
Mastered At – Sterling Sound