Billy Joel

Pressure

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Billy Joel traded in his well-groomed piano playing for the electric punch of the synthesizer on "Pressure," which reached number 20 in the fall of 1982. Joel had his work cut out for him as he tried to equal the success of 1980's Glass Houses, which gave him his first number one single in "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" with the pensiveness of The Nylon Curtain. With the album reflecting the serious side of Joel in songs like "Allentown" and "Goodnight Saigon," "Pressure" seemed to be Joel's rock & roll outlet, blending a streamlined synth riff with multiple tempos and clever lyrics. His excitability comes through in the chorus with his own style of verbal dramatics and a hardened edge that may have been overlooked in full because of the strength of Nylon Curtain's other material. As one of Billy Joel's more fervent songs, "Pressure" proved that he could keep up with the early part of the decade's keyboard submergence while still sounding like himself, with style and wit intact. Although the rest of The Nylon Curtain represents a more astute-sounding piano man, "Pressure" signifies the album's most highly charged rocker.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Nylon Curtain 1982 Sony Music Distribution 4:41
Greatest Hits, Vols. 1-2 (1973-1985) 1985 Columbia 4:37
Souvenir: The Ultimate Collection 1989 CBS Records 3:15
No Image 1991 CBS / Fox
No Image 1994 KTS
The Complete Hits Collection 1973-1997 1997 Columbia / Sony Music Distribution 4:37
Bridge/Storm Front/Nylon Curtain 1998 Columbia / Sony Music Distribution 4:40
No Image 2000 Columbia 3:15
The Essential Billy Joel 2001 Legacy / Sony Music Distribution 0:00
The Hits 2010 Columbia / Legacy / Sony Music Entertainment 4:40
Original Album Classics, Vol. 1 2012 Sony Legacy 4:41