Billy Joel – The Nylon Curtain Japan Mastersound audiophile LP with obi


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Free U.S. shipping!  A limited edition audiophile “Mastersound” Japanese pressing of The Nylon Curtain by Billy Joel, including the original obi.

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Offered for sale is a copy of the Japanese “Mastersound” pressing of The Nylon Curtain by Billy Joel, including the original obi.

This was part of a limited edition, heavy-vinyl series of digitally remastered audiophile pressings.

About this copy: This copy of The Nylon Curtain is an original 1982 Japanese digitally remastered heavy vinyl pressing, issued in Columbia’s short-lived Mastersound series.

The cover is M-.  The obi is M-.

This copy includes the following inserts; all are M-:

  • Generic heavy posterboard Mastersound inner sleeve
  • Custom paper inner sleeve with English lyrics
  • Japanese lyric/liner note sleeve
  • Two different generic booklets, advertising the Mastersound process and other titles available in the series
  • A record company postcard.

The disc is M- and looks unplayed.  Beautiful copy!

A nice copy of a scarce Billy Joel LP that was not issued as part of the U.S. Mastersound series.

Background: Released in 1982, The Nylon Curtain was the eighth solo album by Billy Joel.  The album reached #7 on the U.S. album charts, helped by the singles “Allentown,” “Pressure,” and “Goodnight Saigon.”

In 1980, Columbia Records introduced their Mastersound series, which included titles that were either digitally remastered or half speed mastered and pressed on heavy, high-quality vinyl.

While most of the titles in the U.S. series were half speed mastered, most of the titles in the Japanese series were digitally remastered.  The Japanese series also included titles that were not released in the U.S.

These titles were sold at a premium price, did not sell particularly well, and did not stay in print for very long. gave The Nylon Curtain a 3 1/2 star review:

Billy Joel hit back as hard as he could with Glass Houses, his bid to prove that he could rock as hard as any of those new wave punks. He might not have proven himself a punk — for all of his claims of being a hard rocker, his work inevitably is pop because of his fondness for melody — but he proved to himself that he could still rock, even if the critics didn’t give him any credit for it. It was now time to mature, to move pop/rock into the middle age and, in the process, earn critical respect. In short, The Nylon Curtain … is layered, successful, mature pop that brings Joel tantalizingly close to his ultimate goal of sophisticated pop/rock for mature audiences.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: CBS
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1982
Format: Stereo
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Weight 16 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.3 in