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An Innocent Man

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An Innocent Man
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 8, 1983 (1983-08-08)[1]
RecordedChelsea Sound and A&R Recording, Inc., New York, NY Spring, 1983
LabelFamily Productions/Columbia
ProducerPhil Ramone
Billy Joel chronology
The Nylon Curtain
An Innocent Man
Greatest Hits – Volume I & Volume II
Singles from An Innocent Man
  1. "Tell Her About It"
    Released: July 17, 1983
  2. "Uptown Girl"
    Released: September 29, 1983
  3. "An Innocent Man"
    Released: 1983
  4. "The Longest Time"
    Released: March 1984
  5. "Leave a Tender Moment Alone"
    Released: 1984
  6. "Keeping the Faith"
    Released: 1984
  7. "This Night"
    Released: 1984

An Innocent Man is the ninth studio album by Billy Joel and released on 8 August, 1983 through Columbia Records. It is a concept album and is a tribute to American popular music in Joel's life. It went to number 1 in New Zealand, number 2 in the United Kingdom, number 3 in Australia, Iceland and Japan, number 4 in the United States and number 9 in Norway. It was nominated for 2 Grammy Awards.

Track listing

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All songs by Billy Joel, except for the chorus for "This Night," which is credited on the sleeve to L. v. Beethoven.

The track listing on the LP is slightly different from that on the cassette and original CD pressings, with the latter swapping the places of "The Longest Time" and "Uptown Girl." However, on the actual cassette shell and disc label, the songs are listed (and play) in the correct order as printed on the LP.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Easy Money" (Homage to James Brown and Wilson Pickett[2]) 4:04
2. "An Innocent Man" (Homage to Ben E. King and The Drifters) 5:17
3. "The Longest Time" (Homage to doo-wop groups like Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers) 3:42
4. "This Night" (Homage to Little Anthony and the Imperials; chorus tune is Ludwig van Beethoven's Pathetique sonata) 4:17
5. "Tell Her About It" (Homage to Motown groups like The Supremes and The Temptations) 3:52
Side two
No. Title Length
6. "Uptown Girl" (Homage to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons[3]) 3:17
7. "Careless Talk" (Homage to Sam Cooke) 3:48
8. "Christie Lee" (Homage to Little Richard or Jerry Lee Lewis) 3:31
9. "Leave a Tender Moment Alone" (Homage to Smokey Robinson) 3:56
10. "Keeping the Faith" (Homage to Betty Wright's "Clean Up Woman". Lyrical homage to Pre-British Invasion Rock n Roll) 4:41


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  1. "An Innocent Man". Billy Joel Official Site. Retrieved 8 August 2022.
  2. "Billy Joel Website Interview". Archived from the original on March 19, 2016. Retrieved January 9, 2012.
  3. "Billy Joel website interview". Archived from the original on March 19, 2016. Retrieved January 9, 2012.